Does Spotting Count as a Period?

Question : 260335


The time for my period came two days ago. Yesterday, before Maghrib, I had a single spot of blood, until the time of ‘Isha, so I did not pray. Please note that the regular time had not yet ended, and I felt the usual pains.


What may be understood from your question is that you did not get the usual menstrual bleeding , even though this was the time for it, but you got a single spot of blood . A spot of blood is not regarded as menses, because menses is blood that flows from the uterus, so it cannot be a mere spot.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymin (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked: If a woman gets a few spots of blood during the day in Ramadan , and that continues throughout the month of Ramadan and she is fasting, is her fast valid?

He replied: 

“Yes, her fast is valid. As for these spots , they are of no significance, because they come from the veins. It was narrated from ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) that he said: These spots of blood that resemble a nosebleed are not menses. This is how it was narrated from him (may Allah be pleased with him).” (60 Sualan fi’l-Hayd, p. 6)

And Allah knows best.

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