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Ruling 478

If a woman with a habit of time experiences bleeding on the days of her habit, or on two or three days before her habit, she must act according to the rules mentioned for a ḥāʾiḍ as per the details in Ruling 470. In cases other than these two – for example, when a woman experiences bleeding so much in advance of her habit that it could not be said her habit has moved forward, rather, it would be said that she has experienced bleeding outside the days of her habit, or she experiences bleeding after the days of her habit then, in the event that the bleeding has the attributes of ḥayḍ, she must act according to the rules mentioned for a ḥāʾiḍ. Similarly, if it does not have the attributes of ḥayḍ but she knows that the bleeding will continue for three days [she must act according to the rules mentioned for a ḥāʾiḍ]. However, if she does not know whether or not it will continue for three days, the obligatory precaution is that she must do the things that are obligatory on a mustaḥāḍah and refrain from doing the things that are unlawful for a ḥāʾiḍ.