Fasting is the fourth pillar of Islam and obligatory for all Muslims except the sick, breastfeeding mothers, pregnant women and women who are in their menstruation periods. Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said, although fasting and salah are forbidden for menstruating women during Ramadhan, great benefits are derived from reciting adhkar or remembrance and praising Allah by reciting his names, Tahleel, Tasbeeh, and Tahmeed to seek for his forgiveness.
“The adhkar and Allah’s names can be recited in any state or position of a woman. Women who have given birth and they are still bleeding are also not allowed to fast,” the Public Relations Officer, Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, Hajji Nsereko Mutumba, said last week.
In Ramadhan menstruating women cannot fast due to the cramps, headaches and fevers that may come with this three-to-five-day period.
Also, “During menstruation periods, women are not allowed to pray and read the Qur’an since they are not ‘clean’ and yet swalah (prayers) are very critical in Ramadhan to consider your fasting,” Nsereko said.
On the other hand, Dr Moses Kasujja of Doctors’ clinic, Kawempe said: “Fasting by pregnant women in Ramadhan poses no risk to the mother or baby.”
He cautioned, however, that if a pregnant woman is aised by a reliable doctor to abstain from fasting due to poor health, she should follow the doctor’s aice. Other women of chronic poor health may choose to feed a needy person who is fasting during this month.
Source : The Observer