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Q: Is it permissible for a man to have sexual intercourse with his wife after thirty or twenty-five days of her giving birth, or must he wait for forty days? Some people say it depends on the condition of the wife while others say that she should complete forty days. I do not know which of them is truthful. Kindly help us, may Allah bless you to guide us to what is best. May Allah reward you.


A: Praise be to Allah Alone, and peace be upon Prophet Muhammad, his family and Sahabah (Companions). It is not permissible for a husband to have sexual intercourse with his wife during her postpartum period which is forty days after giving birth, unless the postpartum bleeding stops before the completion of that period. If so, it is permissible after she makes Ghusl (ritual bath). If the bleeding resumes before the forty days are over, it is Haram (prohibited) for her husband to have sex with her; during such period she should stop performing Salah (Prayer) and Sawm (Fast) until the forty days pass or until the bleeding completely stops.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

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