Differences Between Menstrual Blood and Istihadhah Blood ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain the issues that are specifically related to Muslim women. In many conditions Muslim women cannot pray, fast, and so on. So, that’s why we have to know about these conditions. The problem I mean is the characteristics of menstrual blood and the characteristics of istihadhah blood. There is a big difference between the two.
As always, before I explain differences between Menstrual blood and Istihadhah blood further, I will quote a hadith that is specifically related to our discussion. pay attention!
Hadith About Menstrual Blood
The hadith about menstrual blood that I mean is as follows
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا أَنَّ فَاطِمَةَ بِنْتِ أَبِيْ حَبِيْشٍ كَانَتْ تُسْتَحَاضُ فَقَالَ لَهَا رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : إِنَّ دَمَ الْحَيْضِ دَمٌ أَسْوَدٌ يُعْرَفُ فَإِذَا كَانَ ذَاكَ فَأَمْسِكِيْ عَنِ الصَّلَاةِ فَإِذَا كَانَ الْآخَرُ فَتَوَضَّئِيْ وَصَلِّيْ . رَوَاهُ أَبُوْ دَاوُدَ
From Aisha radliyallaahu anhaa, that Fathima bint Abu Habisy was experiencing a state of istihadhah. The Messenger of Allah sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam then said to him, “Indeed the menstrual blood is black. If the blood is like that, then don’t pray! If the blood is different, then perform ablution and pray.” The hadith is narrated by Abu Daud.
All readers! If we understand the hadith above, then at least we already know, that the most striking difference between menstrual blood and istihadhah blood is the color; the color of menstrual blood is black while istihadhah blood is other than that.
There are some important things related to the hadith above that we need to know;
One; The hadith explains, that Muslim women who are menstruating cannot pray.
Two; For Shafi’iyah sect and Ahmad, Muslim women who are experiencing istihadhah must pray and fast. They must ablaze for every prayer they will do. They may also have sex.
Three; For Hanafiyah sect, Muslim women who are experiencing istihadhah must perform ablution (wudu) for each prayer they will perform.
Four; For Malikiyah sect, Muslim women who are experiencing istihadhah are encouraged to make their ablutions for every prayer they will perform.
That is a brief description of the differences between Menstrual blood and Istihadhah blood. Now, do you understand? The problem is simple and the explanation that I have conveyed is also very clear. So, I hope you understand. But, if you have questions, please ask!
I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!
See you again in the next article!