Monthly Archives: April 2011
From today onwards, a number of Ahadith will come making a list of things that women can do while in menses.
While in menses, I used to comb the hair of Allah’s Apostle .
Reference: Hadith no. 293.
Kitaab-ul-Haydh (Book of Menstrual Periods) starts today. It needs no introduction. Ahadith will be self-explanatory inshaAllah.
‘Aisha said, “We set out with the sole intention of performing Hajj and when we reached Sarif, (a place six miles from Mecca) I got my menses. Allah’s Apostle came to me while I was weeping. He said ‘What is the matter with you? Have you got your menses?’ I replied, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is a thing which Allah has ordained for the daughters of Adam. So do what all the pilgrims do with the exception of the Tawaf (Circumambulation) round the Ka’ba.” ‘Aisha added, “Allah’s Apostle sacrificed cows on behalf of his wives.”
So O daughters of Adam! Do not be ashamed of it. Don’t feel bad. Don’t curse it. It is by Allah. Islam doesn’t cast you out of the society like Judaism and some other religions do. Women having their menstrual periods are sent to special homes where they can’t mingle with the rest of the society. Weird, I know.
Islam doesn’t put any social restrictions on you. There are some liberations though. Like you get a break from the five daily prayers. And the fasts that you get to skip in Ramadan can be kept later. It’s ease I tell you! ;)
I thank Allah for this blessing. Do you? :)
Kitaab-ul-Ghusl ends today, Alhamdulillah. We’re doing all these Ahadith in one post because most of them are repeats. So we’ll cover them up quickly inshaAllah.
Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab:
I asked Allah’s Apostle “Can any one of us sleep while he is Junub?” He replied, “Yes, if he performs ablution, he can sleep while he is Junub.”
Lesson: wudhu before sleeping is mustahab (liked). Read more on it here.
Whenever the Prophet intended to sleep while he was Junub, he used to wash his private parts and perform ablution like that for the prayer.
Same as above.
‘Umar asked the Prophet “Can anyone of us sleep while he is Junub?” He replied, “Yes, if he performs ablution.”
Same as above.
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar:
Umar bin Al-Khattab told Allah’s Apostle, “I became Junub at night.” Allah’s Apostle replied, “Perform ablution after washing your private parts and then sleep.”
Same as above.
Volume 1, Book 5, Number 289:
as the following Hadith 290.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, “When a man sits in between the four parts of a woman and did the sexual intercourse with her, bath becomes compulsory.”
This is today’s Hadith that we’ll be discussing inshaAllah.
Basically the rule is that even touching of the sexual organs makes bath compulsory on the man and the woman. Following Ahadith will explain more..
Narrated Zaid bin Khalid AlJuhani:
I asked ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan about a man who engaged in the sexual intercourse with his wife but did not discharge. ‘Uthman replied, “He should perform ablution like that for the prayer after washing his private parts.” ‘Uthman added, “I heard that from Allah’s Apostle.” I asked ‘Ali bin Abi Talib, Az-Zubair bin Al-‘Awwam, Talha bin ‘Ubaidullah and Ubai bin Ka’b and a gave the same reply. (Abu Aiylub said that he had heard that from Allah’s Apostle ) (This order was cancelled later on so one has to take a bath.)
See, Hadith No. 180.
Also: Hadith no. 179.
Narrated Ubai bin Ka’b:
I asked Allah’s Apostle about a man who engages in sexual intercourse with his wife but does not discharge. He replied, “He should wash the parts which comes in contact with the private parts of the woman, perform ablution and then pray.” (Abu ‘Abdullah said, “Taking a bath is safer and is the last order.”)
Volume 1, Book 5, Number 284:
Narrated Abu Salama :
I asked ‘Aisha “Did the Prophet use to sleep while he was Junub?” She replied, “Yes, but he used to perform ablution (before going to bed).
If you’ve tried it, you know how it feels. I don’t know if it has any scientific benefits or not, but I know this: Prophet (SAW) made extra effort to stay clean and pure and he loved being in the state of wudhu. Isn’t it all that matters?
Don’t you get the feeling of impurity when you’re Junub (state of being after sexual intercourse) or menstruating? And you feel like you shouldn’t go near/touch holy places and things, like mosques, musalla (place of prayer), mus’haf (Quran) etc? Abu Huraira thought the same, but Prophet (SAW) corrected him.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet came across me in one of the streets of Medina and at that time I was Junub. So I slipped away from him and went to take a bath. On my return the Prophet said, “O Abu Huraira! Where have you been?” I replied, “I was Junub, so I disliked to sit in your company.” The Prophet said, “Subhan Allah! A believer never becomes impure.”
Now this doesn’t mean you should definitely sit on the musalla when you’re menstruating. The implication is: there’s no harm. You can recite/listen to the Holy Quran. But you should be careful about touching its Arabic text.
There’s no need to make things hard for yourself. These ‘impurities’ are natural. You can’t avoid them, neiter should you be ashamed of them. And it’s only Shaitan who wants us to be away from the Dhikr of Allah. Islam doesn’t forbid it in any situation whatsoever. Rather, we’re encouraged to do it all the time. Prophet (SAW) used to recite the verses of Surah Al-Imran when he woke up at Tahajjud time. Note that he could’ve been Junub or just not in the state of wudhu, but he still recited the Quran. So it’s no big deal.
Hope the message is clear enough.