Irregular menstruation cycle ?
If a woman has an irregular menstruation cycle, is there a maximum time limit she is allowed to be exempt from her farz salah.
As a time period of 2 - 4 weeks can occur constantly
menstruating. As we know a woman is forbidden to pray salah during her menstruation, but I have heard that it can only extend up to a maximum of 10 days. Is this true? If it is so, then should a woman proceed to resume salah even though she is menstruating?
Please shed some light on this and any further advise you can provide for extremely irregular menstruation cycles.
Haidh refers to the blood that all mature women experience for a few days every month. It is referred to as Haidh when the blood is not due to illness. Blood as a result of illness is called Istihadha.
Haidh lasts for a minimum of three days and a maximum of ten days and nights. If it does last for more than this time, then there are two possibilities;
1. When the woman has a pattern in her periods. In other words, her periods always occur for three, four or five days. Thus, the normal amount of days of her period will count as Haidh, and the extra days will be considered as Istihadha. For example, a woman usually has Haidh for six days. However, in one particular month, her period lasts for twelve days. The first six days will be considered as Haidh and the last six days will be considered as Istihadha.
2. When the woman has no set pattern in her periods. If she has period for more than ten days, then these count as Haidh and the remaining additional days count as Istihadha.
The time between two menstrual periods is at least fifteen days. For instance, if a woman’s period stops on the tenth, then she will not experience them again until at least the twenty-fifth. If she does, then this blood is the blood of Istihadha, not Haidh.
There is no maximum amount of time between two menstrual periods. It can be fifteen days or more than this.
A woman with Haidh or Nifas cannot perform the following;
-Perform Salah; she is not required to make up for them either.
-Touch the Qur’an or recite it
-Enter a mosque or perform Tawaf of the Kaaba Sharif.
-Keep fasts. However, she will be required to make up for them at a later date.
-Have intercourse with the husband.
However, Istihadha does not necessitate performing a bath and the principles of Haidh and Nifas do not apply to it. A woman with Istihadha should perform a fresh ablution for each Salah and perform it.
To summarize, a woman with Haidh is exempt from Salah; a woman with Istihadha is not exempt. She is required to perform a fresh ablution for every Salah time.
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