What is the recommended (Mustahabb) time of ‘Asr Salāh for females?
Question 1: What do the scholars of Islām say regarding the following matter: What is the recommended time of ‘Asr Salāh for females?
Answer: Apart from the Fajr Salāh, it is superior for females to wait for the males’ congregational prayer to finish. Once congregation of the males comes to an end, they should then offer their Salāh. However, it is better if they pray the Fajr Salāh when it is still dark. (al-Durr al-Mukhtār & Radd al-Muhtār, vol. 2, pp. 30; Bahār-e-Sharī’at, vol. 1, pp. 452)
Can a widow spend the duration of her ‘Iddah[waiting period] in her parent’s home?
Question 2: What do the scholars of Islām say regarding the following matter: The deceased body of Zayd was taken to his hometown, which is approximately 20 km away from his own home, and Zayd’s in-laws also reside there. Zayd’s widowed wife also went there with the deceased during her ‘Iddah and now wishes to spend the rest of her ‘Iddah in her parent’s home. My question is that can Zayd’s widowed wife complete her ‘Iddah at her parent’s home? Is there any Shar`i problem in this? Bear in mind that at the time of death, her husband only had one home where he would live with his family. However, he also had a house in his hometown which he had sold some fifteen years earlier.
Answer: Upon the death of the husband, it is necessary (Wājib) for her to spend the duration of her ‘Iddah in the home in which she would live with him. It is impermissible and a sin for her to leave that house and go to another one for the duration of ‘Iddah, without a legally valid reason per Islamic law. Therefore, in the aforementioned scenario, Zayd’s widowed wife was sinful for leaving her husband’s home without a legally valid reason per Islamic Law; she should repent for this sin and spend the rest of her ‘Iddah in her husband’s home only. (Fatāwā ‘Ālamgīrī, vol. 1, pp. 535; Fatāwā Ridawiyyah, vol. 13, pp. 330; Fatāwā Amjadiyyah, vol. 2, pp. 285)
وَاللہُ اَعْلَمُ عَزَّوَجَلَّ وَ رَسُوْلُہٗ اَعْلَم صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم