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Entering the masjid for one’s nikaah while menstruating

Fatwaa ID: 1534

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

My friend asked

“You know how a woman is not allowed to enter a masjid when she’s on her period.
What if she’s getting married and on that day or a few days before she gets her period? What happens then? Can she still enter the masjid for the nikah?”

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

In principle, it is prohibited under all circumstances to enter the masjid proper while menstruating. The Shari’ah has expressly prohibited this. If a woman is set to get married in the masjid and she happens to be in the state of haydh on that day, it will not be permissible for her to enter the masjid. She will not be excused. Instead, her father or a representative may act on her behalf and complete the nikaah formalities. This may be difficult but the laws of Allaah Ta’aala cannot be violated nor blamed. It goes without being said that the prohibition is a fortiori extended to the guests who are menstruating.

A person’s possible lack of planning will not change or relax the laws of the Shari’ah. The nikaah date should ideally be planned in such a way that it is before or after the bride’s haydh. Aside from the issue at hand, being in the state of haydh when meeting the groom for the first time may result in unnecessary unexpected issues. The bride should be consulted before setting a date and place.

The trustees of a masjid ought to be educated regarding the laws of waqf and masjid. It is not ideal to designate the entire masjid complex as masjid proper. A portion of the main prayer hall, along with whatever is above and beneath it, should be designated as masjid proper only. The area and rooms besides that should not be designated as masjid proper. This allows menstruating women to enter those areas. It is unfortunate that most masjids today are managed by uneducated unqualified ignorant individuals. They destroy the masjid and the center without even realizing it.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

01/07/1445 AH – 07/25/2023 CE | AML1-8104

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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