What Prayer Should I Make Up after My Menstruation?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi



I came across an article or two where (from my understanding) if a woman becomes certain her period ended during the time for isha she must also make up maghrib. Could you please confirm this?



I pray this finds you in the best of states.
No, if a woman was menstruating until after the exit of Maghrib time and after the entry of the Isha time, she will only be required to pray the Isha prayer if the bleeding stops within the Isha time. [Birgivi, Zukhr al-Mutahilin]

The reason for this ruling is that for the full duration of the Maghrib prayer time, the woman was menstruating, and therefore it was forbidden (haram) for her to pray. And a prayer missed because of menstruation does not have to be made up. [Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]

The mother of the believers, Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, has said: “When we were affected by menstruation, we were told to make up fasts, and we were not ordered to make up prayers.” [Muslim]

And Allah knows best.
[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Sufyan Qufi is an advanced seeker of knowledge, originally from Algeria, who grew up in France. He began searching far and wide for answers to the fundamental questions of life and was disappointed at the answers he found.

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