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Forgetting One’s Previous Habit Of Nifaas

Question

A lady experiences nifaas for 38 days. She is clean for 4 days and then resumes bleeding again. She experienced nifaas before but cannot remember her habit, how would she count her nifaas?

Answer

In the queried scenario, if her bleeding stopped at 38 days and thereafter resumed before the elapsing of a complete 15 day clean period then she will have to exercise her mind in regards to her previous habit. If she is able to determine her previous habit then she will have to return to her previous habit. If she had missed any Salaah over and above her previous fixed days of Nifaas then all such Salaah will have to be repeated.

 If she is unable to determine her previous habit then (as a precautionary measure) she should make Qadha (of Salaah) for the entire 40 day duration as it is possible that her Nifaas lasted just for a moment. The Fuqaha have stated that adopting a cautious view in Ibaadat is Waajib.

المراة اذا كانت لها عادة معروفة في النفاس فنسيت عادتها وولدت بعد ذلك ولدا ورات الدم فعليها ان تقعد عن الصلاة اربعين يوما ان كانت تري الدم , وان لم يجاوز دمها اربعين يوما وطهرت هي بعد الاربعين طهرا كاملا لم تعد هي شيئا مما تركت من الصلاة , لان الاربعين يعتبر نفاسها في حقها كما اذا رات دمها في الحيض زيادة علي عادتها , ولم يجاوز الدم العشرة فانه يعتبر ذلك كله حيضا في حقها , وان جاوز الدم الاربعين او لم يجاوز ولكن طهرت بعد الاربعين اقل من خمسة عشر يوما , فان عليها ان تتحرّي في ذلك , فان وقع اكير رايها وغالب ظنها علي عدد انه كان عادة نفاسها ذلك مضت علي ذلك , واعادت ما تركته من الصلوة في اكثر من ايام نفاسها المعتادة

 

وان لم يكن لها راي في ذلك احتاطت فقضت صلاة الاربعين كلها لجواز ان نفاسها كان ساعة —-والاحتياط في العبادات  واجب (المحيط البرهاني ص472 ج1)

 

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