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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.

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

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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.