Islamic Studies

How Should a Woman Seek Recompense who Unnecessarily Delays Making Ghusl after her Menstruation has Ended?

Assalamu alaykum Imam Suhaib,

InshaAllah hope you and your family are doing well.

How should a woman seek recompense who unnecessarily delays making ghusl
after her menstruation has ended missing some prayer etc?

The Answer:

Asalamu alaykum,

She should repent to Allah and make up any obligatory prayers she missed.
She should make up those obligatory prayers before praying any non-obligatory
prayers such as 4 raka’h before dhur and 2 rakat after maghrib. If she missed
a large amount, she should make them up as best she can.
[al-Sharh al-Saghir].

Finally, she should fear Allah and not be lazy in His servitude. He
created her, shaped her and brought her from a simple blood clot. If
anything, the closure of her menses is a sign of Allah’s blessings and
favors upon her. Reminding her of His awesome power to create, shape
and form from nothing subhanahuwatalah.

Allah knows best


About the author

Suhaib Webb

Suhaib Webb

Suhaib Webb is a contemporary American-Muslim educator, activist, and lecturer. His work bridges classical and contemporary Islamic thought, addressing issues of cultural, social and political relevance to Muslims in the West. After converting to Islam in 1992, Webb left his career in the music industry to pursue his passion in education. He earned a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and received intensive private training in the Islamic Sciences under a renowned Muslim Scholar of Senegalese descent. Webb was hired as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where he gave khutbas (sermons), taught religious classes, and provided counselling to families and young people; he also served as an Imam and resident scholar in communities across the U.S.

From 2004-2010, Suhaib Webb studied at the world’s preeminent Islamic institution of learning, Al-Azhar University, in the College of Shari`ah. During this time, after several years of studying the Arabic Language and the Islamic legal tradition, he also served as the head of the English Translation Department at Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah.

Outside of his studies at Al-Azhar, Suhaib Webb completed the memorization of the Quran in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He has been granted numerous traditional teaching licenses (ijazat), adhering to centuries-old Islamic scholarly practice of ensuring the highest standards of scholarship. Webb was named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in 2010.


  • As-Salamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

    We have all dealt with people who have either become lazy about prayer or (and we seek refuge with Allah) have left it altogether. When you ask these people in a nice truly inquisitive sincere manner as to why they are doing this the common answer is, “Wallahi I know I should but I forget or I just don’t have time sometimes. Sadly we hear some who actually are on the border line of outright kufr when they say that Allah knows whats in their heart and al-hamdu lillah they are good people who don’t do Kaba’ir. The truth is that missing one prayer while aware one is missing it is considered by all scholars to be of the worst of Kaba’ir while a few scholars hold it to be an act of kufr. So when we inform these diseased hearts of this they usually talk or act as though you are following some extreme Mullahs or shaikhs who are making Islam tough. It is hard to convince the ignorant that all religions haven’t been altered or corrupt by their founders propogators. That being because globalization has been pumping this as a universal proven truth into their brains for years.

    So of course that road doesn’t work and by trial and error we learn. What I find is somewhat effective is to mention a few of the Hadiths which mention that prayer in itself is a way to Jannah and Salvation. I also seek thier permission for a few minutes to explain the reasons why it is a means to Jannah in itself and the main pillar of the worship of a believer.

    Meaning how it keeps your day surrounded by the rule and rememberance of the Almighty. It is set to program your mind and heart focus on the greatness, magnificence, and sublimity of our gracious creator. We seek His forgiveness and are free in prostration to make full tawbah and seek a more personal relationship with him through Du’a. So even if in our own nafs (ego/self) feel that “we are good people who don’t do Kaba’ir” We can be sure that through prayer we will be more likely to fulfill this desire as well as to be better prepared for the minor sins to build up or for our Aqeedah to be damaged.

    Wallahu a’lam

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  • As Salaam au Laikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatahu;

    I am sorry if this is a silly question, but what if a woman has problems with spotting before and after her period, and irritability and bloating before her period? Is it permissible to pray whilst spotting, and is PMS or PMDD counted as an illness, or a minor trial?

    Many thanks, Jazakallah Khair Carey C.

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