Does I Have to Refrain from Eating If Menstruation Starts in the Day?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat


Does a woman who has started to menstruate during a Ramadan fast have to refrain from eating for the rest of the day?


I pray you are well. 

No, she may eat, although it should be done discreetly. This ruling only applies to people in other situations, such a traveller who was not fasting reaching home; he needs to refrain from eating until sunset out of veneration of the time. (Shurunbulali,Maraqi al Falah)

Enjoying Allah’s Dispensations

It is a huge blessing for ladies that Allah does not demand prayer and fasting of them during their menstrual cycle. Allah granted them this ease, and they are rewarded for the worship they do not have to do at this time.

Enjoy it, and show gratitude for it. Imagine if you had to keep fasting and praying! Allah is very kind.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History, he moved to Damascus in 2007, where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.