Can You Have Nikah While On Period?

As you’re getting ready on the long-awaited wedding day, you suddenly experience something unwelcoming. It is none other than period. You then became terrified and started wondering, “Can you have nikah while on period?”.

The answer is, you can. According to Islam, period is not considered a constraint while signing the marriage contract. If you want to learn more on this topic, keep scrolling. 

What to Do When You Have Period on Wedding Day?

If you have period on wedding day, there’s nothing to be concerned about. According to Islamic scholars, there is no evidence of prohibition in the Holy Quran or authentic Hadith to perform nikah during menstruation. So, you can proceed with the wedding ceremony instead of worrying. 

What to Do When You Have Period on Wedding Day?
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However, there’s one thing to keep in mind. Although it is perfectly fine to sign a marriage contract during menstruation, it is forbidden to consummate the marriage involving intercourse. Allah says:

They ask you concerning menstruation. Say: that is an adha (a harmful thing for a husband to have sexual intercourse with his wife while she is having her menses), therefore, keep away from women during menses and go not unto them till they are purified (from menses and have taken a bath)” [al-Baqarah 2:222]

Therefore, the act must be delayed until the menstruation has stopped completely and you have purified yourself by taking a bath (ghusl).

How to Skip Period for Wedding?

In Islam, it is permissible for a woman to skip period in times of necessity. The Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas stated that a woman is permitted to consume pills to delay her period at the time of Hajj if she fears she may get her period, but that is only after consulting a specialized doctor to make sure it doesn’t affect her health. She may do likewise in Ramadan if she wants to fast with the people.

Here’s how to skip period for wedding.

1. Consult Your Doctor

This is the first thing that should be done. Talk to a gynecologist and an internal medicine professional as they will help you understand which prevention method is suitable for you and also the side effects that may be involved. 

2. Start Using Medication Accordingly

Period is usually delayed by hormonal birth control methods. Your doctor might advise you to use the IUD (intrauterine device), the implant, the shot, the patch, or the ring. All of these contraceptive methods are permitted in Islam

3. Start Experimenting Months Before Your Wedding

To ensure you don’t have period on wedding night, you’ll need to experiment with the contraceptive method prescribed to you ahead of time. It is best to start testing at least 3 months prior to the wedding day. If the prescribed method doesn’t work well for you then you have the time to experiment with another method. Again, a doctor’s consultation is needed. 

4. Track Your Menstrual Cycle

If you don’t prefer using contraceptives, you can keep track of your monthly cycle. Although it won’t stop bleeding, it will help you predict when your next period will occur. You can use a period tracking app for convenience. 

However, stress plays a major role in your period schedule. If you predict that your menstruation will start from a specific date and you’re stressed, it may occur earlier than you expected. Therefore, if you choose to track your period, make sure to control your stress levels. 


Can You Get Married During Your Period in Islam?

In Islam, there’s no restriction for marriage during menstruation. So, whether you’re on your period or not, you can still sign the marital contract.

What is Not Allowed During Menstruation in Islam?

Islam requires women to adhere to the following rules during menstruation:

No praying (obligatory and nawafil) in this condition as it is haram
No fasting (obligatory and nawafil) during Ramadan
No reciting of the Holy Quran loud except if she is a teacher or a student to be tested
No circumambulating the Ka’bah
No performing the farewell tawaf
No staying in the mosque
No intercourse with the husband

Final Thoughts

So, can you have nikah while on period? You certainly can! Since there’s no prohibition to signing the marital contract during this situation, you can proceed with the ceremony as you would otherwise. Or you might want to delay the period if you are afraid of dealing with it on your big day. 

Whatever you do, make sure to keep the don’ts in mind.

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