Menses while practicing Islam, is a topic that is unfortunately confusing and a tad controversial due to much spreading of information with a lack of understanding. However, it is best for Allah’s girls to understand directly from The Source. Brothers do not run from this topic. You should understand and join in this conversation, as well.
Usually women think about chocolate, salty sweets, and starchy foods while on their cycle, but being a Muslimah causes you to factor in more than your cravings, the potential of having cramps or other PMS symptoms. Fasting is another component to be cautious of because there are do’s and don’ts that shall be understood. Since it’s Ramadan, we’ll start there.
Ramadan & Fasting
“When a woman has her period, the way she observes Ramadan changes.”
– Amanda Randone
You may read about Ramadan in The Holy Qur’an in 2:185.
2:185 The month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur’an was revealed, a guidance to men and clear proofs of the guidance and the Criterion. So whoever of you is present in the month, he shall fast therein, and whoever is sick or on a journey, (he shall fast) a (like) number of other days. Allah desires ease for you, and He desires not hardship for you, and (He desires) that you should complete the number and that you should exalt the greatness of Allah for having guided you and that you may give thanks.
journey: a period of travel 4) passage/progress from one stage to another
In the Holy Qur’an, “journey” represents a physical trip. I think journey also has a spiritual meaning representing a travel. When sisters are on their cycles, the body is on a journey as it’s a purifying time for a woman. The body is being made new by getting rid of toxins, releasing the old to receive the new. It’s like a new moon – hence the reason why you’ll sometimes hear one refer to the menstrual as a moon cycle.
I understand some sisters can fast during the cleansing process without getting sick. However, as sisters we cannot prostate during our menstruation. Therefore, it is another reason why we cannot properly complete the fast of Ramadan. Fasting includes prayer. Yes, you may fast or it may even be required of you to fast (similar to me) during this cleaning process. However, it is not counted as a fasting day during Ramadan.
“This is part of a Thamudic thought that women are unclean due to the fact that they have the purification process of the cycle. Let us be careful with this.” -Brother Imam Sultan Muhammad, National Imam for The Nation of Islam
You may say, but I can fast successfully without feeling faint. That is great Sis! However, this means that you are completing the fast for you when it is for Allah.
“Even eating becomes prayerful.” -Brother Imam Sultan Muhammad, National Imam for The Nation of Islam
This is by no way restricted for women to be ostracized. When men are dirty, they are to wait until ablution is complete prior to making salat, as well. As a woman, when we make ablution, we have yet to complete ablution during the time of our period (for obvious reasons).
We shall instead focus on what we can do and not on what we cannot. This helps us to see how truly blessed we are. It is also important for us not to try understanding so quickly. We learn from being obedient. The more we hear Allah’s Word and carry it into practice, the less the veil will be before your first eye (the spiritual eye, most referred to as the third eye).
He desires ease for you and I. It is a blessing that we are not required to perform salat during our periods. Our body is under great stress (even if you are not experiencing pain). We can discuss this in the future, Insha’Allah!
In the meantime, here is a video of a man narrator. I think it is beautiful, except for him mentioning that women cannot pray. We can pray. We do not perform salat. We do make a dua.
In the next video, you may listen to a woman narrating the do’s and don’ts. Please keep in mind that we can read and recite The Holy Qur’an during our period. In the video, you will notice she mentioned that being based on majority opinions. In Islam, we go off of actual facts and not opinions.
“I just want to ask a common sense question. If we have a sister that has memorized the entire Qur’an, if we have a sister that has memorized any portion of the Qur’an, The Holy Qur’an and she chooses to recite it during that time of the month is it not accepted of her? How can she not read The Holy Qur’an that is in her heart?
So there is a lifting of the obligation of fasting, but there is not a lifting of the devotion that we have to Allah or our connection to Allah.”
-Brother Imam Sultan Muhammad, National Imam for The Nation of Islam
Back to Ramadan
When you are on your period during Ramadan, you can still read each part of the day in The Holy Qur’an. If you are experiencing excruciating pain, wait until the next day. It may comfort you to read The Holy Qur’an or listen to it being read. If you listen to a part day, it is highly recommended that you go back to read it. During The Holy Month of Ramadan, we are to communicate with Allah (God). When we are listening to someone else read it, it is like a translator is stepping in between you and Allah. If you are fully capable of reading, read.
Try not to over indulge in the day, but ensure your body is receiving the proper nutrients.
Remember you are to make up the days that you miss. You may fast for a like number of other days, as mentioned in The Holy Qur’an. You may feed someone in need to make up a day. We have until the next Ramadan to make up the days. However, I would not wait until the next Ramadan. Ramadan is a reset. It is preparing us to make improvements that we may incorporate into the remainder of the year and beyond. If we wait until right before the next Ramadan does that mean that we have not been working on self?
Let us hear and obey first. Understanding will come through our obedience.
Please forgive me for any mistakes.
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