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What Is Iddat That Led To The Non-Islamic Proclamation Of Imran Khan-Bushra Bibi’s Marriage?

Their marriage was also examined by the officiating Qazi, Mufti Saeed, who stated that their union did not comply with Sharia law.

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: Feb 3, 2024 20:44 IST
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A court on Saturday declared the marriage of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi invalid in a non-Islamic ruling. The decision comes in response to a complaint filed by Bushra Bibi’s ex-husband, claiming that their marriage took place during the waiting period (iddat). Both Imran and Bushra Bibi have also been sentenced to seven years in prison in this case. This report explores the challenges faced by Imran, who is already in crisis just before the upcoming general elections.

Marriage in Islam is governed by Sharia law. According to Sharia, if a woman’s husband passes away or if the couple undergoes a divorce, the woman must wait for a certain period before entering into another marriage. This waiting period is known as ‘Iddat.’

Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi’s marriage was also examined by the officiating Qazi, Mufti Saeed, who stated that their union did not comply with Sharia law. According to the Qazi, the Islamic waiting period, known as Iddat, spans 4 months and 10 days.

During the Iddat period, it is necessary for women to observe modesty in the presence of unrelated men. Some Islamic scholars suggest that the arrangement of Iddat was introduced among men to dispel any misconception that the woman might be pregnant.

During this period, women are prohibited from grooming, applying makeup, and other similar activities. Additionally, there are restrictions on wearing brightly colored clothing. However, if a woman has no support during this time, she still retains the right to leave her home.

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First published on: Feb 03, 2024 08:44 PM IST

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