Credit: masjiduthaymeen.com Posted: Mar 12th, 2003 Author: Shaykh 'Abdul 'Azeez bin 'Abdullaah bin Baaz (:rahim:) Source: Al-Fataawa - Page 43
Question: I read some of the books of tafseer like the book Safwat ut-Tafseer while I am in the state of ritual impurity… like my monthly period for example. Is there any harm and sin upon me for doing so?
Answer: There is no harm upon the menstruating and bleeding woman to read the books of tafseer nor is there any harm in reading the Qur’aan with the exclusion of touching the actual book in accordance to the most correct statement of the Scholars.
As for the one who is in a state of impurity then there is no reading of the Qur’aan absolutely until a full ritual bath (ghusl) has been taken and they are then able to read the books of tafseer and hadeeth and other than these two without reading what is in the Qur’aan.
This is what has been established by the Prophet (:pbuh:) that he would not prevent one from reading the Qur’aan except for the one who was in the state of ritual impurity and in one narration from him (:pbuh:) he said in a narration related by Imaam Ahmad with a chain of narration that is Hasan:
“As for the one who is in a state of ritual impurity then there is no verse.”