The Faith

Can Women Touch Quran

First of all, the Shariah deals with the sexually defiled men/women and menstruating women in very different matters and ways. There are lots of differences between them:

  • The sexually defiled man/woman can at any time he/she wishes remove that state. He/she can make ghusl and if there is no water then they can perform tayammum.
  • Menstruating woman can not do such a thing, she is in that state for as long as Allah (SWT) wills, until her period comes to an end.

Recitation of the Quran by menstruating and post-partum bleeding women has been made permissible by the Malikis, Shafis, Hanbalis, Abu Hanifa, and a number of other scholars. Their proof being:

  • Hadith of Bukhari and Muslim concerning the Eid prayer. Narrated Umm 'Atiya (RA):
  • "I heard Allah's Messenger (SAW) saying that the unmarried virgins and the mature girls and the menstruating women should come out and participate in the good deeds as well as invocations of faithful believers but the menstruating women should keep away from the Musallah - praying place [Salat (prayers)]. Someone asked (Umm 'Atiya)(surprisingly), "Do you say the menstruating women?" She replied, "Doesn't a menstruating woman attend 'Arafat (Hajj) and such and such (other deeds)?"
  • Takbeer is a type of remembrance of Allah (SWT) and supplication is not any different from dhikr
  • Hadith of Bukhari regarding Aisha (RA) when she got her menses on the way to Mecca.

Narrated ‘Aisha (RA):

"We set out with the sole intention of performing Hajj and when we reached Sarif, (11 kms. from Makka, I got my menses. Allah's Messenger (SAW) 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 Allah (SWT) has ordained for the daughters of Adam. So do what all the pilgrims do with the exception of Tawaf (Circumambulation) round the Ka'bah." ‘Aisha (RA), added, "Allah's Messenger (SAW) sacrificed cows on behalf of his wives."

Pilgrims make dhikr and read Quran. There was no objection from the Prophet (SAW) and he (SAW) actually "told" Aisha (RA) to do so.

Another reason being hardship. A woman might forget what she memorized.

So therefore if there is no text forbidding such an act, one cannot conclude that the act is not allowable. The burden of proof is on those who claim that such women cannot recite the Quran, and they offer no clear or direct proof.

There is no harm whatsoever in a menstruating woman or post-partum bleeding woman reciting the Quran from their memory without actually touching the Quran.

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