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Does a Muslim Woman Have to Make up the Prayers she Missed While on her Period

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Answered by: Maulana Muhammad Afzal Hussain


Does a Muslim woman have to make up the prayers she missed while on her period?

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Menstruation extinguishes the liability of the menstruating woman for prayer. [See: Al-Hidayah, chapter: Menstruation and Extended/ Irregular Bleeding]

Narrated by Mu’adha: A woman asked ‘Aishah “Should I offer the prayers that which I did not offer because of menses.” ‘Aishah said, “Are you from the Haraura’ (Meaning are you one of the Khawarij. Harura is a place associated with a group of Khawarij. They regard it essential to make up the obligatory prayers that are missed during menstrual cycles). We were with the Prophet and used to get our periods but he never ordered us to offer them (the Salat missed during menses),” or ‘Aishah; said, “We did not offer them.” [See: Bukhari: 321, Chapter: There is no Salat (prayer) to be offered by a menstruating woman in lieu of the missed Prayer during her menses. And the Prophet, said, “The lady (in her menses) must leave her Salat. Muslim: 335, Sunan an-Nasai: 382]

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Written by Maulana Muhammad Afzal Hussain

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