A pregnant woman does not have menses

1-4-2006 | IslamWeb


There is a pregnant woman who has menses nearly every week. Is she obliged to perform Ghusl (a ritual bath) each time? How will she perform the prayer?


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The most preponderant opinion of the scholars, may, Allaah have mercy on them, is that a pregnant woman does not have menses, as Allaah considered menses as a sign that a woman is not pregnant, and it is for this reason that a waiting period is counted by having menses. The blood that a pregnant woman has is not menses, so she has to pray and fast in this condition, and her husband is permitted to have sexual intercourse with her. She is not obliged to perform Ghusl when she has this blood, but she must perform ablution as it is considered as the blood that a woman has between two menses, and the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) ordered a woman who has blood between menses to perform ablution at every prayer as reported by Al-Bukhari may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him and narrated by ‘Aa'ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her.  

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