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Are Sex Toys Haram?

26 June, 2024
Q I would like to ask whether or not it is permissible for a woman to use sex toys, i.e., vibrators, when her husband cannot satisfy her?


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:

Responding to your question, Sheikh Muhammad Al-Mukhtar Ash-Shinqiti, Professor of Political Ethics and Religions History at Qatar University, states:

The  Qur’anic verse states that “Whoever seeks satisfaction beyond marriage is among the transgressors.” (Al-Mu’minum 23:7)

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We should earnestly try to stay within the boundaries of marriage. If the husband cannot satisfy his wife, then both of them should seek medical treatment because there might be a certain reason that can be treated.

After doing this, if the problem persists, and there is a necessity to resort to these sex toys to seek sexual gratification, then the husband can use those tools to satisfy his wife. The reason for doing this is to keep sexual gratification within the boundaries of the husband-wife relation.

Almighty Allah knows best.

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