Praise be to Allaah.
If a husband divorces his wife with a revocable talaaq, the
woman is obliged to observe ‘iddah in her husband's house, and if she goes
out without a valid reason she is sinning and she has to go back until her
‘iddah ends, because Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the
“And turn them not out of their (husband’s) homes nor
shall they (themselves) leave, except in case they are guilty of some open
illegal sexual intercourse”
And she should stay there so long as she does not fear that
some harm may befall her. See also the answer to question no.
It is permissible for a woman who has been divorced with a
revocable talaaq to go out to the mosque and to Qur’aan study circles, on
condition that her husband gives her permission, because the woman who has
been divorced with a revocable talaaq is still a wife, with the same rights
and duties as any other wife.
It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with
him) that he used to say: If a man has divorced his wife (talaaq) once or
twice, she should not go out of her house except with his permission.
Narrated by Ibn Abi Shaybah in al-Musannaf (4/142).
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said: The
correct view is that the divorced woman, if it is a revocable divorce, is
like a wife who has not been divorced, i.e., she may go out to visit her
neighbours or relatives, or to go to the mosque to listen to exhortation and
the like. She is not like the one whose husband has died. With regard to the
words, “And turn them not out of their (husband’s) homes”, what is
meant by turning them out is leaving, i.e., they should not leave the house
and go and live in another house.
End quote from Fataawa Noor ‘ala al-Darb.
Al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: If it is a
revocable divorce, then she is still his wife; he has to take care of her
and provide for her, and she does not have the right to go out except with
End quote from Rawdah al-Taalibeen, 8/416.
To sum up the answer: she has to go back to her husband’s
house until her ‘iddah ends, and she has the right to go out during this
period, if her husband gives her permission.
And Allah knows best.