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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: How will a woman determine her habit for haidh?


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 14:54

A: A woman’s habit in haidh is determined by the number of days of normal bleeding and the duration of purity she experienced in the previous month.

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Q: From what age will bleeding that is experienced be regarded as haidh?


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 14:53

A: Bleeding experienced by a female who is nine years and older will be regarded as haidh. A girl below the age of nine does not menstruate. If such a girl notices blood, it is bleeding due to some illness and will be considered as istihaadhah (dysfunctional uterine bleeding), not menstruation.


Q: How will a woman calculate her haidh in the following scenario: She bleeds for three days and then does not see blood for two days. Then, she bleeds for one day.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 July 2012 15:10

 A: In such a situation, all six days will be considered as haidh (menstruation). The ruling in such situations is that if a day or more of purity falls within the ten-day period of menstruation, it will be treated as continuously flowing blood. Therefore, all six days will be considered as haidh.


Laws Pertaining to the use of the Cellular Phone


Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2012 10:12

Camera Phone

It is not permissible to take pictures of animate objects with a cell-phone. It is forbidden to watch videos, T.V. etc, whether on the cell-phone or any other media.

Answering the phone in the toilet

One should not answer the phone in the toilet. If necessary one may somehow make the caller aware that he is occupied at the moment.

Ring Tones

The purpose of the ring tone is to inform you that somebody wishes to speak to you.  To use the Azaan, a verse of the Qur’aan, any naat shareef, etc. for the purpose of this information is inappropriate. It is disrespectful to use these sacred words in this manner. Therefore, it is incorrect to use the Azaan, naaths or verses of the Qur-aan as a ring tone. Furthermore, if one’s phone suddenly starts ringing whilst in the toilet, this is gross disrespect to these sacred words. One should completely refrain from having such ring tones. Merely set your phone on a normal ring tone.

It is impermissible and a severe sin to have a musical ring tone on one’s cellular phone. Listening to music is Haraam, whether it is from a cell-phone or from any other instrument, whether with pictures or without pictures. To set such a tone on one’s phone that those who call one are forced to listen to music is totally impermissible. One is not only committing a sin, but one is also engaging others in sin.

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Q: What if a woman starts bleeding before experiencing fifteen days of purity?


Last Updated on Friday, 08 June 2012 07:33

A: If a woman, after completing her cycle begins to bleed again within 15 days, it will not be considered the start of a new cycle. This blood will be regarded as istihaadhah (dysfunctional uterine bleeding). (The laws of istihaadhah will be discussed later.)


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