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Allah wants ease for you not hardship
« on: July 29, 2012, 05:10:09 AM »
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Misbah   - Pakistan
 
 
 
 Date
 15/Jan/2008
 
 Question


  As a Muslim, I have known that offering Prayers is compulsory and not to be missed in any circumstances. Qada' (making up for missed Prayers or fasting) is to be offered if you miss a Prayer. However, I have not yet found an answer to my question: Are women supposed to offer Qada' for missed Prayers during menstruation? What is the logic behind offering or not offering Qada' for Prayers missed during menstruation?
 
 Topic
 Women's life
 
 Name of Counselor
 Sahar El-Nadi
 
 
 
 Answer
   
 
 

Salam, sister Mesbah.

 

Your question shows you are curious and willing to put more depth into practicing Islam, may Allah always guide you and support you to do what is best.

 

Significance of Prayers

 

You are absolutely right about the importance of offering Prayers on time under all circumstances in Islam. As it is stated in the Qur'an:

 

*{Prayer is obligatory for the believers at prescribed times}* (An-Nisaa' 4 :103)

 

Muslims should never deliberately miss Prayers for any reason. We should make up for missed Prayers as soon as possible. This goes for all adult Muslims, both men and women, as soon as they have reached puberty and become accountable for all their deeds.

 

When Are Women Exempted?

 

Yet, in certain cases, women are exempted from some acts of worship, especially Prayers and fasting during the monthly menstruation period and following childbirth.

 

While enduring such pains, a woman is physically and emotionally unwell, so in consideration to her condition when it occurs during the fast of Ramadan, her case follows the ruling in this verse which means:

 

*{Fast for a specific number of days, but if one of you is ill or on a journey, he should fast on other days later.}* (Al-Baqarah 2:184)

 

As a general rule in Islam, when a Muslim, man or woman, is experiencing difficulty, Allah will always offer a concession to make life easier. So Allah the Merciful and Just has lifted the load of Prayers and fasting from women during their menses because He knows how they feel, and He never asks humans more than they can bear:

 

*{Allah wants ease for you not hardship}* (Al-Baqarah 2:185)

 

As soon as her period is over, a woman is required to perform purification by ghusl (ritual cleansing of the body) to be able to resume daily Prayer, fasting, making Tawaf (circumambulation of the Ka`bah if she was in Hajj or `Umrah), reading the Quran, as well as resuming marital intimacy.

 

It is important to note that refraining from praying and fasting during menses is actually an act of worship just like observing Prayers and fasting in normal days. A woman is rewarded in both cases for submitting to a divine command and showing obedience to Allah by refraining on specified times, as well as by obliging on other times.

 

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, "When a slave falls ill or travels, then he will get reward similar to that he gets for good deeds practiced at home when in good health." (Al-Bukhari)

 

So, if a woman is a diligent worshipper everyday, her rewards while she is exempted would be equal to her best days of worship.

 

Make Up For Missed Fasting

 

Fasting is mandatory in a prescribed number of days a year. One can go on with their lives normally while fasting. It does not restrict one's daily routine to make up for missed fasting days after Ramadan. But when it comes to Prayer, it is quite different.

 

Prayer is not only about ticking boxes everyday. Prayer requires setting time aside, stopping anything we are doing, and performing physical movements in total focus and concentration.

 

The average woman menstruates 6 days X 5 Prayers a day = 30 missed Prayers each month. If she were required to make up for them, they will be added to her Prayers on the normal days as extra.

 

That means she will end up offering more Prayers than men nearly everyday, which is obviously unfair and very exhausting. It will put an added pressure on a wife and mother who already has a lot to take care of daily, which means turning her Prayers into a burden; a mechanical physical movement, and an obligation to get over with, rather than a unique connection with Allah to relax and recharge.

 

Allah is too Merciful on women to subject them to such hardship. So He so generously exempts women permanently from daily Prayers during that time.

 

Care for Menstruating Women

 

Not only does Islam take into consideration a woman's physical condition, but it also cares for her feelings in this delicate time. Look at the Prophet's example when he became extra kind to his wife Aishah at this time, and deliberately ate and drank from the same pots with her.

 

Aishah tells us that while in menses, she used to comb the hair of the Prophet. (Al-Bukhari)

 

She also tells us that the Prophet used to lean on her lap and recite Quran while she was in menses. (Al-Bukhari)

 

Look how Islam prevents a man from divorcing his wife during her period in case she had provoked him in her moody state, or so she will not be shocked emotionally while she is already suffering.

A menstruating woman in Islam practices her normal life and even enjoys extra love, respect, and protection from her menfolk.

Connection with Allah 

 

Being exempted from praying does not mean being "banished" from connecting with Allah. Muslim women can connect with Allah in many ways during this time, for example: by reading to increase your knowledge about Islam and other useful topics, by reciting supplications and dhikr (remembrance of Allah), by reading the Quran, or listening to Quran recitation or revising what you memorized silently, by doing charities and good deeds, by teaching others including children, and by attending Islamic lectures and lessons.

 

Being a good Muslim in manners and character is an overlooked worship of precious value, and that is available to every Muslim at all times.

 

I hope now you have answers to your questions. Please stay in touch, and may Allah accept your worship and reward you generously.

 

Salam.

 

Useful Links:

 

Women, Menses and Worship

 

Keeping Connection With God During Menstruation

 

*{We Listen and We Obey}*

 

Are Women Deemed "Unclean" During Menstruation (External Link) 

http://www.readingislam.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1196786124610&pagename=IslamOnline-English-AAbout_Islam%2FAskAboutIslamE%2FAskAboutIslamE
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Re: Allah wants ease for you not hardship
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012, 03:43:04 PM »
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Thanks for posting this sis....Allah does want ease for us and gives us different ways to make up things like performing istighfaar or nafl prayers .
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