How to benefit in Ramadan even during Menses
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by Asma bint Shameem [iloveAllaah.com Exclusive Writer]
I see many sisters, who are ma sha’ Allaah, very enthusiastic about their prayers, duas and Ibaadah during the month of Ramadhaan. But, come their time for menses, it’s like someone turned their switch ‘off’. They completely stop all forms of worship and think that their menses is a reason to take a ‘vacation’ from remembering Allaah….totally. They start spending their time shopping, watching TV or just doing other stuff, just because they are ‘on it’, although previously they were very eager to spend their time remembering Allaah.
And then, there are some of my sisters, who are genuinely very distraught and feel kind of deprived and sad and so helpless that they cannot pray or fast during these days.
Naturally, they stop praying and fasting, as per the orders of Allaah, but then, they also stop all other forms of worship and means of coming close to their Rabb.
This is so much so that even during the last ten nights of Ramadhaan, instead of searching for Laylatul Qadr, the night in which worship is better than a thousand months, although they feel bad about missing out, they sleep through it, just because they are having their menses, thinking there is nothing they can do.
And thus, they lose out on the countless blessings, tremendous goodness and precious moments of this beautiful month.
So what’s a woman to do during this time?
1. Submit to the decree of Allaah
Dear sister, don’t feel sad or deprived. Realize that Allaah has decreed for all women to have menses. It’s not just you. All women have to go through this. And when the time for it comes, it comes.
Once our Mother, Aaisha Radhi Allaahu Anha was accompanying the Prophet (sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) on Hajj when she got her period. This made her sad and she started crying.
The Prophet (sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) consoled her, saying:
“This is something which Allaah has decreed for the daughters of Adam.” (Bukhaari)
Dear sister, never forget that Islaam means submission….submission to Allaah and His rules. Submitting to His rules IS Ibaadah.
Realize that you were obeying Allaah when you were fasting and praying and you are still obeying Allaah when you are NOT fasting and praying.
Because it was Allaah that ordered you to pray and fast and it is Allaah Who is ordering you NOT to pray and fast in your menses. Thus, not praying or fasting during your menses is also Ibaadah itself.
Remember, it’s all about doing things the way Allaah wants. That’s Islaam. That’s Ibaadah.
2. Reciting the Qur’aanAlthough there is a difference of opinion, many of the scholars, including Ibn Abbaas, Imaam Bukhaari, Ibn Taymiyah, Ibn Baaz, Shaikh al-Albaani, etc said that it is okay for a woman on her menses to read the Qur’aan, without touching it directly. Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said: “There is no clear, saheeh text to indicate that a menstruating woman is forbidden to recite Qur’aan… It is known that women used to menstruate at the time of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and he did not forbid them to recite Qur’aan, or to remember Allaah (dhikr) and offer du’aa’.” And Shaikh Ibn Baaz said: “It is permissible for the woman who is menstruating or bleeding following childbirth to recite Qur’aan according to the more correct of the two scholarly opinions.” (Majmoo‘ Fataawa Ibn Baaz, 10/209)
If you want to be extra careful about not touching the Mushaf, you can also read the Qur’aan off of the Internet or on your cell phone.
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