Article: Why Can’t A Menstruating Woman Touch The Qur’an
Question: Why can’t a menstruating woman touch the Qur’an? It bothers me that she’s considered impure.
Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuhu
It is understandable why these types of feelings may develop, especially if one is not familiar with Islam’s position on menstruation.
1. Islam does not consider menstruation to be a punishment towards women. Islam’s perspective is that menstruation is normal and it is natural.
2. A menstruating woman is not dirty, but rather from a legal perspective, she is ritually impure for the duration that she is menstruating. This has legal consequences and not spiritual consequences. As such, she is instructed by Allah to stop certain forms of worship, and every second that she obeys these commands, it is worship if done for Allah’s sake.
3. The Quran is revelation. It deserves to be exalted and Allah Most High teaches us how to do so. The Quranic ayah of the ‘pure ones’ does not only refer to menstruating women, but to any person in a state of ritual impurity, whether minor or major, male or female.
4. Women must work hard at establishing good habits of worship during their menstruation, as well as maintaining them when ritually pure. There are many acts of worship that a menstruating woman can perform that will gain her the pleasure of her Lord. These emotions of feeling ‘left out’ are an obvious result of not persisting to engage in habitual practices of devotion while menstruating. Most certainly, if one is in a constant state of remembering Allah, one will never feel far from Him inshaAllah.
Allah says in the Quran: “And when My servants question thee concerning Me, then surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me. So let them hear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright.” [al-Baqara: 186]
This article will discuss the aforementioned points in greater detail.
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