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A narration reported by Ibrahim Nakha’I (rahimahullah) regarding menses

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Is the following Hadith authentically reported by Ibrahim Nakha’i (rahimahullah)?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) has said: ‘The minimum period of menses is three days and the longest period [of menses] is 10 days; and the minimum period [of purity] between the two menses is 15 days.’



‘Allamah Marghinani (rahimahullah) has alluded to this narration in his Kitab Al-Hidayah.

(Al-Hidayah, vol. 1 pg. 64, Maktabah Rahmaniyah edition)


Allamah Zayla’i and Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahumallah) have mentioned that they could not find this Hadith. ‘

(Nasbur Rayah, vol. 1 pg. 199, and Ad-Dirayah, vol. 1 pg. 88)


‘Allamah ‘Ayni (rahimahullah) has stated that this particular narration [reported via Ibrahim Nakha’i – rahimahullah] does not exist in any of the books of Hadith.

(ليس هذا موجودا في الكتب المتعلقة بنفس الحديث والأخبار)

(Al-Binayah, vol. 1 pg. 551; Also see: Al-‘Ilalul Mutanahiyah, vol. 1 pg. 382-383, Number: 640, Fathul Qadir, vol. 1 pg. 164 onwards, Al-Binayah, vol. 1 pg. 515 onwards, ‘Umdatul Qari, Kitabul Haydh, Chapter 24, At-Ta’rif wal Ikhbar, Hadith: 72, Fathu Babil ‘Inayah, vol. 1 pg. 132 onwards, Raddul Muhtar, vol. 2 pg. 250, and I’ilaus Sunan, vol. 1 pg. 353)



And Allah Ta’ala knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Farhan Shariff


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,

Note: My Honourable Teacher; Al-‘Allamatul Muhaddith, has  -in his new annotations to Nasbur Rayah (after Hadith 641)- cited a narration of Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu’anhu) from Imam Bayhaqi’s Al-Khilafiyyat vol.1 pg. 561 (992) with a similar meaning. Although the chain is debated by some.

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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