Should Post-Natal Bleeding Be Dealt with in the Same Manner as Menstrual Bleeding?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I recently experienced the loss of my pregnancy at 5 months gestation and had to undergo delivery.I am also experiencing post-delivery bleeding.

Is this bleeding considered to be the same as menstrual bleeding? Is it permissible for me to attend the burial of my stillborn son at the grave site in such a state?

Answer: assalamu `alaykum

I am sad to hear of your loss and pray that this trial becomes a means for you to grow in your religion and attain next-worldly success.

Regarding your question, the bleeding you are experiencing is considered post-natal bleeding (nifas). It is similar to menstrual bleeding in many of its rules, such as not being obligated to pray and the impermissibility of entering a mosque or reading the Qur’an.

However, menstrual and post-natal bleeding do not prevent one from participating in funeral rites at a grave site. Therefore, it is permissible for you to attend such services.

Salman

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani