Phone or Cyber Sex Does Not Make Marriage Forbidden
Fatwa No: 386953

  • Fatwa Date:25-11-2018 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 17, 1440
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Assalamulykum..i want to know if a couple were involved in kissing hugging and phone and cyber sex...but in real they didn't had any sexual intercourse..rather they used to to phone or cyber sex ..The couple is married now.but they didn't repent before their marriage. Is their marriage is valid? Do they have to make a new contract..again? As i heard that it isn't permissible to marry a zaani until they repent. Will be grateful if you ans this.


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

What this couple did before their marriage is an abominable act and it is called Zina (fornication or adultery) figuratively because it is a means that leads to Zina.

Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "The child of Aadam has to have his share of Zina (adultery or fornication) no matter how well he/she endeavors to avoid it. The Zina of the eyes is by gazing, the Zina of the ears is by listening, the Zina of the tongue is by talking, the Zina of the hands is by touching, the Zina of the foot is by walking [to forbidden places], and the heart desires and wishes. Then, the private parts either submit to this or deny it." [Muslim]

An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said (while commenting on this Hadeeth) in Sharh Muslim:

"All these are types of figurative Zina." [End of quote]

It is obligatory to repent from this. However, this does not have any effect on the validity of marriage. The Zina that is meant in regard to the ruling of marrying a woman who has committed Zina, is the real Zina that necessitates the Hadd (i.e. the corporal punishment determined by the Islamic Law), which is having sexual intercourse with a non-Mahram woman.

The marriage is valid if its conditions are fulfilled, the most important of which are the (presence and consent of the) guardian and presence of two witnesses. It is not obligatory to renew the contract.

Allah knows best.

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