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Tampons & Recital of Quraan in Haidh

 Could the following please be clarified, providing CLEAR ESTABLISHED PROOFS:

1) Is a woman allowed to use tampons/ mentrual cup during haidh?

2) During haidh is one allowed to recite Quraan, without the intention of tilaawah, looking into the Mushaf but not touching it? Or, is it permissible with the intention of tilaawah? I have been made to understand that one may recite by breaking the ayah into several portions, each no longer than a very short verse of Quraan.

Is this correct? As it is nearly impossible to do so. As a mother, not being able to recite Quraan for a third of each month is incredibly difficult as it prohibits me teaching my children or even reciting their Muawwatain etc at night. If possible, please refer to this webpage: http://www.seekingilm.com/archives/516 Please verify the authenticacy of the post and assist where incorrect. 


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullahi wa-barakatuh.

In the enquired case, it is Makrooh (undesirable) to use tampons[1] [2] (due to ethical and medical reasons)[3]. A woman that is menstruating should use a menstrual pad, sanitary pad or anything else that is used externally. 

The website in reference is currently unavailable. However, you may refer to the following link regarding the recital of Quraan during Haidh:


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Ismaeel Bassa

Student Darul Iftaa

Durban South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.




[1]A tampon is a cylindrical mass of absorbent material, primarily used as a feminine hygiene product. Historically, the word “tampon” originated from the medieval French word “tampion,” meaning a piece of cloth to stop a hole, a stamp, plug, or stopper. At present, tampons are designed to be easily inserted into the vagina during menstruation and absorb the user’s menstrual flow. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampon)


وَفِي شَرْحِ الْوِقَايَةِ ثُمَّ وَضْعُ الْكُرْسُفِ مُسْتَحَبٌّ لِلْبِكْرِ فِي الْحَيْضِ وَلِلثَّيِّبِ فِي كُلِّ حَالٍ وَمَوْضِعُهُ مَوْضِعُ الْبَكَارَةِ وَيُكْرَهُ فِي الْفَرْجِ الدَّاخِلِ. اهـ .

البحر الرائق  ج 1 ص 203، دار الكتاب الإسلامي }   


(ويكره وضعه) اي : وضع جميعه (في الفرج الداخل) لأنه يشبه النكاح بيدها.المحيط البرهاني : كتاب الطهارات : الفصل الثامن في الحيض، 1: اخذ من ذخر المتأهلين ص 171، دار الفكر}


3 In a study conducted by Gilles R. G. Monif in 1993, published in the Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology Journal, tampon users were shown to be 18 times more likely to develop TSS as non-users. In the same journal a year later, James McGregor and James Todd found that of all TSS cases occurring in menstruating women, up to 99% were using vaginal tampons.




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