Viewing A Spouse's Private Parts
  • Question:

    Is it objectionable for spouses to view each other's private parts?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    It is permissible for a husband and wife to see each other’s private parts for pleasure or any other reason. There is no objection in this.

    The only relationship where sexual intimacy is allowed is the relationship of husband and wife. When intercourse is permissible, then surely it is permissible for a married couple to enjoy each other by fondling, touching or seeing each other.

    Saʿd ibn Masud al-Kandi reported, Uthman ibn Mazun (r) came to Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) and said, ‘Messenger of Allah (pbuh), I feel embarrassed when my wife looks at my private parts (ʿawrah).’ The Messenger (pbuh) said, ‘Allah has made you a garment for them and made them a garment for you.’” (Musannaf ʿAbd al-Razzaq)

    Even though this is permissible, the Prophet (pbuh) preferred to avoid glancing or seeing the private organs of his spouse. (Tirmidhi)

    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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