Concerns Surrounding the Hymen Tearing

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Answered by Shaykhah Umm Obaidullāh and Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt


I am a female, and I experienced some bleeding in my area and I think I have broken my hymen. I am still a virgin and I was wondering whether if this is a sin or if this causes a disruption in a future marriage life and if my husband thinks I am not a virgin?


May Allāh bless you with goodness and prosperity.

In response to your concern, please note that the hymen (skin partially covering the vaginal opening) may tear and cause bleeding (defloration) in a number of different ways, many times without even knowing it. Some of the non-sexual ways in which a hymen may tear could be due to an accident, injury, horseback riding, bicycling, high jumping, gymnastics, sports, insertion of finger or instrument by doctor during pelvic examination, tampon insertion, bleeding during menstruation etc.

The hymen tearing in such circumstances will not be considered sinful.

This should not be a cause for anything negative for a future marriage. Islamicaly, a woman is considered a virgin until she does not have penetrative intercourse. The hymen is only a physical sign which cannot be considered proof of whether a woman is a virgin or not, or whether she has committed an immoral act or not.  (See Radd Al Muḥtār)

Imam Abū al Ḥasan Al Qudūrī writes, “If her hymen tearing is due to jumping, menstruation, injury or fall, she will be considered amongst the virgins.” (Mukhtaṣar Al Qudūrī)

It would be advisable to also consult your doctor, since bleeding may occur in result of numerous possible reasons, which may also affect your health and well being.

And Allāh Knows Best

This answer was collected from It’s an Islamic educational institute based in Canada. The questions are generally answered by Sheikh Yusuf Badat and Sheikh Omar Subedar.

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