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Menopausal bleeding clarification

Nasihah (Advice): Cleanliness in menses


Sayyidatuna Aaisha Radhiyallahu Anha reports “whenever anyone of us got her menses, she, on becoming clean, used to rub the blood off her garment, and wash it (that portion) and sprinkle water over the rest of the garment. After that she would pray in it.” (Bukhari)




Question and Answer:


  1. Assalamu Alaykum W.W. I have a question to ask regarding the masla on menopause : If a woman’s menstrual cycle lasted 3 days during her normal days of haidh and she still continues to bleed for 3 days even for 1 month after attaining her age of 55 lunar years, will this be construed as haidh or istehaaza ? JazakAllah.Was Salaam.


  1. The minimum period of a valid menstruation/haidh is three days. The maximum is ten days. Hence, if a woman bleeds for three days, her menstruation/haidh will be three days.


In the case of a menopausal woman bleeding, if she bleeds one Month etc. after the menopausal age of fifty five lunar years, the bleeding would be considered to be menstruation/haidh on condition that the blood colour is the same as the blood colour of menstruation/haidh experienced prior to the menopausal age of menstruation.


For e.g. the blood prior to the menopausal age of menstruation/haidh was red and it is also red after the menopausal age of menstruation/haidh. In such a case, it would be considered menstruation/haidh. (Shaami 1/304)



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