The Lawfulness of Coitus Interruptus

(in the pure Tradition of the Prophet pbuh)

(Withdrawl of the penis from the vagina at the time of ejaculation with the purpose of avoiding impregnation. This can be done only with the permission of one’s wife).

It is allowed for a Muslim man to practise coitus interrupts with his wife. There are several hadith about this:

First: On the authority of Jaabir (rad) who said: “We were practising coitus interruptus, and the Qur’an was being revealed.” [al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]. In another version, he said: “We used to practise coitus interruptus in the lifetime of the Prophet (pbuh). This reached the Prophet (pbuh), and he did not prohibit us from doing it.” [Muslim, an-Nasaa’ee and at-Tirmidhee].

Second: On the authority of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudhriy (rad), who said: “A man came to the Prophet (pbuh) and said: “I have a young girl (right-hand possession), and I practise coitus interruptus with her. I want that which men want, but the Jews claim that coitus interruptus is minor infanticide.” The Prophet (pbuh) said: “The Jews have lied, the Jews have lied. If Allaah wished to create a child, you would not be able to prevent it.” [An-Naasaa’ee in al-‘Ishrah: Abu Dawood and others: Saheeh].

Third: On the authority of Jaabir (rad), a man came to the Prophet (pbuh) and said: “I have a slave girl who serves us and waters our date trees. Sometimes I go to her, but I dislike that she should become pregnant by me”. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “use coitus interruptus if you like, but whatever has been ordained for her will come.” After some time, the man again came to the Prophet (pbuh) and said: “She has become pregnant!” The Prophet (pbuh) told him: “I told you that whatever has been ordained for her will come.” [Muslim, Abu Dawood and others].

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