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Bleeding After Menses: What to Do?

15 May, 2018
Q I noticed blood stain in my husband sexual organ and my vagina during intercourse after fifteen days of the former menstruation and the next menstruation is supposed to start from 19th to 23th and after washing my vagina there is no stain of the blood on my pants. Should I have a bath and continue praying? I don't know what to do. Please, help me; I don't want to be sinning.


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 your case, menstruation normally does not exceed fifteen days; so any further bleeding is considered istihadah which only necessitates wudu’ for every obligatory prayer.

In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

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Since menstruation can never exceed more than fifteen days, as ruled by the jurists, what you experienced is due to a condition known as istihadah or chronic bleeding; the rules of istihdahah are not the same as those of menses.

In case of istihdahah, you simply need to wash your genitals and perform wudu’ for each of the prayers you are about to perform.

I need not emphasize the fact that this, of course, is after you have performed a complete ghusl (ritual bath) immediately after the expiry of the menstrual cycle.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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