Ramadaniyat (II)

Two days ago, I was turning the channels to see what’s going on with Ramadan programs on TV, and accidentally I switched to Alhurra and there was this interview with a Yamani Academic by the name of D.Ilham Mani3 in a debate with a cleric from Alazhar ( forgot his name). The interview in general was about how women are unjustly treated in Islamic societies.

Dr. Ilham; like many other Moslems believes that the problem with Islam is not religion itself, but rather the clerics who misled Moslems throughout the years.

Is it really?

I for one disagree with her and believe that the problem is not in the interpretation of religion; rather; it’s in the core of religion. But this is another issue that I might address in other Ramadaniyat post.

She believes for instance that covering the head (7ijab) is not a dogma (thawabit) but a debating issue ( masa2il khilafiya). She also says that women don’t have to cover their heads while praying. This I agree with 100% and I have posted about it before here

Now the issue that really took me by surprise was the fact that she believes that women can perform all the practices of her faith including praying while she has her period!!!!!
Now that was news to me, but come to think of it, why not?

Human body consist more than 70% of its weight of water in the form of blood. And it circulates all over the body. This blood carries nutrients to each cell activating it to perform its duty.

Now what happens in women’s body each month?

In each cycle the womb is preparing itself with nutrients in the form of blood to house and nourish the fetus if it gets to be formed. This blood differs from the blood in other parts of the body by being more pure from the toxics; it naturally gets filtered for the safety of the fetus.

Now if someone has a cut in his hand and puts a band-aid to stop the leaking, can’t he resume his prayer?
If yes, then can’t women insert a tampon and resume their prayers?

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shopa
    Sep 26, 2006 @ 20:55:20

    Hmmm very interesting and NO I have no answer to your question.

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  2. NewMe
    Sep 26, 2006 @ 23:53:04

    Sure they can..
    but the problem is with this mood swings usually linked to this time of the month..
    when she’s between the hands of god,,
    she might utter words of disrespect involuntarily..
    or something of that sort..
    remember women are “naqesat 3aqeel” and consequently “dean”

    this is TO PROTECT her from being in such situation 🙂
    i so enjoy your ramadaniyat..
    keep’em coming
    cheers

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  3. Arfana
    Sep 27, 2006 @ 03:50:16

    simply coz islam was inherited from Judisim 3yal 3amna and they said so.

    dude, u and i are next in gaser nayif 🙂

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  4. AyyA
    Sep 27, 2006 @ 04:46:21

    Shopa
    I’m also interested to know, let’s see what others have to say and may be reach somewhere.

    NewMe
    meditation is a healer of mind and body, and the best time to practice it is when you need it the most, so if women started praying during their periods, may be that would elevate them from being in the “nagisat 3agl wa deen” category. If you don’t agree go do some laughing yoga (on my previous post) :p

    Arfana
    Shaiiiiiitana 😉

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  5. neelaah
    Sep 27, 2006 @ 09:48:38

    Very interesting observation, I think this will lead us for an other question

    From Islamic point view how do we explain the definition of “Najasah”

    And why it wasn’t explained in details.. the Islam told us what are the things that keeps you under the category of “najes” but it did not explain why these things are Najasah

    The other thing I would like to refer you to is on that old days there was no tampon or kotex that guarantee the women will be clean , what I mean they usually use some old fabrics that won’t keep them clean enough to meet there god , but now thing are different.

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  6. AyyA
    Sep 27, 2006 @ 13:11:04

    Neela
    Hmmmm, excellent point, but if we are to refer to Quran then there is only one verse that addresses nijasah “wa la yamisuho illah almotaharoon”. And this was not only addressed to women. As per Tradition; if you go into details, the base of nijasah is blood. But logically thinking; if this blood was kept from leaking, and the body is clean. Then the base on which this was built is not valid anymore, unless Islam treats women as najisat just because they are going through their natural cycles, like Jews do, then this is another matter all together.

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  7. kila_ma6goog
    Sep 27, 2006 @ 14:13:31

    too technical

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  8. AyyA
    Sep 27, 2006 @ 14:31:46

    KM
    It may be, but these little technicalities expose the pros and cons in every religion, don’t you think?
    It deals with the manual that we talked about in my previous Ramadaniyat post 😉

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  9. NewMe
    Sep 27, 2006 @ 14:57:27

    🙂
    totally agree..
    laughing yoga clip was halarious..

    Q. what is the difference btween yoga and pilates???

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  10. AyyA
    Sep 27, 2006 @ 16:46:47

    NewMe
    In brief; Pilates is the modified Yoga, just like Thai-boxing in the gym. It takes its basic exercises from Yoga, so it becomes like any other aerobic exercise if we are talking about its benefits to the body. Yoga, on the other hand uses the old seven schools, where lots of emphasis are put on mind energies and it’s effect on body and soul. So the benefits one gets from Yoga exceeds that of Pilates in many ways. Inshallah one day; I will write in detail about that.

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  11. bosale7
    Sep 27, 2006 @ 22:05:50

    بوست مثير للانتباه والتمعن ….الحقيقة ان الكثير من التعاليم الدينية يجري الان تأكيدها بمقارنتها مع العلم …البرامج والكتب من هذا النوع كثيرة …الفلسفة في هذا الاتجاه هي البحث عن الاكتشافات العلمية التي تؤكد الايات او الاحاديث …طيب …ليش ما ناخذ الاتجاه الاخر …ليش ما نبحث عن العلوم اللي تنقض الايات او الاحاديث ؟؟؟؟

    مجرد تساؤل …لان اذا رضينا بالقاضي لازم نرضى بكل احكامه

    تحياتي

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  12. jewaira
    Sep 28, 2006 @ 00:22:36

    Very thought provoking post, AyyA.

    I can understand why in the far past, women in many cultures were considered “unclean” during their menstrual cycle. Scarcity of water, and convenient protective gear probably made it difficult for women to stay as “fresh” as they would have liked.

    So I can understand why rules and regulations were made around that at the time.

    But in modern times with the plentiful availability of water, soap and other sanitary means, women should not be shunned nor considered unclean.

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  13. NewMe
    Sep 28, 2006 @ 02:43:32

    many thanks guess i will stick to yoga then 🙂
    cheers

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  14. bosale7
    Sep 28, 2006 @ 15:59:15

    بوست يخص موضوعج في هذي المدونة

    http://donthatemebecauseimbeautifulandsmart.blogspot.com/

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  15. AyyA
    Sep 28, 2006 @ 18:33:40

    Hehehee, thanks bosale7 for bringing that to my attention

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  16. Sara
    Oct 12, 2006 @ 19:57:25

    Allah sub7ana gave all the human beings a brain with limits. That means there are things that we might not understand but we have to obey anyways. Hijab is mandatory and the Quran specifically explained that women are supposed to be covered and nothing shows except for their faces and hands. While in the company of women they can be wearing anything they want expect to cover the area between their knees and belly button. So, also during prayer we have to cover our heads. As for praying during our periods, its forbidden because we are unclean. Its just like the fact that we’re forbidden form having sex during our periods. No matter how much soap you use, you’re not fresh, and all women feel that deep down! Think positively, and know that Allah sub7ana knows whats best for all mankind, and no-one is treated unfairly due to Islam, it maybe due to the people around him/her.

    Regards

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  17. AyyA
    Oct 13, 2006 @ 14:38:41

    Sara
    What you presented in your comments are not facts dear. They are theories put by man to serve man.
    First; 7ijab is not one of Althawabit in Islam; yet, all sects treat it as such. Why? Because it concerns woman, something that all men agree to, if you like to know more about this issue, please check the link I provided above.
    And about not being clean during the period; who says so? Why should we woman hate our bodies and consider it najis because of something that is totally biological. Our cycle is the cycle of life, and it’s completely natural. This should be counted as an extra bonus, and not as a disgrace. Some ancients worshipped women because of this extra bonus. The blood coming out of the womb is part of the blood in the whole body with lots of nutrients. Blood is the tool on which our lives continue to physically exist. And nothing proves that having sex during one’s period is harmful in anyway to both partners, these stories are simply a myth. These stories are the bases on which we women were lead to believe that we are inferior, yet having the period is part of life, it’s completely natural. Actually; man had ruined woman psychologically for this very issue. And Islam dubbed women as “nagisat 3agl wa deen” because of this. Notice how a bonus is treated as a deficit.

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