When is it Prohibited for a Couple to Have Intercourse?

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Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt


When is it prohibited for a husband and wife to have sexual intercourse?


In the Name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Compassionate

Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ Thank you for your question.

A husband and wife are permitted to enjoy marital intercourse with mutual consent at any time. The only islamicaly prohibited occasions for intercourse are the following:

  • When the wife is experiencing menses and or post-natal bleeding. (See: Qurʿān 2:222)
  • When either partner is fasting during daylight hours. (See: Qurʿān 2:187)
  • When either partner is in the state of iḥrām [for pilgrimage]. (See: Qurʿān 2:197)

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