What Menstruating women can perform on Night of Qadr – RAMADAN with WISDOM [Part 18]
What menstruating woman can perform while looking for Night of Qadr: Shaykh Ubaid al Jabiree and Shaykh Albanee
What are the actions that a woman who is on her menses, the actions she might perform while she is looking for Night of Qadr?
Oh my daughter, have glad tidings and give glad tidings to the others; your sisters in Islam the daughters of the sunnah, those that follow the sunnah.
That the woman who is in her menses she is allowed to do all things that is legislated for the men and the women that are out of their menses except for fasting and praying. Besides that, he said, you know and you should teach the other sisters in Islam, that the woman, the Muslim woman, is allowed to stand in lailatul qadr or establish in lailatul qadr: the recitation of the Quran, and making dua supplication to Allah for all that is good, as well as istighfaar (seeking Allah’s forgiveness), and takbeer saying Allahu Akbar and tasbeeh saying SubhaanAllah, and tahmeed saying Alhumdulillah and saying also laa illaaha illAllah and the other forms of remembrance and dhikr. The shaikh while he was handing me the mica reminded us of the statement that the Prophet (S) used to say while looking for lailatul qadr
“Oh Allaah you are the Pardoner and the giver of asylum, so Pardon me because you love to Pardon.”
And he said that you should know that any person that is kept back, and prevented from doing what is better for them from performing righteous actions, any person who is prohibited or a matter comes between them and these righteous actions due to a legislated excuse then this person should know that if they have the right intention and they have a strong will to come closer to Allah and to better themselves with prayers or fasting or with whatever action it might be, whoever has an excuse a legislated excuse and has that strong will and that strong intention then they should know that Allah Writes the aj’ar or benefits or reward for them. This is as we find in the hadith of the Prophet (S) when he was travelling with some of the sahaba on a path to the battlefield where he said that,
” There are a people in Medina from your brothers, that you don’t pass any mountain, and you don’t go through any valley except that they, your brothers in Medina are with you in the aj’ar, in the reward and benefits, that you are gathering the good deeds that you are gathering by going out in the path of Allah, the only thing that stopped them meaning your brothers in Medina the only thing that stopped them and came between them in being with you is a legislated Islamic excuse.”
Translator: Abul-Mundhir Adil ibn Arif
Sukainah the daughter of Shaikh al-Albanee said, “I asked my father, may Allah have mercy on him, ‘How does the female who has the excuse accorded to her by the Sharee’ah [i.e., menses] perform worship on the Night of Decree?’
So he answered me, saying, ‘by supplicating, remembering Allah [dhikr] and reciting the Qur’an, and there is no problem in her doing that. And I think that you are sure about the fact that it is not disliked for the menstruating woman to recite the Qur’an. So this is the way out from one angle.
And from another, it is fitting for the Muslim in such circumstances, whether he is male or female, to emulate the Prophet عليه السلام who said, ‘Seize the benefit of five before five: your youth before you become old, and your health before you become ill …’ [Saheeh at-Targheed wat-Tarheeb, no. 3355]. For what reason [did he say this?] Because in Sahih al-Bukhari it has been reported that, ‘When a slave [a believer] falls ill or travels, then he will get written to his accounts [the reward] similar to that which he used to get for his good deeds practiced at home and in good health [as if he is doing them on his journey and in illness].’ [Bukhari 2996]
So it is upon such a woman to seize the opportunity of benefitting from her time when she is clean and is able to stand during the last ten nights, or at least the odd nights, or at the very least the day or night of the twenty-seventh.
For indeed when Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, knows that His female servant used to do that when she was able to stand in prayer then suddenly comes into a state where she is excused, He records for her what used to be written for her when she was in a state of purity.
This is a very important point. Its fruits are that the Muslim should strive as was just explained: that he should always spend his time in obedience as much as he is able to. Such that when his obedience increases and the worship then passes him by [due to him becoming ill or travelling, the reward] is still written for him even if he is not able to actually perform it.’”