The purpose of iddah
Why is there a difference in the Iddah period of a divorced man and a divorced woman? Isn’t the logic behind it is the identification of pregnancy? Isn’t it also necessary when a woman gets divorced from her husband? Also, why is there iddah for older women whose reproductive ability is ceased?

1- The purpose of iddah is not the identification of pregnancy. Pregnancy can be identified today with such easy tests that do not even require a medical doctor.

2- The purpose of iddah (Allah knows the best) is to protect women by:

a) Preventing men to divorce their wives with snap decisions in times of argument and anger.

b) Preventing men to suddenly leave their wives helpless by throwing them out of the home with nothing in their hands.

c) Giving some time for couples to talk through their issues, not letting them to separate right away in times of trouble.

d) Compelling couples to live together for a certain time before divorce as to create chances for them to sleep with each other again and melting the ice.

e) Protecting the family and the children.

and even:

f) Giving a lesson to all managers (qawwam) that they cannot just fire their employee at will without giving them some time (notice period) to prepare themselves mentally and economically as the husbands are named Qawwam (manager and protector) in Quran (see 4:34).

Divorce is a difficult process. It is always more difficult for women than men. Allah entitled women as “muhsana” in Quran which means “the protected”. Therefore, Allah always protects women in their affairs. Iddah is just one element.

Facebook'ta PaylaşTwitter'da Paylaş
Date: Jan 29, 2014
Other Fatwas In This Category:
#   Title Date Reads 
1 The Women’s Right To Divorce-Iftida 2009.08.25 2,570
2 Is it permitted to dance with the opposite sex for the purpose of personal development? 2013.03.10 2,573
3 Fasting of women during menstruation period 2013.07.24 2,201
4 Being uncovered in home 2014.01.13 4,697
5 Is Marriage Fard -Obligatory- In Islam? 2010.11.02 16,400
6 What is the waiting period (iddah) for a woman who is divorced by her husband? 2013.03.19 2,623
7 Sexual intercourse during pregnancy 2013.08.23 25,146
8 The purpose of iddah 2014.01.29 3,315
9 Shaking hands with women 2011.09.19 3,151
10 Is it a sin for a man and a woman to be alone in the same house? 2013.03.31 3,101
11 Women Travelling Alone 2013.08.26 2,111
12 Women in prayers 2014.03.16 1,941
13 What is the ruling on polygamy? 2012.12.31 2,804
14 What is the meaning of “people that your right hands possess”? 2013.04.15 2,894
15 Working of women 2013.08.13 2,342
16 Having children 2014.04.25 4,730
17 Hair Dye 2011.12.30 16,371
18 What is Mahr? 2013.05.08 2,347
19 Getting the period while fasting 2013.08.05 2,420
20 What is the minimum marriageable age of a little girl? 2016.04.20 7,138
21 Wife Beating 2010.10.20 5,698
22 Do men have a right to command to their wives? 2013.05.09 2,483
23 Talking to male relatives 2012.03.14 1,747
24 Touching and Reciting Qur’an Without Ablution or Ghusl 2016.03.30 7,159
25 Subsistence Money of Women 2011.07.27 1,719
26 Can a woman become a leader? 2013.05.18 1,797
27 Where should the wife stay when husband is away? 2012.12.26 7,981
28 Sex During Pregnancy 2014.09.04 11,528
29 Is it unlawful to touch women due to my job? 2011.09.17 2,170
30 Joint Family 2013.05.30 4,559
31 Do women need permission to attend a course which is far away 2013.09.03 1,170
32 Punishment for Rape 2015.03.25 5,114
33 Laughing in Public 2014.08.04 3,274
34 Sexual rights of spouses 2013.06.01 9,639
35 Wife beating 2013.09.16 2,812
36 Fasting of pregnant and nursing women 2015.04.01 3,895
37 Fasting and Prayer Of Women During Menstruation Periods 2011.08.05 22,555
38 Whose approval stands first in marriage? 2013.06.02 2,015
39 Ruling on Women’s Working 2013.10.28 2,020
40 Eyebrow Plucking or Threading 2017.04.12 324
41 Do we need to have a major ablution after gynecologic examination? 2013.01.23 1,995
42 Visiting friends 2013.06.04 1,231
43 Women’s Visit to Their Parents 2013.10.30 2,410
44 Is it lawful to choose a male doctor while there is a female doctor available? 2013.01.23 1,977
45 Breastfeeding without major ablution (ghusl) 2013.06.11 2,806
46 Women Working in Trousers 2013.11.04 2,880
47 Does a woman need to get a major ablution when she got examined by a male doctor? 2013.01.23 2,617
48 Circumambulation of a woman during her period 2013.08.29 3,482
49 Make-up, Nail Polish and Hair Dye 2013.11.11 5,800
50 Women Traveling Without a Mahram* 2009.09.02 7,618
51 Indifference of the husband 2013.06.14 2,653
52 Women swimming in public beaches 2013.12.04 3,241
53 Can a bride be with her father-in-law with her hair uncovered? 2013.02.06 3,446
54 Dowry 2013.06.15 1,895
55 Swimming alone and uncovered 2013.12.20 2,080
56 Can a woman be with her grandfather with her hair uncovered? 2013.02.06 1,680
57 Should women cook for their husbands? 2013.07.01 8,163
58 Veiling during nights 2013.12.27 5,169