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Making Wudhu in the state of menstruation

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Q. Is there any benefit for a menstruating woman to make Wudhu whilst in the state of menstruation?  

A. The primary purpose of performing Wudhu is to gain cleanliness (Tahaarah) for the performance of Salaah and to perform other acts of worship.

Whilst a person in the state of major impurity (Janaabah) or a woman in the state of menstruation (Haidh) may not obtain complete cleanliness by making Wudhu in such a state, however, there are other virtues/benefits in doing so.

Sayyidatuna Aaisha Radhiyallahu Anha reports: “Whenever Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam intended to sleep after engaging in conjugal relations, he performed Wudhu like he would perform for Salaah before going to sleep.” (Muslim)

The Jurists (Fuqahaa) have stated: “When the Salah times sets in, it is preferable (Mustahab) for a menstruating woman to perform Wudhu and sit in her Salaah area of her house reciting “Tasbeeh” (SubhanAllah), “Tahleel” (La Ilaaha Illallah) for the period of time it takes her to perform her Salah when she is pure.” (so as not to fall out of habit or become negligent towards performing Salaah) (Hindiyyah 1/38)

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

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