A nursing mother observing Sawm | Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts

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Q: I have a one-month old baby girl. Ramadan came and I still breastfeed her. Is it permissible for me to offer Sawm (Fast) or should I break it?

 

A: If the breastfeeding woman fears any harm for herself if she breastfeeds her baby in Ramadan, or fears any harm for her baby if she fasts and does not breastfeed her, then it is permissible for her to break her Sawm and she only has to make up for the days she has missed.

 

Q: I fasted four days of Ramadan then I started menstruating. After the menstrual period ended, I did post-menstruation Ghusl (full ritual bath) and began to observe Sawm. But later one, I noticed some intermittent drops of blood which stopped after a while. When I did the post-menstruation Ghusl and observed Sawm, I found some more drops still coming out. This occurred through the entire month of Ramadan. What should I do in this regard?

 

A: If the case is as you have mentioned, then the drops of blood that you noticed after performing post-menstruation Ghusl are not part of your menstruation blood, because it was not continuous bleeding. This does not fall under the same ruling as menstruation. Thus, you should offer Sawm and Salah (Prayer) regardless of this. Moreover, in the case that these drops are still seen, you have to offer Wudu’ (ablution) at the time of offering each Salah just like a woman experiencing Istihadah (abnormal vaginal bleeding outside the menstrual or post-partum period) and the case of people suffering from urinary incontinence. So, in conclusion, your Sawm on those days was valid.

 

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