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Introduction

Islam is a perfect deen. Part of the perfection of Islam is that together with the general obligations that apply to everyone, many laws are specific to males or females, keeping in mind each one’s specific roles in life, their physiological differences and other unique characteristics. Thus the laws pertaining to males and females differ in many aspects, among which are the postures of salaah, etc. Some of these rulings are briefly discussed hereunder.

Shar‘ee Rulings and Etiquettes

Q: What will be the ruling for a woman who experiences bleeding during her pregnancy?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 15:29

A: The bleeding of a pregnant woman is considered as istihaadhah (dysfunctional uterine bleeding). Hence, she will continue performing her salaah etc.

   

Q: Is salaah necessary on a woman in labour?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 15:36

A: During labour, if a woman is conscious, she is still required to offer her salaah. If she cannot offer it with the normal postures, she will perform it with gestures (ishaarah). However, if by performing salaah she fears for the life of the child, she may delay her salaah.

   

Q: Will ghusl be compulsory if a woman did not experience any bleeding after childbirth?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 15:26

A: If after the birth of the child no blood comes out at all, even then it will be necessary to have a ghusl (bath) after the delivery.

   

Q: What is the law regarding the bleeding experienced following a miscarriage?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 15:36

A: Bleeding that follows a miscarriage of a foetus that has some limbs formed will be counted as nifaas (postnatal bleeding). If no limbs have formed on the miscarried foetus and it is just a few clots of blood or pieces of flesh, then one needs to determine whether the bleeding could be considered as haidh or not i.e. if 15 days or more have elapsed since her last cycle and it continues for at least three days then it will be considered as haidh. If these conditions are not present, it will be considered istihaadhah.

   

Q: If a woman experienced nifaas for a period of 30 days after delivering her first child and after delivering her second child she bled for 45 days, how many days will she consider as nifaas?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 09:32

A: Since her bleeding exceeded the maximum duration of nifaas (40 days) she will consider her previous habit of 30 days as nifaas and the remaining days will be regarded as isithaadhah (dysfunctional uterine bleeding). Therefore, she will have to perform qadhaa (make up) for the salaah and fasts (if any) that were not performed after the thirtieth day.

   

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