Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation about “can husband and wife bath together in Islam?”? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you should read it to the end!
Specifically, there are three important points about “can husband and wife bath together in Islam?” which I will explain in this article. The three important things I mean are as follows:
- Husband and Wife Relationship in Islam.
- Can Husband and Wife Bath Together in Islam?
- Is It Sunnah to Bath with Wife?
Husband and Wife Relationship in Islam
The first important point about “can husband and wife bath together in Islam?” what I will explain now is “husband and wife relationship in Islam”. I want you to understand that first before you read more explanations in this article because it is one of the basic discussions in this article that must be understood well.
Islam requires married Muslims to be kind to their spouses. Islam strictly forbids the husband from hurting his wife and the wife from hurting her husband.
We can find this explanation in the following Quranic verse:
يٰٓاَيُّهَا الَّذِيْنَ اٰمَنُوْا لَا يَحِلُّ لَكُمْ اَنْ تَرِثُوا النِّسَاۤءَ كَرْهًا ۗ وَلَا تَعْضُلُوْهُنَّ لِتَذْهَبُوْا بِبَعْضِ مَآ اٰتَيْتُمُوْهُنَّ اِلَّآ اَنْ يَّأْتِيْنَ بِفَاحِشَةٍ مُّبَيِّنَةٍ ۚ وَعَاشِرُوْهُنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوْفِ ۚ فَاِنْ كَرِهْتُمُوْهُنَّ فَعَسٰٓى اَنْ تَكْرَهُوْا شَيْـًٔا وَّيَجْعَلَ اللّٰهُ فِيْهِ خَيْرًا كَثِيْرًا
O you who have believed, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by compulsion. And do not make difficulties for them in order to take [back] part of what you gave them unless they commit a clear immorality. And live with them in kindness. For if you dislike them – perhaps you dislike a thing and Allah makes therein much good. (An-Nisa : 19).
اَلرِّجَالُ قَوَّامُوْنَ عَلَى النِّسَاۤءِ بِمَا فَضَّلَ اللّٰهُ بَعْضَهُمْ عَلٰى بَعْضٍ وَّبِمَآ اَنْفَقُوْا مِنْ اَمْوَالِهِمْ ۗ فَالصّٰلِحٰتُ قٰنِتٰتٌ حٰفِظٰتٌ لِّلْغَيْبِ بِمَا حَفِظَ اللّٰهُوَالّٰتِيْ تَخَافُوْنَ نُشُوْزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوْهُنَّ وَاهْجُرُوْهُنَّ فِى الْمَضَاجِعِ وَاضْرِبُوْهُنَّ ۚ فَاِنْ اَطَعْنَكُمْ فَلَا تَبْغُوْا عَلَيْهِنَّ سَبِيْلًا ۗاِنَّ اللّٰهَ كَانَ عَلِيًّا كَبِيْرًا
Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand. (An-Nisa : 34).
In addition to the two verses of the Quran above, we can find an explanation that Islam requires married Muslims to do good to their spouses in the hadith below:
عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : أَكْمَلُ الْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ إِيْمَانًا أَحْسَنُهُمُ خُلُقًا ، وَخِيَارُكُمُ خِيَارُكُمْ لِنِسَائِهِمْ .
“The best of believers are those who are best in character. And the best of you are those who are chosen (morally) to women.”
عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ : مَنْ كَانَتْ لَهُ اِمْرَأَتَانِ فَمَالَ إِلَى إِحْدَاهُمَا جَاءَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَشِقُّهُ مَاِئلٌ
From Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu, from the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, “Whoever has two wives and he love one of them more, then he will come on the Day of Resurrection in a tilted state.”
That is a brief explanation of husband and wife relationship in Islam. As Muslims, we must understand that.
Can Husband and Wife Bath Together in Islam?
The second important point is “can husband and wife bath together in Islam?” what I’m going to explain now is a specific answer. I want you to understand that because that is the main discussion in this article.
Before I explain the specific answer for the question “can husband and wife bath together in Islam?”, I will quote a hadith that is specifically related to this discussion. The hadith I mean is as follows:
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ : كُنْتُ أَغْتَسِلُ أَنَا وَرَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مِنْ إِنَاءٍ وَاحِدٍ تَخْتَلِفُ أَيْدِيْنَا فِيْهِ مِنَ الْجَنَابَةِ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ
From Aisha radliyallahu anha, she said, “I once bathed with the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam in one container because of Janabah. Our hands are different in them.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
All readers! If we understand the above hadith, we can conclude that husband and wife can bathe together in Islam. The reason is because the Prophet Muhammad had bathed together with Aisha bint Abu Bakr, one of his wives.
That is a brief explanation of “can husband and wife bath together in Islam?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.