Menstruation, Prayers And Make-Ups


Answered by Ustadha Sulma Badrudduja

Question: If I delay Isha by two hours, and after that time my period occurs, do I have to make qada of that salaah, when I return to my normal state of praying? Secondly, whilst my intention is to recite the entire Quran and then it is brought to my attention that a group of Muslims are doing khatam of the Quran such that everyone is required to complete a certain portion (juz) would it be good adaab to continue reciting my Quran as well as joining the group of Muslims? Would it be disrespectful?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I pray this reaches you in the best of states.

1. In the Hanafi madhhab, a women who has not performed the current prayer that is due upon her when her menstruation begins is not responsible for that prayer. For example, if Isha time enters at 7 PM and her period begins at 8 PM and she has not prayed Isha yet, then she does not have to make up this prayer later. This is because what is considered is her state at the end of the prayer time. At the end of Isha time, she was not responsible for praying Isha because she was menstruating. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

2. There is nothing wrong with reciting the Qur’an with multiple intentions. One can recite with the intention of one’s personal khatm as well as for a khatm that is being done by a group. This is a situation in which there is much leeway. Upon finishing one’s recitation, one can, for example, ask Allah to grant the reward of what one has recited to a specific person, or for those struggling in the way of Allah, etc., and this will in no way diminish from one’s own reward.

And Allah knows best.


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