Does a Woman Have to Pray After a Miscarriage of 11 Weeks If She Bleeds for a Couple of Weeks?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum,

Does a woman have to pray after a miscarriage of 11 weeks if she bleeds for a couple of weeks?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

The basis is that blood seen after a miscarried foetus is post-natal bleeding (nifas) if any of the features have developed. [`Ala’ al-Din `Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya]

Before this point, you would need to return back to your menstrual and purity habits.

It is reported that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The miscarried child will pester its glorious and mighty Lord for His entering its two parents into the Fire until it is told, ‘O miscarried child that pesters its Lord! Enter your father and mother into Paradise.’ Then it will drag them with its umbilical cord until it makes them enter Paradise.” [Ibn Majah]

Please also see: What is the Legal Status of the Blood from a Woman Who Had a Miscarriage? and: Should Post-Natal Bleeding Be Dealt with in the Same Manner as Menstrual Bleeding?

And Allah alone knows best.

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani