What Are the Rulings of Istihadah (Irregular Bleeding)?

Istihadah is totally different from Haid (menstrual period) in its rulings. Istihadah does not prevent a woman from offering all the acts of worship. 

Istihadah (irregular bleeding) is the vaginal bleeding of a woman such that it could be continuous or it may stop for a short period of time. 

The first kind of bleeding that is continuous: It was narrated from Fatimah bint Abi Hubaish that she suffered from Istihadah and the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said to her: “If it is menstrual blood then it is blood that is black and recognizable, so stop praying, and if it is other than that then perform Wudu (ablution), for it is just a vein.” (An-Nasa’i) 

The second kind that stops for a short period of time: Narrated Hamnah bint Jahsh narrated:  ‘I had a very strong prolonged flow of blood. I went to the Prophet (peace be upon him) to ask him about it. He said, “This is a strike from Satan. So observe your menses for six or seven days, then perform Ghusl until you see that you are clean. Pray for twenty-four or twenty-three nights and days and fast, and that will suffice you. Do so every month just as the other women menstruate (and are purified). But if you are strong enough to delay the Zhuhr prayer and advance the `Asr prayer, then make Ghusl when your purified and combine the Zhuhr and the `Asr prayers together; then delay the Maghrib prayer and advance the `Isha’ prayer, and perform Ghusl and combine the two prayers, do so. Do so, and then wash at dawn and pray Fajr. This is how you may pray and fast if you have the ability to do so.” And he said, “That is the more preferable way to me.” (Abu Dawud) 

Does Haid prevent a woman from offering the acts of worship? Does istihadah prevent a woman from making `Umrah? How could a woman who suffer from irregular bleeding offer Prayer and Fasting? 

You could find the answers and more about the rulings of Istihadah on this short talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah. 

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