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Are Condoms Allowed in Islam?

24 May, 2023
Q As-salamu `alaykum. Can Muslim couples use condom to postpone pregnancy?


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.

In this fatwa:

Procreation is very important in Islam. So, it is not preferable for Muslim couples to use condoms. However, it is allowed to use it in case of necessity.

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In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

Procreation is one of the most important objectives of marriage in Islam. So it is not good for married couples to shun it altogether.

However, if they wish to postpone conception temporarily for valid reasons, they are allowed to do that, as long as they do so consensually by using safe methods.

As for what constitutes a safe method, you are advised to consult a specialist.

Almighty Allah knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.