What is The Gravity of Having Intercourse During Menses




Willfully performing intercourse during menses is a major sin. A menstruating woman who encourages her husband to have intercourse with her would be a partner in his sin. Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) reported that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said:

“Whoever goes to a fortune teller and believes what he tells him, or performs intercourse with a menstruating woman, or performs intercourse with a woman in her rectum, has surely disowned (or disbelieved in) what has been revealed to Muhammad.”

[Recorded by Abū Dawūd, at-Tirmithī, and others. Verified to be authentic by al-Albānī (Ādāb uz-Zifaf pp.105-106)]

After a woman’s menses ends, it is recommended for her to perform ghusl before her husband has intercourse with her, because ghusl is the highest form of purification that is mentioned in the above ayah. However, it would be sufficient for her to merely wash her private parts and remove all traces of blood prior to intercourse. The latter is the opinion of many ulama, including three of the prominent tābiūn: Mujahid, Qatādah, and Ata. 

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