Commentary on the Hadith Concerning Reciting the Quran in the Presence of a Menstruating Woman and in her Lap

Praise be to Allah,


Narrated ‘Aa’ishah (R.A):

“The Prophet (PBUH) used to lean on my lap during menses and then would recite the Quran.”[i]



Important Points Derived from the Hadeeth:


  1. The permissibility of reciting the Qur’an in the lap of the woman in menses, since her body and clothing are considered to be Taahir (clean).


  1. The prohibition of the woman in menses reciting the Qur’an [according to the Majority of Scholars]. Ibn Daqeeq al-Eid said: “This is understood from the fact that there were those who wrongly thought that it was prohibited to recite (Quraan) in the lap of the woman in menses. The fact is that the man‟s reciting while laying his head in the lap of his wife is allowed, while that which is prohibited is the recitation of Quraan by the woman [while she is in the state of menses].”


  1. The permissibility of the man leaning in his wife’s lap.


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  1. The permissibility of reciting the Quran in the lap of the menstruating woman in her presence and her listening to it.


Allah Knows Best.

Copied from Sources:

Arousing the Intellects with the Explanation of Umdatul Ahkaam. The Book Of At-Taharaah by Allama Sheikh Salih Ibn Uthaymeen (May Allah have mercy on him). page  113

Tayseer al-Allaam Sharh Umdatul-Ahkaam by Shaykh Abdullah ibn Abdur – Rahmaan Aal Bassaam. Page 84

[i] Saheeh Bukhaari, Volume 1, Book 6, Hadeeth Number 297, p. 208; Saheeh Muslim, Volume 1, Book 3, Hadeeth Number 692, p. 420

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