Delaying Menses

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Can one take the pill to delay their menses in ramadhan?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

We advise against using the contraceptive pills to delay menses during the month of Ramadhan. Furthermore, the effect of contraceptive pills is not absolute. It may often have an adverse effect.

A woman who could not fast in Ramadan due to menses will get the same reward as fasting in Ramadan when she makes up for her missed fasts after Ramadan.

A woman in her menses can engage in other forms of worship e.g. dhikr, charity, reciting durud and making dua.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Checked and Approved by
Mufti Nabeel Valli.

Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah
Lusaka, Zambia


مسند أحمد مخرجا (19/ 483)

حَدَّثَنَا حَسَنٌ، وَعَفَّانُ، قَالَا: حَدَّثَنَا حَمَّادُ بْنُ سَلَمَةَ، عَنْ سِنَانِ بْنِ رَبِيعَةَ، عَنْ أَنَسٍ، قَالَ عَفَّانُ فِي حَدِيثِهِ، قَالَ: أَخْبَرَنَا أَبُو رَبِيعَةَ، قَالَ: سَمِعْتُ أَنَسَ بْنَ مَالِكٍ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: ” إِذَا ابْتَلَى اللَّهُ الْعَبْدَ الْمُسْلِمَ بِبَلَاءٍ فِي جَسَدِهِ، قَالَ اللَّهُ: اكْتُبْ لَهُ صَالِحَ عَمَلِهِ  الَّذِي كَانَ يَعْمَلُهُ، فَإِنْ شَفَاهُ غَسَلَهُ وَطَهَّرَهُ، وَإِنْ قَبَضَهُ غَفَرَ لَهُ وَرَحِمَهُ

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