The Second Deputy Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa has warned men who coerce their menstruating spouses into intimate relationships to stop the habit with Immediate.
He said such a habit contravenes the teaching of Islam and is also discouraged on health grounds.
Waiswa was speaking at a function making the dignity day for Girl Children held in the Conference Hall of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council(UMSC) Headquarters at Old Kampala.
He said many fathers are indifferent when their daughters start experiencing their menstrual cycle despite the abundant Islamic religious texts.
“Even some men based on cultural norms misinterpret menstrual periods and end up abandoning their matrimony homes because of their menstruating spouses. For us as Muslims, we only give them space,”Waiswa said.
Waiswa reminded the participants and the entire Muslim community to always take note of that natural phenomenon, which occurs monthly among grown up females.
“Almighty Allah admonished us on how best the menstruation periods should be managed. Unfortunately, the majority of men are unmindful especially when it comes to helping their daughters undergoing such situations,” Waiswa stated.
He explained that today the world is so much polluted with all kinds of vices such as pornography, rape and drug abuse as they are roundly promoted on various media platforms.
“In case male parents remain indifferent to the well-being of girl children by not providing them with necessary items like pads to see them through such a situation, they are more likely to drop out of school because of shame or end up in the trap of those who want to exploit them sexually as they purport to offer them material support,” Waiswa said.
On her part, Sheikhat Radhiyaah Namakula Lukwiya, the Secretary for Women and Youth affairs at UMSC, explained why it is good for men to give space to their menstruating spouses, saying they often experience mood swings and sometimes need time alone.
Sheikh Hussein Juma Ali Bulafu drew various lessons from various verses from the Quran and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad about menstrual Hygiene management in comparison to the prevalent beliefs prior to the divine message revealed to Prophet Muhammad.
“The Jahiliya- pre-Islamic Arabia, before Prophet Muhammad was sent used to degrade menstruating women as fifthly, which kept them away from the society,”Bulafu preached.