Bismillahi Al-Rahmani Al-Rahim
Question Regarding Lesson 07
Could you please explain the following passage from Nail
Al-Ma'arib with regards to the rulings regarding women:
- It is permissible for a man to take medicine that is lawful (not
haram) that inhibits intercourse, (such as camphor and the like), and for
a woman to drink it (meaning: lawful medicine to cause a miscarriage and)
to cause hayd or inhibit it (and in the Iqna`': as long as there is no
fear of harm. It is not possible to take medicine that causes
sterilization. It is unlawful for anyone to give her medicine that
inhibits hayd without her knowledge… (Nail Al-Ma'arib bi Sharh
Dalil Al- Talib (1: 111))
It is permissible for a woman to drink medicine is lawful for her
to use (not stolen, not filthy) to cause a miscarriage during the first
forty (40) days of pregnancy.
It is also permissible for her to take medicine that causes her to have a
period or inhibits it provided that there is no fear of injury. This ruling
is asked about quite a bit, particularly when women make Hajj or `Umrah, or
regarding contraception. Some books say that stopping her period is
associated with her ability to conceive, hence the last ruling: that it is
unlawful to give her medicine that inhibits her period without her knowing
since this has a relationship with her ability to become pregnant.
Finally: It is not permissible to take medicine that completely inhibits
the ability to conceive. This also includes surgical procedures like
hysterectomies, tieing the fallopian tubes, vasectomies, and castration.
But this is when the intention is to inhibit pregnancy itself; obviously
when it is done for the sake of health it is another matter.
And Allah knows best.
wa al-salamu `alaykum