Assalam alaikum. I was reading an article for Muslim women today regarding when women can/cannot pray. However, the article seemed to contradict a lot of my beliefs and I wanted to confirm if it is valid. The link is given below. I'd especially like to know about holding the Quran which has a translation, and reciting Quran while menstruating? Also, is it true that if a woman stops menstruating before sunset, she would have to pray Zuhr of that day, and if before sunrise then Maghrib of previous day?
Thank you for your guidance.
Unfortunately, I don't have time during the month of Ramadhan to read articles. However the answer to your questions is below:
1- A woman is not allowed to touch the Qur'an while menstruating even if it is the one with the translation. The scholars have discouraged even holding a Qur'an that has Tafsir. However if the Tafsir content is at least 60% greater than the content of Qur'an then it would be permissible to hold it.
2- It is incorrect to believe that if a woman stops menstruating before sunset then she would be required to perform the Zuhr of that day or if she stopped menstruating before sunrise then she would have to offer the Maghrib of previous day. The rule is that if a woman stopped menstruating during the time of a particular prayer then she would be required to offer that prayer and onward. For example, if she stopped menstruating during the time of Zuhr prayer while there still time remains from this Prayer then she would be required to offer this Prayer and onwards.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Ikram ul Haq
Fatwa Center of America