Posted on 04/10/2012 by __socrates

Lit. “Number.” The term of probation incumbent upon a woman in consequence of a dissolution of marriage, either by divorce or the death of her husband. After a divorce or the period is three months, and after the death of her husband, four months and ten days, both periods being enjoined by the Qur’an (Surah lxv. 4 ii. 234.)

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam