Does Islam allow “thighing” (mufakhathat) young girls?

December 20, 2013

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By Abu Amina Elias for FaithinAllah.org

Question:

An internet rumor claims Islam allows Muslims to rub the thighs of children for sexual pleasure. Is it true?

Answer:

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Islam does not allow any sexual contact between a man and woman unless they are legally married and in the age of adulthood.

Hasan Al-Basiri was asked if it was permissible for a husband to touch his wife while she is menstruating and he said:

لَا بَأْسَ إنْ بَلَغَتْ عَلَى بَطْنِهَا وَبَيْنَ فَخِذَيْهَا

There is no harm if she has reached puberty for him to touch her stomach or her thighs.

Source: Musnaf Ibn Abu Shaybah 3/366

This statement demonstrates the basic rule in Islam that it is not permissible for a Muslim to have sexual conduct with a child. Sexual conduct with a child is an unlawful form of sex which Allah has condemned.

Allah said:

وَلَا تَقْرَبُوا الزِّنَا ۖ إِنَّهُ كَانَ فَاحِشَةً وَسَاءَ سَبِيلًا

Do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Verily, it is immoral and an evil way.

Surah Al-Isra 17:32

Rather, the Prophet commanded Muslims to be merciful to children and he disavowed himself from anyone who is cruel or abusive to children.

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

مَنْ لَمْ يَرْحَمْ صَغِيرَنَا وَيَعْرِفْ حَقَّ كَبِيرِنَا فَلَيْسَ مِنَّا

He who does not show mercy to our little ones or recognize the rights of our elders is not one of us.

Source: Musnad Ahmad 7033, Grade: Sahih

Likewise, the Prophet instilled within his companions a sense of justice to safeguard the rights of children.

Abdullah ibn Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, said:

كَمَا أَنَّ لِوَالِدِكَ عَلَيْكَ حَقًّا كَذَلِكَ لِوَلَدِكَ عَلَيْكَ حَقٌّ‏

Just as your father has a right upon you, so do your children have a right upon you.

Source: Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 94, Grade: Hasan

Therefore, there is no sanction in Islam for sexual conduct with children.

Success comes from Allah, and Allah knows best.