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Husband kissing wife in public


I am a newly wed, and when I am out with my husband in a public place, he sometimes likes to kiss or touch me, when it is sometimes possible for others to see. Is this permissible, or should I discourage my husband from doing so.


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.

A husband should not kiss his wife when other people can see them, or in a place where it is most likely that other people may see them; because bashfulness in one of the traits of faith, as reported from the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) by Al-Bukhari and Muslim  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them. Therefore, one should observe the Islamic etiquette when enjoying his wife.

Ibn Qudaamah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him [from the Hanbali school of jurisprudence] said: ‘A husband should not have intercourse with his wife when it is possible for someone else to see them or to hear their noise when copulating. Also, he should not kiss her or touch her in front of the people. Imaam Ahmad  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: "For me, it is desirable that he should conceal all of this (i.e. do this in privacy only)."’

Therefore, if a husband tries to kiss his wife in front of the people, she is obliged to advise him and remind him to fear Allaah and to avoid doing so, because this public kissing is the practice of the disbelievers who have no honour nor dignity nor bashfulness.

However, if the married partners are sure that nobody at all could see them, then there is no harm for a husband to kiss his wife.

Allaah Knows best.

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