Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch
On our journey to Mecca, I started my period. I waited till the bleeding stopped (within ten days but one day longer than last month). I prayed Maghrib and ‘isha at the hotel and checked for any signs of bleeding throughout and before I left to perform ’umra after ‘isha.
When I returned, I saw a bright red dot of blood on the tissue after Istinja. I am unsure whether it was discharged after my ghusl or before (if it was part of the period, it should have been darker brown colored). As I was unsure of the nature and time of discharge, I suffered throughout my ibada; I didn’t take any action after that.
Please tell me if I was wrong in doing so and what I should do now.
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate
The red blood spot will be counted along with your total accumulative days of bleeding, from which you will calculate your total days of menstruation. [Tahtawi/Shurunbulali, Hashiyat Maraqi al-Falah]
You can consider that the blood you saw came out to the outer area of the female private part when you applied the tissue after istinja.
The rulings that apply to menstrual blood and other types of bleeding only take effect when the blood comes to the outward part of the body – in this case, out of the vaginal opening into the labia area. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]
Hope this helps
Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.