Sexual relations are among the important matters of life that Islam explains and for which it prescribes proper conduct that elevate sex from mere bestial pleasure and physical desire. Righteous intention, supplications, and proper conduct elevate marital sexual relations to the level of worship for which the Muslim will be rewarded. Imam Muslim reported that some Jews came to Salman Al-Farisi and said to him, “Your Prophet taught you everything even the etiquette of answering the call of nature.” And he said, “Yes, he did.” In the field of sexual relations, Islam provides complete guidelines prohibiting some practices and allowing others in order to secure the greatest level of happiness and purity in this very important part of life.

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states: There is no such day except when one is fasting or one’s wife is menstruating or one is in a state of ihram. All other days are considered lawful.

However, sexual activity must never be detached from the love, affection, and mercy spouses should express towards each other as married couple. Otherwise, sex will be reduced to the low level of beastly behavior. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us to make sexual experience a pleasurable experience that should be rewarding physically as well as spiritually. So preparing themselves in advance for it and creating an atmosphere of genuine caring and love for each other will undoubtedly enhance the quality of the couple’s sexual experience.