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Question: Am I allowed to engage in dhikr and dua while menstruating?

You are certainly allowed to engage in dhikr and du’a while menstruating.

As Imam Nawawi has pointed out, there is a virtual consensus of scholars/jurists on the fact that both men and women in a state of sexual defilement (janabah) and women while menstruating or undergoing post-natal period of bleeding can make dhikr either through spoken words or silently in their hearts.

It is also permissible for them, while making supplications, to use the familiar dua’s which are taken from the Qur’an such as the following:

Rabbanaa hab lanaa min azwaajinaa wa dhurriyaatinaa qurrata a’yunin wa ij’lanaa li al-mutaqeena imaman
(Our Lord, grant us true joy in our spouses and children and make us role models for those who are mindful (of You).”

Rabbanaa aatinaa fi al-dunya hasanatan wa fi al-aakhirati hasanatan wa qinaa adhaaba al-nnaar
(Our Lord, grant us good in this world and good in the next world and save us from the torments of the Hell-fire).
Rabbanaa taqabbal minnaa innaka anta al-ssamee’u al-aleem wa tub alaynaa innaka anta al-ttawwaab al-rraheem
(Our Lord, accept this work of ours, for verily You are All-Hearing, All-Knowing; and grant us repentance, for You are the Relenting, the Merciful).

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