Duration of the menstrual period


A: All praise is due to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and Companions. First: The duration of your menstrual period is the length of time your period usually lasts, which in your case is nine or ten days. When the bleeding ceases after these nine or ten days, you should take Ghusl (ritual bath) and then you can pray, fast, or circumambulate the Ka‘bah during Hajj or ‘Umrah, or do any supererogatory acts of worship. It will also be lawful for your husband to have intercourse with you. The bleeding that returns after elapse of the usual duration of your period due to your engagement in household chores or for any reason is not menstrual blood, rather it is due to some sickness or a kind of abnormal non-menstrual vaginal bleeding, which does not prevent you from Salah (prayer), Sawm (fasting), Tawaf (circumambulation around the Ka‘bah) or other acts of worship. You should wash it off like any other kind of Najasah (impurity) and perform Wudu’ (ablution) for every Salah. Then, you can offer Salah, Tawaf and recite the Qur’an. Second: It is permissible for you to use pills to stop the monthly period during Ramadan, if it is not harmful to your health, does not cause sterility or a disorder in the monthly period because sometimes pills may lead to continuous bleeding. Otherwise, it is Haram (unlawful) to use them. (Part No. 5; Page No. 389) In this regard you are enjoined to refer to experts and trustworthy doctors.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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