Does Islam allow ‘thighing’ (mufakhathat) young girls?

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

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.