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Fasting and the pill

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Slms. I am taking the pill and have supper the placebo deliberately so that I can keep all my fasts.one of the side effects however of the pill is that spotting / breakthrough bleeding can be experienced while on the active pill . I am fasting , however I am experiencing slight spotting in between. Is I have not missed any active pills . It’s not like a full period. Is my fast valid? Do I continue fasting ? What’s the ruling ? Jzk


In the name of Allah, the Inspirer of Truth

Any spotting/bleeding which is seen while on the pill may be menstruation (hayd) if the following conditions are met:

– it is preceded and followed by a minimum of 15 days purity

– it continues (even if intermittent) for at least 72 hours (three days and nights)

– it does not exceed 240 hours (ten days and nights)

If the spotting/bleeding stops within 72 hours, and is succeeded and followed by a complete 15-day purity, then it is irregular bleeding (istihada). Any fasts or salats missed during these days must be made up.

If you continue to see spotting/bleeding beyond 240 hours, or if this bleeding is not succeeded or followed by a complete 15-day purity, you must refer to your habit to determine which days of bleeding are hayd.

Please note that any coloured discharge/spotting or bleeding, which meets the above-mentioned requisites, will be hayd, regardless of the viscosity or flow of blood.

We suggest you keep a detailed record of each instance of bleeding in case you are required to refer to your habit.

And Allah knows best.

Answered by:
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Checked & Approved by:
Mufti Abdul Rahman Mangera
Mufti Zubair Patel

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