Fantasizing about other women

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Q: I am married to my cousin (mother’s side) 6 years ago.This was a pure arranged marriage and neither of us had any likeness apart from the fact that we were cousins before marriage. We both try to make salaah on time and we take care of each other as well.

My question is that what does Islam say if a husband has no physical attraction towards his wife despite so much efforts to feel attracted to her but still no feelings. During intercourse he only gets aroused sexually by imaging other women. Otherwise its not possible for him to get arouse sexually.

Kindly guide me what to do as this is killing me from inside. I don’t know how long I can live like this. Besides this we have no arguments and no fights. She takes good care of me and I do the same, but it’s only this one thing and it’s happening for more than 5 years. What should I do? 


A: To imagine other women is haraam. If someone had to imagine your mother or wife in order to get an arousal how will you feel.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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.

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