Shaykh Muhammad Ali Ferkous
Fatwa n°: 919
Category: Fatwas about fasting
The ruling regarding taking the pills that prevent menses in order to perform fasting
What is the ruling regarding taking the pills that prevent menses during Ramadan in order to fast the whole month, without resorting to making up fasting?
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessing be upon whom Allah sent as a mercy to the Worlds, upon his Family, his Companions and his Brothers till the Day of Resurrection.
The considered opinion is that the woman keeps her nature, without using the pills that delay menses in order to perform fasting. She is rewarded for her worship by not fasting and not doing other acts of worship, due to menses, which are predestined by Allah عزَّ وجلَّ. She will not miss the reward by Allah’s Will. She will worship Allah عزَّ وجلَّ later by making up fasting, knowing that Dhikr (remembrance of Allah), which is one of the best actions, is allowed for her during menses, as the Prophet صلَّى الله عليه وسلَّم was used to remember Allah عزَّ وجلَّ in all cases(1). In case she used the pills and fasted, her fasting, then, is correct and she does not have to make it up.
The perfect knowledge belongs to Allah سبحانه وتعالى. Our last prayer is all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessing be upon our Prophet, his Family, his Companions and his Brothers till the Day of Resurrection.
Algiers, Jumâdâ Ath-Thâniya 1st 1429H
Corresponding to June 5th, 2008
(1) Reported by Mouslim in his “Sahîh”; chapter of menses; about the remembrance of Allah in case of Janâba (major ritual impurity) and other cases (hadith 826), and Abu Dâwûd in his “Sunan”; chapter of purification; about the remembrance of Allah by a person in case of impurity (hadith 18), and At-Tirmidhi in his “Sunan”, chapter of invocations; concerning what is reported about answering the muslim’s invocation (hadith 3384), and Ibn Mâjâh in his “Sunan”; chapter of purification; concerning the remembrance of Allah when relieving oneself and putting the ring when relieving oneself (hadith 302), and Ahmed in His “Musnad “ (hadith 23889) according to the hadith reported by `Â'icha رضي الله عنها.
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