Wow ! July 7, 2010
During my Fiqh Al-Ibadaat (Islamic Jurisprudence of Worship) class I had one of those WOW moments ! There is nothing that our beautiful Islam has not talked about in MINUTE details.
I learned, among other things, the rulings on postpartum bleeding. Disgusting ! I Know ! But fascinating at the same time as you will realize as soon as I am done with this post. For those of you who do not know what postpartum bleeding is, it is the bleeding a woman has either during child labor (such as during contractions) and after giving birth. Here’s the fascinating part :
According to Islamic scholars if a miscarriage or an abortion has occurred it is relevant to determine whether the aborted or miscarried “being” at 80+ days has a human form. If it does then it is considered postpartum bleeding which can range between 1-40 days. During this period, a woman cannot pray, fast, have sexual relations etc. After the bleeding stops, she purifies herself from this state by performing “GHUSL” (taking a shower) . Remember this period cannot exceed 40 days–anything after the 40 days would be considered “Istihaadha” and she would have to perform wuduu (ablution) before every prayer and perform all regular acts of worship.
If the aborted or miscarried “being” is less than 80 days, and it does not have human form it is considered a fetus. In this case the bleeding that is associated with its abortion or miscarriage is not called postpartum bleeding but “Istihadha.” Istihadha, for which there is no equivalent in modern medicine other than “unexplained bleeding in between cycles” is basically any discolored discharge at any time of your cycle other than during menstruation or postpartum bleeding. In this case, the woman has to do wuduu (ablution) before every prayer and perform all forms or worship.
It occurred to me how ignorant we are as Muslim women of such crucial rulings ! Muslim public health teams who go around cities and villages to educate women about immunization, vaccine, breastfeeding etc. should include in their agenda these rulings. They are indeed crucial to the sanity of our religion as women.
I am telling you, I was entirely blown away with this knowledge today. Our Islam is amazing !