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Women Matters

Menstruation and Postnatal Bleeding FAQs

1. Can I read my usual tasbeehs when I am experiencing menstruation/lochia (postnatal bleeding)? Also, am I allowed to sit on my prayer mat?
Yes, you can and should recite tasbeehs (e.g. SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar, kalimahs). You should also recite your regular du’as. Reading Qur’anic ayahs that are used for du’a or praise are permissible when the intention is du’a or praise. (Bahishti Zewar, Birgivi, Raddul Muhtaar) There is no problem with sitting on your prayer mat or in your usual place of prayer during menstruation/lochia.

2. What should I do if I am studying translation/tafseer of the Qur’an at regular classes?
You should still attend the class (as long as it is not held within a masjid) but use a separate cloth to turn the page of the Qur’an or ask the person sitting next to you to do it for you. You cannot turn the page wearing gloves or using any piece of material attached to your body, such as sleeve or scarf. (Al-Hidaaya, Bahishti Zewar, Birgivi)

3. Can I touch a book that includes verses of the Qur’an?
During menstruation/lochia, it is permissible to touch the pages of such a book, e.g. book of fiqh, but not the actual Qur’an verses on the page. Similarly, it is unlawful to touch jewellery, plates etc that have Qur’anic verses written on them. (ibid)

4. If I put on a pair of clothes this morning, then my bleeding stopped during the afternoon, do I have to put on a fresh pair of clothes after having my bath?
It is not necessary to change clothing after your ghusl (bath of ritual purity) unless there is some impurity on the clothing. In the case of impurity on the clothing, it will be sufficient to wash the blood off. The same applies for bedding etc.

5. What are the rulings for relations between a husband and wife during menstruation/lochia?
Intercourse is forbidden during menstruation/lochia. It is unlawful for the husband to touch the area between navel and knees of the wife. All other contact, such as kissing etc, is permissible. (Bahishti Zewar, Birgivi, Raddul Muhtaar)

6. What is the correct method of bathing after menstruation/lochia?
The sunnah method of ghusl (bathing) is the same following menstruation, lochia and sexual intercourse. First wash the hands and private parts, removing any impurities. Then perform wudhu and thereafter pour water over the head and entire body. Wash the entire body, rubbing it so that not a single hair remains dry. Ensure that the roots of the hair get wet. Important: The following 3 actions are fardh and your ghusl will be invalid if they are left out. 1) Wash the entire body so that not a single hair remains dry 2) Rinse the mouth thoroughly, tipping the head back and gargling, so that water enters the throat. 3) Put water into the nose, tipping the head back so that the water reaches to the soft part of the bone (til the bridge of the nose).

7. Can I share a plate with someone, or can someone sleep in my bed when experiencing menstruation/lochia?
Yes, you can do the above things and all other normal activities. Please refer to the previous article on menstruation, detailing what you can and can’t do during menstruation.

8. Do I have to make up Salaah and fasts I missed due to periods?
Fasts must be made up, but salaah is excused and will not be made up. (Bahishti Zewar, Birgivi)

9. Am I allowed to take painkillers when menstruating or should I accept this as suffering?
Any form of pain or illness, however slight, is a test from Allah SWT and should be borne with patience. That is not to say, however, that we cannot take medication for pain relief. There is no problem with taking painkillers for menstrual cramps.

10. After I perform ghusl, sometimes there is discharge of a brownish/yellow colour. Is this still part of my period or not?
Your menstruation/lochia is considered to be at an end when the sanitary towel is completely clean. Brownish discharge after blood is still considered to be part of the menstruation/lochia and ghusl will have to be performed again. (Bahishti Zewar, Sharhut-Tanweer)

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Menstruation (Haidh)

Below are some basic points dealing with the issue of menstruation in general, as well as how it affects us in Ramadhan. The rules are in accordance with the Hanafi school of thought.

1. Bleeding for a minimum of three days and maximum of ten days is considered menstruation (haidh). Bleeding for less than three days and more than ten days does not fall under the same rulings of haidh; such a woman should pray salaah and observe fasts as usual.

2. If bleeding exceeds ten days, a woman must perform wudhu before every salaah, even if she has not broken her wudhu. Within one salaah time she can read Qur’an, offer nafl salaah etc with that wudhu, but once the salaah time is over, she must make a fresh wudhu for the next salaah.

3. During haidh, a woman must not:
* Pray salaah
* Keep a fast
* Touch/Read Qur’an- not even parts she knows by heart
* Enter a masjid

4. During haidh, a woman can:
* Recite duas
* Read durood
* Make dhikr (remembering Allah)
* Touch dua books or any other Arabic text besides Qur’an

5. A woman will not make up (do qadhaa of) the salaah she misses while menstruating, however, after Ramadhan, she must do qadhaa of the fasts she missed.

6. With regards to fasting, as soon as her period starts, her fast will break even if it is only a few minutes before Iftaar. This fast must be made up after Ramadhan.

7. When her haidh begins, she should eat something (discreetly!) as she is no longer fasting.

8. Once her haidh is complete (if she has finished during the day), she should refrain from eating for the rest of the day although this day is not counted as a fast and must also be made up later.

9. If she finishes haidh just before Fajr and has only a short while in which to eat Sehri, she should eat and make an intention of fasting and then take her fardh bath in time to pray Fajr salaah (before sunrise).
During haidh, particularly in the blessed month of Ramadhan, a woman should engage in dhikr, duas, durood, read a translation of the Qur’an and seek to increase her Islamic knowledge. In short, she should not waste the blessed moments of Ramadhan and consider herself on holiday! We are encouraged to sit in our usual place of prayer and make other forms of ‘ibaadat so that we can stick to our routine and don’t become lazy. For further queries on haidh or other issues pertaining to women, see the ‘contact’ page.

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