The Pill and Spotting

Fatwa ID: 03176

Answered by:  Maulana Muddasser Dhedhy​

Question:

I wanted to know regarding spotting as I have been taking birth control pills for the past 2 months. What is the ruling for it? What quantity does it have to be and what to do with it? I am not getting any spotting at the moment. It's just sometimes when I'm done with the bathroom and I wipe with tissue, then a very tiny amount of spots, not even equivalent to the size of a little small thread, comes out. What should I do? Is it allowed/okay? Will it be considered as periods?

 

Answer:

In The Name Of Allah, The Most-Merciful, The Most Kind

It is not a requirement of Haidh that the bleeding is continuous. Intermittent bleeding will still be considered to be Haidh as long as the bleeding/spotting happens over 3 to 10 days. Any bleeding lasting for less than three days will be Istihadhah (non-menstrual bleeding). Any bleeding over and above ten days will be regarded as Istihadhah. Also, the bleeding/spotting should be preceded by fifteen complete days which were regarded as tuhr (a state free of Haidh).[1]

 

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Muddasser Dhedhy

Check and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


[1](وَمِنْهَا) النِّصَابُ أَقَلُّ الْحَيْضِ ثَلَاثَةُ أَيَّامٍ وَثَلَاثُ لَيَالٍ فِي ظَاهِرِ الرِّوَايَةِ. هَكَذَا فِي التَّبْيِينِ وَأَكْثَرُهُ عَشَرَةُ أَيَّامٍ وَلَيَالِيهَا. كَذَا فِي الْخُلَاصَةِ. (وَمِنْهَا) تَقَدُّمُ نِصَابِ الطُّهْرِ وَفَرَاغِ الرَّحِمِ عَنْ الْحَبَلِ. هَكَذَا فِي السِّرَاجِ الْوَهَّاجِ. (الفتاوى الهندية ج 1 ص 41. دار الكتب العلمية)

Birgivi's Manual Interpreted: Complete Fiqh of Menstruation & Related Issues pp. 33 & 35.

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