Fatwa: # 42461
Category: Women
Date: 16th April 2020


My daughter has her periods more regularly than normal - How does she fast?


As salaam U Alaikum

Please guide and assist accordingly

My daughter has her periods more regularly than normal sometimes every two weeks. Drs have indicated she should take some birth control pills ...this has not worked.

what is the ruling on how to deal with this during ramadaan ... is there a maximum number of days that are allowed.



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

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

You state that your daughter has her periods more regularly than normal, sometimes every two weeks.

In principle, the minimum period for a menstrual cycle is three days and the maximum period is ten days.[1][1] The minimum period for tuhr (clean days) is fifteen days, while there is no maximum period for a clean period.[2][2] Any blood for lesser than 3 days or more than 10 days will be considered istihaadhah (abnormal vaginal bleeding).[3][3]

In the enquired situation, if your daughter has experienced such an irregular cycle, from her first menstruation, wherein she has not had 15 days of purity, then her cycle will be calculated as 10 days of haidh (menstruation) followed by 20 days of tuhr.[4][4]

However, if she had a specific cycle prior to it becoming irregular, then her cycle will calculated be according to her last cycle of haidh and tuhr.[5][5]

She will fast in the month Ramadhan accordingly.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Usaamah Dadipatel

Student Darul Iftaa

Eshowe, KZN, South Africa.

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



[6][1] الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) – دار الفكر-بيروت– ج 1، ص  283

 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

[7][2] بہشتی زیورللتھانوی – مكتبة العلم – ص 45

دو حیض کے درمیان میں پاک رہنے کی مدت کم سے کم پندرہ دن ہیں اور زیادہ کی کوی حد نہیں

[8][3] بہشتی زیورللتھانوی – مكتبة العلم – ص 44

کسی کو تین دن تین رات سے کم خون آیا تو وہ حیض نہیں بلکہ استحاضہ ہے … اور اگر دس دن رات سے زیادہ آیا وہ بھی استحاضہ ہے

[9][4] ذخر المتأهلين والنساء– دار الفكر- ص 213

فحيضها من أول الاستمرار عشرة وطهرها عشرون

[10][5] ذخر المتأهلين والنساء– دار الفكر- ص 211

هو ان وقع في المعتادة فطهرها وحيضها ما اعتادت



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