What Is Permissible Between Spouses When The Wife Is On Her Periods

It is allowed for him to enjoy pleasure with his wife in any way except for her private parts when she is on her period. There are several ahaadeeth about this:

1) The Prophet (saw) said, “… and do everything except for intercourse itself.” [Muslim, Aboo Daawood & Aboo ‘Auwaana]

2) On the authority of ‘Aa’ishah (ra) who said, “When we were on our periods, the Prophet (saw) used to order us to put on a waist cloth and that her husband can then lie with her.

One time she said, “… her husband can then fondle and caress her.” [Bukhaaree, Muslim & others]

3) On the authority of one of the wives of the Prophet (saw) who said, “When the Prophet (saw) wanted something from one of his wives who was on her period, he put a cloth over her private parts, and then did whatever he wanted.” [Aboo Daawood, Saheeh]

[Taken from “The Etiquettes Of Marriage” by Shaykh Al-Albaanee, p.23]

Likewise Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“As for enjoying (one’s wife) without reaching the vagina (during menses), in between the buttocks, or enjoying the whole body – there is nothing wrong in that.” [Al-Umm, 5/137]


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