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Introduction

Islam is a perfect deen. Part of the perfection of Islam is that together with the general obligations that apply to everyone, many laws are specific to males or females, keeping in mind each one’s specific roles in life, their physiological differences and other unique characteristics. Thus the laws pertaining to males and females differ in many aspects, among which are the postures of salaah, etc. Some of these rulings are briefly discussed hereunder.

Q: Is salaah necessary on a woman in labour?

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A: During labour, if a woman is conscious, she is still required to offer her salaah. If she cannot offer it with the normal postures, she will perform it with gestures (ishaarah). However, if by performing salaah she fears for the life of the child, she may delay her salaah.