“My reward was a community of like-minded Muslims together with whom I prayed behind Amina Wadud, an American Muslim scholar, in the first public female-led mixed-gender Friday prayer. Without a head scarf and on my period, I prayed next to a man — sacrilege to many but a delight to me.”
This is how Mona Eltahawy describes her “delightful” experience of being Muslim which many would call feministic and therefore, sacrilegious! However, even many Quranists who are not necessarily feminist insist that a “woman must pray during her period.”
Here are two excellent posts on how period is viewed in mainstream Islam:
Got Period? The Problem of Purity by a male feminist and a friend, Rawi; and Only women bleed: Menstruation and prayer in Islam by Woodturtle, a Muslim feminist on my blogroll.
- Have you ever touched the Quran, fasted or prayed when on your period?
- What are your views on the topic?