What Is the Ruling of Bleeding After 40 Days of Nifas (Postnatal Bleeding)?

Name of Questioner: Sharifat

Date: 9-5-2021 07:19:55 AM

Consultant: EDC


Assalamu alaikum my post natal bleeding continues after 40days, and I can recall my actual date of mensuration what do I do?

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Nifas (post-natal bleeding) is the blood that is discharged after giving birth. This period lasts until a woman realizes the tuhr (stop of bleeding) or completes forty days. So the maximum duration of post-natal bleeding is 40 days. Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her) said “The nufasa’ (a woman in a state of birth blood discharge) used to continue to be in childbed for forty days at the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him)”. (Authenticated by Al-Hakim)

If you bleeding exceeds the forty days, it is regarded as Istihadah. In this case, you should perform ghusl after the 40 days period comes to an end and syou should use a liner of cotton or pads, and perform wudu before each prayer. This is, of course, unless the bleeding coincides with you regular menstrual period; if so, it is to be considered menstruation.

And Allah knows best.