Menstruating Woman reciting Qur’an and Adhkar

1st May 2013

 Question– a) A menstruating woman can’t recite the Qur’ān but some of the daily duas are in the Qur’ān e.g. ayatul qursi, 4 qul, driving dua can I read these for the purpose of Du’ā or would I need to break them up? 

  1. b) Should a menstruating woman do wudhu, sit in place of her Salāh and perform zikr so not to break the habit of Salāh times? Is it wrong to sit on a musala?
  2. c) Can a menstruating woman enter a masjid for the purpose of listening to bayāns?
  3. d) What is the best thing for a menstruating woman to read during the time she is not able to perform Salāh or read the Qur’ān?  


الجواب حامداً و مصلياً

In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


  1. a) It is permissible for a menstruating woman to recite adhkār or some verses of the Holy Qur’ān without the intention recitation like the Mu’awwadhatain (Surah al-Falaq & Nās) for protection and so on.[1]
  2. sb) It is permissible and recommended by the scholars to do such thing. Purity is not essential in order to sit on the Musallah.[2]
  3. c) No, she cannot.[3]
  4. d) No specific Du’ā or Dhikr is prescribed. Rather to engage in reciting general Adhkār, Durood Shareef and so on.


[Allāh Knows Best]



Written by (Mufti) Abdul Waheed

Answer Attested by Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islam

JKN Fatawa Department


[1] Durrul Mukhtar, Babul Haidh, pg 44

(وَلَا بَأْسَ) لِحَائِضٍ وَجُنُبٍ (بِقِرَاءَةِ أَدْعِيَةٍ وَمَسِّهَا وَحَمْلِهَا وَذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى، وَتَسْبِيحٍ) وَزِيَارَةِ قُبُورٍ، وَدُخُولِ مُصَلَّى عِيدٍ


[2] Fatawa Hindiyyah, Kitabul Taharat, Bab Dima al-Mukhtassati bin Nisa, vol 1 p.42

وَيُسْتَحَبُّ لِلْحَائِضِ إذَا دَخَلَ وَقْتُ الصَّلَاةِ أَنْ تَتَوَضَّأَ وَتَجْلِسَ عِنْدَ مَسْجِدِ بَيْتِهَا تُسَبِّحُ وَتُهَلِّلُ قَدْرَ مَا يُمْكِنُهَا أَدَاءَ الصَّلَاةِ لَوْ كَانَتْ طَاهِرَةً.

[3] Durrul Mukhtar, Babul Haidh, pg 44

(وَ) يَمْنَعُ حِلَّ (دُخُولِ مَسْجِدٍ)