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Can husband approach his wife for sexual intercourse during her (menstrual) periods?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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Allah has forbidden the believing men not to approach their women's for sexual intercourse when they are in periods as it is a harmful thing for a husband to have sexual intercourse with his wife while she is in menses.

They ask thee concerning women's courses. Say: They are a hurt and a pollution: So keep away from women in their courses, and do not approach them until they are clean. But when they have purified themselves, ye may approach them in any manner, time, or place ordained for you by Allah. For Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean. QURAN[2:222]

The Prophet said:

Do anything you wish except having sexual intercourse. SAHIH MUSLIM[ Book 3 : Hadith 592]

Thus a believing man can enjoy anything with his wife except the sexual intercourse; the man can perform the sexual intercourse with her wife only when she takes bath after periods.

The prophet Mohammad (pbuh) used to fondle with his wives during the periods as mentioned in this narration:

Narrated Maimuna: When ever Allah's Apostle wanted to fondle any of his wives during the periods (menses), he used to ask her to wear an Izar. SAHIH AL-BUKHARI [Volume 1, Book 6, Number 300]

This is why most of the scholars said that it is allowed to fondle the wife, except for having sexual intercourse (when she is having her menses). The scholars also agree that the woman is obliged to take a bath, or to perform Tayammum with sand, if she is unable to use water, before she is allowed to have sexual intercourse with her husband, after the monthly period ends.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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