Can a menstruating woman touch the mushaf?


Is it permissible for a menstruating woman to read the Qurān from the mushaf (a written copy of the Qurān)?


This is (from) the disputed matters. The stance of the majority of the scholars is prohibition; that a menstruating woman cannot hold the mushaf.

A group of other scholars adopted the stance of permissibility. They said this because The Prophet ﷺ said to ‘Āisha:

“نَاوِلِينِي الْخُمْرَةَ مِنَ الْمَسْجِدِ”

Pass me the mat from the masjid

قَالَت: إِنِّي حَائِضٌ

She said: “I am certainly menstruating.”

“قَالَ : إِنَّ حَيْضَكِ لَيْسَ بِيَدِكِ”

He said, “Indeed, your menstruation is not on your hands.” [1].

Thus, this shows the permissibility of a menstruating womam taking the mushaf.

However, in order to avoid the difference of opinion; were she to wear gloves she will have touched the mushaf through a barrier – and this is permissible.

Similarly, if she were to recite from a phone, a phone that contains a mushaf, for example; this is also permissible.

[1] Narrated by Ā’isha (may Allāh be pleased with her) in Abū Dāwūd (261). Graded Saheeh by Shayk Al-Albānī in Saheeh sunan Abē Dāwūd

Answered by: Shaikh Abu Abdillah Muhammad Ba Jamaal (May Allah preserve him)


Translated by: Abū Sufyān Sāmi ibn Daniel Al-Ghāni