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Would the Wife Be Sinful for Not Fulfilling the Husband’s Desires

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Answered by: Maulana Mohammed Kamran Abid


Due to some reasons, I’m fed up with living. Especially with my husband but still, I try my best to serve him. I don’t want to take divorce from him. I have asked him several times to marry another woman as I’m physically and psychologically sick. Even he is able to afford another woman he is not ready to marry. Would I remain sinful if I can’t fulfill his sexual desires?

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Marriage is a blessing from Allah and there is a reward in carrying out the obligations in marriage. When it comes to the frequency of sexual intercourse with a person’s wife, Shari’ah has not fixed a specific limit or restriction on how often a couple may engage in sexual activity.[1] It is a religious obligation for both spouses to fulfill the sexual desire of their partner. A person would be sinful if they don’t fulfill the sexual desire of their spouse. A person can use other ways like masturbating their partner to fulfill their desire.

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Mohammed Kamran Abid

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

[1] Islamic Guide to Sexual Relations, pg. 23, Huma Press

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