Bleeding after nifaas

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Q: I recently had my 3rd baby and on the 25th day started prayers after taking ghusl as the bleeding had stopped. But on the 40th day the bleeding started and thinking that periods have started I stopped praying but the bleeding stopped by evening. I waited one day to confirm and when the bleeding didn’t come took ghusl and started praying. But after 2 days again the bleeding started. This time also it stopped by evening. I have not yet taken ghusl as don’t know what to do. Please let me know if it’s nifaas or haiz or something else. And should I wait further or take ghusl and start praying? What about prayers missed?


A: Since the bleeding started on your 40th day and recommenced after 2 days, you will revert to your previous nifaas pattern. If from the termination of your last nifaas pattern 15 days has passed, the bleeding seen after the 15 days (i.e. after the 40th day) will be regarded as Haidh on condition that it flows for 3 days or more (even though it stops in between).

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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