Taking Shower During Period Islam: 3 Things You Should Understand

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Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation about taking shower during period Islam? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you should read it to the end!

Specifically, there are three important things about taking shower during period Islam which I will explain in this article. The three important things I mean are as follows:

  1. Prohibitions for Women During Period in Islam.
  2. Can You Take Shower During Your Period?
  3. How Do You Take Shower During Period?

Prohibitions for Women During Period in Islam

The first important thing about taking shower during period Islam which I will explain now is the prohibitions for women during period in Islam. I want you to understand that first before you read more explanations in this article because those are the basic things about period in Islam that must be understood well.

In general, if we read Islamic legal literacy regarding period, we will find an explanation of the prohibitions for women during period as follows:

One: wudu and Janaba bath.

According to the opinion of Shafiiyah and Hanabilah, women during period are not allowed to perform ablution and bathe in Janabah. The reason is that the purpose of wudu and bathing in Janabah is to purify the body from minor hadas and major hadas. Woman during period who performs wudu and bath Janabah will not be able to do that because she will continue to have major hadas before her period is over.

So, it will be in vain if woman during period performs wudu and Janabah bath.

Two: prayer (salat).

The second prohibition for women during period is prayer (salat). We can find this explanation in the hadith below.

قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : إِذَا أقْبَلَتِ الحَيْضَةُ، فَدَعِي الصَّلَاةَ، وإذَا أدْبَرَتْ، فَاغْسِلِي عَنْكِ الدَّمَ وصَلِّي

Allah’s Messenger (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “If menstruation has come, then do not pray. If it (menstruation) has gone, then clean the menstrual blood and pray.”

Three: touching Quran.

The third prohibition for women during period is touching the Quran. We can find this explanation in the Quran below.

لَّا يَمَسُّهُ إِلَّا الْمُطَهَّرُونَ

Do not touch it except those who are purified. (Al-Waqi’ah: 79).

Four: Tawaf.

The fourth prohibition for women during period is Tawaf. We can find this explanation in the hadith below.

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ تَعَالَى عَنْهَا قَالَتْ ؛ لَمَّا جِئْنَا سَرِفْ حِضْتُ . فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : اِفْعَلِيْ مَا يَفْعَلُ الْحَاجُّ غَيْرَ أَنْ لَا تَطُوْفِيْ فِيْ الْبَيْتِ حَتَّى تَطْهُرِي . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

From Aisah radliyallaahu Taala anhaa, she said, “When we arrived at Sarif, I was on my period. The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam then said, “Do something that is usually done by people who perform Hajj, but you do not perform tawaf in the Baitul Haram until you are pure.” This hadith was narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

Five: have sex.

The fifth prohibition for women during period is to have sex. We can find this explanation in the Quran and the hadith below.

وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ الْمَحِيضِ قُلْ هُوَ أَذًى فَاعْتَزِلُوا النِّسَاءَ فِي الْمَحِيضِ وَلَا تَقْرَبُوهُنَّ حَتَّىٰ يَطْهُرْنَ ۖ فَإِذَا تَطَهَّرْنَ فَأْتُوهُنَّ مِنْ حَيْثُ أَمَرَكُمُ اللَّهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِينَ وَيُحِبُّ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ

They ask you about menstruation. Say, “Menstruation is something dirty.” That is why you should stay away from women when they are menstruating. And do not approach them until they are pure. If they are pure, then come to them where Allah has commanded you. Verily, Allah loves those who repent and those who purify themselves.” (Al-Baqarah: 222).

عَنْ أَنَسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ، أَنَّ الْيَهُوْدَ كَانَتْ إِذَا حَاضَتْ الْمَرْأَةُ لَمْ يُؤَاكِلُوْهَا ، فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : اِصْنَعُوْا كُلَّ شَيْءٍ إِلَّا النِّكَاحَ . رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ

From Anas radliyallaahu anhu, that if the wife of a Jew is menstruating, then she will not eat with her. The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Do everything except sex.” This hadith was narrated by Muslim.

Six: I’tikaf.

The sixth prohibition for women during period is I’tikaf. We can find this explanation in the hadith below.

عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : إِنِّيْ لَا أُحِلُّ الْمَسْجِدَ لِحَائِضٍ وَلَا جُنُبٍ . رَوَاهُ أَبُوْ دَاوُدَ

From Aisha radliyallaahu anhaa, she said, “The Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam has said, “Indeed I do not allow women who are menstruating and people who are junub to stay in the mosque.” This hadith was narrated by Abu Dawud.

Seven: fasting (shaum).

The seventh prohibition for women during period is fasting (shaum). We can find this explanation in the hadith below.

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 from the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam, he said, “Isn’t if she is menstruating then she does not pray and does not fast.”

Eight: divorced.

The eighth prohibition for women during period is divorce. We can find this explanation in the hadith below.

عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ، أنَّهُ طَلَّقَ امْرَأَتَهُ، وَهي حَائِضٌ في عَهْدِ رَسُوْلِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وسلَّمَ، فَسَأَلَ عُمَرُ بنُ الخَطَّابِ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَنْ ذَلِكَ، فَقَالَ لَهُ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : مُرْهُ فَلْيُرَاجِعْهَا

From Ibn Umar, that he had divorced his wife when she was menstruating during the time of the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. Umar bin Khattab then asked about it to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Allah’s Messenger sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam then said to him, “Order him to return to his wife…”

That is a brief explanation of the prohibitions for women during period in Islam. As Muslims, we must understand that.

Can You Take Shower During Your Period?

The second important thing about taking shower during period Islam which I will explain now is “can you take shower during your period?”. I want you to understand that now because it is one of the important questions in this discussion that must be well understood.

In the previous paragraphs, I have explained that women during period are prohibited from Janabah bath. The reason is because the Janabah bath they do can’t get rid of their big hadas. So, their Janabah bath will be in vain.

Now, if you ask me, “can you take shower during your period?”, the answer is, “Sure! You can take a shower during your period. But taking shower during period that you do will only clean the dirt in your body. The taking shower will not be able to clean large hadas because you are menstruating.”

That’s a brief explanation of “can you take shower during your period?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.

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