Should I Delay My Ghusl After the End of Menstruation?

Hanafi Fiqh
Maliki Fiqh

Answered by Ustadha Shaista Maqbool

Question: My question is about tahara/menstruation. After 24 hours of no discharge and after having ghusl, I sometimes have clear discharge and sometimes mixed with blood. Do i have to fast and pray or do i have to wait another 24 hours and renew my ghusl? I´m confused because if there´s no blood discharge I make ghusl, but i can´t renew my ghusl every 8 hours? My fiqh school is Shafi´i.

Answer: Wa’alaikum assalaam warahmatu Allah,

According to all the schools, once menstruation/bleeding stops, the woman must not delay making ghusl such that she misses a prayer. There is no rule that you can’t renew ghusl every 8 hours. A woman may take as many ghusls as she needs in a certain time. Certainly she is obliged to make ghusl if she sees recurring spotting; i.e. she takes a ghusl every time the spotting stops and resumes praying/fasting.

Therefore, every time your spotting ceases, make sure to make ghusl before the prayer time ends such that you will not miss the prayer you are in; if you delay the ghusl such that you miss the prayer, you will have to make up that prayer.

Shaista Maqbool

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani