One of the diminishing features of Islam – which stems from Muhammad – is its sick, prurient obsession with women’s bodies. Islam’s teaching about menstruation in the Quran and hadiths underscore this.
Sura 2:222 “They question thee (O Muhammad) concerning menstruation. Say: It is an illness, so let women alone at such times and go not unto them till they are cleaned. And when they have purified themselves then go in unto them as Allah hath enjoined upon you…”
The Quran depicts menstruation as an ailment; something harmful or unwholesome. The above instruction was plagiarised from the Torah without considering its dispensational timeline. Muhammad was born about 6 centuries after the time of Christ, hence, his return to the ceremonial laws given by Moses indicates a rejection of the liberty brought by Christ and this results in bondage.
The Mosaic laws did include menses as ritual uncleanness and disallows sexual contacts with women in that state (Lev. 15:19-24; 18:19), however, these laws were contingent and have been done away by Christ. “The law was put in charge to bring us to Christ that we might be justified by faith” (Gal. 3:24). In contrast, Islamic beliefs about menstruation (and women in general) reduce it into something vile and satanic.
In the hadith, Muhammad says: “Sneezing, drowsing, yawning in prayer, also menstruation, vomiting and nose-bleeding are from (the acts of) Satan” (Tirmidhi, No. 315).
Apparently, Muhammad was the one repulsed by these reflex actions whenever he was with his followers; he wanted an undivided attention. So he conditioned them to see these linked with Satan. It was a tool of controlling the superstitious. The problem is when Muslims today now take these injunctions, after some 14 centuries, as divine prescriptions they impose on themselves. A reasonable Muslim needs to ask why an exalted God would be so offended by natural body reflexes.
In Muhammad’s biography, he quotes Allah saying: “It is My obligation to make Eve bleed once every month as she made this tree bleed. I must also make Eve stupid, although I created her intelligent. Because Allah afflicted Eve, all of the women of this world menstruate and are stupid” (Al-Tabari Vol. 1, p. 280). Here we have Muhammad’s misogynist thinking being projected back onto his “Allah.”
On another occasion, Muhammad told a group of women that women are “deficient in intelligence and religion.” When one asked him “What is deficient in her religion?” He replied, “Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast in her menses?” The woman replied in the affirmative. He said “This is the deficiency of her religion” (Bukhari 1:6:303).
Muhammad and his Allah regarded women as doltish, spiritually deficient and cursed because of their monthly cycles. Allah is repelled by menstruation, yet he supposedly afflicted women with it. He’s also offended by yawning, flatulence and mouth odour! If Allah was really all-knowing, he should have explained to Muhammad that menstruation is a natural process that is crucial to women’s reproduction. You see, people usually love to worship something that is identical to them. They may claim to worship an Infinite, Impersonal or Unknowable deity, but at a closer look, he is just as petty, feeble and small as they are – a deity made up to validate their desires and prejudices. That was Muhammad’s god.
An outgrowth of such a retrograde religious system is the burden of rules levied on women having their menses:
a) They must not pray to Allah. But when their menses are over they must make up for the prayer (Bukhari 1:6:303).
b) They cannot fast (Bukhari 1:6:301)
c) They are forbidden to tawaaf (circumambulate) around the Kaaba (Bukhari 1:6:293).
d) They are not to stay in the mosques (Muslim, 298).
e) They must not have sexual intercourse (Q 2:222). This actually forbids men from physically touching them, but some jurists, seeing how the hadiths belie this rule, allow it.
f) They have to undergo a ritual bath (ghusl) at the end of their cycle (Bukhari 1:6:305).
With the many women surrounding Muhammad and his morbid fear of their menses, one would have expected that he strictly adhered to his own rules. But we see a different picture.
1. ‘Aisha narrated: “The prophet and I used to take a bath from a single pot while we were Junub. During my menses, he used to order me to put on an Izar dress (dress worn below the waist) and used to fondle me. While in Itikaf, he used to bring his head near me and I would wash it while I used to be in my periods (menses)” (Bukhari 1:6:298).
2. ‘Aisha said: “Whenever Allah’s apostle wanted to fondle anyone of us during her periods (menses) he used to order us to put on an Izar and start fondling her.” Aisha added “None of you could control his sexual desires as the Prophet could” (Bukhari 1:6:299).
One wonders why a man who had many wives, concubines and sex slaves in his household would resort to fondling his child bride who was in her menses. Some Shi’ite Muslims point out that the English translator of this hadith has censored these parts. The Arabic word rendered as “fondled” there is mubasharath and it means to have sexual intercourse. Properly translated from Arabic, the second narration says: “If anyone of us was having her menstrual period, Allah’s Messenger ordered her to come to him for sexual intercourse while she was on the peak of her period” (Muslim 1:590).
The Kashaf al-Ghimma narrates Jabir words from Aisha: “During my menses, Rasulullah (s) would ‘bashr’ [have intercourse] with me. He would order me to tie a knot in a large cloth; after I did this he would embrace my chest” (p. 65). This is one proof that Muhammad was a hypocritical, calculating charlatan who violated the “eternal words” of his Allah.
3. Aisha said Muhammad came to her place one night and said: “Come near me. I said: I am menstruating. He said: Uncover your thighs. I, therefore uncovered both of my thighs. Then he put his cheek on my thighs and I lent upon him until he became warm and slept” (Abu Dawud, 1:270).
4. Maimuna (the wife of the holy Prophet) reported: “The Messenger of Allah contacted and embraced his wives over the waist wrapper when they were menstruating” (Muslim, 3:579).
5. ‘Aisha said: “The Prophet used to lean on my lap and recite the Quran while I was in my menses” (Bukhari 1:6:296).
The Quran commands Muslim men to purify themselves with water or sand if they have touched women (Q 4:43). Muhammad himself told a woman “I do not shake hands with women” (Muwatta bk. 55 No. 55.1.2). No Muslim in an impure state would dare touch the Quran, because it’s supposedly too holy to be touched. But we see their guru wobbling naked with women in their periods and even reciting the words of Allah on the laps of his menstruating child bride!
The same man who called menstruation an illness, an act of Satan and an affliction on women threw all that into the trash when it came to satisfying his lubricity. Jesus Christ identified false religious leaders as persons who “tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s [and women’s] shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them” (Mt. 23:4). This is an apt description of Muhammad. We invite honest Muslims to reject him and come to the way, truth and life, the Lord Jesus Christ.