The meaning of the Aayah: “They are Libaas (garments) for you…”

Question 19: Is it permissible for the two spouses to take off their clothes and look at each other while having sex? What is the meaning of the following Aayah: They are Libaas [i.e. body cover, or screen, or Sakan, (i.e. you enjoy the pleasure of living with them – as in Aayah 7:189) Tafseer Al-Tabaree ], for you and you are the same for them. ? Could you kindly explain how should we perform Ghusl (ritual bath following major ritual impurity) to offer Salaah or without performing Salaah?

Answer: It is permissible for a man to see his wife while she is naked and a wife is likewise. As for the meaning of Allaah’s Saying: They are Libaas [i.e. body cover, or screen, or Sakan, (i.e. you enjoy the pleasure of living with them – as in aayah 7:189) Tafseer Al-Tabaree ], for you and you are the same for them. Ibn `Abbaas, Mujaahid, Sa`eed ibn Jubayr, Al Hasan, Qataadah, Al-Suddee and Muqaatil ibn Hayyaan said: The meaning is: They are your abode of peace. Al-Rabee` ibn Anas said: They are your wrapper and you are wrapper to them. Ibn Katheer (may Allaah be merciful to him) said: The meaning is: Both husband and wife mix with one another, touch and have sex. Therefore, it is permissible for them to have sex during the nights of Ramadan in order not to impose hardship on them... read more here.

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