Can women enter mosques during menses?

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Are women during their menses allowed to enter mosques for any purpose? 


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Can women enter mosques during menses?

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The Messenger of Allah (saws) forbade the believing women to enter the mosques while in a state of menses.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.247         Narrated by Aisha

The Prophet(saws) used to embrace me during my menses.  He also used to put his head out of the mosque while he was in Itikaf, and I would wash it during my menses.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.262         Narrated by Urwa

Aisha during her menses used to comb and oil the hair of the Prophet (saws), while he used to be in Itikaf in the mosque.  He (saws) would stretch out his head towards her while she was in her chamber.


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Your Brother in Islam,





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