Not Permissible for Two Men or Two Women to Sleep Naked Under One Cover
Fatwa No: 443212

Question

Why is it not permissible for two women or men to sleep under one blanket ?

Answer

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.

Perhaps you are referring to the Hadeeth narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh on the authority of Abu Sa`eed al-Khudri  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “A man should not look at the 'Awrah of another man, and a woman should not look at the 'Awrah of another woman, neither should two men lie naked under one cover, nor should two women lie naked under the same cover.

An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said when explaining this Hadeeth: (As for his  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) saying: “… neither should two men lie naked under one cover…”, as well as a woman with a woman, then this dislikeability means prohibition if there is no barrier between them, and there is evidence that it is forbidden to touch the ‘Awrah of someone else regardless of which part from his body it is, and this is agreed upon.” [End of quote]

The wisdom in that is to block the reason that may lead to falling into immorality. Al-Madhhari  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in al-Mafaateeh fi Sharh al-Masaabeeh: “Meaning: It is not permissible for two men to lie naked under one cover; because if a man’s skin touches the other man’s skin, then it is not safe that their lust will be incited and the appearance of immorality between them; likewise is the case with two women, if the skin of one of them touches the other one’s skin, it is not safe that their lust will be incited and the appearance of immorality between them.” [End of quote]

Allah knows best.

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