Category: Prayer (Salaat)
Fatwa#: 36580
Asked Country: India

Answered Date: Oct 20,2016

Title: Istihadha Query


As salam muftisaheb My wife had irregular monthly cycle. Some time they are 8'to day 10" day Last time same happen and she had ghusl and. Start praying Now suddely after four or five days it start spoting again Pls advice me now she can pray or not Jazakallah


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

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

At the outset, it may be beneficial to properly understand the general terms and rules pertaining to the laws of Haidh (menstrual period).

The minimum period of Haidh (menstrual period) is three days. Any bleeding lasting for less than three days will be Istihadhah (non-menstrual bleeding). The maximum menstrual period is ten complete days. Any bleeding over and above ten days will be regarded as Istihadhah. As such, Haidh will be from day 3 to day 10, and anything beyond day 10 will be regarded as Istihadhah. The minimum time between two Haidh duration is fifteen complete days which is regarded as non-menstrual period even though there is bleeding.[1]

Therefore, if one sees blood before the days of her normal cycle of Haidh or beyond the normal cycle, such days will be considered as Istihadhah.

Furthermore, Istihadhah nullifies Wudhu. During Istihadhah, a woman will perform Wudhu for every Salah time and perform her Salah and observe fasts as well.

In the enquired situation, your question is not too clear. According to our understanding, you mean four of five days after her Haidh finished, she began spotting. If our understanding is correct, the spotting will be considered as Istihadhah. Your wife will have to perform Wudhu for every Salah time and perform Salah. If our understanding is incorrect and you meant to ask something else, you may resend us an email with further clarity.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Abdullah ibn Mohammed Aijaz

Student Darul Iftaa
Baltimore, USA 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (1/ 283) [1]

و (أقله ثلاثة بلياليها) الثلاث، فالإضافة لبيان العدد المقدر بالساعات الفلكية لا للاختصاص، فلا يلزم كونها ليالي تلك الأيام؛ وكذا قوله (وأكثره عشرة) بعشر ليال، كذا رواه الدارقطني وغيره (والناقص) عن أقله (والزائد) على أكثره أو أكثر النفاس أو على العادة وجاوز أكثرهما. (وما تراه) صغيرة دون تسع على المعتمد وآيسة على ظاهر المذهب (حامل) ولو قبل خروج أكثر الولد (استحاضة.)


(وأقل الطهر) بين الحيضتين أو النفاس والحيض (خمسة عشر يوما) ولياليها إجماعا (ولا حد لأكثره) ، إن استغرق العمر (إلا عند) الاحتياج إلى (نصب عادة لها إذا استمر) بها (الدم) فيحد لأجل العدة بشهرين به يفتى،  .


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