Fatwa: # 20622
Category: Beliefs and Practices (Aq...
Date: 13th December 2018


Divorced lady staying in her ex-husband’s house after ‘iddah


Salaam. Is it permissable for a woman to still live in the same house as her ex husband after she has done her iddah period? Is this not unlawful according to Sharia? Is this man and woman not sinning? There is no sexual relations going on between the man and his ex wife.  This man has a new wife and its very uncomfortable for her to have a strange woman there. It is causing many problems in her marriage. Shukran.


In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh

When the ‘iddah of a divorcee ends, her nikaah with her husband is completely terminated. They are no longer husband and wife. They are strangers (ghair mahram) with each other. They have to observe the laws of hijaab from each other. It is not permissible for the divorcee to stay in the same home of her ex-husband. Staying with him is clear violation of the laws of hijaab[1].

And Allaah Ta’aala Knows Best.

Muajul I. Chowdhury

Student, Darul Iftaa

Astoria, New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] فتاوى محمودية (18/ 418)


البحر الرائق (2/ 551)

ولهذا تحرم الخلوة بالاجنبية وإن كان معها غيرها من النساء، والمحرم من لا يجوز له مناكحتها على التأبيد بقرابة أو رضاع أو مصاهرة


الدر المختار شرح تنوير الأبصار وجامع البحار (ص: 655)

وفي الاشباه: الخلوة بالاجنبية حرام

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