Getting a Massage from Member of Opposite Gender

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: What does Islam say about getting massage? I am a guy, will it be sinful to get massage from a lady?


Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and states.

It is permissible to get a massage, but sinful to allow a member of the opposite gender to touch you. A man may get a massage only from a man, and a woman only from a woman. Moreover, one may not reveal one’s nakedness (`awra) for the sake of the massage.

For details of a man’s nakedness in front of others, please see:

What is Considered Nakedness for Men?

For details of a woman’s nakedness in front of other women or men, please see:

Going to the Salon for Hair Removal

For a comprehensive and detailed explanation of nakedness (`awra), please see:

A Detailed Exposition of the Fiqh of Covering One’s Nakedness

And Allah knows best.

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani