Difficult to Consummate Marriage


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Name of Questioner

Mallie   - Malaysia


Difficult to Consummate Marriage


As-salamu `alaykum.

First, I would like to thank you for your good work,al-hamdu lillah. To tell you the truth, I have been trying for few weeks to send my question. I hope more and more questions are entertained in the future, in sha’ Allah.

I got married two and a half months back but still have not consummated the marriage although we have been trying and trying since our first night. The problem is that when my husband tries to enter, after a few tries, he loses the erection, cannot enter, and ends up ejaculating. He does two hours of foreplay where I usually lose interest by then as he massages me and I also massage his private part for a long time because he insists on that. Is it a big problem?

Please also give us special tips and advice for our married life, as we have no other source to go to; both of us are very shy. If this questions sounds too graphic to be posted on the net, please forgive us.

Name of Counsellor

Abdullah Abdur Rahman


Sexual relations between spouses


As-salamu `alaykum.

Thank you so much for reaching out to us. We appreciate your kind words regarding the cyber counselor service of IslamOnline. You will be happy to know that we are now celebrating four years of offering people like yourselves sound advice rooted in Islamic teachings! Make du`aa’ that we can continue to help, especially those people like yourself who feel that they have an issue that they are too shy to discuss with anyone else. We are here for you.

First, we want to reassure you that perfect first nights for newlyweds are rare, and that you should not feel any stress because you have not yet consummated your marriage. Entertainment sources paint a rosy picture of the first night as being something memorable, and we agree it should be memorable. However, there is generally too much emphasis on the first night as also being the most perfect night of sexual intimacy. That we cannot agree with because, according to Islamic teachings, newlyweds should not have any previous intimate interaction, and therefore, cannot be expected to know immediately how to bring each other to sexual satisfaction. You should not be stressed because,in sha’ Allah, you have your whole life ahead of you to figure out what pleases both of you.

Second, remember that sexual relations need not be awkward and shameful. Al-hamdu lillah, it is by the mercy of Allah Most High that we human beings have been granted the ability to enjoy uninhibited sexual intimacy with our spouses in line with Islamic teachings. Muslims are socialized sometimes to believe that it is not appropriate to speak aloud about one’s sexual desires. Yes, we agree that, other than with one’s spouse, it is very much against Islamic teachings to speak aloud or via e-mail or text message or chat rooms about one’s sexual desires. However, the ability of each spouse to share with the other his or her desires is the essential criterion in making sexual relations less awkward and shameful. One need not speak in a loud voice, and in fact, a whisper in the spouse’s ear is more desirable. There is no shame in one spouse whispering to the other what stimulates him or her. It is possible that each spouse can instinctively know what the other desires, but you shouldn’t leave it up to chance that you, somehow, will just know what excites your husband. Talk to each and other and guide each other with whispers and gentle leading.

Third, you should understand that there are many variables involved in becoming excited and reaching a climax. The real challenge is to be patient and playful with one another as you attempt to figure out what those variables are for each of you. The most important thing about sexual relations is that you should both enjoy yourselves, even if you are not able to do everything that you want to do during that session.

Remember that both of you must be well rested and relaxed to be able to enjoy being intimate with each other. We suggest that on a weekend night, like a Friday night or Saturday night, both of you should eat a nice dinner together and go to sleep. Before you sleep, set the alarm for half an hour before the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer time starts. Allow yourselves at least six or seven hours of sound sleep, so do not delay going to sleep that night. When you wake up half an hour before dawn, both of you should make wudu’ (ablutions) and your husband should lead you in Tahajjud Prayers (optional late night Prayers). This is the voluntary Prayer for which there is great reward,in sha’ Allah. You should make du`aa’ to Allah to guide you both and to bless your marriage. Once the time for the Fajr Prayer arrives, pray together and make du`aa’ to Allah to bless your marriage. After Prayer, spend the rest of the morning hours being playful and intimate. Remember, There is a du`aa’ that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us to say during these intimate moments.

    Bismillaahi Allaahumma jannibna-sh-shaytana wa jannibi-sh-shaytana maa razaqtana.

    In the name of Allah. O Allah, protect us both from (the mischief of) Satan and keep Satan away from the children You grant us. (Al-Bukhari)

Say the du`aa’ together. Remember to talk to one another, rest as you need to, and resume your intimacy. Do not rush each other and definitely do not be stressed. If not this time, surely by next time you will become more familiar with each other, in sha’ Allah.

Finally, we thank you for writing to us. We realize that you are troubled about not having consummated your marriage yet. Be patient and make du`aa’ to Allah. Remember also to enjoy each other’s shyness during these moments of your newlywed days and months, they will become treasured memories for both of you! In sha’ Allah, both you and your husband will have an enjoyable marital relationship soon!

Allah knows best.

For further guidance please refer to the following links:

Intimate relations being affected because I am unsure if I should fake my climax

Differences in moods puts strain on otherwise perfect marriage


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