Quranic Prayers During Menses

Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh / Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Q. “We do know that a woman, during her monthly periods, is forbidden from performing Salah and from the recitation of the Holy Qur’an. But we want to confirm whether the Arabic prayers and the “Tasbihat” are also prohibited for a women during her monthly period? please also tell us about the “durood Sharif”, whether it is allowed or not”
(Yasmin Nasim, Karachi)

A. Only four kinds of ‘Ibadah’ (worship) are prohibited for a woman during her monthly periods,
(i) Salah (namaz)
(ii) Fast
(iii) Tawaf of the Ka’bah
(iv) Recitation of the Holy Quran.

All other forms of worship are allowed for her. She can recite any dhikr or Tasbih. She can recite durood sharif (Salah on the Holy Prophet {S.A.W.}) She can also supplicate in whatever language she wishes. Even the Arabic supplications of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) are allowed, with the intention of du’a’ (prayer) not of tilawah (recitation). For example the Surah al Fatihah consists of certain prayers. If a woman recites the Surah al Fatihah in Order to receive the reward of recitation only, it is not allowed for her. But if she recites the Surah al Fatihah as a prayer and with a clear intention to supplicate, it is permissible for her even during her monthly periods. The same is true with other prayers and supplications found in the Holy Qur’an.

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