Fiqh of Menstruation (1 of 4)

Alhamdulillah wasolatu wasalaam ‘ala rosulillah

Menstrual blood is thick-dark blood and it has unpleasant odour different from ordinary blood familiar to women. It is accompanied by pains or cramps, headache sometimes. Many women undergo pains during the period, it is pity and saddened heart to hear that some cultures or religions on earth still maltreat menstruating woman in this condition.

In some villages in Western Nepal for example, women during menstrual period sleep in a small hut or shed out of a fear they will contaminate the home or draw anger of the Hindu gods on them if menstruating women remain indoors. Their believe is that many people in the part of the country (Nepal) like family members or livestock will get sick, or even die, if a menstruating woman doesn’t stick to the rules. On November 18th 2016, 26-year-old Dambara Upadhyay, died in the hut, among others in the history. To them be their religion, and to us (Muslim) be our religion. Islam justly gives women rights; establishes respect and honor for them in all circumstances. It is only those who don’t understand religion of Islam or those who follow their whims that abuse or maltreat woman.

‘Aisha (Peace be upon her) narrates that, “We set out with the sole intention of performing Hajj and when we reached Sarif, my menses began. The Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam came to me while I was crying and asked, ‘What is the matter with you? Has your menses started?’ I replied, ‘Yes.’ He said, This is something which Allah has destined for the daughter of Adam. So do what all the pilgrims do with the exception of the Taw-af (Circumambulation) round the Ka’ba.” ‘Aisha added, “Allah’s Apostle sacrificed cows on behalf of his wives. Al-Bukhaari 293, Al-Hakim.

Narrated ‘Aisha (Peace be upon her): While in menses, I used to comb the hair of Allah’s Apostle. Al-Bukhaari 294. Narrated ‘Aisha (Peace be upon her): The Prophet used to lean on my lap and recite Quran while I was in menses. Al-Bukhaari 296 etc. This is our religion (Islam).

In Risaalah fi’l-Dima’ al-Tabee’iyyah li’l-Nisa’ by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) the most important rulings that have to do with menses in women mentioned are that in during menstrual period Salat (Prayer) is not allowed, Fasting is not allowed, Tawaaf (circumambulating) around the Ka’bah is not allowed, Tawaaf al-wadaa’ (the farewell tawaaf) is waived in her case etc.

To be cont…Inshaa Allah

May Allah grant us understanding of His religion and accept it as an act of ‘ibadah

FIQH CLASS

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