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Q. Assalamu Alaykum W.W. I have a question to ask regarding the masla on menopause : If a woman’s menstrual cycle lasted 3 days during her normal days of haidh and she still continues to bleed for 3 days even for 1 month after attaining her age of 55 lunar years, will this be construed as haidh or istehaaza ? JazakAllah.Was Salaam.
 
A. The minimum period of a valid menstruation/haidh is three days. The maximum is ten days. Hence, if a woman bleeds for three days, her menstruation/haidh will be three days.
 
In the case of a menopausal woman bleeding, if she bleeds one Month etc. after the menopausal age of fifty five lunar years, the bleeding would be considered to be menstruation/haidh on condition that the blood colour is the same as the blood colour of menstruation/haidh experienced prior to the menopausal age of menstruation.
 
For e.g. the blood prior to the menopausal age of menstruation/haidh was red and it is also red after the menopausal age of menstruation/haidh. In such a case, it would be considered menstruation/haidh. (Shaami 1/304)
 
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
 
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
 
Confirmation:
Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)

Council of Muslim Theologians

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