This verse mirrors some erroneous ancient beliefs that the night is a physical entity that is able to block out our vision of the Sun.
Saying that the Moon follows the Sun suggests a geocentric universe where the Sun and Moon would both orbit the Earth as if on a wheel.
People have interpreted the words of you/among you to mean that this verse only applies to widows of Muslim men, which means there is no waiting period for sex specified in the Quran which applies to widowed female captives of war.Due to the absence of such a specification it is understood by some that sex with a widowed female captive of war is permissible as soon as she completes her first menstrual cycle, which could be within a matter of days (see hadiths).Arguably, a woman who’s family have been killed cannot be considered to be in a fit mental state to consent to having sex at all, let alone with one of the party of people who killed them.
This verse says one should wait three months before having sex with a female in order to ensure she is not already pregnant. It says this waiting period is for those females who no longer have menstrual cycles and those who do not have them. This suggests both menopausal women and young girls who have not yet started their periods.Over time this has been interpreted to mean that it is permissible to have sex with wives too young to have started their menstrual cycles.
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