Menstruation Cycle 3

Menstruation Cycle 3

Scenario 3: This woman in the past 2 months has seen blood on different dates and the blood flow did not have a fixed duration. This month she saw blood for 13 days. The blood had no signs.  In this situation she must consult her family, to verify the normal time duration of ‘haidh’ in the family. Let us suppose the number of days that is the normal duration of haidh in her family is 8 days. Since 8 days is greater than 7 (the number 7 is what we discussed in ‘B’ above), she should follow these guidelines:

The duration of her haidh is 7 days

The duration of ‘Jum`” is 1 days (Difference between 7 and 8)

The duration of istihadha is 5 days

Total duration of blood flow 13 days

Scenario 4: This woman in the past 2 months has seen blood on different dates and the blood flow did not have a fixed duration. This month she saw blood for 13 days. The blood had no signs. In this situation she must consult her family, to verify the normal time duration of ‘haidh’ in the family. Let us suppose the number of days that is the normal duration of haidh in her family is 7 days.  Since 7 days is the same as 7 (the number 7 is what we discussed in ‘B’ above), she should follow these guidelines:

The duration of her haidh is 7 days

The duration of ‘Jum`” is 0 days

The duration of istihadha is 6  days

Total duration of blood flow 13 days

Mubtadiyah: Beginner : This is a woman who sees blood for the first time. Then she is known as “Mubtadiyah’. If she sees blood for more than 10 days then she should follow the same rules as a woman ‘having the habit of time’ does.

If the blood seen has signs of haidh, the number of days it has the signs of haidh is ‘haidh’, and the rest is istihadha. (If the blood has the signs of haidh and the same signs remain for 13 days, then it is as if there were no signs).

If the blood has no signs of haidh, then a woman should consult her family, to verify the normal time duration of haidh in the family. If the majority of women in her family have the same number of days, she should follow their pattern. Then the normal duration in the family is going to be haidh, and the remaining days is istihadha.

If the family members have different durations and it is hard to determine, then she must calculate according to a 7-day period, the rest being istihadha.

Note: Consulting your family for the # of days means asking your mother, sisters, paternal aunts and maternal aunts, and grandmothers about their blood cycle (menstruation). Asking about their duration, means asking how many days do they see blood every month?

Some scenarios of Mubtadiya: Beginner

Scenario 1: This woman has seen blood for the first time.  The blood flow went on for 10 days. In this situation, all the ten days are ‘haidh’.

Scenario 2: This woman has seen blood for the first time.  The blood flow carried on for 13 days. If the blood had all the signs of haidh for 8 days for example, but did not have the signs of haidh for the last 5 days, then this woman should consider 8 days of haidh and the rest Istihadha.

Scenario 3: This woman has seen blood for the first time.  The blood flow carried on for 13 days. There were no signs of haidh. In this situation this woman should consult her family and if for example her family has a habit of 8 days then this woman should consider 8 days as being haidh and 5 days as istihadha.

Scenario 4: This woman has seen blood for the first time.  The blood flow carried on for 13 days. There were no signs of haidh. In this situation this woman should consult her family and if her family has no particular duration, then she should consider 7 days as haidh and the rest as Istihadha.

Scenario 5: This woman has seen blood for the first time.  The blood flow carried on for 13 days.  There were no signs of haidh. In this situation this woman should consult her family BUT she has no family, then she should consider 7 days as haidh and the rest as istihadha.

Forgetful: Nasiyah:  When a woman forgets her dates and duration she is known as ‘nasiyah’.  If she sees blood for more than 10 days then she should follow these guidelines:

If the blood has signs of ‘haidh’ and it lasts no more than 10 days then it is all considered ‘haidh’.

If blood has signs of ‘haidh’ for 8 days, no signs for 5 days, and the blood flow lasts 13 days, then 8 days is haidh and 5 days is istihadha.

If blood has no signs at all and the flow lasts 13 days, then she should consider 7 days as ‘haidh’ and the remaining days as ‘istihadha’.

Different Types of Menstruation

Type 1: This woman is clean the whole month, only sees blood during the days of menstruation.

Type 2: This woman sees blood (spotting) the whole month, but during the days of haidh the blood has signs of haidh.

Type 3: This woman is clean the whole month, but during the days of haidh, she sees blood for a couple of days, then there is no blood for a day or two, then she sees blood again. If this routine continues for 10 days then it is all haidh. This is as per Imam Khomeini.

Note: As per Ayatullah Seestani the days within the period of haidh when one does not see blood should be considered as ‘Jum`  ‘, Ihtiyat-e-Wajib, (please refer glossary for the meaning of jum` and Ihtiyat-e-Wajib). 

Qadha Salat

Performing salat is haram while a woman is in haidh, but as soon as she feels that she is done with haidh then she should pray within the time for salat. Below are some problem scenarios and some solutions:

This woman was clean and delayed salat and then got ‘haidh’. This woman needs to do Qadha for this Salat when she is done with haidh,

As she did not pray on time that day and she delayed when she could have prayed on time.

This woman had her period and when it stopped, she had just enough time to take the ritual bath and do wudhu and pray. She delayed it, hence the time for Salat passed. She must do Qadha Salat, because she had enough time to take the ritual bath, wudhu and pray but she did not.

This woman was clean then she saw blood, so she thought it was haidh. Then later she realized that it was not haidh.  She should do Qadha prayers for all the prayers she missed.

Things that are Haram (prohibited) in ‘Haidh’ (Menses):

Worship for which wudhu is required, for example: Salat, Fasting, and Tawaaf of Ka’aba.

Sexual relationship

All the actions that are haram in the state of janabat:

It’s Haraam to enter Masjid ul Haram and Masjid un Nabi.

Stopping in other mosques and the shrines of Imams is Haraam. Passing through one door and coming out through another door is okay as long as one does not stop in a Masjid or Shrine of Imams.

Placing something in the mosque is Haraam, but picking up something is no problem, according to Imam Khomeini. However as per Ayatullah Seestani a woman cannot place something or pick up something while a woman is Junub or when in the state of Haidh.

Reciting 4 surahs that contain the Wajib Sajda is Haram:  Surah Sajda, Surah Fussilat, Surah Al-Najm and Surah Al-Alaq. According to Imam Khomeini, even reciting one word of the surahs mentioned above in the state of janabat or haidh is haram.

Note: Ayatullah Seestani says that reciting the Surah is not a problem but a woman in the state of haidh or janabat should not recite the ayats that have the Sajda e wajib in them. Surah Sajda Ayat 15, Surah Fussilat Ayat 38, Surah Al-Najm Ayat 62, and Surah Al-Alaq Ayat 19.

It’s haraam to touch the words of Qur’an with any part of the body. It’s haraam to touch the names of Allah in any language. It’s Haraam to touch names of Prophets and Imams and Syeda Fatema (SA). As per Imam Khomeini its Ihtiyat-e-Wajib not to touch the names of the 14 infallibles.

Note:  As per Ayatullah Seestani its better if a woman does not touch the names of the 14 Infallibles in the state of janabat and haidh.

Miscellaneous Points regarding Haidh

A pregnant or a breast-feeding woman may also see haidh. Depending on the signs of the blood, if a woman is certain that the blood is haidh (please refer to point #3 in the section of haidh for ways to be certain), then she should follow the rules of haidh.