Is Intercourse Lawful After Menstruation & Before Ghusl?

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Assalamu alaikum,
After a woman’s menses she wishes to have intercourse with her husband must she take a ghusl first or can she have intercourse and then make ghusl? Please respond shaikh jazakAllah.


Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,

Intercourse with a menstruating woman is unlawful. And only after the menstruation stops and she purifies is it again lawful. Ibn Hajar mentioned in his commentary on BaFadl,

ويستمر تحريم ذلك عليهما إلى أن ينقطع وتغتسل أو تتيمم بشرطه

“And the unlawfulness of that continues until it stops and she performs ghusl, or makes tayammum with its condition.” (v. 1, p. 198)

Sh. Sulayman al-Kurdi commented on the words “with its condition” to mean in the absence of water. (al-Hawashy al-Madaniyyah v. 1, p. 198) Meaning, she can make tayammum when water is absent.


And Allah knows best. Fatwa Dept.

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