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Dear brother(s), As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In one of your responses (Question No. 1043), you claim that one of the acts prohibited to a Muslim is the act of "Oral Sex." This is indeed a very dirty practice and has sort of become a characteristics of the non-Muslims. Taking this into consideration, this is the first time I have read anywhere that this practice is totally haraam. Is there any proof where the Prophet (saw) prohibited Oral sex, as he prohibited Anal sex and having sex with one’s wife during her menstrual periods?

I would like to apologize in advance for the vulgarity of this question but nonetheless its importance since it has become an apparent social phenomenon (courtesy of the internet and other western devices) and must be addressed. Jazaka`Allah khairun.


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Oral sex

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The Quran and the Sunnah are silent about the concept what is known today as ‘oral sex’, whereby one touches the spouse’s sexual organs with one’s mouth. Some scholars have voiced their opinion against touching either of the partner’s sex organs with the mouth or ‘oral sex’. But because nothing is mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah, the scholars have not said it is absolutely forbidden or ‘haraam’… The most they have said is that one should fear Allah and stay away from this act as it is considered impure, unclean and unhealthy and thus closer to the forbidden than to the lawful.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.267 Narrated by An Numan bin Bashir

The Prophet (saws) said "Both, ‘halaal’ (lawful) and ‘haraam’ (forbidden) things are obvious, and in between them are (suspicious) doubtful matters. So whoever forsakes those doubtful things lest he may commit a sin, will definitely avoid what is clearly illegal; and whoever indulges in these (suspicious) doubtful things bravely, is likely to commit what is clearly forbidden.’


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Your Brother in Islam,





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