Taking contraceptive pills in Hajj and performing Salaah wearing a scarf

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Question:

1)     A sister is going for Hajj, she wants to know if she is allowed to take the contraceptive pills? There are many different opinions, from my little research I found that she is allowed to take.

2)     When she does take these pills. Everything is in the qudrat of Allah, as pills have no power… so because of the pills sometimes the side effect happens in which spots of blood might become visible (as heard from other people).  So what is the ruling of that? Like how about she starts to see few spots of blood then it goes away. Will she be a person with istihaaza?

3)     After Hajj she will be travelling to Turkey so is she allowed to continue to take the pill or does she only take the pills during Hajj time and stop thereafter?

4)     If she does go to Turkey and stops the pills and gets her haiz is she still allowed to enter the mosques to see them as in the tour whilst avoiding the women’s prayer area.

5)     Can a woman perform her Salaah without burkha as in the whole head covering which is from the head to the knees… or can she still perform her salaah with a scarf that covers her hair and she wears long sleeves and makes sure her ankles are covered.

 

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

1)     A woman should not interfere with her natural monthly cycle. However, in order to overcome some unavoidable challenges especially during Hajj, there is a leeway for her to use contraceptive pills.[1]

2)     Contraceptive pills are known to have many side effects including spotting or breakthrough bleeding which generally occurs in between periods.[2] If the spotting occurs during the usual monthly period, then it will be considered as Haiz and she will have to wait until her period is over in order perform Tawaaf-e-Ziyaarah – which is a compulsory act of Hajj – if she has not already done so. If the spotting occurs after the normal monthly cycle, then it will be Istihaza.

3)     We advise against the use of contraceptive pills when there is no dire need to do so.

4)     A woman in Haiz can not enter the Masjid proper.[3] However, she may enter those parts of the Masaajid which are not included in the boundaries of both the male and female prayer areas.

5)     It is necessary for a woman to cover her entire body in Salaah apart from her face, hands and feet.[4] Therefore, she may perform Salaah wearing a scarf. However, the outline of her body should not be clearly visible as this defeats the purpose of covering the body.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

 

Checked and Approved by, Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

 


[1]  Jadeed Fiqhi Masaa’il, Vol 1/ 2, Pg 164 (Zam Zam Publishers)

[2]   http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/sex_relationships/facts/contraceptivepills.htm

[3]   و منها (أي من الأحكام التي تتعلق بالحيض) ان لا تدخل المسجد ، و في التهذيب: لا تدخل مسجد الجماعة خلاف (التاتارخانية ، ج 1 ، ص  481 ، مكتبة زكريا )

و يحرم بالحيض و النفاس دخول مسجد ( حاشية الطحطاوي على مراقي الفلاح ، ج 1 ، ص 207 ، دار قباء )

[4]   و اما المرأة يلزمها ان تستر نفسها من قرنها الى قدمها ولا يلزمها ستر الوجه و الكفين بلا خلاف (التاتارخانية ، ج 2 ، ص  23 ، مكتبة زكريا )

و (بدن المرأة الحرّة كلها عورة) لقوله عليه السلام المرأة عورة (الا وجهها و كفيها ) ….. (و) الا (قدميها) (غنية المتملّي ، ص 137 ، دار النشر العلمية )

Bahishti Zewar, Pg 101

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  1. a

    With regards to question 2.

    A)If spotting occurs does one have to wait for the spotting to clear to do ghusl or does she have to wait the whole of her normal cycle e.g 10 days?

    B)In addition to this if one takes the pill with her cycle date starting 2 days after hajj. But spotting occurs during the hajj period is this classed as haiz? ( the woman in question sometimes has her cycle sometimes starting earlier)

    C) if one decides to avoid taking the pill to avoid the chance of spotting occuring but her cycle begins during hajj, but flights are booked for 2days after hajj, and she is unable to complete the hajj rites. What then?

    JazakAllah khair,

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