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Article: How To Pray With Istihada

A woman who is experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding (istihada) is still required to pray with ablution (wudu).

The blood is ruled as filthy (najas), and its presence on the body or clothes could impact the validity of a woman’s prayers if it exceeds the excused amount.

Every woman’s istihada situation will be unique. Some women may see occasional spotting, while others may see a constant flow of blood.

Thus, the rulings related to how a woman will pray are dependent upon:

  • if blood continues to exit her vagina while she is making ablution (wudu) or praying the obligatory prayer;
  • and if it is possible for her to stop the blood flow for this duration.

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