Can menstruating women visit Riyadh ul Jannah?

Can menstruating women visit Riyadh ul Jannah?

In general, the issue of whether menstruating women can visit the mosque is subject to varying interpretations among different scholars and schools of thought. In a nutshell, there are two primary perspectives on this matter:

  1. Prohibition View: Some scholars and traditional schools of thought, such as the Hanafi and Hanbali schools, maintain that menstruating women should not enter the mosque. This view is based on the idea that menstruation is a state of ritual impurity.
  2. Permissibility View: Other scholars and schools of thought, like the Maliki and Shafi’i, have a more lenient stance, allowing menstruating women to enter the mosque, especially if it is for reasons such as attending classes, seeking knowledge, or participating in community activities, provided certain conditions are met.

Supporting Hadith

  1. Hadith for Prohibition:

A hadith often cited for the prohibition is:

“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

‘I do not make the mosque lawful for a menstruating woman or a person who is sexually impure.'” (Abu Dawood)

  1. Hadith for Permissibility:

There are hadiths indicating a more lenient approach:

One hadith narrated by Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) states:

“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to me, ‘Hand me my mat from the mosque.’ I said, ‘I am menstruating.’ He said, ‘Your menstruation is not in your hand.'” (Sahih Muslim)

This hadith suggests that the state of menstruation does not prevent handling objects from the mosque, which some scholars extend to mean entering the mosque itself.

In my opinion, menstruating women can visit Riyadh ul Jannah based on the two hadith of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) who said:

“I had forbidden you to visit graves, but now you may visit them.” (Muslim)

“It will remind you of the Hereafter.” (Tirmidhi) 

Based on these two narrations, menstruating women may visit the graves because it is a reminder of the akhirah (Hereafter).

Shaykh Haytham Tamim

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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.