[Q-ID0340] During Ramadan, should women eat publicly or privately, if on their menstruation cycle?

QUESTION:

What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: Should those women who are in their menstrual period during Ramadan and hence cannot fast, eat openly or secretly?

Questioner: Brother from UK

ANSWER:

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

A woman on her menstrual period during Ramadan has the authority to eat and drink either openly or secretly. It is not necessary for her to behave like the one who is fasting. However, eating secretly is better.

It is mentioned in Jawharah that,

وَهَلْ تَأْكُلُ سِرًّا أَوْ جَهْرًا قِيلَ سِرًّا وَقِيلَ جَهْرًا وَلَا يَجِبُ عَلَيْهِ التَّشَبُّهُ

“Should a woman in her menstrual or postpartum period eat openly or secretly? It was said that she should eat openly because it is not compulsory for her to imitate those who are fasting.”

[al-Jawharah al-Nayyirah, pg. 186]

It is mentioned in Bahār-e-Sharī’at that a woman on her menstrual or post-partum period has the authority to eat and drink either openly or secretly. It is not necessary for her to behave like the one who is fasting. However, eating secretly is better, especially for a woman on her menstrual period.

[Bahār-e-Sharī’at, vol 1, part 5, pg 1004]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri

Translated by the SeekersPath Team

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