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iddah of divorce

Q:

Salams

A couple has been separated for a year now. They are going through divorce and since separation have not been in any intimate relation.

Does the woman need to observe Iddah after talaq has been recited? If yes, then please advise of the period it needs to be observed for.

A:

Yes, she needs to observe the iddah.

Ayatullah Sistani's ruling is:

The waiting period of a free woman is that after her husband divorces her during her Pak period, she should wait till she sees Haidh twice and becomes Pak. Thereafter, as soon as she sees Haidh for the third time, her waiting period will be over and she can marry again.

http://www.sistani.org/english/book/48/2358/

Kumail Rajani