Does Looking at the Body of a Woman Make Her Impermissible?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


Does looking at the body of a girl before marriage make her haram to marry? Can we touch the buttocks of one’s wife and have anal intercourse? 


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

If one looks at the body of a woman before marriage, it will not make her impermissible to marry. However, Islamically, one is only to look at her face and hands, not any other part. See the detailed links below. [Ibn ʿAbidin, Radd al-Muhtar; Pasha, al-Ahwal al-Shakhsiyya]

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “When one of you intends to propose marriage to a woman if he is able to look at that which will induce him to marry her, he should do so.” [Abu Dawud, with a sound chain of narration]

Anal Intercourse

It is impermissible and haram to have anal intercourse with one’s wife. Medically, it is a very risky sexual behavior that can lead to detrimental harm to one’s health.

Allah has Cursed Anal Intercourse

Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “He has been cursed, who goes into his wife from her rear.” [Abu Dawud] 

Many of these abnormal sexual activities are put forth by very spiritually sick and sometimes evil people. Much of these things come from the pornography industry, which is deeply tied to sexual slavery and trafficking.

As much as is possible for us to distance ourselves from such practices and disassociate ourselves from imitating such people – we must.

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I pray this helps with your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.