Saturday, 21 July 2012

Is it permissible to take pills in order to delay menstruation for fasting?


Is it permissible to take pills in order to delay menstruation and complete all the fasts in Ramadan?
For women there is ease from Allah(swt) that they should not fast while menstruating. The fasts left are then to be made up, a day for a day missed, by her after Ramadan and during the days that fasting is not prohibited. This means that she will be rewarded equally as much as she would be rewarded if she were fasting during the month of Ramadan. However if she wishes she can use pills in order to delay her menstrual periods in order to fast during the month of Ramadan

There is no objection in taking pills during Ramadan in order to prevent menstruation with the intention of completing all the fasts. However this permissibility will become void and the taking of pills will become forbidden if the pills would cause harm to the person.
People have different health issues and while to some the pills would be harmless, to others they can cause harm. As a result people must consult their family doctor who would be well aware of their health issues to assess any harmful effects.

- Ebrahim Saifuddin