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What Islam says about having a healthy Muslim sex life

We take a look at how sex is perceived and the Islamic guidelines for sexual intercourse.

This is due to the fact that it is considered a private matter between husband and wife inIslam.

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Still, the religion does offer guidelines as seen in various hadiths (sayings of the Holy Prophet, Muhammad PBUH).

Here is what Islam says about having a healthy Muslim sex life:

Sex is enjoyable

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Allah in the Quran (3:14) says: “To mankind has been made to seem decorous the love of (worldly) desires, including women and children.”

A hadith from the Holy Prophet adds, “In your world, women and perfume have been made dear to me.”

Foreplay is encouraged

A tradition from Ali ibn Abu Talib states, “When any of you wants to sleep with his wife, he must not rush her for indeed women have needs too.”

The Prophet Muhammad adds, “Do not engage in sexual intercourse with your wife like hens; rather, firstly engage in foreplay with your wife and flirt with her and then make love to her.”

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The Prophet goes on to say, “Three people are cruel: …a person who has sex with his wife before foreplay.”

Couples are advised not to share intimate details

One hadith says that the Prophet asked, “Would any man say what he did with his wife? Would any woman tell others what she did with her husband?”

“Do not do that. It is like a male devil meeting a female devil in the road and having intercourse with her whilst the people are watching,” he replied.

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Couples are encouraged to use oils to boost their sex drive

Ali ibn Abu Talib stated: “To anoint the body with massage oil softens the skin, improves the mood, makes the flowing of water and fluids in the body easy, eliminates roughness, ruggedness, bad health and tightness of earning and brings light to the face.”

A teaching from Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq adds, “Consuming olive oil increases the sperm and sexual capability.”

Other sexual etiquettes include not making love when standing, without a covering, and when someone else is in the house.

Sex in public or in front of children, during a woman’s period, when fasting and when in Ihraam (a ritual done during the pilgrimage to Makkah) is also forbidden.

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