May 1, 2009
I’m glad that someone else thought the Qur’an’s* discussion of menstruation was worth blogging about. I too came across the passage 2:222 of the Qur’an while writing my final and thought that it was absurd. To re-quote 2:222 states, “They question thee concerning menstruation. Say: It is an illness, so let women alone at such times and go not in unto them till they are cleansed…”
It continues but I think the gist is plain: menstruation is a bad and dirty thing. I think it is interesting and a little shocking, to use mimonania’s word, that something God created to reproduce and populate the earth he deemed an “illness” in the Qur’an. The only part I appreciated from the text was the concept of cleansing, however not because it is a dirty occurrence. Menstruation is a time when a woman’s body can reset and purify itself from toxins and possible harm that can occur in a month. It really confused me that a) that the Qur’an and God would think to mention menstruation in the Holy teachings and texts; and b) that God would deem his process for women’s general health to be an illness and dirty.
The Qur’an (Arabic: القرآن al-qur’ān, literally “the recitation”; also sometimes transliterated as Quran, Qur’ān, Koran, Alcoran or Al-Qur’ān) is the central religious text of Islam. Muslims believe the Qur’an to be the book of divine guidance and direction for mankind, and consider the original Arabic text to be the final revelation of God