What is the Duration for a Woman to Get Married after Her Father’s Demise?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


One of my relatives whose father died recently, is looking for a husband to get married. Still, the community is saying that if a woman’s father dies and wants to get married, she must do it within 40 days of her father’s demise. Otherwise, she has to wait for one year to get married. Is this Islamically correct?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

This is incorrect and a superstition. One can get married when it is convenient for the family to prepare after the father’s demise. We have varying unfounded beliefs and superstitions from area to area. Ignore and educate the family and general public. Also, connect with local scholars in your country and consult them so they know about issues.

Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) narrates, “The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace) used to love good omens and dislike bad ones.” [Ahmad]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey.

He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His personal interest is the love of books and gardening.