Practicing coitus interruptus without wife’s permission
Fatwa No: 100635

Question

Assalam alaykum, You say in some fatwas on your website that azl (ciotus interruptus) could be practiced only with the permission of the wife. I heard from a sheikh that it is not true, since there is no evidence in the sunnah for it and that is only ijtihad. The hadith simply states that the sahaba used to practice azl during the time of the Prophet sas, and he did not object. So that sheikh claims that a husband only should decide when to have children from a wife, not the wife, and that husband can practice azl without wife`s permission. Can you, please, bring me proofs against his claim? Jazakallahu kheiran, wa alaykum asalam

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

There is a narration about the dislikeability of practising coitus interruptus with one’s wife except with her permission; this is narrated by 'Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him and reported by Imaam Ahmad  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him.

This is also supported by logic and sound reasoning, because a woman is harmed by coitus interruptus, as she is prevented from fully enjoying her husband and prevented from having children whereas she has the right in having children; and the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: There should be no harm and no reciprocal harm. [Ahmad and Ibn Maajah] this is why it is correct to say that her permission should be sought in this regard.

In addition to this, coitus interruptus without her permission contradicts the Commandment of Allaah in treating wives kindly. Allaah Says (what means): {And live with them in kindness.}[Quran 4:19]

Allaah Knows best.

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