Has Irregular Menses and Doesn’t Know Her Exact Monthly Periods
Fatwa No: 431209

  • Fatwa Date:5-11-2020 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 20, 1442
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Sheikh I want to ask I had bleeding which ended on the 2nd of the March. When this bleeding ended, then after 2 days we had intercourse. Then after this intercourse, I had again second bleeding in March. Then next month before any other bleeding, I had a talaq incident on the 6th of the April. Would the talaq count a bidah talaq even if I do not remember or I do not know that after how many days I had the second blood after the first blood ended but the 2nd blood came and ended in the same month of March? Sometimes I think the 2nd blood came after less than 15 days and sometimes I think it came after more than 15 days?


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

Whether the divorce was a Sunni divorce or a Bid’i divorce, it is effective according to the view of the majority of the scholars, and this is the view that we adopt here in Islamweb.

As regards the bleeding that comes again after your menses, then if it comes back after thirteen days or more after the cessation of the previous bleeding, then it is a new menstruation, otherwise, it is bleeding outside your monthly periods.

Since you don’t know exactly, then in principle that time-period has not passed; therefore, it cannot be ruled as menses except after being certain that the minimum time-period of purity has passed between the two menstrual cycles.

For more benefit on the difference between monthly menses and bleeding outside the monthly menses, please refer to Fataawa 199375, 192925, 183343, and 154565.

For more benefit on Istihaadhah and irregular menses, please refer to Fataawa 345745, 380429, 362518, and 326818.

For more benefit on irregular menses and signs of the end of menses, please refer to Fataawa 395488, 361450, and 355546.

Allah Knows best.

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