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Q: Before I ask my question let me explain what happened: Shortly after we got married my husband and I had a fight and he said I'm giving you a talaaq (divorce). This being the first time he has said we took it it as one talaaq, and we reconciled and carried on. After that we had numerous fights and it got to a point where he said he doesn't want to be with me anymore, he is leaving, very harsh words towards me. But he did not say that he is giving me another talaaq or divorcing me. A few months passed after that and it has now gotten to a point about 2 weeks ago, that he said I'm giving you a talaaq, and he packed up and left. I've have been sitting in iddat (waiting period) since then.

My questions are as follows;
Does him saying during our fights that he is leaving constitute a second talaaq?
Is this talaaq he has given now the 2nd or 3rd talaaq?
If it is the 2nd talaaq can we reconcile and does a new nikaah have to made?
If it is the 3rd talaaq does he still have a responsibility to me during my iddat period or not,
As he has moved out am I obliged to spend my iddat in my current home where I am still staying?
And is it permissable for me to go to work during my iddat as he is no longer supporting me, and I have no father or brothers or even uncles to take me in.

A: Your query below refers;
1. No.

2. It is the 2nd talaaq.

3. If this is the second Talaaq then you may reconcile with him.

4. Yes. He is obligated to maintain you in the Iddat period.  You should not work if he is maintaining you.

5. If he is not providing accommodation and maintenance during the Iddat period and you feel it easier and safer to spend the Iddat elsewhere then you may do so. However if you can manage then you should then Iddat period at the marital place of residence.

6. As a last resort and due to genuine necessity you may work on condition that you return to the home immediately after work and do not put on any attractive clothing or perfume etc. and comply with all the other laws of the Iddat.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

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