If you’re reading this, there are chances that you must have heard “Rozay rakhti ho?” followed by a “Pooray?” at least once in your life as a Pakistani Muslim woman. Interestingly, only men ask this question with a smirk on their faces.
We are here to tell you that, that question is anything but funny. No, you cannot ask that question even if the person you are asking is your good friend. Here’s why!
Women in Pakistan (like all other countries of the world) get their periods monthly even during the month of Ramzan.
The curiosity to need to know whether your female class fellows, friends, co-workers are fasting won’t lead you to Jannah – that’s something Allah will decide, really.
It’s a weird question and it not only confuses the person because we think it’s a taboo, but it also shows that you don’t respect boundaries.
Here’s a simple Roza Shaming guide that will get you through the process like a pro!
- When someone inquires about your Roza, smile at them and say nothing. (They’ll get the hint.)
- Respond with kindness and easy to understand sentences like: “I request you to please respect my boundaries.” or “I can tell you the reason, but you probably won’t like it!”
Mic Drop Moment:
Put an end to Roza/period shaming not just for yourself but for your fellow women too by saying: “A menstruating woman is exempted from Allah to not fast while she’s on her periods.”
Walk away with a smile on your face.
While we’re at it, do know that Pakistan is a country where many other religions exist, then there are kids and elderly who cannot fast for one reason or the other; don’t be nosy as Ramzan is here for us to enjoy Allah’s blessings. Make it easier for the ones around you as well.