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Can a female sit on a Musalla (prayer mat) whilst menstruating?

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Question:

I have a query regarding a woman in Haidh. Can a woman in this state sit on a Musalla at a Jamaat Khana – one that is within a shopping mall / restaurant etc?

 

Answer:

It is permissible for a female in Haidh to enter a Jamaat Khana or Musalla* as the laws of the Musjid do not apply. (al-Fatawa al-Hindiyyah, Vol: 1, Pg: 38, Dar Ihya-it Turath al-Arabi)

 

 

( وَمِنْهَا ) أَنَّهُ يَحْرُمُ عَلَيْهِمَا وَعَلَى الْجُنُبِ الدُّخُولُ فِي الْمَسْجِدِ سَوَاءٌ كَانَ لِلْجُلُوسِ أَوْ لِلْعُبُورِ

She may sit on her Musalla (prayer mat) as long as it is not in a Musjid.

 

It is not permissible for a female in Haidh or an impure person to enter a Musjid. (al-Fatawa al-Hindiyyah, Vol: 1, Pg: 38, Dar Ihya-it Turath al-Arabi)

 

الْمُتَّخَذُ لِصَلَاةِ الْجِنَازَةِ وَالْعِيدِ الْأَصَحُّ أَنَّهُ لَيْسَ لَهُ حُكْمُ الْمَسْجِدِ هَكَذَا فِي الْبَحْرِ الرَّائِقِ

 

* Musalla in this context refers to a room designated for Salaah also commonly known as Jamaat Khana. It should be noted that the word Musalla is the more appropriate term for such places.

And Allah Knows Best

 

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

Checked and Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Fatwa Department

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