Spotting after haidh

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Q: If a married woman has her periods (less than the normal flow) for 7 days. Then again after 2 to 3 days there is thin line of pinkish or sometimes red with whitish discharge, not like periods just, but once in a day for 5 to 6 days. Is it haidh or istihaza? Should she continue her prayers and can she do intercourse?


A: If the spotting ends before ten days, the entire period will be regarded as haidh. If it exceeds ten days, then the woman will follow her previous cycle and regard the spotting as istihaaza.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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