Is it allowed to swallow the sperm (ejaculate)?
Assalamu ‘alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu
When I was having sex with my wife, she swallowed the ejaculate I produced. What is the ruling for this act in Islam?
Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu.
Wa’alaikumsalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu
According to the strongest opinion, it is not allowed to swallow or consume ejaculate due to several reasons below:
First: It is possible that during the act some impure materials such as madzi, wadi, or urine were also swallowed.
Second: Ejaculate is considered as a disgusting material (mustakhbats) thus even the scholars who stated that ejaculate is something pure argued that it is not allowed to swallow it, based on Allah’s decree:
وَيُحَرِّمُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْخَبَائِثَ .الأعراف:157
“..and he (the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him-) prohibits all corrupt things..” (Qs. Al-A’raaf/The Height: 157)
An Nawawy -may Allah have mercy on him- said,
هل يحل أكل المني الطاهر؟ فيه وجهان: الصحيح المشهور أنه لا يحل لأنه مستخبث
“Is it allowed to swallow the pure ejaculate? There are two opinions (regarding this matter), and the correct and popular one is that it is not allowed because it is disgusting (mustakhbats). ” ( See: Al-Majmu’ 2/575)
Third: Some of the health experts stated that from the medical view, if this act was done repeatedly, it would cause harm since the living ejaculate could injure the stomach wall thus resulted in stomach bleeding.
And Allah knows best.
Answered by: Ustadz Abdullah Roy, MA