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The spouses covering themselves during intercourse

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Q: Regarding intimacy between husband and wife, over time I have read in a few books and Q & A’s to the effect that, permissibility being said, one should should still remember the hadith that ‘…Hayaa is the branch of Imaan…’ Also I have read that taqwa demands that one should not be totally undressed and that at least one garment be kept on by each spouse. I would like to know what is Mufti saheb’s view regarding this. Please advise as to what is better for one to do. Furthermore, I once read on UswatulMuslimah to the effect that the manner of intimacy has an impact on a child that is born of that union. ‘Goodness begets goodness’ was mentioned. If garments for the purpose of intimacy are worn, will this not have an impact on the piety, hayaa etc. of a child that could be born? Please provide a detail answer as this is bothering me for very long. Please make dua for the piety of my family and I.


A: Both are permissible, whether one sheet is shared by both spouses or each spouse has some cloth to cover themselves.

Insha-Allah. The more important thing is to observe taqwa, righteousness and to adhere to the sunnah all the time.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.