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Can Women Touch, Read, and or Recite the Quran while in a state of impurity?


This is taken from the book on Dr. Bilal Phillips “Islamic Ruling on Menstruation and Post Natal Bleeding” page 12:



Touching and Reciting the Quran. Menstruating women are permitted to read and touch the Quran.



*Footnote to the above statement: Although many scholars have prohibited menstruating women and people in the state of sexual defilement (junub) from reciting the Quran or touching it, Imam al-Bukhaaree took the position that there was no authentic evidence to support such position and that it was in fact permitted. In support of his view, he mentioned the positions of some of the early scholars who also permitted reciting and touching the Quran in order to show that the prohibition of menstruating women from reciting the Qur’an was not unanimous among scholars of the past. (Fath al-Baaree, vol. 1 p. 305)



Ibn Taymiyyah said,

“The prohibition of women from reading the Quran has no basis in either the Quran or the Sunnah. The statement attributed to the Prophet “The menstruating woman or person sexually defiled (junub) should not read anything of the Quran” is NOT Authentic according to the unanimous opinion of the hadeeth scholars. Undoubtedly women used to menstruate during the Prophet’s era and if recitation of the Quran was prohibited as formal prayer was prohibited, the Prophet would have explained it to his followers and his wives, and it would have been transmitted to us.

Consequently, since no prohibition has been transmitted from the Prophet, it is not permissible to declare it haram (forbidden) while knowing that he did not prohibit it. And if he did not prohibit it in spite of the many cases of menstruation during his time, it is obvious that it is not haram.

(al-Majmoo’ vol. 26 p. 191)



Ibraaheem an-Nakha’ee (scholar among the students of the companions) said:

“There is no harm in menstruating women reciting a Quranic verse. (It was also the opinion of Imam Maalik) (Vol. 1 p. 182 chap.. 9 of Sahih Al-Bukhari) Imaam Al-Bukhari mentioned this incidence in order to prove that since the Prophet sent verses of the Quran to the pagans who were in a state of defilement, a menstruating woman should be able to read the Quran.



Fatawah or Islamic Rulings about some Important Issues by Sheikh Nasir-ud-Din-Al Albani

Q. – Is it prohibited to recite the Quran without wudoo?

A. – It is preferable to recite it upon purification. It is not forbidden to recite it without wudoo. As for the woman in her state of nifas or in after-birth confinement, then nothing prevents her from reciting the Quran. The hadeeth that At-Tirmidhee reported from Ibn ‘Umar (r) that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “The woman ill with her period and the junub man may not recite the Quran”, that is a ‘munkar’ hadeeth, as the Imam of Sunnah Ahmad Ibn Hanbal says it is not authentic. Rather we have the hadeeth of Ayesha (r) that the Messenger  said to her when she made Hajj and she had her period: “Do everything the pilgrim does except prayer and tawaaf.” Does not the pilgrim recite the Quran?”



So, this hadeeth is a clear proof of the permissibility of a woman’s reciting/reading the Quran whilst in her period. Therefore it is not permissible to prevent the woman in her periods from reciting the Quran claiming that she is not pure! If Allah had prevented her from reciting as He prevented her from praying, then we would follow that prevention and that would be the end of the matter. But He revealed to His Messenger a distinction between prayer and its constituent parts: since some people say that reciting the Quran is one of the pillars of the Prayer, so why do we not make purification a precondition for it as it is for the prayer? So we say: Not only is reciting the Quran a part of the prayer but also, prayer is begun by our saying “Allahu Akbar”. So, we should also say that it is a requirement for saying ‘takbeer’ that we have wudoo! And the same goes for ‘tasbeeh’, ‘tahmeed’ etc. We find that some of the companions preferred to have wudoo to touch the Quran so that shows what is preferable, but to make it obligatory and to say that it is forbidden for a woman in her state of nifas to touch the Quran then that has no proof at all.


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