Bleeding for more than ten days

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Q: I want to ask about periods? If periods exceed more than ten days and the bleeding continues then is it allowed to pray salaah and whether in the same condition a married woman can have sex if after ten days she has some spotting?


A: The least period of haidh is three days and the maximum is 10 days. If she has set pattern e.g. 7 days, and the blood continued for more than 10 days, 7 days will be regarded as haidh and the remaining days will be regarded as istihaazah. She will have to make qadha for the Salaah after the seven days. Similarly in the state of istihaazah she will make wudhu and perform her Salaah. She will be treated as a woman who is paak. Hence she can touch and recite the Qur’an and have relations with her husband. However if the blood continued for more than the days of her normal bleeding, but stopped within ten days, her pattern of haidh will then change and the entire period will be regarded as haidh.

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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