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Posted 06 September 2011 - 03:22 PM

what if husband accidently tastes your breastmilk?is it allowed?

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:48 PM

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 07:14 PM

Subject: husband to suck wife's breast

Question
Is it permissible in Islam for a husband to suck wife's breast and drink the milk?

Answer
Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

Dear Questioner,

Most of scholars are of the opnion that it's permissble. see here the verdict given a group of muftis od Islamonline.net

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.


All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Dear brother in Islam, thank you very much for having confidence in us and we hope our efforts which are purely for Allah’s sake, meet your expectations.

As for sucking one's wife breast, you should know that this issue is controversial. Some scholars say that if a husband sucks his wife’s breast several times in a way that he gets satisfied and the milk reaches his stomach, his wife will be forbidden for him. But, the majority of scholars view that the sucking that makes a woman unlawful to one is that which is given only within the first two years of his life.

The well-known Muslim scholar, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, states:

“During the life-time of the Prophet’s Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all) it happened that one of the Companions was making love with his wife, and in the course of love-making he (the Companion) sucked her breasts to the extent that some of the milk reached his stomach. Following that, the Companion went to Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (may Allah be pleased with him) and asked him about the ruling. Replying the man, Abu-Musa Al-Ash`ari said that the man’s wife had become forbidden for him. (i.e., like his mother)

After that, the man went to ask `Abdullah Ibn Mas`ud (may Allah be pleased with him) about the same ruling and Ibn Mas`ud stated that there was nothing wrong with what happened. Ibn Mas`ud backed his argument by citing the Prophetic hadith, which clearly states that suckling is confined only to the two earlier years of a child. Ibn Mas`ud cited this Qur’anic verse: 'Mothers shall suckle their children for two whole years; (that is) for those who wish to complete the suckling…' (Al-Baqarah: 233)

The apparent meaning of the aforementioned verse is that the suckling, which may act as a cause of prohibition, is confined to the suckling during the first two years. After the elapse of the first two years, suckling is no longer a cause of prohibition.
Hearing the above argument, Abu-Musa Al-Ash`ari (may Allah be pleased with him) said: 'Do not ask me while this erudite scholar is there to guide you.

In conclusion, sucking the wife's breast, as far as Islam is concerned, does not render her unlawful for the husband."

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, adds:

"The wife's breast milk is intended for the baby, and not for the husband to consume. Although the husband is allowed to suck on it gently, he is not allowed to draw the milk in. According to some scholars, if he were to do so it would endanger the marriage relationship — if done five times. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, 'Avoid that which is doubtful', for, 'thereby one keeps his honor and religion intact.'

It is, therefore, important for the husband to refrain from such actions for we should do what is most pious and therefore safest." (Source: www.muslims.ca)

May Allah guide you to the straight path and direct you to that which pleases Him, Amen.

It is indeed permissible in Shariah for an infant to drink the milk of any woman; and the suck of an infant will develop a lasting foster and ‘mehram’ relationship with that woman.



Al-Muwatta Hadith 30.4

Yahya related from Malik from Thawr ibn Zayd ad-Dili that Abdullah ibn Abbas (r.a.) said, "The milk which a child under two years old sucks, even if it is only one suck, makes the foster relatives ‘haram’ (sacred)."





If the husband happens to taste the milk from his wife’s breast accidentally or voluntary, there is absolutely no harm and does not effect their ‘nikaah’ or marital relationship in the least.



Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.815 Narrated by Aisha

Once the Prophet (saws) came to me while a man was in my house. He (saws) said, "O 'Aisha! Who is this (man)?" I replied, "My foster brother." He (saws) said, "O 'Aisha! Be sure about your foster brothers, as fostership is only valid if it takes place in the suckling period (before two years of age)."

In light of the above clear guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws), the consumption of a women’s milk will only bring into effect foster-relationships if the suckling baby is in the suckling period, which is unanimously accepted in Islam as being under two years of age. Thus the majority of the good scholars in Islam are of the opinion that if an adult accidentally happens to taste the milk of a woman, it does not develop a foster or ‘mehram’ relationship with that woman.

Allahu Alim




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