The Shaikh’s Fatwaa Concerning the Menstruating Woman Sitting in the Mosque
by The Albaani Blog
Questioner: The menstruating woman, the Prophet ﷺ permitted her to enter the mosque except that she is not allowed to perform Tawaaf?
Questioner: [If she enters the mosque does she] or does she not pray the two rak’ahs performed upon entering the mosque [Tahayyatul-Masjid]? Does she pray or [just] sit down in the mosque?
Al-Albaani: She sits down without praying, it’s not allowed for her to pray, she sits in the mosque without praying.
Questioner: … [she sits] without praying, but what is the proof for that, O Shaikh?
Al-Albaani: The proof is the hadith I mentioned to you which is in Sahih Bukhaari, “Do what the pilgrims do, except that you should not perform tawaaf and nor pray.” So what does the pilgrim do? He enters the mosque, prays, performs tawaaf, sits, and reads the Quraan—the Prophet ﷺ allowed her to do all of that but excluded the prayer and the tawaaf from it.
Questioner: This noble Prophetic hadith [states] that it is not allowed for her to pray …
Al-Albaani: Yes, and there are other hadiths about the fact that the woman does not pray or fast but that she makes up the fast but not the prayer.
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 160.