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.