When Is It Allowed To Resume Sexual Activity After Menses?

When she becomes clean of any menstrual blood, and the flow stops completely, it is allowed for them to resume sexual activity after she washes the place where the blood has been, or performs wudhoo’, or takes a complete bath. Any one of these three alternatives she does makes it allowed for them to resume sexual activity, based on Allaah’s statement in the Quraan:

But when they have purified themselves, you may approach them in any maner, time, or place ordained for you by God. For God loves those who turn to Him constantly and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean.” [2:222]

This is the position of Ibn Hazm, ‘Ataa, Qataadaa, Al-Awzaa’ee and Daawud Az-Zaahiree and of Mujaahid; as Ibn Hazm says, “All three of these are a purification, so whichever of them she uses after the cessation of her periods, then she is lawful for (her) husband.

The same term is used to mean washing the private parts in the aayah revealed concerning the people of Qoobaa:

In it are men who love to be purified; and God loves those who make themselves pure.” [9:108]

There is nothing here in the aayah, however, or in the sunnah, to restrict the aayah in question to any of these three meaning, and to do so requires a further proof.

[Taken from “The Etiquettes Of Marriage” by Shaykh Al-Albaanee, Pp. 23-24]

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