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Home » Fatawa Archive » Fatwa # 139
Starting the Fast after Fajr due to Menstruation - Permanent Committee for Research & Ifta', Saudi

 

Question

 

Should a woman observe the fast and abstain from all that breaks it in Ramaḍān, if her menstruation ends and she becomes ṭāhir (ritually pure) after Fajr Prayer or after Ẓuhr (Noon) Prayer? Or must she not observe the fast in this circumstance, because the duration of fasting is from the break of the dawn until sunset?

 

Answer

 

If menstruation ends and a woman becomes ritually pure after the time when abstention from all that breaks the fast is obligatory enters, whether this occurs at the beginning of the day or in the middle of it or at its end, then she has to abstain from all that breaks the fast the rest of the day. This is according to the Saying of Allāh (Most Exalted be He): "So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramaḍān), he must observe fasting that month." This is also because of the sanctity of the fasting time. By the cession of the impediment (menstruation ends), the woman in the question has become one of those in whose case fasting is obligatory. However, she has to make up for that day, because she did not fast all of the day and the part does not replace the fast of the whole day. Allāh (Most Glorified and Exalted be He) says: "and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night), then complete your fast till the nightfall." Besides, she has to perform the after-menstruation ghusl (ceremonial bathing) so that she can offer the Obligatory Prayers.

 

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