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Married Muslim woman relationship with other man outside marriage

Extra-marital affairs are haram in Islam.

Is it true that a married Muslim woman cannot be touched by another man other than her husband? If yes, what are the possible repercussions, not dis-regarding extreme situations?

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Leyla's Answer:

Salaam monalisa8,

Thank you for entrusting us with this question. It is true that physical contact between unrelated males and females is strongly advised against in Islam, whether married or not married.

The Prophet (pbuh) said “If one of you were to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle, that would be better for him than his touching a woman who is not permissible for him.” Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Kabeer, 486; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 5045.

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah has decreed for every son of Adam his share of zina, which he will inevitably commit. The zina of the eyes is looking, the zina of the tongue is speaking, one may wish and desire, and the private parts confirm that or deny it.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5889; Muslim, 2657.

Touching  member of the opposite sex is regarded as a sin, because it is the first step towards desire and can lead to further temptation and harm. The most likely repercussions are that there will be desire between the two (who have touched) and that this will lead to the greater sin of Zina (fornication). However Zina is not simply premarital sex, there are many forms of zina,  there is the zina of the hand, which is touching that which is forbidden, and the zina of the eyes, which is looking at that which is forbidden, even though zina that is committed with the private parts, is the zina which is punishable with the hadd punishment.

Touching the opposite sex is not one of the sins of Islam which has a specific punishment or a specific outcome, as every situation is different and the intentions are different, however Muslims are advised to guard themselves against sin very strongly, and therefore avoiding physical contact with members of the opposite sex is one such action which protects us from sin.

Peace,

Leyla

Editor, Islamic Answers

 

 

 

 

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  1. Leyla's Answer:

    Salaam monalisa8,

    Thank you for entrusting us with this question. It is true that physical contact between unrelated males and females is strongly advised against in Islam, whether married or not married.

    The Prophet (pbuh) said “If one of you were to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle, that would be better for him than his touching a woman who is not permissible for him.” Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Kabeer, 486; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 5045.

    It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah has decreed for every son of Adam his share of zina, which he will inevitably commit. The zina of the eyes is looking, the zina of the tongue is speaking, one may wish and desire, and the private parts confirm that or deny it.”

    Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5889; Muslim, 2657.

    Touching member of the opposite sex is regarded as a sin, because it is the first step towards desire and can lead to further temptation and harm. The most likely repercussions are that there will be desire between the two (who have touched) and that this will lead to the greater sin of Zina (fornication). However Zina is not simply premarital sex, there are many forms of zina, there is the zina of the hand, which is touching that which is forbidden, and the zina of the eyes, which is looking at that which is forbidden, even though zina that is committed with the private parts, is the zina which is punishable with the hadd punishment.

    Touching the opposite sex is not one of the sins of Islam which has a specific punishment or a specific outcome, as every situation is different and the intentions are different, however Muslims are advised to guard themselves against sin very strongly, and therefore avoiding physical contact with members of the opposite sex is one such action which protects us from sin.

    Peace,

    Leyla

    Editor, Islamic Answers

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