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Question: If I have my periods is it possible to read the Qur’an without touching the mushaf (the Book).

Scholars and jurists of Islam have been divided in their opinion about the issue whether women who are menstruating are allowed to read the Qur’an or not.

The generally accepted view among them is that women are not allowed to read the Quran while menstruating. Among other things, they have based this ruling on a report attributed to the Prophet, peace be upon him, which states, “Neither those who are sexually defiled nor those who are menstruating shall read the Qur’an.”

A group of scholars belonging to Maliki, Shafi and Hanbali schools, and others, however, have rejected the above position. As has been pointed out by Imam Ibn Taymiyyah, there is nothing wrong for women from reading the Qur’an either from their heart or from mushaf itself, should they find it necessary to do so.

Even some of those scholars who are generally in favour of disallowing menstruating women from reading the Qur’an from mushaf have considered it permissible for them to do so if they are teachers or students or they are afraid of forgetting what they have memorized.

Having cited the various views let me conclude by saying:
Should there be dire necessity for you to do so you are definitely allowed to read the Qur’an, either from your heart/mind or by holding the Qur’an itself. If, there is no such necessity, then you can definitely listen to the Qur’an; for there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever in the sources to indicate that listening to the Qur’an in the state of menstruation is forbidden. Therefore, you may listen to a recorded Qur’an without any inhibition; you may also read the du’as from the Qur’an at all times, without incurring any sin whatsoever.

May Allah inspire us to see truth as truth and follow it and inspire us to follow it-Aameen.

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