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Fantasizing about the Opposite Sex

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadha Shaista Maqbool

Question

I am a Muslim girl who would like to know if it is allowed according to the Hanafi school to daydream/fantasize about a boy you like.

Answer

No, it is not permissible to think daydream, or fantasize about anything unlawful. Just as physical acts are to be accounted for, so is the mind, such that it isn’t permissible to backbite another in one’s heart.

Furthermore, these types of fantasies may stir/instigate one to do unlawful acts, and therefore, the Law prohibits the instigator along with the prohibited act.

Related: 
Are Sinful Thoughts Considered Sinful?
Are We Held Accountable for Mere Thoughts of Sinning if We Don’t Act on Our Thoughts?

wasalaam,
[Ustadha] Shaista Maqbool
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani