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Q. Is it permissible for a woman who has been divorced to go out and visit family and friends whilst she is in her Iddah?

Q. Is it permissible for a woman who has been divorced to go out and visit family and friends whilst she is in her Iddah?
 
(There may be grammatical and spelling errors in the above question. Questions are published as received)
 
A. A woman in Iddah is obligated to remain within the confines of the marital home till her Iddah is complete. It is not permissible for a woman who is in Iddah (due to divorce or the death of her husband) to leave the home without absolute need. She cannot go out to visit family and friends during this period.
It will only be permissible for her to emerge from her home if there is a genuine need, eg, medical necessity or some other necessity that compels her to leave the home. She should enquire from the Ulama on such occasions whether circumstances permit leaving the home during the Iddah period.
 
 
And Allah Knows Best
 
Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

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