Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Surah Al Baqarah (2:222) – Prohibiting Coitus during Menstruation


وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ الْمَحِيضِ قُلْ هُوَ أَذًى فَاعْتَزِلُواْ النِّسَاء فِي الْمَحِيضِ وَلاَ تَقْرَبُوهُنَّ حَتَّىَ يَطْهُرْنَ فَإِذَا تَطَهَّرْنَ فَأْتُوهُنَّ مِنْ حَيْثُ أَمَرَكُمُ اللّهُ إِنَّ اللّهَ يُحِبُّ التَّوَّابِينَ وَيُحِبُّ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ

And they ask you about menstruation. Say: It is a discomfort; therefore keep aloof from the women during the menstrual discharge and do not go near them until they have become clean; then when they have cleansed themselves, go in to them as Allah has commanded you; surely Allah loves those who turn much (to Him), and He loves those who purify themselves.

Prohibiting Coitus during Menstruation

We Muslims believe and it's a proven fact that Christians and Jews changed the word of God (Bible) and put their own words into it. We find so many versions of the bible with all sorts of numerical, scientific and logical mistakes which can never be attributed to God. The Present Day bible, hence, itself proves that it is not what the God sent but the Jews and Christians changed it. Among many other things that the Jews and Christians 'forced' on themselves was their behavior with women during menstruation. They did not dine with them, nor did they live with them in their houses which were something very illogical to do (See Ezekiel 18:6).

Thabit narrated it from Anas: Among the Jews, when a woman menstruated, they did not dine with her, nor did they live with them in their houses; so the Companions of the Apostle (may peace be upon him) asked The Apostle (may peace be upon him), and Allah, the Exalted revealed:" And they ask you about menstruation; say it is a pollution, so keep away from woman during menstruation" to the end. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Do everything except intercourse.

(Muslim :: Book 3 : Hadith 592)

Quran doesn't tell us to leave the women totally which is something illogical and impractical. Only thing that is prohibited is intercourse and that has its medical reasons as well. Dr Omer Al Asker explains those reasons in his article 'Islam Prohibits Coitus during Menstruation'.

Recent medical researches reveals some of the illnesses that may happen because of coitus during menstruation though many are still unknown; science is developing and new discoveries are found daily that is why our knowledge will always remain limited.

Coitus during the monthly period should be stopped because , if coitus done in this period , the bleeding resulting from menstruation will increase abundantly as the womb vessels at that time are swollen and liable to rupture and hence lose function , the possibility of further inflammations in the woman womb become high , moreover penis becomes liable to inflammation because of the ruptures that happens during touching and erection , coitus also during menstruation is disgusting to both man and women because of the bad smell of blood and man , as a result , may undergo impotence.

The same thing can be said when making coitus with the women in child's bed (confined) , no sexual joy is expected because of the dilation of the interior of vagina , moreover coitus in this case causes some pains because of the cramps of the womb that follow.

During the menstruation, pieces of the lining membrane are secreted with the blood. When microscopic test was made on the blood of menstruation, we found these pieces in addition to the red blood cells and the white blood cells. The womb, because of the secretion of some of its membrane , becomes sore like frayed skin , so the womb is liable to the sweeping bacteria conquer , it is scientifically known that blood is the best soil for bacteria to grow and multiply , the womb in this case will lost its ability to fight bacteria including the bacteria on the surface of the pines which will be so dangerous for the womb .

What worsens matters is that the resistibility of the vagina , during menstruation , become at the minimum degree because the amount of the acid that kills the bacteria becomes so little and the secretion is less acidic , if not alkaline …moreover the antiseptic matters in this case reach the minimum number .The membrane lining the internal tissue of the vagina which is normally composed of a number of layers will thin to the lowest standard , though composed of a good number of layers when the womb is ready for pregnancy .

Illness is not only confined to the womb and the fetus but it extends to harm many other organs inside the body; these can be condensed in the following points which show further harms:

1- The extension of the inflammation will surly lock the womb's tubes , this will affect cilia that help move the egg from the ovary to the womb , this may lead to sterility or pregnancy outside the womb which is so dangerous because it occurs in the narrow tube , in this case the fetus will keep growing and destroying the internal wall of this tube till it explodes , the consequences are so dangerous , bleeding will be in large quantity and the blood will be poured into the sides of the belly , the situation ,if not controlled in due time , death will follow .

2- Inflammation will extend to the urinary tract then the bladder then the ureter and it is known that urinary system diseases are fatal.

3- More microbes in the menstruation blood including the whites will be rife.

Dr Al-Bar elaborates on the subject saying that women , when in the monthly period , faces physical and psychological pains and coitus aggravate these pains , he recapitulates these pains as follows :

1-Menstruation brings pains that vary from woman to another, most women suffer pains in her back or at the bottom of her abdomen, sometimes these pains are so unbearable that medications and painkillers should be used and even seeing the doctor becomes a must.

2-Most women suffer depression and weariness especially in the beginning, moreover women become so moody and irritable and her mental state reaches its minimum.

3-In the beginning of menstruation some women suffer migraine, dizziness and vomiting.

4-The desire of having sex becomes so weak and even most women refrain from having sex and like to be in retirement and calmness and this is so natural and physical thing; sex organs, during this period are semi-diseased, so coitus during this period is not natural but rather harmful.

5- Though menstruation is physiological process, the monthly loss of blood and in large quantity causes a certain kind of anemia.

6- Endocrine glands are also affected during menstruation with the result that its important secretions becomes less and less during menstruation.

7- The body temperature decreases by one degree because the unbroken physical processes inside the body reaches it's minimum, so energy produced in the body decreases and also food assimilation decreases.

8- The loss of temperature resulting from the previous factors leads to the decrease in heartbeats and thus blood pressure becomes law and the result is dizziness weakness and laziness.

7- All of these diseases are not only confined to women but also men can be liable to certain diseases because man , during menstruation coitus , is liable to be infected with a lot of bacteria that cause inflammation in the urinary tract , blood is a good soil for the growth of many kinds of bacteria.

These bacteria, later, will be moved to the prostate and urinary bladder, the inflammation of the bladder, in short time, will be chronic because of the nature of the tiny tracts of the prostate; these tiny tracts are so many and interlaced and soon the whole of the urinary reproductive system will be infected so the infection is moved to ureter then to the kidney, the pain of the inflammation of the kidney is unbearable if becomes chronic as no suitable medication hitherto is found.

These microbes might be carried to the prostate, the seminal vesicles, seminal duct and epididmis and then the testes, the pains are much severer than the psychological pain resulting from sterility.

A research, forwarded to the sixth Saudi conference, says that coitus during menstruation may cause cervix cancer.

(Reference: Dr Omer Al-Akser's article "Islam Prohibits coitus during menstruation")





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so you attack the Bible to defend your quran! i dont find Ezekiel 18:6 offensive! May be you could have first distinguished between religious ritual and medical explanation.

Anonymous said...

This is honestly some of the most ludicrous things that I have read (and only one of a few Quranic verses that i find ridiculous.) There's loads of scientific data proving female orgasms during periods help with periods (cramping and shorten periods.) And I for one am MORE horny when I'm "unclean."

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