Unlike popular belief (especially in the Asian subcontinent), menstruation is NOT a taboo. It does NOT imply that a woman is impure. A woman is created by the same Merciful Lord as men. Would He create a soul, fill it with emotions and feelings and then render it impure? No. That would break the heart of His creation. And Allah does not break hearts. Instead, He shows them mercy. Here we are going to elaborate how menstruating women can make the most of Laylatul Qadr.
When we say that Muslim women cannot offer Salah or fast, it is not because they are impure. It is because their bodies tire from the pain and discomfort of their period. Nobody else is going to understand their emotional and physical discomfort – not family, not coworkers, not even their children. So Allah understands and relieves some of the responsibilities that women have towards Him. Imagine a Lord so merciful!
Also, menstruating women need not feel bad about not being able to fast. By not fasting during their period, they are adhering to the command of their Lord which fetches them equal reward as long as they are compensating for it when they are in good health.
Now coming towards the nights of Laylatul Qadr – we are told that this one night is as powerful as a thousand nights of worship. We are repeatedly asked in the Qur’an and Hadith to find this night and maximise our worship through it.So does that mean menstruating women are losing out on some major rewards? No!
If you are menstruating, here’s how you can observe Laylatul Qadr:
- Connect with the Qur’an.
People will tell you that your bond with the Qur’an must come to a halt as soon your period starts. That’s not true. You can always read the Qur’an, understand its meaning and let it touch your life. Read it from an app if you find it too difficult to get up and open a Mushaf. Qur’an reading is one of the most fruitful acts of Laylatul Qadr.
- Implement the Adhkar.
Remembrance of Allah is always beautiful and easy on the tongue. It doesn’t tire your body nor does it require you to put in any effort besides gratefulness.
Donate as much as you can during the last 10 nights of Ramadan. One of them for sure is laylatul Qadr. Do you know what that means? It’s like you are donating for a thousand months. So donate money, clothes, a copy of the Qur’an, anything and imagine the reward.
- Serve Others.
When you benefit the creation of Allah, He Himself benefits you with is mercy and help.
- Make Du’a
Make dua for whatever is in your heart. Perfect your dua and then pour it out during the nights which could be laylatul Qadr. Don’t feel shy asking. Allah loves it when you make Dua to Him and he loves to answer those Duas as well.
- Gain Knowledge.
Listen to Dawah videos. They are all over the internet. You could learn many valuable things an you heart could soften listening to them.