Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel
At the end of my periods for two days, I get yellow discharge and then white, so I can’t tell when it ends because a white release can be followed by yellow after I take a bath, and then I’ll have to do it again don’t want to miss a prayer either because it might be last. What should I do? Can I wait a little or a day before performing the ghusl?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate
Normal vaginal discharge can exit the vagina as clear or white but then dry into a yellowish color over time. Women should use a kursuf to assist them in knowing what color was when exited. Kursuf is usually a cloth, cotton wool, or paper tissue; pads and pantiliners may be used. However, they cannot be depended on to determine the end of menses.
Discharge Exits Yellow
If the discharge exits yellow on the kursuf and dries white, then the discharge is considered yellow. This means that it is blood and takes the legal consequences of blood. If seen within the possible days of menstruation, yellow takes the ruling of menstrual blood, and a woman is still deemed to be menstruating.
Discharge Exits White
If the discharge exits white or clear on the kursuf and dries yellow, then the discharge is considered white or clear. This means that it takes the ruling related to normal vaginal discharge.
If seen within the possible days of menstruation, white or clear, it marks the end of a woman’s menstrual blood.
In your case, see which yellow or white discharge scenario takes place and act accordingly. [N. Ackbarali, A Muslim Woman’s Guide to Menstruation Rulings; Hartford, Birgivi’s Manual Interpreted]
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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.
He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.
He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.
He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.