Q 1: is it permissible for a menstruating woman to perform Tawaf (circumambulation around the Ka‘bah)? I do not want to just hear the answer, because I already know it, but I would like to know the evidence on this. May Allah guide you to what pleases Him.

A: Tawaf around the Ka‘bah is the same as Salah (Prayer), so it has the same conditions. The only difference between them is the permissibility of talking during Tawaf. Therefore, Taharah (ritual purification) is a condition for the validity of Tawaf. Accordingly, a menstruating woman cannot perform Tawaf until she becomes Tahir (pure – i.e., her period ends) and she takes Ghusl (ritual bath). It was authentically reported inthe Two Sahih (authentic) Books of Hadith (i.e. Al-Bukhari and Muslim)that ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said, “We set out with the Prophet (peace be upon him) with the sole intention of performing Hajj, but when we reached Sarif (a place six miles from Makkah) I got my menses. The Prophet (peace be upon him) came to me while I was weeping. He said, ‘Why are you weeping?’ I said, ‘I wish, by Allah, that I had not performed Hajj this year.’ He asked, ‘May be that you got your menses?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is a thing which Allah has ordained for the daughters of Adam. So, do what the pilgrims but do not perform Tawaf (circumambulation around the Ka‘bah) around the House (Ka‘bah) until you are Tahir (ritually pure).’” In anothernarration by Muslim, “Do what the pilgrims do, but do not perform Tawaf around the Ka‘bah, until you take Ghusl.”  

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz