How do you balance menstruation(periods) and spirituality?
We don’t usually have conversations around menstruation and spirituality but then, I know it’s an issue that confronts us as Muslim women. As Muslim women, we have been exempted from observing salat by Allah (SWT) when we are menstruating.
But then, during these 5 to 7 days, what happens to our Imaan( faith/spirituality)? Because we don’t pray during periods, keeping up with acts of Ibaadah/spirituality can be tasking. But should our spirituality be put on hold because we are menstruating? Apart from establishing salat, what other ways can we connect with Allah during these times?
For sometime now, I’ve tried reading around this subject area and I’ve learnt some few tips on how to “manage” menstruation and spirituality.
Have your usual morning routine: Your usual morning routine may involve waking up for Fajr, reading the Quran and reciting your morning Azkar but often times when we are on our periods, we sleep through Fajr and wake up in the morning and just begin our day. Not starting your day with Allah can make your day messy.
So what can we do in the mornings when we are menstruating? You may not wake up for Fajr but at least make it a point to wake up early. Be in a state of mindfulness and recite the morning Azkar. This is definitely a sure way to begin one’s day with Allah when menstruating.
Acknowledge prayer times: Just like Fajr, acknowledge the times of prayer during the day. During Zhur, Asr, Maghreb, Isha, engage in some kind of spiritual act. It could be reciting some simple Azkar.
Intend that you’re staying away from prayers as an obedience to Allah. As in be conscious of the intention. That way for every salah that passes in shaa Allah you’re rewarded because the desire is there but you’re respecting the boundaries of Allah
Read Islamic Material: One of the sure ways to keep one’s Imaan in check during periods is to read materials on Islam. Islam encourages us to seek knowledge and been on our periods should not prevent us. Read books which will increase your knowledge of the Deen.
Maintain a Qur’an routine
Reading from the Mushaf is not allowed (though some scholars say you can read with gloves on) or simply you digital Quran.
Menstruation is Allah’s own way of cleansing our system of toxins. While we may not actively be observing salat, we can do our best to still have a relationship with Allah when we are menstruating.