Roleplaying between spouses to enhance intimacy
Fatwa No: 342961


Assalaamu alaykum. What is the ruling on roleplaying between spouses to enhance one's sex life? Please elaborate.


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

We did not find any statement for scholars about this matter in particular. However, they addressed a similar matter, namely that the husband has intercourse with his wife while imagining another woman. Some Shaafi‘i scholars held that this is forbidden. Al-‘Iraaqi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him wrote, “If a husband has intercourse with his wife while imagining having intercourse with another woman who is unlawful to him, then that is impermissible given its resemblance to adultery, and Allah knows best.” [Tarh At-Tathreeb]

This scholarly view is strong. For more information, please refer to fatwa 32898.

It is better in any case to avoid such practices. There are many means by which the spouses can arouse one another, such as beautification, foreplay, kissing, and the like.

Allah knows best.

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