Since it’s been a while since I’ve written here, I’ll remind everyone asking What is the meaning of this!, that according to mainstream interpretation women should avoid applying nail polish because it acts as a barrier (we’re suddenly against barriers now) between the water during wudu–ritual purification before prayer–and the surface of the nail. However, since–also according to mainstream interpretation–women are exempt from prayer during their menstrual cycles, many take the opportunity to wear nail polish during this time.
But since menstruation is viewed as something filthy, or at the very least something to be secretive about, in more conservative environments it is discouraged for a woman to wear nail polish even whilst menstruating, because–well, then everyone knows. And heaven forbid, right? Why would you ever announce to the entire world that you’re doing that horrible womanly thing?
Well, I would.
Most months–granted I hadn’t been writing here for about a year (?) and might have missed quite a few–I post photographs of how awesome my nail polish is. Because I am shameless like that. A shameless menstruating woman.
This time not even nail polish can cheer me up. (Maybe just a little?) I don’t typically mind my cycle (if anything I love it), but I had my heart set on fasting for a while before it made its monthly appearance. Although, I should have expected this, because I was running late this month. I know this time–I usually never know–because Zeina got married at the end of May, and luckily I was prepared with feminine products in Beirut. (*blows raspberry*)
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As expected, other than nail polish during menstruation, your author had already found other ways to be girly even while fasting. It is after all, the season of dry lips with the whole not hydrating oneself with water throughout the day.
Don’t men have these problems why am I the only one stuck with them there are lip moisturizes for men right except they’re probably in “manlier packaging.” *rolls eyes*
You know typical chapsticks never do it for me? Like, I’ve even tried those egg conversation-starter things. My lips are dry again 2 seconds later. But these two work! Admittedly, while both are great the tube on the left is more hydrating than the one on the right. But of course your glamorous author loves how this looks like a lipstick.
In terms of whether the interpretation that one shouldn’t wear nail polish during ritual purification still complies with my beliefs… well, I don’t wear it. But I don’t know if I’m convinced that it really invalidates anything. I’ve changed a little since we last crossed paths on these topics. (Sometimes I even pray sans hijab.)
I never miss a prayer (though I sometimes have to make them up late) and once in a while praying bring me close to tears. It’s hard to imagine that anything like nail polish garners all the power to invalidate prayer like that. Allah knows best. (And I mean it.)
Either way, all’s well. Insha’Allah.
The rest of you, I hope are able to go on with your lovely fasts. And remember, no bananas.