Going to a Sex Therapist

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat


Is it haram for a Muslim married couple to seek help from a sex therapist to talk about ways to improve things in the bedroom to (spice things up in the marriage)?
In light of the times we live in where many things around us are very filthy, like content on inappropriate websites, magazines, TV shows, etc. Putting in consideration that this sort of worker (Can’t say definitely) won’t really take religion into consideration, and their advice based on the sexualized society we live in will possibly go against Islamic teachings.
Would it be considered not advisable in Islam to go to these types of workers, advised to seek martial relations elsewhere and go as a last resort?


I pray you are well.

Yes, it is permissible for a married Muslim couple to pursue such guidance if it is needed for their marriage. This should not include viewing any images or videos of anyone’s ‘awra or indecent activities, nor revealing details that either spouse is uncomfortable in sharing.

They should, however, consult scholars or books authored by Muslim scholars on the topic to ascertain which practices are permissible and which are not.

You’ll find this answer, among others in our archives, to be beneficial in knowing the basic guidelines.

May Allah bless you with the best of both worlds.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History, he moved to Damascus in 2007, where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital, and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.