Why are Muslim women on their cycle foridden from reciting the koran, touching the koran and attending mosque?
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Why are Muslim women on their cycle forbidden from reciting the quran:
Muslim women who are on their cycle are not forbidden from reciting quran. They are allowed to do so as long as they do not touch the actual holy book itself (the quran). The matter has been debated and the conclusion was that a woman may recite the quran while on her mens for the following reasons:
a.she is learning the quran
b. she is teaching the quran to others, or
c. because she does not want to forget what she already knows from the quran.
So basically, she is allowed to recite it, even if she is on her mens.
Why are Muslim women forbidden from touching the Quran while on their cycle:
Muslim women on their mens are allowed to touch the Quran if she needs to for educational purposes...or any other valid reason. However, she cannot touch it if she is not covering her hands... meaning, she should be wearing gloves, or use a cloth or scarf to keep her bear hands from touching the actual quran itself.
Why are Muslim women on their cycle forbidden from attending the Mosque:
Muslim women are not allowed to be seated in any area that is used for supplication/worship to Allah if they are on their cycle, but they are allowed to enter the mosque itself.
The reason why for all the situations above is because when a woman is on her cycle - because the ... blood from menstruation is considered impure and breaks the woman's wuduu - she is considered impure for that moment.