She saw blood outside her monthly period
Fatwa No: 129256

  • Fatwa Date:17-11-2009 - Thul-Qi'dah 30, 1430
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As-salamu alaikum.
I would very much appreciate it if you answer my question and not refer me to similar case because I looked for similar questions but still had my doubts. My period lasted for 10days (lets say it started on the 13 aug and seized on 22 aug) I took Ghusl but it came back after 8days and lasted another 10days (that is 30 aug until 8 sept) which I purified myself again and its back again after 7days (15 sept)…..i really don’t understand because it is black blood or rather deep brown for the first few days before it becomes red and it does not start dripping until after like 2 to 3 days because it is so thick and kind of clothing…..please what is my fasting status from the first time it came back? Was I meant to continue fasting or stop because I am also confused about the 15days period? And please help me and explain the answer in the simplest form, because if the interval is 15days or more is considered menses, but what if it is less than 15days? What is it considered as? Also I am not married or taking any form of contraceptives…Bissalam
Jazakallahu Khairan


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The blood that you saw the second time on the 30th of August is bleeding outside your monthly period because this blood is not menses as there is less than 15 days between it and (the end of) your previous menses, and the minimum period of purity between two menses is 15 days. Also, this blood cannot be added to the first menses so that it can be considered as one menses because its total number of days exceeds 15 days which is the maximum time-period of menses.

Since this bleeding is a bleeding outside the monthly menses as we mentioned, then your fasting during that period is valid, and you were obliged to do what a woman who has blood discharges outside her monthly menses is obliged to do, like performing ablution for every prayer after the time of the prayer has begun, and putting a pad on your private parts and then you pray with this ablution the obligatory prayer along with any supererogatory prayers you wish, and all the rules of women who are in a state of purity apply to you.

As regards the bleeding that you saw the third time, then if it was during the days of your regular menses, it is menses, because a woman who has bleeding outside her monthly menses should consider her monthly period if she has a known monthly period, and the bleeding that she has outside the monthly period is not menses.

If you have no regular menses, then you should distinguish between the types of blood that you have; the blood that has the characteristics of the blood of menses, like having black color, being thick and having a smell, and having pain when you have these blood discharges, then it is menses. However, if this blood has the characteristics of the blood outside the monthly menses, like its bright red color, being light and the like, then it is bleeding outside the monthly menses.

If you have no monthly menses and your bleeding is not distinguishable, then you should refrain from the prayer and fasting for the regular period of the women of your family, like 6 days or 7 days and what is beyond this is considered bleeding outside your monthly menses.

Allaah Knows best.

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