Is It Allowed to Be Completely Naked During Intercourse?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalamu alaykum

Is it allowed to be completely naked during intercourse? If it is allowed then do you need to have a blanket?

Answer:  Walaikum assalam,

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah.

Yes, it is permitted for husband and wife to be completely naked during intercourse, as there is nothing prohibiting this.

Rather, the permission of uncovering in front of one’s spouse is understood from the teachings of the Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk). He said, for example, “Cover your nakedness, except from your spouse…” [Tirmidhi, Ibn Maja; sound (hasan)]

However, despite the permissibility (without dislike) it is considered from superior manners, to generally cover one’s nakedness—even during intercourse. In the same hadith above, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) reminded the Companions that, “Allah is more deserving of one’s shyness than people are.”

[Nahlawi, al-Durar al-Mubaha fi’l Hadhr wa’l Ibaha; Khadimi/Birgivi, al-Bariqa al-Mahmudiyya Sharh al-Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya; Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

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[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a scholar and researcher of Islamic law and Executive Director of SeekersHub Global After ten years overseas, Shaykh Faraz returned to Canada in the Summer of 2007. In May 2008 he founded SeekersHub Global to deal with the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge—both online and on the ground—in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He has been repeatedly listed as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims (The Muslim500).