Blood flow following miscarriage

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Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 1, Page 358, Fatwa No.313
Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Volume 1, Pages 498-499

Question: Does the blood flow from a pregnant woman who has had a miscarriage break the fast?

Response: Certainly, the pregnant woman does not experience menses as Imaam Ahmad stated, rather women come to know they are pregnant when their menses cease. And regarding the menses, the people of knowledge have said: “The wisdom behind it’s creation is to nourish the fetus in the womb of it’s mother, so when she becomes pregnant her menses cease.”

However, some women experience a continuation of their regular menses, just as it was before they became pregnant; In such situations, the pregnant woman does not fast nor pray because she is on her menses.

As for the blood flow from a pregnant woman who has had a miscarriage, then if the fetus was noticeably human in its creation (features), then the blood flow is [considered] postpartum, so she is not to fast nor pray. And if she had a miscarriage whilst fasting, then her fast is invalidated.

If, however, the miscarried fetus was merely a morsel of flesh and was not noticeably human in its creation (features), then the blood flow is not [considered] postpartum, so she should fast and pray and there is no harm in her doing so.

Abu 'Abdullaah, Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry

About Abu 'Abdullaah, Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.