Bathing during menses
Fatwa No: 89087

  • Fatwa Date:27-12-2004 - Thul-Qi'dah 16, 1425
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I would like to know if it's Haraam for a woman to take a shower or a bath during her periods (that what's people say around me).


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This is not correct. The woman during her menses can have a bath (or shower), even if there is no evidence about this. Having a bath is among the customs and in principle this is permissible, let alone when there is an evidence. Ibn Maajah may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported that 'Aa'ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) told her when she wanted to wear the Iharaam for Hajj (pilgrimage) and she was in menses: ''Undo your braids and have a Ghusl (ritual bath)." Al-Albaani may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him classified this narration as authentic.

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