Here are the religious rulings related to the menstrual period for women during the period. Allah has legislated special rulings to suite the psychological state of women during this period and how Islam- encompasses the Holy Quran and Sunnah- can provide women and girls with salutary guidance and useful tips about that point.
Therefore, It can help them to improve their mental status. So let’s take a quick peek at the menstrual cycle and its psychological symptoms and how women can deal with these psychological disorders.
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Can You Read The Quran On Your Period?
There are three options a woman can choose from them to Read The Quran During The Menstrual Cycle:
1. Using A Veil During reading the Quran
She has to use a veil between her and Al Mos’hilf Ash Sharif (gloves, towel) or use something like a pen to point at. In this way, her hand doesn’t directly touch the Holy Quran.
2. Read The Quran Via a Tablet or Phone.
According to fiqh scholars’ point of view, these devices are not considered the Holy Quran, but rather devices that have the Quran in them.
3. Read The Quran Through books that contain explanations (Tafseer) Or Translation
As these books are not considered the Holy Quran (Al Mos’hilf Ash Sharif mushaf book) either. Even if they contain some verses of the Holy Qur’an. if it is mixed between Tafseer or translation and verses of the Holy Quran, then it is allowed for an impure person to touch it.
Can Women Read and Recite the Quran from Memory During The Menstrual Cycle?
It is permissible for women to read the Holy Qur’an from the Mushaf without touching it or recalling the verses of the Holy Quran in her mind without uttering the words. She should be cautious not to utter the verses in voices heard or in the loud mouth.
Can Women learn the Holy Quran During The Menstrual period?
Women and girls can learn the Holy Qur’an during the menstrual period as long as the above procedures and cautions are applied. It is worth mentioning that learning the Holy Qur’an virtually via smartphones or laptops is considered one of the cautions mentioned above. Classes are usually handled by female Quran Tutors.
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Can Women Recite The Holy Qur’an During The Menstrual Cycle?
According to Islamic jurisprudence, There are two opinions regarding women’s reciting the Quran during the Menstrual Cycle.
A. Women are Not allowed to Recite the Quran During their Period:
The first jurisprudential opinion says that it is not allowed for women to read or recite the Holy Quran. Some Islamic scholars prohibit reading the Holy Quran according to the Messenger’s hadith that did not permit reading the Quran for both menstruating women and one who is still in a state of sexual impurity (Who had sexual intercourse but they haven’t got washed yet).
It is called Janaabah according to the Arabic language linguistic idioms.
Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both), according to which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“The menstruating woman and the one who is in a state of major ritual impurity (Janabah) should not recite anything of the Quran.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 131; Ibn Majah, 595; al-Daraqutni (1/117); al-Bayhaqi, 1/89.
B. Women are Allowed to Recite the Quran During their Period
The other Islamic jurisprudence point of view says; women can read and recite the Quran during their period with no limits. This opinion belongs to many great Islamic scholars such as Ibn Taymiyyah, ibn El Qayyim, Imam Malik, Bukhari, and El Imam Ash Shafii as well.
Their evidence is based on the fact that the hadith mentioned above is not authentic or what is called Hadith Daeef (weak). It was reported by the so-called Isma’il ibn ‘Ayyash from Hijazi.
Thus, His oral narratives are not always authentic according to the great Islamic scholars who specialized in hadith knowledge. The hadith is considered weak by the majority of hadith scholars. Therefore, It cannot be depended on as a clue or proof For ensuring a Fiqh ruling. Accordingly, women can recite or read the Holy Quran, either from their memories or from the Al Mushif Ash Sharif (The authentic paper version of the Holy Qur’an book) but considering some cautions.
In light of the foregoing, During the menstrual period or after giving birth, in her post-natal bleeding period. It is allowed for women – according to the majority of Islamic schools of legal decisions- to recite the Quran during the Menstrual Cycle.
However, women should adopt a few cautions when applying this type of reading. She must be cautious not to touch El Mus’haf Ash Sharif (the authentic version of the Holy Quran) she can recite the Holy Qur’an from her memory. Islamic scholars find no authentic hadith that forbids women from doing so.
Can Women And Girls Touch The Quran During The Menstrual Cycle?
Is It Allowed (Halal) For Women Or Girls To touch Al Mos’hilf Ash Sharif (The Holy Qur’an) During Menstruation? Or Putting Gloves On Their Hands Is A Must?
Schools of Fiqh agree that women who are still in their Menstrual Cycle are not allowed to touch the Holy Quran because Allah said in the Holy Quran “None shall touch it except the purified”. Surah Al Waqiah, verse No 79.
The word purified in this verse includes the one who is Junanb ( Janabah means sexual impure- the one who had sexual intercourse but they haven’t washed yet) and the women or girls who are still in the menstrual period.
Can Women During Menses listen to the Holy Quran?
Yes, women can listen to the Quran recitation During Menses. Women can hear the Qur’an from reciters, radio, tape recorders, television, etc. In the case of menstruation. The prophet Muhammad ( peace and prayers are upon him) used to read and recite the Holy Qur’ān to his wife Aisha during her menstrual period.
Written By Dr. Shazly Rajab.