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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 is the maximum duration of nifaas?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:30

A: The maximum duration for nifaas is forty days.

   

Q: What is the minimum duration of nifaas?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:25

A: There is no minimum limit for nifaas. It can remain for a day and even for a few hours.

   

Q: What is nifaas?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:23

A: Nifaas is translated as postnatal bleeding i.e. the blood which exits from the womb following childbirth.

   

Q: A woman’s normal habit for haidh is six days. However, in one particular month the bleeding continued after the sixth until the twelfth day. What must she do in this situation?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 10:17

A: Since her bleeding continued for more than ten days, the maximum period of haidh, she will consider her haidh to be the first six days which was her previous habit. The remaining days of bleeding will be counted as days of istihaadhah. Hence, after taking a bath she should perform the qadha of all the salaah missed after the sixth day.

   

Q: What must a woman do if her bleeding stops before her normal habit?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 09:31

A: Once the bleeding ceases, even if it be before her normal habit, she should take a ghusl (bath) and begin performing salaah and observing her fast if it is in Ramadhaan. She will now be regarded as pure. However, sexual intercourse will remain unlawful for her until she completes the days of her last habit, due to the possibility of further menstruation.

Example: A woman whose norm of menstruation is seven days, but one month she happens to stop bleeding on the fourth day.

Note: Many laws of haidh depend on a woman knowing her habit. It is thus necessary for a woman to keep track of her cycles as this will be very useful to her in situations of abnormal bleeding.

   

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