Canadian Imam explains Islamic ruling on oral sex

Canadian Imam explains Islamic ruling on oral sex

Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt, Toronto based scholar, teacher and Imam and a member of the Canadian Council of Imams, says oral sex is prohibited in Islam if sexual fluids entered into the mouth and or swallowed.

Answering the question “Is oral sex allowed in Islam? Can a woman or man kiss or suck each other’s private parts?” Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt wrote:

Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ Thank you for your question.

Oral sex refers to sexual contact between the mouth and the genitals or anus.

If oral sex (performed by a husband and wife) entails sexual fluids, discharge and impurities to be released, entered into the mouth and or swallowed (which is more than likely to occur), then it is prohibited and impermissible. This is the ruling that all mainstream Islamic jurists agree to, even in the case where one is unsure, however there is a likelihood of such fluids to be entered in to the mouth.

Islam is a religion that demands purity and cleanliness in all aspects of life.

If one engages in oral sex in such a way wherein there is no sexual fluids and impurities on the tongue or in the mouth, then it would be considered mukrūh (disliked). (See Fātāwā al Hindīyyah)

And Allāh Knows Best

Another fatwa (Islamic ruling) on islamweb.net provides more background information about the position of Islam on oral sex:

As for what you mentioned, i.e. sucking, licking or oral sex, there is no clear evidence from the Quran or the Sunnah concerning them. The scholars differed on this matter. Some believe that it is forbidden, others believe that it is lawful. However, Allah Says (what means): {Your wives are a place of cultivation [i.e. sowing of seed] for you, so come to your place of cultivation however you wish.} [Quran 2:222]. This means in any manner that suits you both but in the place of the cultivation which is the vagina. It does not mean anywhere and anyhow. There is a trace from the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) 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 Says (what means): {Truly Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and those who purify themselves.} [Quran 2:222]. 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 has created us with. Moreover, a tongue that supplicates Allah and recites the Quran should not get in touch with those parts of the body which are a source of some impurity. Indeed what Allah has made lawful for us is enough for any normal person.

Islamic Halal slaughter explained by Vancouver Imam

Islamic Halal slaughter explained by Vancouver Imam

Toronto local news website blogto.com reported on an act of vandalism targeting Chin Chin Side Street Kitchen, a fully Halal restaurant, which is a Muslim-owned restaurant and the majority of employees working there are Muslim as well. According to BlogTo’s report, on December 24, 2019 “Chin Chin staff arrived at work to find a rock thrown through the store’s window facing Spadina Avenue.” The report implied that the act of vandalism might have been initiated by people who oppose the Halal (Islamic) slaughter.

What is Halal (Islamic) slaughter?

Mufti Aasim Rashid, a senior Imam and scholar in Vancouver, British Columbia, explains the proper method of the Muslim Halal slaughter. Here are excerpts from Aasim Rashid’s instructions published by the British Columbia Muslim Association:

The animal should not be treated roughly while bringing it to the place of slaughter. The knife used for slaughtering should be very sharp… The animal must be slaughtered at the throat. The slaughterer should slice four vessels: the two jugular veins (on either side of the throat), the windpipe (at the front of the throat) and the gullet (the esophagus). Slaughtering all four will render the slaughter complete and perfect. The act of slicing the throat should be performed speedily and without pausing.

According to Mufti Aasim Rashid, the proper method of Muslim Halal slaughter is designed to minimize the suffering of the animal by avoiding treating it roughly on its way to the slaughterhouse, using a very sharp knife and slicing the animal throat speedily and without pausing, like a sawing motion.

The name of Allah must be invoked at the time of slaughtering by saying: Bismillah Allahu Akbar. (In the Name of Allah; Allah is the Greatest.) If the name of Allah is not mentioned, then the meat becomes Haram “unlawful.”

How is Muslim Halal slaughter practised in Canada?

A video posted by Jubaer Ahmed Prodhan on September 12, 2016 documented the Halal slaughter during Eid Al-Adha, Festival of Sacrifice. Jubaer Ahmed Prodhan confirmed that the qurbani (sacrifice) ritual took place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in September 2016: “a farmer field where he sells qurbani (sacrifice) animals and have place to make qurbani (sacrifice) there.”

Diane Bederman described the Muslim Halal slaughter performed in the video:

This Halal sacrifice took place on a sunny day in an open yard. Five slaughtered sheep are lying motionless on the ground, soaked with their blood. Open to flies. Three men, wearing their everyday clothing; jeans and sweatshirts, are busy skinning and dismembering the sheep. Two other men are seen dragging a sheep to the slaughter. And yes, this live animal smells the blood and feels fear. So this animal is resisting participating in its death. With the help of two other people the sheep is prepared for sacrifice. Two are holding tightly to its front and back legs. A third is pressing its body to the ground close to a fresh pool of blood while the fourth is wielding a knife above the sheep’s head. Both of his hands are heavily stained with blood. He pulls the neck of the sheep to the side creating an arch that exposes its throat. His knee is pressing hard against the sheep’s head to hold it to the ground, not allowing any movement. Then he starts cutting its throat in a back and forth motion. (Note the small size of the knife being used to cut the throat of this animal).