Question: Is a woman's fast legitimate if she experiences continuous spotting during Ramadan ?

Answer: Yes, her fasting is legitimate because these drops of blood are not menstrual blood. `Alee Ibn Abu Talib was reported to have said: These drops [of blood] are similar to a nose bleed and are not [considered] menses." {AI-Husayn al-Baqhawee: Sharh as-sunnah. vol. 2. p. 156} If a woman's menses ceases and she sees something that causes her doubt, it is only a kick from Shaytan in her womb, If she sees something similar to a nosebleed. a drop of blood or bloody water from washing meat, she should do the normal wudhu and pray. If it is heavy. odorous blood about which there is no doubt, she should stop praying.

Q: If a womans menses ceased before dawn, but she did not make her (ritual bath) until after dawn, Is her fast legitimate or not?

A: Her fast is correct, because fasting became obligatory on her at the time that the bleeding ceased, This is similar to a person in a state of janabah (sexual impurity) who doesnt make ghusl before the break of dawn.

The evidence for this is in the statement of Allah: "You may now have sexual intercourse with your wives and seek what offspring Allah has ordained for you. Eat and drink until the white thread of early dawn becomes distinct to you from the black thread of night. " (Quran 2:187)

Q: What is the Islamic ruling regarding the fasting and praying of women whose menses sometimes either stops for one or two days or they bleed on alternate days?

A: The alternation between the menses during the usual period is considered part of the menses, Opinions differ as to the period between the menses, but once it has stopped completely, all scholars agree she must make ghusl, then resume fasting and praying. Note that ghusl isnt required for the fasting aspect but it is for the praying aspect.

Q: what is required of women who begin fasting Ramadan without making up days missed from their previous Ramadan ?

A: They are required to sincerely repent for what they have done, because it is prohibited to delay making up the missed ones until after the next Ramadan, So this should not be repeated,

Q: What is the opinion about women taking birth control pills (in order) to prevent the early arrival of their menses and thereby permitting them to complete the fast along with everyone else?

A: It is advised to go against this practice because these tablets contain grave harm as this has been proven by professional doctors. Women must understand that menses were destined by Allah for them, Therefore they should happily accept His decision in the matter. But. it is a permissible act that is frowned on by some scholars, and allowed by others. 

Q: Are menstruating women allowed to touch and read the Quran?

A: Yes. Imam al-Bukhari took the position that there was no authentic evidence to support a contrary position and that it was in fact permitted. To support this, he mentioned the position of some of the early scholars who permitted it. {Fath al-Bari, vol, 1, p. 305}. Ibn Taymeeyah said. "The prohibition of women from the Quran has no basis in the Quran or the sunneh.

The statement, The menstruating women or person sexually defiled [junub] should not read anything of the Quran attributed to the Rasul (peace be upon him) isnt authentic according to majority of the scholars.


This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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