Seeking Divorce Due to Sexless Marriage
  • Question:

    What options does a wife who is forced to stay in a sexless marriage because of her small children? Can she seek divorce on grounds that her husband does not fulfil intimate needs?


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    I pray Allāh bring peace, tranquillity and comfort in your life.

    It seems there are issues in your marriage which have resulted in you and your husband sleeping separately. My advice would be to immediately get professional help in relation to family therapy and couple’s counselling.

    If you exhaust all your efforts with counselling, talking to family elders and therapists with no apparent result, and the problems persist, you do have, both an Islamic and legal right to separate or initiate a divorce, if your rights are not being fulfilled. Having sexual intimacy is also a right in the marriage for both partners.

    I pray Allāh ease your difficulty and bring peace and harmony in your life.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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