QuestionsCategory: Fiqhwhat-is-the-ruling-on-missing-person-after-drowning
Tariq Khalid asked 3 years ago

My father Dr. Khalid Yousuf was born in September 11, 1957. He was working in Fuvamullah, Maldives since January 2015. He was very athletic and was a professional swimmer. On May 10, 2015 there was a terrible storm in the sea along with a lot of rain, he went to swim as per his routine. My mother went to the beach with him that day and was taking a walk on the shore and saw him enter the water to swim, and when half an hour was over, she got worried as she could not see him swimming, so she contacted the Police and Maldives search operation team came. They started search with the help of helicopters and also sent divers to look him. The search operation lasted 15 days. It will be 4 years this year, and there has been no news since. We are his three sons, and no daughters. We contacted Maldives search authority a couple of times in these 4 years but they have no updates regarding this case. What is the ruling in this case? Do we perform janazah of absentia?  Do we make our mother observe iddah? Do we wait further?   Tariq Khalid