What Should I Do When My Menstruation Exceed Ten Days?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

I have blood flow for 5/6 days then I find discolored discharge and sometimes spotting for more than a week. What should I do? Should I neglect it and pray? Can we make up missed prayers during this period?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

Both discoloured discharge and spotting are legally deemed blood.

If your bleeding exceeds ten days (240 hours), then you need to return back to your previous, established menstrual habit. Blood which goes beyond the habit would be considered irregular (istihada), and accordingly, you may pray your makeup prayers (qada’) during this time.

Please also see: Discolored Menstrual Blood & When To Stop Praying and: How Can I Judge When My Menstrual Period Has Ended?

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.