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Question : #634 Category: Women's Issues
Subject: haez or istehaza
Question: i am 49yrs old by english calender i got menstural period after 4 months.i was getting haez after every 2 according to islamic calender i am already 50yrs old what should i consider this bllod as haez or istehaza?
Answer: Istihaza is usually yellowish and cold and is emitted without gush or irritation and is also not thick. It is, however, possible that at times the colour of the blood may be red or dark, and it may also be warm and thick and may be issued with gush and irritation.

There are three kinds of istihaza viz. slight (Qalila), medium (Mutawaassita) and excessive (Kathira). Explanation is given below:

I. Little Blood (Qalila) If the blood remains on the surface of the wool or pad etc., (placed by a woman on her private part) but does not penetrate into it, the istihaza is called qalila.

II. Medium Blood (Mutawassita) If the blood penetrates into the cotton (or pad etc.), even partially, but does not soak the cloth tied on the outer side, the istihaza is called mutawassita.

III. Excessive Blood (Kathira) If the blood penetrates through the cotton, soaking it and the cloth (etc.) around it, the istihaza is called kathira.

And the period of Hayz is not less than 3 days and not more than 10 days and if the period during which blood is discharged falls short of 3 days even by a small measure of time, that blood will not be considered as Hayz.

The blood seen by women after the age of 60 years is not classified as Hayz. And as per recommended precaution, women who are not from the clan of Quraish - not Sayyed, if they see blood between the age of 50 and 60 years, having the same signs as those of Hayz, they should combine the 'dos' of mustahaza and 'don'ts' of Hayz.

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