No Restrictions on a Woman in Postpartum Bleeding to Travel, Go Out and Share Bed with Husband
Fatwa No: 446479

Question

As salam alikum wohrehmathulai wobarkatahoo brother. After a woman delivery how many days she can’t have sex with husband. Or can husband abs wife share same bed or there any restrictions of her travelling or attending funeral . HowMany days she can’t go out or perform namaz. Please advise Jazaka Allah khair

Answer

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.

According to the most preponderant opinion of the statements of the jurists, the postpartum period is forty days. If a woman becomes pure from bleeding before the completion of forty days, even on her first day, then she is like other pure women; she must perform Ghusl and pray. It is forbidden for her to pray before the bleeding stops and before performing Ghusl. After her bleeding stops and after she performs Ghusl, her husband is permitted to have sexual intercourse with her if he does not fear any harm on her by doing so.

Being in postpartum period is not an Islamic impediment for the husband to share the same bed with his wife, or for her to go out or to travel for her need. There is no specific period that prevents the postpartum woman from going out before the end of the postpartum period. However, she must abide by the Islamic conditions when she goes out and when she travels, such as wearing her Hijaab, being accompanied by a Mahram and other rulings.

It is permissible for her to attend the funeral, and to pray the funeral prayer if she has become pure; however, she should not follow the funeral procession because there are Islamic texts that prohibit [strongly discourage] doing so [for a woman], as in the Hadeeth narrated by Umm ‘Attiyah Al-Ansaariyyah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her who said: “We were forbidden from following funeral processions, but that was not made mandatory upon us.

For more benefit on women following the funeral procession, please refer to Fataawa 85290 and 11098.

Allah knows best.

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