IDDAH-A RECEDING CONCEPT IN ISLAMIC LAW

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2009

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Faculty of Law, Kogi State University, Anyigba

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Iddah period was known and practiced during the Jahliyyah period. When Islam came, it adopted and modified it. This period of Iddah has been ordained by Allah (S.W.T.) in the Qur’an. In Islamic Law, it is obligatory to observe Iddah by women at the death or divorce by their husbands and this is unanimously agreed upon by the Jurists. Iddah can only be observed by a woman who is divorced or lost her husband if there is the establishment of a valid marriage between her and the husband in question. However, the term Iddah literally means number or counting. In Islamic Law, Iddah is a waiting period of women who are separated from their husbands due to death or divorce before engaging in any other marital relationship. It is for three months in the case of divorce and four months and ten days in the case of the death of the husband.

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Iddah, receding, Concept, Islamic Law

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