Taking on your Period During Ramadan!

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  • Kenza

    Salaam sister!

    Incredibly useful article I’ve learnt a lot by reading it! Thank you for posting! You may get many rewards for your efforts Insha Allah!

  • Bubbles

    Mashallah! Thank you for this article! I was always wondering about these things:)

  • sanam

    I thought that you couldn’t read/recite the Quran at all whilst on your menses?

    • http://twitter.com/amanialkhat Amani أماني الخطاطبه

      From what I’ve read, many scholars differ on this subject, but there isn’t strong evidence that women can’t read or recite the Qur’an during menses. Allah knows best. If you seek further details about a fatwa on this topic I highly encourage you to check out some reliable Islamic jurisprudence sites online insha’Allah :)

      • Saraa

        Here in Egypt, many say that you can recite the Quran, you just can’t be in direct contact with it, my sister was once given a pair of gloves from some ladies in the mosque, they told her that she could read the Quran while wearing the gloves, but of course, Allah SWT Almighty knows best

        • Maryam

          Yes you can without direct contact and you can read it but not ‘recite’ it out loud.

  • http://twitter.com/FRUITiiLious ✿Aishah✿

    Thank you!! This was very helpful :)

  • convertmuslimah

    JazakAllah khair for this post! i haven’t seen anything like this anywhere else!

  • Giselle

    Hi, I have question of why exactly women are not allowed to pray during this time of the month? I’m a Christian and have been looking into Islam but I really never understood this part…I am still allowed to pray even when I am undergoing this month and so I am little confused

    • Guest

      Hey Giselle! :) I’m very happy you’re interested in understanding Islam more. While you’re on your period, you may still offer supplication (relatively an equivalent to Christian forms of prayer) but you are pardoned from performing salaat, both as a convenience for women as well as to ensure the maintenance of cleanliness during one of the most valuable acts of Islamic worship. If that doesn’t fully clarify then please feel free to ask further questions :)

      • Ettela Ahmad

        Thnx ! I had a doubt, but now it is clear 😊

    • Sabah

      Many women will agree that period time can be dreadful….pains, discomfort, hormonal and temperaments. Being excused from formal prayers during menses for me as a woman is a gift from Allah SWT….I wouldn’t have wanted it better and Allah SWT knows best.

    • Dareen Hallak

      Because you aren’t fully clean and when you pray or fast you have to be fully clean

    • WillyB

      It might have something to do with the fact that prayer is enjoined as a communal practice in Islam, not isolated,

      and in 7th Century Arabia being in close quarters with others who are bleeding could have meant the easy spread of diseases in a time without modern medicine, or simply just socially courteous hygienics, especially if older versions of the tampon were not efficient in preventing leaks from hitting the floor. Islam has changed based on contextual reasons, which is why many Muslims are allowing one woman’s testimony in financial litigation to be equal to that of one man’s (it used to be a ratio of 2 women: 1 man) as women are opting to become more versed in monetary matters due to increased inspiration and opportunities.

      For that reason, as a Muslim, I have taken the risk against what other Muslims might say, and not done the ritual bath after emitting semen and blood if I am praying alone. Allah knows best

    • Ambareen Fathima

      Nowhere in the Quran does it say that women cannot fast, pray, or worship in any other way during their menstruation. This is an innovation. We have to know that any rule telling us NOT to worship God under this or the other circumstance must be from Satan, not from God.

      The verse they base this false idea about women not being able to pray or fast during menstruation is 2:222. They claim that it says that women are unclean during menstruation, and therefore cannot be allowed to pray.

      Let us read this verse carefully, as God tells us to (4:82), to determine if this is really what it says.

      [Quran 2:222] They ask you about menstruation: say, “It is harmful; you shall avoid sexual intercourse with the women during menstruation; do not approach them until they are rid of it. Once they are rid of it, you may have intercourse with them in the manner designed by God. God loves the repenters, and He loves those who are clean.”
      The first part of this verse teaches us that it’s harmful to have sexual relations during menstruation. If you ask any doctor, Muslim or not, about having intercourse during this period, he or she will tell you that it’s harmful for both the man and the woman.

      Now let’s look at the second part of this verse, which deals with the period after “they are rid of it.” Then we are told, the men may have intercourse with the women “in the manner designed by God.” Would God need to tell us about “the manner designed by God,” if there we no other manner by which to have intercourse? No. There is another way, which is not approved by God. This is why the verse ends by saying that God “loves those who are clean.”

      If we haven’t gotten the point by now, the next verse is quick to remind us which manner is approved. It starts by saying, “Your women are the bearers of your seed.” There is only one way that a woman can bear the mans seed. The verse continues again to remind the men that they may enjoy this privilege “as long as they maintain righteousness.”

      [Quran 2:223] Your women are the bearers of your seed. Thus, you may enjoy this privilege however you like, so long as you maintain righteousness. You shall observe God, and know that you will meet Him. Give good news to the believers.
      Nowhere in the Quran does it say that women cannot fast, pray, or worship in any other way during their menstruation. This is an innovation. We have to know that any rule telling us NOT to worship God under this or the other circumstance must be from Satan, not from God. The only thing prohibited during menstruation is sexual intercourse as given in 2:222. But the ignorant use this verse to base this false idea about women not being able to pray or fast during menstruation. They claim that it says that women are unclean during menstruation (2:22), and therefore cannot be allowed to pray.

      As analyzed above, 2:222 does not prohibit a women from observing the religious duties during menstruation, but only restricts sexual intercourse during such times. The only circumstances that makes us unclean in the eyes of God, when it comes to performing the prayers are mentioned in 5:6 and 4:43. In none of these verses does it say that menstruation is one of these circumstances. All we have to do to clean ourselves for Salat, is to perform the Wudu. However there is an incorrect understanding that menstruation nullifies ablution. But this again does not have any support in Quran. There are two verses in Quran that tells us what nullifies ablution; 4:43 and 5:6.

      [Quran 4:43] O you who believe, do not observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) while intoxicated, so that you know what you are saying. Nor after sexual orgasm without bathing, unless you are on the road, traveling; if you are ill or traveling, or you had urinary or fecal-related excretion (such as gas), or contacted the women (sexually), and you cannot find water, you shall observe Tayammum (dry ablution) by touching clean dry soil, then wiping your faces and hands therewith. God is Pardoner, Forgiver.
      [Quran 5:6] O you who believe, when you observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), you shall: (1) wash your faces, (2) wash your arms to the elbows, (3) wipe your heads, and (4) wash your feet to the ankles. If you were unclean due to sexual orgasm, you shall bathe. If you are ill, or traveling, or had any digestive excretion (urinary, fecal, or gas), or had (sexual) contact with the women, and you cannot find water, you shall observe the dry ablution (Tayammum) by touching clean dry soil, then rubbing your faces and hands. God does not wish to make the religion difficult for you; He wishes to cleanse you and to perfect His blessing upon you, that you may be appreciative.
      These verses that explain what nullifies ablution are applicable to both men and women. We learn from the above verses that the excretion should be both fecal related and a digestive excretion to nullify ablution.

      Accordingly, menstruation does not nullify ablution. Please ask yourself why can’t you accept that women could observe her religious duties of praying or fasting, etc during menstruation. Is it God’s laws that impose such prohibitions? Or is it a baseless prohibition instituted by religious scholars, erroneous religious laws inherited from our ancestors that have no Quranic back-up, etc. The answer you get will never have God’s support. Women’s menstruation is by God’s design. Why should women be restricted from worshipping God during times which is exactly as designed by Him, for which she has no control?

      • shafaq

        It is declared in a hadith-i sharif narrated by our mother Hadrat Aisha that the fasts that are not observed during menstruation must be made up later while namazes that are not performed during menstruation are forgiven. (Bukhari)]

        We have to Follow our Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) and his sayings too.
        For Qur’an gives us general guidelines. Allah said in Qur’an only to Pray , How to Pray ? When to pray ? how many times to pray ? how many units to pray ? These things Allah taught us Through Prophet Muhammed.
        Therefore we are depended on both Qur’an as well as Hadith.
        As our kalimah is also Lailaha il Lallah “*Muhammad ur Rasool ullah”*

        • Ambareen Fathima

          [Quran 4:43] O you who believe, do not observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) while intoxicated, so that you know what you are saying. Nor after sexual orgasm without bathing, unless you are on the road, traveling; if you are ill or traveling, or you had urinary or fecal-related excretion (such as gas), or contacted the women (sexually), and you cannot find water, you shall observe Tayammum (dry ablution) by touching clean dry soil, then wiping your faces and hands therewith. God is Pardoner, Forgiver
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          [Quran 5:6] O you who believe, when you observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), you shall: (1) wash your faces, (2) wash your arms to the elbows, (3) wipe your heads, and (4) wash your feet to the ankles. If you were unclean due to sexual orgasm, you shall bathe. If you are ill, or traveling, or had any digestive excretion (urinary, fecal, or gas), or had (sexual) contact with the women, and you cannot find water, you shall observe the dry ablution (Tayammum) by touching clean dry soil, then rubbing your faces and hands. God does not wish to make the religion difficult for you; He wishes to cleanse you and to perfect His blessing upon you, that you may be appreciative.

          These verses that explain what nullifies ablution are applicable to both men and women. We learn from the above verses that the excretion should be both fecal related and a digestive excretion to nullify ablution.

          Accordingly, menstruation does not nullify ablution. Please ask yourself why can’t you accept that women could observe her religious duties of praying or fasting, etc during menstruation. Is it God’s laws that impose such prohibitions? Or is it a baseless prohibition instituted by religious scholars, erroneous religious laws inherited from our ancestors that have no Quranic back-up, etc. The answer you get will never have God’s support. Women’s menstruation is by God’s design. Why should women be restricted from worshipping God during times which is exactly as designed by Him, for which she has no control?

          [Quran 7:185] Have they not looked at the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all the things God has created? Does it ever occur to them that the end of their life may be near? Which HADITH, besides this (Quran) do they believe in?

          [Quran 31:6] Among the people, there are those who uphold baseless HADITH, and thus divert others from the path of God without knowledge, and take it in vain. These have incurred a shameful retribution.

          [Quran 39:23] God has revealed herein the BEST HADITH; a book that is consistent and points out both ways (to heaven and hell). The skins of those who reverence their Lord cringe therefrom, then their skins and their hearts soften up for God’s message. Such is God’s guidance; he bestows it upon whomever He wills. As for those sent astray by God, nothing can guide them.

          [Quran 45:6] These are God’s revelations (Quran) that we recite to you truthfully. In which HADITH other than God and His revelations do they believe?

          [Quran 52:34] Let them produce a HADITH like this (Quran) if they are truthful.

          [Quran 68:44] Therefore, let Me deal with those who reject this HADITH(Quran); we will lead them on whence they never perceive.

          [Quran 77:50] Which HADITH other than this do they uphold?

          IS HADITH DIVINE ??
          Some people claim that the “Hadith & Sunna” are divine revelations. Obviously, they are not aware that the criterion of divine revelations is PERFECT PRESERVATION. Since the so-called Hadith & Sunna of the Prophet have been vastly corrupted, they can never meet the criterion of divine revelation. It is an acknowledged fact that the vast majority of Hadiths are false fabrications. Please see the section on “The numbers of Hadiths”. After your review of “the numbers of Hadiths” you will find that as much as 99% of the hadiths alleged for the prophet were lies and fabrications. Not a simple number to ignore regarding God preserving His divine revelations as stated in 15:9. “Absolutely, we have revealed the reminder (Azekrra) (Quran), and absolutely, we will preserve it.”

          Again in 41:41-42 “Those who rejected the Quran’s proof (Azekr) when it came to them, have also rejected an Honorable book. No falsehood could enter it, in the past or in the future,; a revelation from a Most Wise, Praiseworthy.” Seeing how much falsehood entered the so called Hadiths books (99%) would make any sincere Muslim understand the reason these books were so much corrupted.

          One more criteria for God’s words is spelled out in 4:82

          [Quran 4:82] …………If it were from other than God, they would have found in it numerous contradictions.

          Any reader of Hadiths books will find in them so many contradictions to make the above conclusion easily, they are not from God.

          The blasphemy is evident when they claim that Hadith and Sunna are divine revelations Do they not realize that God Almighty is capable of preserving His revelations?

          YES, WE SHOULD OBEY THE PROPHET MUHAMMED. God in the Quran clearly states that obeying the Prophet is the same like obeying Him. No one should consider himself true Muslim (Submitter in English) unless he obeys and follow the prophet Muhammed. Obeying him is to follow the words that came from his mouth inspired by God , the Quran. Without getting into more details , review for yourself the verses, 6:19, 50:45, 16:44, 16:64, 14:1, 6:155, 4:105, 18:27 …..etc. to see that Quran is the only message of Muhammed.

          [Quran 6:19] Say, “Whose testimony is the greatest?” Say, “God’s. He is the witness between me and you that this Quran (Not Quran, Hadith and Sunna) has been inspired to me, to preach it to you and whomever it reaches……

          [Quran 50:45] ………remind with this Quran (Not Quran, Hadith and Sunna) , those who reverence My warnings.”
          Please read the other mentioned verses for yourself.

          When the prophet Muhammed died, he left behind only ONE book, the Quran. The ONLY book that the prophet Muhammed followed was the Quran.

          Those who follow the Quran are following the Prophet Muhammed , those who are following the alleged Hadith and Sunna are not following the Prophet but following those who wrote these books. Following anybody but God’s commandments in the Quran, is idol-worship. Idol-worship is the only unforgivable sin, if maintained tell death. Good intentions do not help, many idol-worshipers will face God on the Day of Judgment not realizing what they were doing , their intentions will not help them then, read for yourself 6:22-24.

          Let us follow the Prophet by following his message that God calls, complete, perfect and has detailed explanation for everything (12:111), the Glorious Quran.

          • Mojaifa Mulok

            Didn’t Allah commanded you in the Qur’an to “.. obey Allah and His messenger and those in authority amongst you..” [4:59]

            Obeying the Messenger salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam means looking through hadith and sunnah. If he salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam ordered this or that, then be it so, for he is under divine guidance too from Allah.

          • Ambareen Fathima

            I guess you didn’t read the above verse and statement I had commented. God did say to obey his messenger but then the messenger did not say anything beyond Quran. Quran is from God which is preserved in it’s original form but Hadith is man made so people have corrupted it with laws which was not said by God or messenger. I don’t say all Hadith is false but 99% is fabricated if you cross check Hadith with Quran it will contradict. If it’s true then it shouldn’t. God says in quran
            Verse
            [Quran 4:82] …………If it were from other than God, they would have found in it numerous contradictions.

            [Quran 52:34] Let them produce a HADITH like this (Quran) if they are truthful.

            [Quran 68:44] Therefore, let Me deal with those who reject this HADITH(Quran); we will lead them on whence they never perceive.

            [Quran 77:50] Which HADITH other than this do they uphold?

            God questions the believer which Hadith other than quran you up hold? God says quran is fully detailed you don’t need any man made hadith, for it will create contradictions.Even messenger was not allowed to say or pass any law beside Quran.Messenger also followed nothing but Quran. Quran is the true and complete Word of God sent through messenger for our mankind.

    • Fatima Begum

      Dear Sister, Islam is a very liberal n considerate n scientific religion.During the menstruation, the khawateen are forbidden to do the roja because this is the time when one is very sick n weak. Proper food n care n rest is needed during this time. Therefore fasting is prohibited

      • Ettela Ahmad

        What if we don’t have pain! And we r totally fine! Can we fast ? We r only bleeding, that’s it

        • Samira

          It’s not healthy! If you’re Muslim you listen to God’s words! God made your body piece by piece so he knows better than you do! Oh boy the hardheads here!

        • Muniba

          Yes a lot of people have easy cycles. But a lot of people don’t. By creating an option for people that if you can pray, do.it creates confusion and problems. How much pain should I have before I excuse myself? Also I think it creates negative competition. I caneasily imagine woman who have it easy shaming others who don’t for not praying because “it can’t be that bad”. I’m sure a a woman you’ve heard that a lot and seen the jokes about woman on menstruation triviliasing it even though I know people who have to go to the hospital because of the pain. You are given an ease, a respite. Take it.

    • Busydiabeticmum

      When we pray (which is not the same as christians our du’aa is the same as christian prayer which we still do while we are on menses) we have to be in our right minds. We have to purify our bodies and not smell!

      So the insane and drunk are not to pray because they are not in their minds… they dont know what they are saying and the importance of it as well as the fact that we are meant to recite and understand what we are saying to benefit from our prayer.

      Woman who know the difference between menstral blood and bleeding other than menstral (which is constant bleeding from a vein and is classed as pure and can pray and fast at this time) by the smell! Menstral blood has an offensive odour to it and thus impure, you can not purify yourself for the salaat, however you can still offer du’aa which is the equivelant to christian prayer.

      We also can see the onset of menstration by the fact that we become moody, we loose control of ourselves to a certain degree and find we say and do things we wouldnt nornally do! Thus it is classed as a type of insanity as we are not in ourselves or our right minds. Men are not allowed to divorce us during our periods either because of this understanding that woman say and do things that they are unable to control and not their fault! Thus islam shows a true understanding and mercy for the woman at this time of the month as we are not to be judged by what is not in our control so we are excused and forgiven as we have an excuse.

      • Sarah

        Are you kidding me right now? You seriously believe that being on your period is an offense. That is actually insane. Sexism at its finest.

        • Busydiabeticmum

          Erm!!! Offensive smell yes not an offense you twit… stupidity at its finest! Maybe READ the post first or perhaps your mental capacity is too small (single digit iq perhaps) either way… you should read it again i said it has an offensive ODOUR which means SMELL.

          I am only insulting to respond to the insult of some one who no.1 is looking for it.
          no.2 who insulted first
          No.3 didnt bother to read the post!

        • Ettela Ahmad

          Exactly ! I feel the same way 🙋🏻

        • Samira

          What are you doing here? Looking for trouble, or do you just wanna hate on Muslims?
          Have some respect and decency and get a life. You are insane.

    • Pro Xpertio

      basically allah doesnt want pple to pray while having their periods because the woman is not clean while having her period because of blood also same goes while bleeding from a scar or anything else

  • Nitasha Siddique

    Definitely an article I’ve been dying to see somewhere! Ramadan has already started and I’m out of commission on the first day but in sha Allah I’ll take your advice to heart and make the most of it :)

  • Maria al-Qibtiyya

    Jazakallahu khair

  • saajeda

    This was a great article! I’m on my “break” now but inshallah i don’t slip out of the good habits I have implemented over these 3 first fasts of 2013.

    Just a thought though…dhikr is not just reciting “subhanallah”, “alhamdullilah” and “allahu akbar” 33 times each – dhikr is an all encompassing term that signifies anything that allows you to REMEMBER Allah. There are so many types of dhikr a sister in haidh can do that I can’t even name them! (Reciting tasbih like above is just one of many…!)

    There are no restrictions on the modality, frequency, or timing of dhikr whatsoever!

    Please read the article in the link below:

    http://www.sunnah.org/ibadaat/dhikr.htm

    May Allah increase us all in knowledge that is beneficial. :)

    • Amani Alkhat

      Thank you for this!!

  • Guest

    JazakAllah khair for your article. I have a question I was hoping you may be able to help with. I have a problem which means my cycle is incredibly irregular. Yesterday I started my first period in almost two years. In the last my periods are usually very long, ranging from 3 weeks to a couple of months. I have read in many places that after ten days you are to start fasting again. What do I do in the case of my period continuing through the month of Ramadan?

    • Busydiabeticmum

      Salam, i have incredibly irregular periods too since my baby was born! I went 7 months without bleeding, then bled for a month, then every other week and niw back to monthly with no set time span! You know the difference between menstral blood and normal bliid by the colour and smell! Menstral blood is darker and has an offensive smell, where as the bleeding that continues ehich is classed as tahir (pure) is brighter and smells metalic! (The hadeeth says the colour is like that of safron) you can see the difference in the bleeding so make ghusl as and fast and pray as normal.

  • mulsimah p

    JazakAllah khair for your article. I have a question I was hoping you may be able to help with. I have a problem which means my cycle is incredibly irregular. Yesterday I started my first period in almost two years. In the past my periods are usually very long, ranging from 3 weeks to a couple of months. I have read in many places that after ten days you are to start fasting again. What do I do in the case of my period continuing through the month of Ramadan?

    My apologies, there was a typo in the previous post.

    • Amani Alkhat

      I was recently reading up on this and I read that a period can be considered as short as a day and a night, and as long as 15 days. I’m not a scholar but I presume that means that after 15 days, you should resume fasting. It’s totally okay if your period is irregular. I think it should be dealt with the same way as a typical period: just make up your fasting days before your next Ramadan inshallah. As this post states, you can still gain all the rewards from Ramadan even if you’re on your period. And God knows best. Please just take this as a stepping stone and supplement it with further information you may find! And feel free to post any additional findings here so that our sisters in a similar situation may benefit from it, God willing. Jazaki Allahu khairun and a Ramadan Mubarak :)

  • Mariam

    Thank you for this information
    It was really useful.May God bless you and your family .
    p.s. Ramadan Kareem!

  • Avin

    I wish this types of articles were available when I was 12.

  • Faiza

    What happens if I started my fast and my period starts in the morning? Do I continue with my fast or break my fast.

    • Amani

      If you get your period while fasting then your fast is broken. God knows best

    • Taqwa

      Assalamu Alaikum and Ramadan Mubarak :)
      If your period starts even a minute before maghrib, your fast is invalid. So, if it starts in the morning, you have to break your fast and make it up later.
      And if it stops right before fajr, you can make your intention to fast even if you did not take the shower.
      Hope that helps. Allah knows best.

      • Maria al-Qibtiyya

        @Tawqah:

        You said: ”And if it stops right before fajr, you can make your intention to fast even if you did not take the shower.”

        Response: Please give me source/reference?

      • Maria

        Hmm you have not given me reference…

  • Guest

    Very interesting article, but i’ve heard that you can’t speak while you are naked. Because the angels leave you when you are naked, and when you speak then they have to come back to Write it Down so they curse the person who speaks while he/she is naked. Having that in mind, how can you say shahada when done ghusool? And I can’t remember to read it any Place that you have to read the shahada to fullfill the ghusool, the only thing you have to do is rinse Your mouth and nose (like you do when you make wudhu) and pour water all over Your body, starting from the right side.

    • Salyha

      Yeah, that’s what I thought as well… My Islamic teacher told me the same and I read it in Behsti Zewar. The farhd of ghusool is to rinse your nose and mouth completely with water and pour water over your entire body leaving nothing dry. I have never heard of it being farhd to read shahada. Can somebody please help clear this up? Jazakallha xx

    • noor

      what will dofor irreregular mansesin ramazanfor fasting

  • Avandria Mikaelson

    hey! i just wanted to ask, do i fast right after eid for the time i didnt fast?

    • Maria al-Qibtiyya

      @Anvandria Mikaelson,
      Yes You can fast just right after Eid, In order to make up for the fasts that you didn’t keep in ramadan.

  • Taqiyah

    salam alaykom warahmutallah wabarakatuh.
    I am a converted Muslim of 2 years, alhamdlellah.
    Last Ramadan , I was pregnant with my first child, so I did not observe the fasts, nor did i have a period.
    After I gave birth to my daughter, I did not have a period for 6- 7 months, but just in the middle of my first, practicing Ramadan, my period unexpectedly came.
    This is Allah’s will.
    I am confused to whether I am supposed to make up the fast for the time I was on my period.
    I know if you are traveling or sick, you can make it up later. So please clarify if I must make this up or not.

    Jazakallah Khair

    • Maria al-Qibtiyya

      Taqiyah:

      Wa’alakum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu dear sister.

      Allah be praised who has guided you to the right path.

      In answer to your question: sister you will have to make up for the fasts that you’ve missed due to period.

      Hope I answered. Don’t hesitate to ask further questions if you have.

      Wassalam :)

  • I ♥ Islam

    JAZAKALLAH!!! This helped soooooo much, thank you!!☆★

  • Christina Navarro

    Thank you so much! Mashallh this is exactly the information I needed to know, since this is my first Ramadan as a Muslim it is good to be prepared for every situation.

  • Raja

    You are misinformed please read this before giving dawah to people
    http://www.submission.info/perspectives/women/religiousdutiesduringperiods.html

  • khatija

    I have a question.. I have been fasting for a good three or four hours, and I just realized I have come on my period.. should i break my fast or continue?

    • A Muslim Person

      You can eat because your fast is already broken and it wouldn’t count. You cannot continue (you are not allowed to).

  • Shabana

    Hi I was hoping someone could help me it’s very urgent and I’ve been searching for answers all day and I’ve hit a dead end.

    So I suffer from polysytic ovaries syndrome and have had irregular periods. Most recently I didn’t have a period in 18 months. Then I was put on medication which had helped considerably.

    So anyway I started my period and I only lasted 2 days. But I was toldvy my mom that I should take the remaining 5 days off because it may start again, I didn’t.

    But today about 4 days later I have started again. Now does this count as a period or an illness??

    Please help me. I don’t know what I should do.

    Many thanks in advance.

    May you all have a blessed Ramadan

    • FN H

      Your period can “stop” during the however many days it usually lasts I think. Like if you start on Monday, there might be blood coming on Monday and Tuesday, then no blood on Wednesday, and it may start again on Thursday. This is one period, and the days where the blood didn’t physically come out are still part of it. Sorry if I misread the situation or didn’t understand the question correctly!

  • ARahman

    Please can someone answer this asap, thank you. I have finished my period today morning, but yet have not bathed, will my fast be valid or not? Please answer this question thank you .

    • Sajida

      According this this, you can resume all obligatory rituals (prayer, fasting) after you’ve performed ghusl, whether that be after fajr, during noon, or way later in the day. Just go about fasting as normal.

  • noor

    what can i doduring manses in ramazan

  • Bokfan Saffer

    Come one ladies this is a joke right?. Which male oppressor wrote these absurd prescripts that are bondage to millions of females who were born free to be WOMEN but everywhere are in chains made by MEN. And not very nice ones at that.

    • Eiliyah Fayruz

      Lol if anything it’s western woman who are oppressed we can choose between the beauty of your life style, Islamic or a mixture of the two. Whereas non-Muslim women feel they have to conform to social rules in society & don’t tell me that’s not true cos I used to be one:)

      • Bokfan Saffer

        You mean the rule called “wear the Niqab or get beaten!!!!.” You mean that one.?

        • Eiliyah Fayruz

          The Quran doesn’t state women should be beaten that’s politically corrupt countries. Know your facts before you add your two pence

          • Bokfan Saffer

            And yet it happen under islamic law. In very many places. My tuppence appears to be worth several of your podgy pounds.

          • Eiliyah Fayruz

            No it happens under law in Islamic countries. I see you struggle to remember law and religion are not the same thing. And please answer one question, why are Christian crusaders commended for colonising aka inialating the indigenous people in South America in the name of Christ yet Muslims are tarnished because they prefer their women to cover up in modesty? What is so wrong about that?

          • Bokfan Saffer

            Sorry dear I have been busy. Ok first off lets get it straight that I hold no brief for theists of any stripe. Too much evil is done daily in the name of the “loving” big daddy in the sky. Second this discussion is about the role muslim patriarchy plays in determining women’s place in society. I belive that women have quite enough know-how to do that for themselves.Third, its a well tested technique perfected by patriarchy to use women’s physiology as a means of demoting them from equal to inferior status. This is taken to extreme levels in Islam where women’s testimony in sharia court counts less than does a man’s. Fourthly it is the conflation of state and “church ” in sharia regimes that keeps women in mental and physical bondage. Lastly, what on earth makes you think I celebrate the depredations of colonisation through conquest? No madame quite the contrary, I think the conquistadores did almost as much damage to the societies they invaded as have the mujahideen of Mohammed in carrying out his tyrannical and inhumane onslaught(er) on humanity’s right to freedom.

            In closing would you please join me in wishing peace on the souls of the 21 non-combatant christians so charitably beheaded by your brothers in the faith just the other day.

          • Fehmida

            Arguing over the acts of others that only Allah(SWT) can judge and condemn does not define what any religion is and definitely doesn’t provide any closure. Always having a defensive and negitive approach to something you may not understand doesn’t define what a muslim is either. Islam is not set on the bases of what other ‘muslims’ do, its about following the ways of the Qur’an and Muhammad (SAW).Those that do not will just have to answer to Allah(SWT).Dont base life and religion on what others do as they could be the disguise of the shaytaan (devil). There is such a thing as hypocrites and those that disguise themselves as muslims to discourage and test our faith. I therefore believe that everything is left in the hands of the creator and no act shall go un-noticed and unpunished by Allah(SWT)

          • Bokfan Saffer

            What did Muhammad do when he had his period?

          • Melissa

            But your points are so irrelevant to this article I’m laughing at your judging personality. Goodbye “doll”

          • Bokfan Saffer

            Mel I think you mean my points are “IRREVERENT”

            Laughing at my judging personality is the conduct of a judging personality. Get that point Mel? I would expect that someone with your ability to discuss matters like who is and who isnt in favour with the almighty might be a little more specific when mentioning irrelevancies.

          • FN H

            God created us all as equals. Just because we don’t find being naked a form of being “unopressed” and being free, doesn’t mean we are inferior. Men are told to lower their eyes as well its not just up to the women to be modest. It’s for everyone. And it is everyone’s choice to do what they want be that wearing loose clothes or wearing the hijab. Do not hate on a post that wasn’t targeting you. You came here just to talk smack about Islam so if you would like to continue being an ignorant fool, kindly leave.

          • Bokfan Saffer

            Madame going without the niqab does not equate to being naked. Modesty is a wonderful state of being . So is humility. But there is nothing humble about declaring ungodly and satanic all those things with which we do not agree. In this sense I am just as guilty as any muslim. Its just that I don’t kill people for those beliefs.

            As for me posting here I believe the internet is free from no-go zones. If the publishers did not want my comments then they should have stated it clearly. NO GAFFURS ALLOWED. In true apartheid fashion.

          • FN H

            I would recommend you read the first link I sent from the Huffington Post. Killing is against Islam. Killing ambassadors and therefore journalists is also against Islam. We are not all like ISIS. Yes ISIS and the Talib a opress/ed women by forcing them to wear the burqa but it should not be like that. These people are not true Muslims as they are ignoring the basics of Islam, and will answer to God on the Day of Judgment for their actions.

          • Bokfan Saffer

            Madame your clean heartedness is a wonder to behold. Sincerely, I mean that. My wife is also a believer and she probably shares many of your views about faith but from a christian perspective. Unfortunately the multitude of virtuous christians and muslims are no match for those “faithful” hordes who are quite wicked. Worse still are those that have taken ownership of the “word of god” for their own purposes. My problem with it all is this, that the “word of god” lends itself to such abuse very comfortably. This is demonstrated when we try to purify or reform these beliefs. Thats when sectarianism, fundamentalism and orthodoxy violently collide with all attendant horrors. The catholic inquisition is a marvelous example of such processes in action.

            Regarding the article; Just looking down that list of matters that are un Islamic I noticed that killing of “innocents” is forbidden. Yet innocence is a legal and moral concept that can be approached from various perspectives. Are people who resist the spread of Islam guilty or innocent? Are those who stand against all notions of god guilty or innocent? are those who satirise islamic beliefs guilty or innocent. You see that is why folks find the general reassurances given by decent human beings such as yourself, not completely comforting. While YOU may have some very wise and generous interpretations of your holy texts there are many more who do not. I understand where they are coming from them, If the text says “do this” then that is what they do. The blame is rather less on them than on the basic bad idea of a ‘holy text” existing at all.

          • FN H

            I see your point, but can I just say, that these people don’t read the holly text, which is called the Quran, (in case you didn’t know but you probably did) the Quran is a … guideline I would say. Those people who do these acts in the name of God don’t read the Quran because if they did they would know that each and every single thing they are doing goes against what God has told us. You cannot force anyone to convert so killing people who refuse to do so is killing the innocent. I don’t even know what goes through their minds because there is absolutely no way to “interpret” the quran when everything is stated very clearly. They are ignorant and should stop ruining people’s lives and threatening them. But that’s the problem, many people who live in these countries are in poverty or are illiterate/uneducated in religious matters. They get roped in because this is what they believe is Islam but it isn’t. There is a miniscule good side to all this bad attention Muslims are given, and that is that more people know about Islam and if they do their research and find what a truly beautiful religion it is, they can join us. But usually people don’t bother doing research and just assume all Muslims are like that which is really quite unfortunate.

          • Bokfan Saffer

            There is much more to this discussion of course but for now I have nothing to add except saying Eid Mubarak to you and your family . Lets hope the next year will be more peaceful and open minded than the last.

          • sister15

            @bokkansaffer That is one of the most ignorant statements I have ever heard , please do not equate the Christian “clergy” yo Islamic rulings , these teachings are derived from a) what the prophet taught his wives which Muslims believe is directly from God himself and b) the practices of the early generations of Muslims namely women who narrated sayings and teachings who were scholars is their own right , now if you do not believe in that then that’s up to you but that it is not a means to make women unequal it is our belief in God and the way we practice our religion , if you don’t like it then that’s up to you don’t come and post comments of hatred and bigotry in a forum that clearly is against your views , save that for the atheist forums

          • Bokfan Saffer

            Hi Sister please forgive this gaffur for daring to have an opinion that contradicts the “ahem” word of God. But to be honest what could the Prophet know about menses that was not taught to him by women?. If so why was it useful for him to interpose the male deity AND his own position as absolute patriarch to devise rules different to what women had done for millennia before. I say it was to control them. Just as the Burqa and other mechanisms have been put in place to achieve the same end. Orthodox Islam is a woman oppressing set of laws. It guarantees female inferiority and it seems to do so with your consent. call it Stockholm Syndrome.

    • FN H

      If you would read this articlehttp://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5878038
      you would know that everything ISIS does is against Islam. Islam is a religion of peace. Wearing the niqab or the hijab is a woman’s choice and no one is being oppressed. Everyone in the western world is acting like fighting for equality is suchh a new idea when really, Islam demands women be treated equally as well. It is haram (impermissible) to deny women their rights and every issue you seem to have with our religion is based off ignorance and hate over what some extremists did. America has also invaded billions of countries, police brutality is a very real issue and racism and mass shootings are common but Muslims are the terrorists? And now you would say that not everyone does those things which is the exact same for us. Extremists and ignorant people who focus more on their culture rather than the basics of Islam have ruined the appearance of Islam, and if you would bother doing some research rather than bashing that which you do not know about, maybe you could see that we are practicing a religion of peace. If Islam isnt for you, no problem, no one’s forcing you to convert or anything, but do not harass or spread lies about things that you clearly do not know anything about. Have a nice day.

      • Bokfan Saffer

        Good morning madame. I trust you enjoyed succour today. I regret that you see what I said as “bashing”. I thought that I was being fairly dispassionate about the tyranny of ideas and belief that Islam and virtually all other religious dogma represents.

        When one is forcefed the absurdities of the believers; That ALL is “god given” but reason, which is also “god given” may not be used to enquire into the nature of god. (This dichotomy lies at the very core of the Isis madness.) then one should be very very cautious.

        The fact that women choose to wear clothing foisted on them by an oppressive world view is no sign of volition, but rather an indication of how deeply that oppression has affected and defined their identity.

        By tackling these contradictions one is simply living out the dictum that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people (sic) do nothing” In this case let us agree that ” behaving RATIONALLY is good and its antithesis is therefore tending towards EVIL.

        But rest assured not only ISIS and Islam are guilty of such sins.

        • FN H

          Where are you getting the idea that all Muslims and women I see that you are more focused on are force fed this idea? I would really like to know. I would recommend you to this blog.http://thegreaterjihad.tumblr.com/post/22101222524/do-men-have-a-hijab-muslim-women-must-cover-up
          this is just one link but if after reading these, you feel the same way, I would like it if you didn’t question the grounds of my religion. http://thegreaterjihad.tumblr.com/Frequentlyasked
          thank you for taking the time to read and understand the basics of our religion. It is not opressing anyone.
          Also, the Prophet (S) said that women should never be beaten so anyone who does so is ignorant of Islam and does not know what they’re doing.

  • Danyah

    I have a question. Can u please please please pray on your period because ther was a man and he said he had intercourse but still wanted to fast and the prophet said he could fast if he wanted to because you can do what you want. I want to pray….

    • Aneesa

      No you can’t, ur impure

  • arbiya

    Can I do fasting while my mom has periods

    • Aneesa

      Yes

  • Guest

    Hi I have a question. Ramadan just started and so did my period but my period finished on my 4th day, that never happened to me. Well I took a shower and
    started to fast the next day but it came again, only for a little then ended in the same hour. What do I do?

  • Amal

    Salam everyone! If anyone I’d looking into why women don’t pray or fast, this is the answer: http://partytilfajr.tumblr.com/post/122324145540/salaam-i-am-having-a-difficult-time-grasping-why#notes

  • Aneesa

    Can u keep a fast if u find out u finished ur period at 9:00 in the morning, so could I have my bath and then keep the fast or no?

  • Leah G. Goodman

    As a Jewish woman, I’m really interested in this – we also have a process for ritual purification after menses, though menses does not prevent us fasting (boo!) or praying. Almost all of the restrictions are vis a vis one’s spouse. We’re not allowed to touch, pass objects to each other directly (pass the salt becomes passing the salt to the table NEXT to my husband rather than into his hand), and not doing intimate things like pouring each other wine or sitting on each other’s beds.

    The purification is somewhat similar, except that it has to be done in a Mikva – a ritual bath which uses natural water connected to the earth.

    I find both the similarities and the differences fascinating.

    • elena

      Cool! I like that :)

  • Seham Abiikar

    Hi, how can I explain to my father that I am on my period when he is asking me to pray? I don’t really want to tell him that I am on my period but he will begin to question why I am not praying and I am not reading the Quran. Please help me sisters

    • Maryam

      Just say, dad I cant pray for 5-6 days. Hopefully he will understand inshaAllah.

      • Noor

        I suggest you just tell him “I’m excused from praying”.

  • Andrea

    Hi, I have read also that the only reference to the menstruation is to abstain from sexual intercourse because of blood infections, etc. Nowhere does it say in the Quran that women who are participating in the natural cycle that Allah provided (and Allah would not provide something unclean, wrong, or a mistake) should stop worshiping Allah either in prayer or in fast. This is something that bigoted men made up over time. I love Islam, but I very much dislike people exerting their opinions and making them “Allah’s word.” I am appreciative for the option to abstain, but never would I agree it’s Allah’s will that I am not permitted to participate if I choose.

  • Noor

    I have a question, what if a woman is not aware of having her period during Ramadan, and she still fasts, is that considered Haram? And what does she have to do?

  • Noor

    I have heard that the days you miss while on tour period in Ramadan have to me made up after Ramadan. i was wondering excatly when can you make up for them and is there anything diffrent you have to do??

  • muslimah

    aslkm sis.one thng i wuld lik to ask is hw many days tht we r supposed nt to fast during periods.plz reply soon.

  • Meher

    Assalamualikum , i have a question that if the period starts before 2 min of iftar then the fast is counted or not

  • awesomelover123

    when you have your period can you fast and why?

  • Mohiny

    When ladies are on there period Allah says we are not aloud to pray or touch the Quran. However, does that mean we should stop reading dhikr??? If you do not know what to do then, why don’t you read subhanallah WA bihamdiha 100 times and same with astagfuallah and Allah huakbar and many more!! Why don’t you make dua to Allah and ask for forgiveness!! There’s many things to do when your on your period. When we are on our periods Allah gives us more time, to cook to do many things while we’re at it. And also there’s no excuse of not doing any dhikr during menstruation.

  • Manna

    Right Mohiny

  • Laura Flores

    Is it ok to just drink water to be considered as non fasting? My period is usually just 3 days and already got used to the fasting that dont want to make it hard again

  • Nora Nioma

    I am not Muslim, I just read this because I was curious. I am glad to see a religion that understands that women should not fast during their menses.
    I apologise for all the negative comments below. I promise you that not all non-Muslim people are like that. Ignorance is truly the deadliest plague.
    I pray that your god show you love and compassion, as I hope that my gods will show me.