End Period Shaming during Ramadan
Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. Although fasting is Farz during Ramadan not everyone is required to fast, this includes children, nursing mothers, pregnant women, and women who go through the menstruation cycle every month. However, there are people out who often target women on periods and make them feel ashamed.
Menstruation is a natural process that sneaks up on women every month. It is a sign of a healthy productive lifestyle. But women feel ashamed of getting periods especially in the month of Ramadan. Not being able to pray or fast is one thing but it’s another thing to shame them for eating in public and also excluding them from all the Ramadan tradition for seven days.
Many women and girls came on Twitter to bash out their frustration on this stigma of shaming women during periods in the month of Ramadan.
I am sick and tired of feeling ashamed of being on my period in ramadan and OBVIOUSLY not fasting but then having to be made felt unclean and dirty. Make it stop! Allah created periods also so stop treating them so disgustingly. This aint even an unpopular opinion lol
— nashmia (@luminous__x) May 30, 2018
If you’re on your period this Ramadan, don’t despair. Remember just by you not fasting and praying, you are carrying out an act of ibadah (worship).
Sis take the mercy, eat your cake and everyone else’s 🍰
— Nafisa Bakkar (@NafisaBakkar) May 24, 2018
Muslim women should not be upset for experiencing menstrual periods during Ramadan; Allah gives you the concession to not fast/pray so embrace it. Making female members of the family feel ashamed and bad is wrong and has no place in Islam.
— Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari (@Mufti_Muhammad_) May 30, 2018
Extremely annoyed that people are STILL making muslim women feel uncomfortable for eating during ramadan while on their periods.
I am super unapologetic about it around men and I refuse to feel bad or explain myself.
I've had my fair share of embarrassment and I'm over it.
— Jay 🌸 (@JayjayChook) May 30, 2018
WHY. #MUSLIM. #WOMEN. SHOULD. NOT. FEEL. ASHAMED. TO. EAT. IN. PUBLIC. DURING. #RAMADAN.WHEN. THEY. HAVE. THEIR. PERIOD. #rant pic.twitter.com/HFLnKtv8X0
— erin (@eireanne_) May 23, 2018
We must get rid of these mindsets. We should involve men in conversations and make them understand the culture surrounding menstruation. They should understand that rather than shaming women they should be supportive and accept it as a common thing.
Women should be comfortable with their body and its natural process and also, they shouldn’t feel ashamed for going out and buying pads or tampons from stores. We need to be more vocal about these issues and teach young girls and boys how to respect each gender and their body processes.