I would like to know if we can recite any surah`s that we have memorized in the state of menses?
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I would like to know if we can recite any surah`s that we have memorized in the state of menses? I know surah mulk by heart and used to recite it without touching the Quran and was told by someone that I should not do this, not even aital-kursi or any of the quranic ayats while in this state. I also recite the quls before going to bed. I am very confused. Please advice. Thank you very much.
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Quran from memory in menses
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 56 Surah Waqiah verse 77-79:
That this is a Glorious Quran, inscribed in a well-guarded Book, which none can touch, except the purified.
Although the above aayah is meant to state how the Quran is honored by the noble angels in the heavens; the scholars have opined that just as the Quran is honored in the heavens by the angels, so should it be honored on the earth. And thus, one should touch it only when one is pure and clean.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 222:
They ask about the monthly periods (of the women). Say (O Prophet), It is a state of impurity; so keep apart from the women during their monthly periods and do not go near them (sexual intercourse) until they are clean.
According to most scholars, one who is physically unclean (because of sex or menstruation) should not touch the Qur'an. This is based on a hadith from Hadrat Ali (r.a.), in which he stated that nothing kept the Messenger of Allah (saws) from touching the Qur'an save being sexually impure.
To the best of our knowledge, we have not come across any authentic narrations of the Messenger of Allah (saws) where he explicitly forbade the menstruating women to touch the Holy Quran. But it is a consensus of the scholars, who have given their opinion in light of the above aayahs of the Holy Quran and the practice of the Messenger of Allah (saws), that a person who is impure, should not touch the Quran.
Your Question: I know surah mulk by heart and used to recite it without touching the Quran and was told by someone that I should not do this, not even aital-kursi or any of the quranic ayats while in this state. I also recite the quls before going to bed. I am very confused. Please advice.
All the scholars and major schools of thought in Islam are almost unanimous in their opinion that there is absolutely no harm for a woman, who is experiencing her menstrual period, to recite the Quran from memory, make supplications, and praise and glorify her Lord Most High, Most Exalted.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,