الآية رقم (234) - وَالَّذِينَ يُتَوَفَّوْنَ مِنكُمْ وَيَذَرُونَ أَزْوَاجًا يَتَرَبَّصْنَ بِأَنفُسِهِنَّ أَرْبَعَةَ أَشْهُرٍ وَعَشْرًا فَإِذَا بَلَغْنَ أَجَلَهُنَّ فَلاَ جُنَاحَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِيمَا فَعَلْنَ فِي أَنفُسِهِنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَاللّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ

(234) - (And those who are taken in death among you and leave wives behind - they, [the wives, shall] wait four months and ten [days]. And when they have fulfilled their term, then there is no blame upon you for what they do with themselves in an acceptable manner. And Allah is [fully] Acquainted with what you do.)

The talk here is about the waiting period for the wife in the case of the demise of her husband. You may wonder: the waiting period, ‘Iddah,’ is meant for the clearance of the womb, so, what does that has to do here? The answer is that this is one of the reasons. The waiting period is not only for the clearance of the womb, as some people might think. It is also in favor of the woman. The waiting period is meant for reconsidering the matter, keeping in good manner, or release with good treatment.

As for the wife of a deceased husband, the waiting period is of a social value in token of respect and consideration of the divine marital relationship which is out to an end by the demise of the husband. And it is four months and ten days.

( فَإِذَا بَلَغْنَ أَجَلَهُنَّ فَلَا جُنَاحَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِيمَا فَعَلْنَ فِي أَنفُسِهِنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ ۗ    ) (..And when they have fulfilled their term, then there is no blame upon you for what they do with themselves in an acceptable manner….): The woman can return to the lawful decoration upon the completion of the waiting period. This is in order not to force the woman to keep mourning for a year or over a year. Everything should be in an acceptable manner. This is all listed under ‘the good,’ and the religion is never a source of ‘the evil.’ Whoever exploits the religion out of its context is a criminal and a terrorist. This is a psychological disorder rather than piety. Such a criminal seeks a cover for his psychological deviation and criminality within himself. The easiest way for him is to follow a deviated religious opinion (Fatwa) and claims that this is Islam. So, he gets a justification for his crimes when he wants to steal, kill, or fornicate. Therefore, the problem is in this person and the way he is brought up and not in the Sharia of the Creator of humans. Islam is all about the acceptable manners, and everything other than that is a deviation. Islam is about the all good. It’s prohibited to hold a cat in Islam. All such instructions, verses, the instructions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) have been misinterpreted; and some criminal may claim: ‘this is Islam’ in justification of his crimes.

( وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ  ) (….And Allah is [fully] Acquainted with what you do): Why it’s not ‘Seeing’ here as in the previous verse? The ‘Acquainted’ is ‘Seeing’ with awareness. This is among the attributes of Allah (swt) used to conclude this verse. So, why {Acquainted}? Because the issue here is about something private to women; and a woman is the only one to disclose or not to disclose it, be it about menstruation, purity, decoration …. etc. Thus, the meaning of this verse requires: (Acquainted with what you do.). Keep in mind that the conclusions of verses have their own implications as such.