How Do I Perform My Missed Prayers and Current Prayers in a State of Irregular Bleeding (Istihada)?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I have been suffering from irregular, abnormal bleeding for the last 6 months, to the point where I am in this state of isitihada with barely any break. My question is if I need to make up qada prayers, do I have to make wudu for the current prayer and pray that, then repeat wudu for each and every qada I need to read as well? Or is the one wudu for the coinciding prayer enough also for the qadas?
Please remember me in your duas, as it has become extremely difficult and exhausting for me in this state with a young family to care for as well.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

You can perform the qada prayers with that one wudu you do every prayer time. You will not need to do fresh wudu for the qada prayers.

[Ackbarali, A Muslim Woman’s Guide to Menstruation Rulings]


It is a personal obligation (fard) for every adult woman to learn the basic rules of menstruation and to ask, as you’ve done, in the case of a complicated or unique situation). The book Coming of Age by Ustadha Hedaya Hartford is a very accessible book to learn these rulings. It is in English and has many practical examples, life experiences, and even illustrative charts to calculate menstruation.

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught 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 the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.