Temporary Marriages for Sex in Islam

Sex outside of marriage is a no-no in Islam. So many think of resorting to “temporary marriages” when the urge gets to be a little too strong. Karaz’s Yousef refers to a fatwa on the matter of temporary marriages for the sake of sexual gratification. 

Many young Muslims these days are either unable to get married or just can’t find the one. Unfortunately, with all the media and cultural inclinations regarding sex these days…it makes it hard to stay celibate without feeling any frustration. And since sex outside of marriage is forbidden, many Muslims try to see if they can bypass the system by contracting temporary marriages.

Senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Sheikh Ahmad Kutty replied on the matter stating:

“Temporary marriage or marriage for convenience is not permissible in Islam. Marriage can only be contracted with the intention of forging a permanent union. Allah calls it a solemn contract, and like all contracts, Muslims are bound by them and are expected to keep them as a basic act of faith. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Of all terms of contract we enter into, there is nothing more worthy of strict observance like those of marriage!” Moreover, marriage in Islam is a noble institution with high noble purposes such as achieving tranquility and peace through a successful union, partnership and companionship, commitment in shouldering the responsibilities of life, and rearing and nurturing of children. It is for this reason that Islam insists that we look for compatibility in spiritual and moral values as the supreme criterion in selecting a marriage partner.

Based on the above considerations, we are not allowed to resort to marriage simply for the purpose of sexual gratification. So you are not allowed to embark on marriage while you have the intention of terminating the marriage once you have finished your studies.

The only option left for you, therefore, is to seriously consider marrying her if she is of a reliable and trustworthy character. Otherwise, seek other healthy ways of sublimation by taking your mind away from lustful thoughts and practicing the discipline of fasting. For the Prophet said, “Fasting helps to curb one’s desires!”

Finally, never fail to call upon the Lord to guide you to the right decision and strengthen you in your resolve to remain chaste, steadfast, and protected. Ameen.

Excerpted, with modifications from www.muslims.ca

This article expresses the opinion of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Karaz