Iddah Rules For Old Women

By Mufti Muhammad Kadwa
Posted: 27 Sha'ban 1423, 3 November 2002


Q.) My father passed away three months ago. My mother is 67 years old. Please clarify a few questions which people ask me all the time.

1- Does a women, who is old like my mother, required to observe all rules of iddah, or is there any leniency for old age, like hijab (veil) is not mandatory for an old women.

2- Some people tell me it's ok to take her to a religious lecture or for duara tafseer since it's for a good cause. Is this true? so far I have not taken her out anywhere except to the doctors. But everyone says I am too strict .

A.) She may not be required to observe the laws of Hijab due to her old age but the laws of Iddah will apply.

She is not permitted to leave home within the Iddah period except in the case of dire necessity. Dars of Tafseer, etc. does not fall under such necessity. Hence, she may not go for Dars, etc. Yes, you may take her to the doctors during this period. And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best