Category: Purity (Tahaarah)
Fatwa#: 27830
Asked Country: Saudi Arabia

Answered Date: Jan 11,2014

Title: Intercourse during Istihaadha


I am on the 12th day of my period today. Is it permissible for me to engage in sexual intercourse with my husband? And when should I start praying?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salamu’alaykum wa-rahmatullahi wa –barakatuh.

According to the Hanafi Mazhab (School of thought), the maximum period of Hayd (menstrual period) is 10 days.[1]

The discharge after ten days is Istihaadha (chronic discharge). After the ten days bleeding, you should take a compulsory bath and resume your obligations of Salaah.

It is also permissible to engage in conjugal relationship during Istihaadha.[2]

A woman in Istihaadha will have to renew her Wudhu for each Fardh Salaah time.[3]

We apologize for the much belated response.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Ismaeel Bassa

Student Darul Iftaa

Durban, South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai. 


[1] و اقل الحيض ثلاثة ايام و اوسطه خمسة و اكثره عشرة

(Nurul Idaah, p. 48, Al-Misbah)

وَأَقَلُّهُ ثَلَاثَةُ أَيَّامٍ وَأَكْثَرُهُ عَشَرَةٌ { البحر الرائق، ج 1، ص 201}

وَأَقَلُّهُ ثَلَاثَةُ أَيَّامٍ وَأَكْثَرُهُ عَشَرَةٌ { مجمع الأنهر، ج 1، ص 52}

والاستحاضة دم نقص عن ثلاثة ايام او زاد على عشرة في الحيض.......والاستحاضة كرعاف داءم لا يمنع صلاة و لا صوما و لا وطا

[2](Nurul-Idaah, p. 48, 50. Al-Misbah)

[3] والمستحاضة تتوضأ لكل فريضة

وتتوضأ الْمُسْتَحَاضَة لكل صَلَاة { النتف للفتوى للسغدي، ج 1، ص 138 }

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