Bleeding and prayer
Fatwa No: 82043

  • Fatwa Date:5-7-2000 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 3, 1421
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My wife had an abortion when she was 2 months pregnant because of an accident. She had a cleaning operation for her uterus (Rehimm) but blood still comes out from time to time. Can she pray (Salah) as usual or should she stop until she sees no blood? Thank you


Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.
According to the preponderant opinion of Muslim Scholars this blood is the blood of "Nifas" (confinement period). This blood is coming out after abortion, so it is "Nifas". In this case, she should avoid praying till the blood stops completely or till she completes forty days from the day of abortion.
Some Scholars believe however that if the aborted fetus has already taken the form or shape of a human being then the blood is "blood of Nifas". If it is not so but it was only in the stage of sperm or leech, the blood is not from "Nifas", and the woman should not give up praying or fasting.
Allah knows best.

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