Purity period after haidh

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As salamu alaykum I have a question regarding haydh. While studying, I learned that haydh lasts anywhere between 3-10 days and the period of purity between two haydh must be at least 15 days and there’s no limit to the maximum of purity. Simple, easy, understood well. That’s how I’ve always calculated it. However, I recently came across a book called Birgivi’s Manual and now I’ve become very confused. According to that, you’re also supposed to keep a track of your period of purity and each month, your period of purity must be the same as the previous month. So now, taking an example, sometimes my period of purity can be 15 days but other months, it can last up to 21 days and sometimes even more. My haydh usually lasts somewhere between 9-10 days (usually 9 days and some hours). So, last month, my period of purity was 21 days and 9 1/2 hours. This month however, after 19 days and 14 hours, my bleeding started. Now according to Behashti Zewar, since its over 15 days, it’ll be considered haydh. However, according to Birgivi’s Manual, since my period of purity has not been completed, for the next 2 days, even though I’m bleeding, I still have to pray and fast. To me, this is very confusing. No women ever had purity for the exact same amount of time every month and so this is very confusing to me why I have to keep praying although I may be having very heavy bleeding. Is this really the way we’re supposed to be calculating? Is there a difference of opinion? Can we simply follow Behashti Zewar? Because right now my bleeding will probably still end up being 9 days. And if I use Birgivis Manual, since I’ll have to fast and pray for 2 more days, that’ll mean my haydh will end up being 7 days according to that. So according to Birgivis Manual, my period of purity must remain firm so according to that, I’ll be praying when I’m bleeding but then my habit of bleeding will never be firm anymore because some months I may start bleeding after 16 days and since the month before my period of purity was 21 days, I’ll have to still pray 5 days of heavy bleeding but not pray when my period of purity of month before ends. That sounds very difficult to me because it’s hard to keep doing wudhu and praying with such heavy bleeding and anyways, more than 15 days of purity have passed! Please, your help is very needed. Jazaakallaahu khayran. May Allah ‎put barakah in your time and knowledge. Ameen Thumma Ameen

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Asked on January 12, 2018 7:26 am
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Use the formula as stated in Behashti Zewar.
Keep record of your monthly habit. Follow that until you experience drastic change.
Use the monthly habit as your guide for calculation.

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Answered on January 28, 2018 7:47 pm