Is the Purification Bath Required If a Husband Masturbates His Wife?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra

Question

Is it required to do ghusl for the wife if the husband uses his fingers to pleasure her? No actual intercourse took place.

Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

Aside from actual coital intercourse, no other type of stimulation of the inner or outer vagina requires the purificatory bath until and unless it results in an orgasm.  Therefore, if a husband pleasures his wife using his fingers alone, without orgasm resulting, then this will not require the purificatory bath [ghusl]. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

Wassalam,

Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat 

Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1983. His family hails from India, and he was raised in the Hindu tradition. He embraced Islam in 2001 while at the University of Toronto, from where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration. He then traveled overseas in 2005 to study the Arabic language and Islamic sciences in Tarim, Yemen, for some time, as well as Darul Uloom in Trinidad, West Indies. He spent 12 years in Amman, Jordan, where he focused on Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith Sciences, Prophetic Biography, and Islamic Spirituality while also working at the Qasid Arabic Institute as Director of Programs. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies (Alimiyya, Darul Uloom) and authorization in the six authentic books of Hadith and is currently pursuing specialized training in issuing Islamic legal verdicts (ifta’). He holds a certificate in Counselling and often works with new Muslims and those struggling with religious OCD. He is an instructor and researcher in Sacred Law and Theology with the SeekersGuidance The Global Islamic Seminary. Currently, He resides in the Greater Toronto Area with his wife and children. His personal interests include Indian history, comparative religion, English singing, and poetry.