Category: Character & Morals
Fatwa#: 11213
Asked Country: United States

Answered Date: Apr 22,2004

Title: Sex Toys – please clarify...Is the use of sex toys valid because the phrase “or those whom their right hand possess” applies to it, as that toy is bought and completely in possession ?

Question

I recently read at your site that use of sex toys is permissible and was a bit surprised to know the answer. Please clarify the permissibility in the following situations · The toys are generally in the form of male and female genital organs . Is it permissible for a man to use such a toy and vice versa for a woman. · Is the use permissible only when the couple is together or a man or woman can individually use it when they are alone? Is this not masturbation ? I have a feeling that most people will read your fatwa and use it in this sense. · I would have expected that sex toys are forbidden . Why are they allowed ? In the following ayat : ?The Believers are those who abstain from sex except with those joined to them in marriage bond, or those whom their right hand possess for (in their case) they are free from blame, but those who crave something beyond that are transgressors?. Is the use of sex toys valid because the phrase ?or those whom their right hand possess? applies to it, as that toy is bought and completely in possession ? Shouldn?t the phrase ?but those who crave something beyond that are transgressors? apply to the use of sex toys as it does to masturbation and qualify sex toys as haraam ?

Answer

It+seems+that+you+didn%27t+properly+read+our+answer+on+the+topic.+We+have+reproduced+it+below+for+your+benefit.%0D%0A%0D%0AIt+clearly+shows+that+only+such+toys+can+be+used+that+are+not+inserted+in+the+private+parts+%28thus+ruling+out+vibrators+etc%29+and+it+also+states+that+such+aids+can+be+used+to+complement+and+enhance+the+act+of+intercourse+and+not+to+substitute+it%2C+thus+it+would+not+be+permissible+for+a+man+to+use+an+artificial+vagina+to+masturbate+himself.%0D%0A%0D%0AIt+also+clearly+mentions+that+they+can+only+be+used+in+foreplay%2C+thus+a+person+cannot+use+it+on+his%2Fher+own+self%2C+but+rather+it+is+an+aid+used+by+one+partner+to+arouse+another.+Masturbation+is+not+permissible%2C+unless+performed+by+the+spouse.+These+toys+will+not+fall+under+the+ayah+quoted+by+you+as+they+are+not+being+used+to+satisfy+ones+self%2C+but+rather+to+arouse+ones+partner.+It+could+be+equated+to+uses+ones+hand+to+arouse+ones+partner.%0D%0A%0D%0AWe+hope+that+this+has+clarified+your+doubts.%0D%0A%0D%0AHere+is+a+reproduction+of+our+answer%3A%0D%0A%0D%0ABefore+answering+the+question%2C+the+following+principles+should+be+borne+in+mind%3A%0D%0A%0D%0A1.+Nabi+%28Sallallaahu+Alayhi+Wasallam%29+has+mentioned%2C+%27Modesty+is+part+of+Imaan+%28faith%29.%27+It+is+thus+necessary+to+behave+in+a+modest+manner+at+all+times+and+not+adopt+immoral+traits+and+habits.%0D%0A%0D%0A2.+Sexual+intercourse+had+many+different+dimensions+to+it+viz.+Fulfilment+of+a+human+need%2C+Fulfilment+of+desires%2C+fun%2C+Increasing+the+Human+race+and+more+especially+increasing+the+Ummah+of+Sayyiduna+Muhammad+%28Saw%29%2C+however+in+addition+to+all+these%2C+another+salient+feature+of+intercourse+in+the+eyes+of+Shariah+is+that+it+is+an+ibadah+%28An+act+of+worship%29.+Thus+when+engaging+in+this+act%2C+one+should+be+conscious+of+Allah+Taala+and+not+adopt+the+reckless+abandon+so+common+amongst+the+Kuffar+of+these+times.%0D%0A%0D%0A3.+The+tool+of+intercourse+is+the+private+part+of+the+Man%2C+thus+usage+of+any+%22aids%22+can+only+be+to+complement+this+tool+and+not+to+substitute+it.%0D%0A%0D%0A4.+One+should+at+all+times+stay+far+from+such+situations+and+places%2C+which+if+he+is+seen+in%2C+could+lead+to+others+entertaining+evil+thoughts+and+suspicions+about+him%2C+even+though+he+was+going+there+for+a+permissible+reason.%0D%0A%0D%0ARegarding+the+use+of+Sex+toys%2C+their+use+is+permissible+with+the+following+conditions%3A%0D%0A%0D%0A1.+It+should+not+cause+any+internal+or+external-harm+to+the+body+%0D%0A2.+It+should+not+contain+any+haraam+ingredients%2C%0D%0A3.+It+should+not+be+inserted+into+the+inner-private+part+of+the+women%2C+rather+such+toys+should+be+used+that+stimulate+the+outer+private+parts%2C+such+as+the+clitoris.%0D%0A4.+It+should+only+be+used+in+foreplay+and+in+order+to+enhance+the+act+of+intercourse%2C+not+to+substitute+it.%0D%0A5.+It+should+not+be+used+so+often+that+it+becomes+an+integral+part+of+the+intercourse%2C+so+much+so+that+the+spouse+then+cannot+gain+sexual+gratification+without+it.%0D%0A6.+One+should+also+ensure+that+he+does+not+commit+any+Haraam+act+when+acquiring+these+toys+nor+should+he+go+to+any+places+of+Haraam%2C+such+as+adult+gift+shops.+Even+though+one+will+be+going+for+a+valid+reason%2C+he+is+sure+to+look+at+Haraam+pictures+and+others+who+see+him+enter+will+probably+entertain+evil+thoughts+about+him.+A+possible+alternative+would+be+to+purchase+it+over+the+Internet.+%0D%0A%0D%0ALooking+at+Haram+pictures+can+be+easily+avoided+by+switching+off+the+display+of+pictures+on+ones+browser.%0D%0A%0D%0Aand+Allah+Ta%27ala+Knows+Best%0D%0A%0D%0AMufti+Ebrahim+Desai

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