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Islam is a perfect deen. Part of the perfection of Islam is that together with the general obligations that apply to everyone, many laws are specific to males or females, keeping in mind each one’s specific roles in life, their physiological differences and other unique characteristics. Thus the laws pertaining to males and females differ in many aspects, among which are the postures of salaah, etc. Some of these rulings are briefly discussed hereunder.

Q: What is the law regarding the bleeding experienced following a miscarriage?

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A: Bleeding that follows a miscarriage of a foetus that has some limbs formed will be counted as nifaas (postnatal bleeding). If no limbs have formed on the miscarried foetus and it is just a few clots of blood or pieces of flesh, then one needs to determine whether the bleeding could be considered as haidh or not i.e. if 15 days or more have elapsed since her last cycle and it continues for at least three days then it will be considered as haidh. If these conditions are not present, it will be considered istihaadhah.