The Official Website of the Office of His Eminence Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Husseini Al-SistaniUpdateshttp://www.sistani.org/Question & Answer » What is the ruling of women over the age of sixty who see blood, is it considered as Haydh or Istihadha?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">What is the ruling of women over the age of sixty who see blood, is it considered as Haydh or Istihadha?<div>The bleeding that women above the age of sixty (lunar years) experience is not ruled as Haydh, and as obligatory precaution it is considered as Istihadha, and there is no difference in ruling if she was a Sayyidah or not. As for the bleeding between the age of fifty and sixty years (lunar) years it is considered Haydh, if it has the attributes of her menstruation (monthly period), whether she was a Sayyidah or not. *Sixty lunar years is equivalent to approximately fifty eight solar years and eighty days. *A Sayyidah is a female descendant of Hashim, the great grandfather of Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him).http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/26338/Question & Answer » What is the ruling of recitation or memorisation of...<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">What is the ruling of recitation or memorisation of the holy Quran during the days where a lady is in the state of her monthly period (Haydh), or Janabah , or Nifas?<div>There is no problem in the recitation or memorisation of the holy Quran in such situations, except for the verses for which prostration (Sajdah) is obligatory. These verses are found in four chapters of the Quran: Surat al-Sajdah (Chapter 32) Verse 15 Surah Fussilat (Chapter 41) Verse 37 Surah al-Najm (Chapter 53) Verse 62 Surah al-Alaq (Chapter 96) Verse 19http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/26337/Question & Answer » For the female lady who is on her monthly period (Haydh) can she partake in a marriage contract (Aqid Nikah)?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">For the female lady who is on her monthly period (Haydh) can she partake in a marriage contract (Aqid Nikah)?<div>There is no problem in it.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/26336/Question & Answer » For the female lady who is on her monthly period –...<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">For the female lady who is on her monthly period – Haydh (or similar situation), to what extent can they get close to the shrine of the Imams (peace be upon them)?<div>Sitting in the courtyards and outer parts of the building of the shrine of the infallible Imams which are not designated as a mosque (Masjid) is permissible. However in the building in which the shrine of the infallible Imam (as) is located, based on obligatory precaution, she is not allowed to sit there but she is allowed to enter from a door and exit from another.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/26335/Question & Answer » Is it problematic for women in menstruation to listen...<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Is it problematic for women in menstruation to listen to the live recitation of the verses of obligatory prostration (Sajdah)?<div>Listening is not Haram (not prohibited); however, if they listen to the recitation of the verses of obligatory prostration (Sajdah) they must perform prostration (Sajdah) instantly.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/26334/Question & Answer » What is the ruling of sexual intercourse with ones wife during her menstrual period?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">What is the ruling of sexual intercourse with ones wife during her menstrual period?<div>Vaginal sexual intercourse is unlawful for the man and the woman during her state of Haydh (menstruation), and anal sexual intercourse based on obligatory precaution with a woman without her consent is not permitted.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/26333/Question & Answer » When a woman is in in her menstruation (Haydh - monthly...<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">When a woman is in in her menstruation (Haydh - monthly period) can she recite more than seven verses from the holy Quran?<div>Except for the four verses of obligatory prostration – Sajdah – which are not permitted to recite during the state of menstruation – Haydh, reciting more than seven verses of the holy Quran is permitted, and according to some jurists it is disapproved – Makrooh – hereby meaning that the reward of its recitation is less.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/26332/Question & Answer » Up to what age does the ruling of Haydh apply for women?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Up to what age does the ruling of Haydh apply for women?<div> The bleeding that women above the age of sixty lunar years’ experience is not ruled as Haydh (menstruation). *Sixty lunar years is equivalent to approximately fifty eight solar years and eighty days.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/26331/Question & Answer » When discussing the rulings of Haydh or Istihadha, how many hours are meant by three days or ten days?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">When discussing the rulings of Haydh or Istihadha, how many hours are meant by three days or ten days?<div>Three days is considered as 72 hours from the commencement of bleeding, and ten days as 240 hours. However, if for instance, bleeding commenced at 10:00 pm on Saturday (bleeding starts at night not at day), then one is not required to wait till 10:00 pm on Tuesday, rather on sunset of Tuesday will be the completion of three days, and also the sunset of the following Tuesday will be the completion of 10 days.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/26307/Question & Answer » Is it permissible for a female to ride a horse?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Is it permissible for a female to ride a horse?<div>It is not permissible if it causes sexual arousal, to her or the one viewing.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/26296/Question & Answer » Can a woman wear a wig and show the wig hair (synthetic or natural hair) to a non-Mahram?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Can a woman wear a wig and show the wig hair (synthetic or natural hair) to a non-Mahram?<div>It must be coveredhttp://www.sistani.org/english/qa/26294/Question & Answer » Is invocation of spirits (Jinn) permissible?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Is invocation of spirits (Jinn) permissible?<div>If it puts a person in harm’s way, it is harãm, and therefore forbidden. http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/26287/Question & Answer » Is the chin obligatory to be covered as a form of...<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Is the chin obligatory to be covered as a form of Hijab, or is it part of the face, and not obligatory to be covered?<div>When the woman wears Hijab, usually her head, neck and body is covered, including the chin and some extra area, this part is not compulsory to cover.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/26286/Question & Answer » A single young man has become capable to perform hajj;...<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">A single young man has become capable to perform hajj; he is also thinking about marriage. Now if he goes for hajj, his marriage ceremony will be delayed for a while. Which of the two is preferable [marriage or pilgrimage]? <div>He should perform the hajj and postpone the marriage unless postponing the marriage entails difficulty to the extent that it becomes unbearable. http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/26285/