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Menses & Legal Sexual Intercourse – Shaykh Uthaymeen

December 30, 2015

Sixth : Menses & Legal Sexual Intercourse

It is prohibited for a husband to have sexual intercourse with his menstruating wife, and it is not allowed for her to make it possible for him. Allah (Azza wa Jal) says:

{ويسألونك عن المحيض قُل هُوَ أذًى فاعتَزِلُوا النِّساءَ في المَحيض ولا تقربوهُنَّ حتى يطْهُرن }

[Surah Al-Baqarah 2:222]

“They ask you concerning menstruation. Say: that is an Adha (a harmful thing for a husband to have a sexual intercourse with his wife while she is having her menses), therefore keep away from women during menses and go not unto them till they have been purified (from menses and have taken a bath).” (Qur’an 2: 222).

Menses here refers to the period of menstruation and the private part of the woman is the prohibited place. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said: “Do everything except sexual intercourse.” [40]

All Muslims had Ijmaa’ prohibiting sexual intercourse with a menstruating woman. It is not permissible for anyone who believes in Allah and in the Day of Judgment to practice this act. Anyone who does this then he had disobeyed Allah and His Messenger and followed a path other than the believers path [41].

It is related that Imam Ash-Shaafiee’ had said:

Anyone who does such an act then he had committed a Great Sin“.

Other scholars of the same school said:

Anyone who sees it permissible to have sexual intercourse with a menstruating woman then a decree of his Kufr (rejection of Faith) should be made.”

In order to break the intensity of sexual desire, it is permissible (and praise is due to Allah) to kiss, hug and fondle a menstruating woman in places other than her private parts. It is important, however, that the husband does not approach the area between the knees and the navel without laying a cover sheet as ‘Aisha ( رضي الله عنها) explained:

“He (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) used to order me to put an Izar (dress worn below the waist) and used to fondle me (during her menses)” [42].

Footnotes:

[40] Saheeh Muslim (English) V 1. P.175, Hadeeth # 592.
[41] Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) warns saying:

{ ومن يُشاققِ الرَّسول من بَعدِ ما تبينَ لهُ الهُدى ويتَّبِعُ غيرَ سبيل المؤمنين نُوَلِّهِ ما تَولَّى ونصلِهِ جَهَنَّم وساءتْ مَصيراً }
– Surah an-Nisa 115

“And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger (Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) after the Right Path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers’ way, We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell;–what an evil destination.” (Qur’an 4: 115)

[42] Saheeh Al-Bukhari (Arabic-English): V. 1, P.180, Hadeeth # 298.

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