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Menses Disorder: How to Pray?

20 December, 2018
Q As-salamu `alaykum. I'm pretty confused as to what I am having whether it is istihadah or hayd. I heard that if you had been pure more than 15 days since last period then you have hayd. But, I do not feel like normal menstruation and I'm not sure whether I should continue praying or not. Also, the bleeding goes and comes back like for instance I see it in the morning then it goes away at night and then I start praying again after ghusl. But then the next day it comes back again and then goes away for 2 days and comes back. So it’s not constant in flow. Should I make ghusl and start praying each time and stop praying when I see the blood? Please, reply back asap. Jazaka Allah khayr.


Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

In this fatwa:

As for menses, it is known that each woman has a special cycle. So, the regular period should be observed as menses and what follows is to be considered istihadah, in which she should clean herself and make ablution (wudu) for each prayer.

Responding to your question, Sheikh `Abdul Majeed Subh, a prominent Azharite scholar, states,

It is most likely that the disorder in your discharge is resulting from taking contraceptive pills. Anyway, you are to consider and count the regular period of your menstruation cycle and then start praying after it.

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Any discharge follows it is considered istihadah; you just need to well clean yourself and make wudu for each prayer, that’s all.

Having said this, I advise you to consult a doctor to be sure regarding vaginal discharge you experience.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.