Woman getting pregnant with another man's child during iddat and aborting the child

Q: Can you please help me with the Islamic ruling on the following:

1. If a woman in her iddah falls pregnant from another man during her iddah through adultery, how does that affect her iddah? She was not pregnant at the time the talaaq was given. She has not had relations with her husband at all for 4 months before the talaaq was given and neither after (they slept in different bedrooms). She had one menstrual cycle during the iddah and fell pregnant in month 2 with another man's child. This was the second talaaq as the husband issued one talaaq on a previous occassion but took her back during the iddah period. How will she proceed with the iddah?

2. If she aborts, how does that affect the iddah?


1. Her iddat will terminate when she gives birth to the child.

2. If limbs were formed then the iddat will terminate upon the miscarriage. If no limbs were formed then the bleeding will be counted as haidh. However, aborting is haraam.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)