Oral Sex

Is Oral Sex permissible in Islam?

The husband and the wife, both of them can enjoy each other’s body.

Allah (سبحانهُ وتعالى) says:

“They (your wives) are body cover for you and you are the same for them.”  [1]

 Allah (سبحانهُ وتعالى) also says:

“Your wives are a tilth for you so go to your tilth when and how you will.” [2]

However, one should put the following two conditions into consideration:

First, he should avoid what is made unlawful by the Islamic law:

  1. Making love with the wife in her anus which is a major sin and a sort of homosexuality.
  2. Making love with your wife in her vagina but during her menstruation period, because Allah (سبحانهُ وتعالى) says:

“Keep away from women during menses and go not unto them till they have purified”[3]

What is meant here is having sex with them. The same rule is true for the confinement period till the blood stops and the woman takes a bath. Second, one should make sure that the manner in which he makes sex is conform to the Islamic ethics, which are the best morals.

As for what you mentioned, i.e. sucking, licking or oral sex, there is no clear evidence from the Qur'an or Hadith concerning them. The scholars of Islam differed on this matter. Some believe that it is forbidden, others believe that it is lawful.

Allah (سبحانهُ وتعالى) says:

“Your wives are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth when or how you will.” [4]

This means in any manner that suits you both but in the place of the tilth which is the vagina. It does not mean anywhere and anyhow. There is a trace from the Prophet (ﷺ) and his companions that backs up this view. One should be cautious not to swallow some dirtiness, as the man might ejaculate in his wife’s mouth.

 Allah (سبحانهُ وتعالى) says:

 “Truly Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and those who purify themselves.” [5]     

This means those who keep themselves above the dirty and the filthy things, which are the cause of forbidding the menstruation period and any part which is not the vagina. This kind of pleasure is far from the natural dispositions that Allah (سبحانهُ وتعالى) has created us with. Moreover, a tongue that supplicates Allah (سبحانهُ وتعالى) and reads the Qur'an should not also get in touch with those parts of the body which are a source of some impurity. And indeed what Allah (سبحانهُ وتعالى) has made lawful for us is enough for any normal person.

Further, Oral sex has medical risks and it has been linked to throat cancers, and cancer in the genitalia. [6]


[1] [Noble Qur’an 1:186]

[2] [Noble Qur’an 2:223]

[3] [Noble Qur’an 2:222]

[4] [Noble Qur’an 2:222]

[5] [Noble Qur’an 2:222]

[6] [The Guardian, 2013]

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