Islamic Law on Oral Sex

Oral sex in Islam is permittable only in the context between husband and wife as narrated from the prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) : From Abu Sa’id Al Khudri r.a., he said: The prophet told: man prohibited to see other men’s genital, and woman is prohibited to see other women’s genital .(Narated by Moslem). Implicitely, man is prohibited to see women’s genital vice versa, exept husband and wife.

Opinions from Islamic sects

Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a Sunni, allows the practice of oral sex in a fatwā with certain conditions.[6] Shia Imam Abul-Qassim Khoei said that oral sex between husband and wife is not unlawful (not haraam).[7] One group of Salafi scholars and Shafi`i school says that oral sex is completely halal (permissible) because of the hadith of the prophet(s) in which he encouraged foreplay between spouses, and that these are naturally gratifying activities that will help them have a better marriage.

In human sexual behavior, foreplay is a set of intimate psychological and physical acts between two or more people meant to create and increase sexual arousal, in anticipation of sexual intercourse.

Any act that creates and enhances sexual stimulation between the sex partners may constitute foreplay, including kissing, touching, embracing, talking, and teasing (teasing, in this case, may include methods of satisfaction, such as erotic sexual denial).[1] The manual or oral stimulation of erogenous zones may be considered foreplay, as well as being part of the sex act itself. Sexual role playing, fetish activities, and BDSM can also be considered foreplay, though they may also accompany intercourse and not just precede it.

Dr. Heba Kotb,[8] a Sunni female scholar[9] who gives sex advice on Egyptian TV, said that oral sex is allowed “since there is no religious text banning it”.[10]

Sucking the wife’s breasts and vagina

There is no Islamic text that forbids the sucking of a wife’s breasts.[11][12][13]

The Malikis allow licking the vagina (farj) stating that there is no harm in it and it is not a hated act (makruh). Malik ibn Anas said that there is no harm in licking the pudendum with the tongue.[14]

On touching the penis

Touching the penis in Islamic Law by Sahih Hadith of Al-Muwatta Imam Muhammad & Urdu translation of the Hadith.[15]

It should be noted that there is stronger evidence of the most commonly held-view: the hadeeth of Basrah bint Safwaan, who heard Muhammad say: “Whoever touches his penis, let him do wudoo’.” (narrated by Abu Dawood, al-Tahaarah, 154. al-Albaani said in Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood, no. 166, it is saheeh) [16]

Hanafi jurists who claim touching the penis in Islamic Law[15] is not a shameful act. The Sahih Hadith of Al-Muwatta Imam Muhammad (see image) argues that the “act is not impure”. And emphasized that “if the penis were vile or impure, it should be cut off from the body and thrown away”. The Hadith claimed that there is no difference between the penis and the other parts of body. Scholars such as Muhammad al-Shaybani cited several opinions from Abu Hanifa an-Nu‘man:

Abu Hanifah related to me, on the authority of Hamad b. Ibrahim, on the authority of Ali ibn Abu Talib, that concerning touching the penis he said: “There is no harm. I touch it or the end of my nose.”

Abu Hanifah related to me, on the authority of Hamad b. Ibrahim, that Abd Allah ibn Mas’ud asked about wudu for touching the penis. He said: “It is impure [najas], so cut it off!” meaning that there is no harm in it.

Abu Hanifah related to me, on the authority of Hamad b. Ibrahim, that Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas passed by a man who was washing his penis. He said: “What are you doing? This is not required of you.”

However, there are also Sahih Hadith[17] which mention the performing of ablution is compulsory after the touching of the sexual organ.

But, Abu Hanifah reiterated that that washing the penis is important after urinating.

The first and second of these reports are related to the oft-cited report, given on the authority of Talq b. ؛Ali [b. al-Mundhir b. Qays], concerning the saying of Muhammad about the penis. Talq b. ؛Ali said: We were with the Apostle of God when a man, like a Bedouin, came to him and said: “Oh Apostle of God, what do you think about a man touching his penis after performing wudu?” He [Prophet Muhammad] said: “What is it but a piece of your flesh?”

However, there is some disagreement about this report and as noted above, the strongest evidence for making ablution after touching one’s penis comes from Basrah bint Safwaan.

Oral sex as foreplay

Oral sex should not lead to any repulsive feeling, and it is advisable to guarantee that the spouse is approving the act in order to fulfill the maximum joy out of the act.[18]

Dr. Heba Kotb stresses that women should also enjoy sex. Oral sex is a form of foreplay and Islam “stresses the importance of foreplay”.[19] Hanbali books mention that it is lawful for a husband to achieve ejaculation by his wife masturbating him, and by rubbing his penis between her thighs or breasts.[20]

Relation to sexual gratification

In the light of the Qur’an verse, Al-Mu’minun, five to seven scholars said that the husband is allowed to enjoy his wife through any means of enjoyment except for anal sex. Dr. Ali Jum`ah, professor of the Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University, said that licking, sucking and kissing a spouse’s sexual organs are all allowed, as long as it gives a person sexual gratification. This concept will keep him away from unlawfulness (haraam). It is allowed for a husband to lick his wife’s vaginal area when it helps her have orgasm. Also, the wife can lick her husband’s penis to cause erection and suck on it for an orgasm or ejaculation of semen. All sexual acts that aim at satisfying and pleasing the spouses are allowed except anal sex.[21]

References and notes

  1. ^ a b Sexuality in Islam
  2. ^ a b Sahih Bukhari, Kitab al Sharut [Conditions], Book: al-Sharut fil Jihad [Conditions for Jihad], Hadith 2770
  3. ^ As cited by Muhammad al-Bukhari
  4. ^ Websters Dictionary Online
  5. ^ Arabic Wikipedia
  6. ^ Islam’s Stance on Oral Sex
  7. ^ Imam Al-Khoei Online Knowledge Base
  8. ^ Heba Kotb
  9. ^ Sex therapy in Yemen
  10. ^ Muslim Woman Gives Sex Advice on Arab TV
  11. ^ Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal Nadvi
  12. ^ Husband sucking wifes breasts
  13. ^ Sucking Wife’s Breasts
  14. ^ a b Questions On Sexuality
  15. ^ a b Touching The Penis in Islamic Law
  16. ^ List of Wudu Nullifiers
  17. ^ Volume 1, Page 36a: Touching the sexual organ without any “barrier” between the hand and the organ
  18. ^ Sexuality In Islam
  19. ^ Sexual Revolution in Islam?
  20. ^ a b Is oral sex permitted?
  21. ^ IOL Islamic Researchers
  22. ^ Sheikh Muhammad Ali Al-Hanooti
  23. ^ Fatwa on Oral Sex

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