Menstruating and Postpartum in Ramadan; A Best Explanation

Islamic Shariah Center: Menstruating and Postpartum in Ramadan ~ Hi all! In a number of previous articles, I explained that menstrual blood and postpartum blood were unclean. You also know that women who are menstruating or parturition cannot pray. Well, in this article I will explain, can Muslim women who are menstruating or childbirth be fasting or not?

Before I answer the question above and speak more about menstruating and postpartum in Ramadan, I will quote the two hadiths below. Pay attention!

عَنْ أَبِيْ سَعِيْدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ : أَلَيْسَ إِذَا حَاضَتْ لَمْ تُصَلِّ وَلَمْ تَصُمْ

From Abu Sa’id al-Khudri radliyallahu anhu of Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, he said, “Isn’t it if she is menstruating so she is not praying and not fasting.”

The hadith below is a history of Aisah bint Abu Bakr radliyallahu anha. She was one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad.

كُنَّا نَحِيْضُ عَلَى عَهْدِ رَسُوْلِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَنُؤْمَرُ بِقَضَاءِ الصَّوْمِ وَلَا نُؤْمَرُ بِقَضَاءِ الصَّلَاةِ

We were then ordered to change fasting and we were not ordered to replace prayer (salat).


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If we observe the two hadiths above, we will understand a number of things as follows;

One; Muslim women who are menstruating or parturition may not fast.

Two; Muslim women who do not fast because of menstruation or childbirth must replace fasting that has been abandoned.

All readers! You have to know, that if a woman is experiencing one of these two conditions, blood will emerge from her vagina. The blood is unclean blood. That is what makes her not allowed to fast. Thus, if for that reason she fasts for 10 days, then if the month of Ramadan is finished, then she must fast for 10 days, but she is not obliged to replace the prayer she left. That is what we can understand from the second hadith.

For example, if in the month of Ramadan, at 3:30 a.m. there is menstrual blood coming out of the vagina of a Muslim woman, then she must cancel her fast, even though she has fasted since dawn has not yet risen. If at 3:15 a.m. before dawn rises menstrual blood does not come out again from her vagina, then she must fast, because menstrual blood which is a fasting barrier is gone.

One important thing that I have to say here is that if the menstrual blood is no longer released from the vagian of a Muslim woman, then she must take a shower first to purify herself.

That is a brief explanation of menstruating and postpartum in Ramadan. Hopefully useful, especially for all Muslim women. Amen!

See you in the next article!


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