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Is oral sex allowed in Islam?

Is having ones mouth on your partner's genital permitted in Islam during the foreplay.

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  1. I think it is permitted,because i have read in Holy quran that your partner is like your field,and you can approach them as He wish,after their menstruation is over,and they take the vajib bath

  2. It is allowed in Islam. See some articles on this subject here:

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    Wael Editor

  3. Many scholars forbid it, however there is no direct text (or even indirect really) from the Quran or hadith prohibiting oral sex. If it makes someone uncomfortable, then they don't have to do it but I can't get myself to agree that it should be labelled as haraam when every other aspect of halaal haraam was made very clear by Allah, yet this was missed. I can't help but think if this was haraam, Allah would have listed it like he did with anal sex/ sex during menstruation in the Quran. Or the prophet would have informed the believers.

    Allaho alim.

    Was salaam

  4. The ruling in islam is simple.., what ever Allah did not make harram, it is absolutely halal even though if it is not mention as halal.. This is also what schoolers of islam agree upon. Also the question '''did the prophet SAW do it?''' is not a sufficient question to make something into haram.. But ''did the prophet forbid it?'' is the sufficient reason for some thing to be haram... So now going by this formular;; did Allah forbid it?? NO. Since nothing said about it in the koran, then we now go to the sunnah of prophet because Allah said in the koran ''ADI ULLAH WA ADI URRASUL'' ie follow Allah and also follow the prophet SAW...., so now did the prophet do it?? NO (but this is not sufficient reason to make it haram)... Did the prophet forbid it?? NO., this is a sufficient reason and thus there is no sin if you choose to do it.

    • As-Salamu `alaykum:

      It is unanimous that anal intercourse is haram. But the question is does this refer only to male genital parts.
      The words used in fiqh books in the context of coitus or its prohibition such as ityaan ("copulation") and eelaaj ("penetration") generally denote penetration of the penis. However, the question may be answered by replacing the words "anal intercourse" with "normal intercourse at the time of menses." If the analogy is correct then the answer is: this prohibition does not only refer to male genital parts but is absolute. Yet "enjoyment of the rear (dubur) without penetration (eelaaj) is licit" [see further down], and Allah knows best.

      The 2nd question refers to oral sex(cunnilingus/felatio). In a book written by Hedaya Hartford, (May Allah reward her), it says that oral sex(cunnilingus/felatio) has been declared haram by the ulama, because it does not agree with human nature.
      This is one paragraph of her book _Initiating and Upholding an Islamic Marriage_ (Dar al-Fikr 2000, available at - Allah reward her - which I found needed revising. She writes (p. 156):

      "In response to numerous inquiries on the topic of oral sex as it is practiced and understood in the West, the consensus among the sheikhs and traditional scholars is that it contravenes the adab (proper Islamic behavior) of an Islamic marriage, and is revolting to a sound human nature (fitra). When the actual details of oral sex have been described to them, they plainly say it is haram (unlawful)."
      There is no such consensus at all. The licitness of oral sex seems frank and explicit in the School of Imam Malik radyAllahu `anhu as you will see further down. In our own time, Qadi Muhammad Ahmad Kan`an of Beirut in his book on marital etiquette _Usul al-Mu`ashara al-Zawjiyya_ ("Principles of Marital Cohabitation" Dar al-Basha'ir al-Islamiyya, 8th ed. p. 99-100) gives the fatwa that oral sex between spouses is licit. As for the implicit fatwas to that effect they are countless. The basic ruling is licitness from head to toe except for anal intercourse, and also except genital intercourse at the time of menses, all provided harm is avoided, as spelled out in the Reliance of the Traveller m5.4.

      Following are several examples.

      Imam al-Shafi`i radyAllahu `anhu said in al-Umm, book of Nikah, chapter on (the prohibition of) anal sex, that apart from the prohibition of anal sex, "enjoyment of the whole body regardless of vaginal penetration (iblaagh al-faraj) is permissible."

      Imam al-Nawawi rahimahullah said in the Rawda, book of Nikah, chapter on the rights of the husband in sexual enjoyment (istimta`): "He has the rights to all kinds of sexual enjoyment except to look at her pudendum because there is a difference of opinion concerning this [being haram, the sounder ruling being that it is makruh] and except for anal intercourse, which is strictly prohibited." Further down, discussing the absolute prohibition of masturbation, he says: "But it is permissible that he masturbate with the hand of his wife... just as he may enjoy her entire body."

      (In the Minhaj, al-Nawawi states: "The husband may look at her entire body" without reservation. Al-Shirbini comments: and vice-versa including the genitals but it is makruh unless there is need. Iqna` and Mughni. He also says: "The saying of the Imam that enjoyment of the rear (dubur) without penetration (eelaaj) is licit, is explicit in that [looking is permissible]." Iqna`, Mughni.)

      Hujjat al-Islam Imam al-Ghazzali himself rahimahullah said in the Ihya - on which Hartford sometimes relies at the exclusion of standard fiqh or hadith sources: "The husband should not penetrate his wife during menstruation... [but he] may enjoy the whole body of the menstruating wife, except that he may not penetrate her in other than the place of usual penetration (wala ya'tiha fi ghayr al-ma'ta), because the reason for prohibiting copulation with the women in menses is noxiousness, but noxiousness is always present in other than the place of usual penetration [=the anus]; so its prohibition is even stricter than that of the menstruating woman."

      Shaykh Muhammad Sa`id al-Buti hafizahullah in his Fatawa titled Ma` al-Nas (p. 84): "Q. What is the status of coitus between the buttocks? A. The prohibited in sexual intercourse between spouses is the penetration of the penis into the anal opening. As for enjoying what is short of this such as the buttocks, it is not prohibited, in fact, all other than that is allowed."

      According to Imam al-Suyuti rahimahullah in al-Wishaah min Fawaa'id al-Nikaah, the best work of Arabic coitology (`ilm al-baah) is Tuhfat al-`Arus wa-Nuzhat al-Nufus, by the eighth-century (Maliki?) litterateur (adib) Abu `Abd Allah ibn Ahmad al-Bija'i. It was published in Cairo at the Sharafiyya press (ed. Muhammad Yusuf al-Baruni and Hammad al-Fayyumi al-`Ajmawi) in 1301/1883 and I have this edition, about 200 pages in 25 chapters. On p. 160 he lists some of the literal and figurative names used by the Arabs for copulation, among them: al-tadlis. with a Sad, which means: non-vaginal coitus. However, readers of chapter 23 titled "Concerning the man's coitus in other than the vagina" will not find any mention of oral sex other than the vague general statement in its first sentence: "There is no disagreement that coitus between a man and a woman is permissible - except for anal sex - in all her folds and her entire body."

      On p. 142 al-Bija'i mentions more explicit fatwas in the context of the discussion on looking:

      We now turn to the permissibility of looking at the [wife's] pudendum (faraj)... from the words of Imam Abu al-Hasan [`Ali ibn Muhammad] Ibn al-Qattan [al- Fasi the Maliki hadith Master (d. 628)] in his book al-Nazar fi Ahkam al-Nazar ("Investigating the Rulings Pertaining to Looking"). He said: "As for [the licitness of] looking at the [wife's] pudendum there is disagreement, but the Malikis allow it. Asbagh [ibn al-Faraj ibn Sa`id al-Misri (d. 225) the Maliki Faqih and foremost student of Ibn Wahb the student of Malik radyAllahu `anh] was asked about those who said it is makruh and he replied: 'They only deemed it makruh from the medical perspective (innama karihahu bil-tibb) [i.e. lest revulsion ensue or it affect the light of the face, eyes, or heart], not from that of knowledge [i.e. not as a fiqh ruling], in which case there is no harm in it and it is not makruh.' Then he narrated from Malik that he said: 'There is no harm in looking at the [wife's] pudendum during intercourse.' He added in his narration: 'And there is no harm in licking it with his tongue!' This is a hyperbole in permissiveness and is not meant literally (wa-hadhihi mubaalaghatun fil- ibaahati wa-laysa `ala zaahirihi)"! Ibn al-Qattan continued: "The Madhhab of the Hanafis also allow looking. The Shafi`is have two positions [cf. supra, Rawda]..."
      Then he discusses the hadith: "During intercourse let none of you look at the pudendum of his wife or jaariya for it leads to blindness." Narrated from Ibn `Abbas by al-Bayhaqi in his Sunan with two chains and from Abu Hurayra. This is a forgery according to Ibn Abi Hatim, Ibn Hibban, Ibn al-Jawzi, al-Dhahabi, al-Munawi, Ibn Hajar, al-Shawkani, al-Fattani, and others. Because one of its chains in the Sunan looks good - as stated by Ibn al-Salah - al-Suyuti hesitated to rule it a forgery in al-La'ali'.

      The Maliki fatwa on the licitness of oral stimulation is confirmed by Imam al-Qurtubi in his Tafsir for Surat al-Nur (24), verse 31: { And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent...} . Al-Qurtubi, unlike Ibn al-Qattan, does not consider it a hyperbole. He said:

      The Scholars (al-nas) have two positions concerning the licitness of the man looking at the woman's pudendum. One is that it is licit, because if it is licit for him to enjoy it then a fortiori to look at it. It was also said that it is impermissible because of the hadith of [our Mother] `A'isha (radyAllahu `anha) when she mentioned her state with the Messenger of Allah - salla Allahu `alayhi wa Alihi wa Sallam: "Neither did I see that part of him nor he of me." The more correct position is the first one while the latter is understood as good manners (adab). Ibn al-`Arabi [al-Maliki] cited Asbagh - one of our Ulema - as saying: It is permissible for him to lick it with his tongue. Ibn Khuwayz Mindad said: The husband may look, etc.
      To conclude, some comments about certain statements heard in the current discussion:

      The consensus was that in terms of muamalat (social transactions) everything is deemed halal unless it has been explicitly forbidden. Many scholars agree that oral sex fulls under this category and it is not forbidden.
      What many scholars? First, this reasoning is imprecise because in the matter of sex everything is haram and becomes halal only through the contract of nikah [and, formerly, "possessions of the right hand"], together with the known conditions of exclusion already mentioned. It is true that it is not forbidden according to the apparent majority but the claim of "many scholars agreeing" is unsubstantiated as was the claim of consensus to the contrary. Name names and give references or hold your horses.

      As for the SPERM of the male, the Shafie madhabs says it is PURE, but the liquid before that which is called the MAZI LIQUID is NAJASA. Now before ejaculation is completed, surely the MAZI LIQUID is there, so the partners may infact might be licking the MAZI liquid which is NAJASA...hence it could be understood if this is the case then O.S. is MAKRUH!....but certainly NOT HARAM because there is no evidence to say so.
      This sounds correct, while the Hanafi Madhhab considers both mani and madhi najasa, hence their ruling is makruh tahrimi, which in application means haram trespassing which constitutes a sin. But Mufti Desai said Radd al-Muhtar (1:292) states: 'It is permissible for the husband to caress the entire body of his wife with any portion of his body including his private part; likewise, it is permissible for the wife to caress the entire body of the husband including his private part, with any portion of her body.' So, apparently, Hanafis exclude the head from the sense of the phrase "with any portion of his/her body" in the above stipulation and they differentiate in fiqh terms between the soiling of, e.g. the hand with such najasa and that of the tongue, the latter being a sin but not the former, the full contact of the hand and all the body with madhi and mani being permissible in the matter, but not that of the mouth. And Allah knows best.

      Any type of vaginal sex, which takes place in societies in which sex is considered to be a game and entertainment, is not allowed. Islam only allows that type of vaginal sex that is necessary for human reproduction.... By cohabitation with women intend and aim to produce offspring and not to fulfill your desire.
      It is praiseworthy to intend and aim only for procreation, but it is wrong that "Islam only allows that type of vaginal sex that is necessary for human reproduction"! The Law condones marital sexual intercourse for (mutual) pleasure, and contraception is licit. And higher and better yet than procreation, the aim of pleasing Allah and quieting human lusts in order to fully turn to Him was the intention of many of the Salaf behind intercourse.

      With all due respect to the Ulama... No disrespect meant to our Ulama...
      Methinks she doth protest too much. To disagree with adab shows awareness of one's limits to begin. Even better is to keep disagreement to oneself until one gathers more knowledge and experience. Since seeking knowledge is preferable to nafl Salat, our language should reflect that we are in the midst of worship and our focus should be thawab not judgment.
      Recommended books in English on marital subjects: Woman in Shari-a by Abd al-Rahman Doi; Marriage in Islam by Muhammad Abd al-Rauf (former rector of Islam University of Malaysia); The Islamic View of Women and the Family by M. Abd al-Rauf (New York: Robert Speller and Sons, 1977. ISBN 0-8315-0156-1); Marriage and Sexuality in Islam and The Proper Conduct of Marriage in Islam, respectively Madelyn Farah's and Muhtar Holland's translations of al-Ghazzali's book of Nikah from his Ihya' -Ulum al-Din. I did not see "The Muslim Marriage Guide" by Ruqayyah Waris Maqsood nor "Closer than a Garment" by ?? (with a response from Shaykh Yusuf Al Qaradawi):

      The issue of oral sex is governed by two conditions:

      (1) It should not cause any harm,
      (2) It should not lead to any najis (impure) substance being swallowed.

      Allah knows best. May Allah bless our Prophet Muhammad.

      From Sheikh Yusuf Abdullah Al-Qaradâwi (from IslamOnline):

      In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. I was asked about oral sex in America and Europe when I began to travel to these countries in the early 70s. We are not used to be asked these questions in our Muslim countries. Those Western people are accustomed to stripping naked during sexual intercourse. These are communities of nakedness, and from the licentiousness of the woman that she wears nothing to screen her body in her daily life. So they are in need of more excitements during copulation. However, men in our Muslim societies see nothing in the Muslim woman that can excite them on the basis of her wearing either Hijab (veil) or Niqab (face cover). But concerning whether being in complete nakedness during practicing copulation is lawful or not, the Prophet of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, is reported to have said, "Guard your private parts except from your wife or your slaves." Muslim jurists are of the opinion that it is lawful for the husband to perform cunnilingus on his wife, or a wife to suck her husband's penis (fellatio) and there is no wrong in doing so. But if sucking leads to releasing semen, then it is Makrooh (blameworthy), but there is no decisive evidence (to forbid it). These parts are not dirty like anus, but it is normally disgusting to man. But there is no decisive evidence to make it unlawful, especially if the wife agrees with it or gets her ecstasy by practicing it. Allah, Exalted and Glorified be He, says:
      "And who guard their modesty, save from their wives or the slaves, that their right hands possess, for then they are not blameworthy, but Who so craveth beyond that, such are transgressors." (Al-Mu'minoon: 5-7)
      Allah Almighty knows best.

  5. Allahu Akbar, so much info for oral sex, if we ask questions on real issues in Islam how much info do we get.

  6. Wash your hands.

    Wael Editor

  7. am a muslim and i believe that sex means that two organs namely the vagina and penis are involved and NOT the tongue/ hadith says that the prophet s.a.w practised oral sex as it is said follow what the prophet s.a.w did and abstain from what he did not do wether practically or theoratically.remember through oral sex you may easily get HPV then the natural SAHIH BUKHARI and you will come across hadith that shows that the prophet s.a.w never saw his wives naked,or see the private organs and when he took ghusl with his wives it was done in total darkness of the bathroom such that bibi Aisha has narrated that they would use the same water tub but in darkness their hands would touch each others hand when scooping water during dear muslims refrain from what the prophet s.a.w did not do.SHAME on those ULEMA who have no insight into the life of our prophets.a.w and are allowing oral sex due to their own personal sexual perverted desires.

    • Asalaam alaikum,

      Please brush on on your definition, as you are trying to refer to sexual intercourse, which is defined as:

      genital contact, especially the insertion of the penis into the vagina followed by orgasm; coitus; copulation.
      — n
      the act carried out for procreation or for pleasure in which, typically, the insertion of the male's erect penis into the female's vagina is followed by rhythmic thrusting usually culminating in orgasm; copulation; coitus

      American Heritage Medical Dictionary, sexual intercourse n.

      Coitus between humans.

      Sexual union between humans involving genital contact other than vaginal penetration by the penis.

      Notice that the definition does not say "solely."

      Many of the hadiths you refer to are known as being weak. Furthermore, you have no hadith that outlaws oral sex and so, to do so would be an innovation. The ulema are correct in taking the precautionary rulings as they have already, to not call oral sex "forbidden."

    • As salaamalaikum.
      Whatever not mentioned as haram in Quran and Hadith, must be considered as Halal. Brother,
      If you practice oral sex with your faithful spouse then there is no chance of any STD.
      So kindly do not preach wrong things made up by yourself which itself is wrong and also do not
      blame the Ulemas for their educated fatwas.

    • Actually it is based on which school of thought you are following. It differs from being Halal to makruh.

      According to Shafi madhab, it is permissible to perform them. In hanafi madhab, some scholars say is is permissible, some disliked .

      Generally it is all about modesty, shyness etc. Some say, we use our mouth to read the book of Allah, so we should not use this mouth on private parts where filth comes out.

      But all the scholars agreed that the filth should not be taken in the mouth or swallowed. Like mani, mazi or whatever comes out of a female organ.

  8. I agree with all those who say that whatever is prohibited in QURAN nd HADITH is haram otherwisw it is halal.....but the question remains is oral sex can be made or not....????????????it is a confused question....

  9. Why can't ulemas get to a unanimous and undisputed opinion in such matters.It seems like religion
    is a complex and supernatural maths that no human being can ever understand...

  10. I think that it is not haram but i am also confused and cant giv a proper opnion

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