My wife has irregular periods, she cannot tell predict when they will occur. What are the rules for maximum length of menses and how far apart they should be

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Usually my wife’s periods last 3-5 days. Recently her period lasted 8 days then stopped. She made ghusl at time of asr and resumed her salat. However next morning her period started again. What should she do.


The minimum period of Haydh (menses) is three days and the maximum period is
ten days. Since your wife does not have a regular and standard monthly
cycle, she should use her previous cycle as her measure. For example, next
month her menses will be for eight days.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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