Can I Help Build a Mosque during Menstruation?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


What is the ruling regarding a Muslim woman in her menses going to a Masjid construction site to help build? I know menstruating women are not allowed to enter the mosque’s prayer area. What if there is a lecture or class that can only be heard from inside the mosque? What should she do?


Thank you for your question.

May Allah reward you for being so involved at the mosque, sister!

A mosque construction site is not yet a mosque, so it is permissible to join in on the construction. [Shaykh Faraz Rabbani]

If a lecture takes place in the mosque, one should first ask what part of the mosque is actually considered the prayer area. Usually, there are extra rooms in the back or side or on other levels that are not considered part of the prayer area.

If the lecture is in the prayer area, one can request that it be moved to an area of the mosque that is not considered part of the prayer area to accommodate the women. Masjid committees usually do recognize this need. May Allah Most High reward you profusely for involving yourself in the mosque and its activities.

Kindly check this:
Acts Prohibited During Menstruation and Their Proofs

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqida, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.