Bondwomen/Slaves - For Sexual Pleasure
  • Question:

    Almighty Allah states “Success is really attained by the believers who guard their private parts except from their wives or from those (bondwomen who are) owned by their hands, as they are not to be blamed. However, those who seek (sexual pleasure) beyond that are the transgressors” (Quran 23:1-7)

    Does this mean that in old days Muslim men were allowed to have sex with the slave women (bondwomen) without marrying them? In a few places in Quran mentions that the slave women are halal and Muslim men can have sex with them, but it is not clear whether they should first marry them or not. Can you please explain this?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    I've talked about this with some detail in my dars on Surah Al Mu'minoon: http://podcast.bayyinah.com/2011/11/26/khutbah-characteristics-of-believers-from-surah-al-muminoon/.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Founder and CEO, Bayyinah
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