Postpartum period lasting for longer than previous times
Q: I have been suffering from
since twelve days after I gave birth, as my husband had an accident in which he was badly injured, and was carried to hospital. When I knew of what happened to him, I panicked over him. I became so distressed and afraid, and I wept a lot during the time when he was in hospital in a dangerous condition for thirty days. My condition was so terrible that the postpartum bleeding did not stop after forty days; it lasted for ten more days, although the postpartum bleeding usually lasts for twenty or twenty-five days with me. Three days later, the bleeding started again. It continued for five days, then I became Tahir (ritually pure) for two or three days, and then the bleeding (Part No. 4; Page No. 262) started again. My menstruation has become irregular, which means that it comes two, three or maybe even four times a month. I sought treatment in hospital, but it was of no use. I remained in this condition for five months, given that this is menstrual blood. The days on which I offer Salah (Prayer) have become very few, because whenever the bleeding starts, I leave Salah until I become Tahir. However, the days of Tuhr (period of ritual purity) are much less than the days on which I have menstruation.I would like to ask about what I should do in this case.Should I go on like this and leave Salah on the days in which I bleed, and offer it again on the days of Tuhr? I leave Salah for very long intervals.If Ramadan comes while I suffer from the same condition, what should I do?May Allah reward you.
First, you should make up for the Salahs you left during the last ten days that exceeded the limit of forty days of the postpartum period.Second, in the future, you have to leave Salah on the days of your usual menstruation every month, and the rest is considered Istihadah (abnormal vaginal bleeding outside the menstrual or post-partum period), during which you can offer Salah, observe Sawm (Fasting) (Part No. 4; Page No. 263) and your husband can have sexual intercourse with you, as this bleeding is considered abnormal.Third, you should make up for the Salahs you left on days other than those of your usual period time.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.