Taking this course about menstruation is not simply a fiqh course (a course explaining the Islamic rulings pertaining to a subject-matter), it is an anatomy course as well.
Menstruation is a sensitive topic that is usually not well understood in its details. Whether it be women or men, the general understanding is that it is a naturally occurring cycle. However what about the duration, consistency, upper and lower limits? what does a woman do when there’s a variance or unexpected events?
This is an essential course for women of all ages, it helps you to understand your body, your habit and your religious obligations surrounding them.
This course with a known expert on women’s fiqh issues will give you an introduction to the rulings of menstruation and lochia as they relate to many aspects of your daily life such as: wudu, prayer, fasting, and Hajj.
The introductory material is based on the great Ottoman scholar Imam Birgivi’s Treatise Dhukhr al-Muta’ahhilin wa al-Nisa’ fi ta’rif al-Athar wa al-Dima’ (The Treasure of Those with Families and women in the knowledge of menstruation), along with Imam Ibn ‘Abidin’s commentary of it. According to Imam Ibn ‘Abidin, this disquisition by Imam Birgivi is the principal reference for menstruation and lochia and their related rulings in the Hanafi school.
“Menstruation is amongst the most difficult topics in the study of fiqh. The magnitude of this knowledge is apparent by the detriment caused by the ignorance of it. Attentiveness to these rulings is vital because of the consequences they have on rulings of purification, prayer, reading the Qur’an, fasting, spiritual retreat, pilgrimage, reaching puberty, marital relations, divorce, waiting period after divorce, and others. Familiarity with these rulings is essential; otherwise, forbidden (haram) acts are done without even realizing it.”—Ustadha Hedaya Hartford
- LESSON 1: Introduction to Menstruation & Learning about Your Body
- LESSON 2: Introduction to Menstruation & its Related Rulings in the Shariah
- Introduction to the subject and its significance
- The impact of these rulings on one’s acts of worship
- LESSON 3: Essential Terminology
- Clearing up common misconceptions
- Definitions of key terms
- LESSON 4: The Basics
- Valid/invalid bleeding
- Rulings related to the menstrual beginner and a woman with a habit
- The colours of blood and normal vaginal discharge
- LESSON 5: Rulings Related to Pregnancy & Childbirth
- Bleeding during pregnancy
- Postnatal bleeding for normal births, Caesarean sections, or multiple births
- The two types of miscarriage
- LESSON 6: Rulings related to the Kursuf
- Explanation of what the kursuf is and how it is used
- LESSON 7: Dysfunctional uterine/vaginal bleeding
- The eight types of istihada
- LESSON 8: End of Valid Bleeding
- Early blood
- Ending before or at the maximum
- Ending before or after one’s habit
- The time of the purificatory bath
Coming of Age: A Muslim Girl’s Guide by Hedaya Hartford