Islam considers sexual relations an essential human need which need not be
suppressed, rather satisfied in a proper manner. It is not something looked
down upon disdainfully, nor something from which a person should refrain.
Islam has set certain laws by which an individual can both control and satisfy this
need. One is not to satisfy this need in an animalistic or lustful, uncontrolled manner.
The only legal channel through which this desire should be satisfied is marriage.
The ultimate goal of marriage in Islam is to achieve psychological and emotional
stability for both spouses. Allah says:
They are clothing for you and you are clothing for them
monumental commentary of the Qur'an, he notes:
“[commentators from among the Companions of the
Prophet and their students] said that this verse means,
‘Your wives are a resort for you and you for them.’ ArRabi`
bin Anas said, ‘They are your cover and you are
their cover.’ In short, the wife and the husband are intimate
and have sexual intercourse with each other….”
Islam safeguards the individual and society by forbidding
everything which can excite the sexual desire for
fear that a person would commit fornication or rape.
This of course would result in the proliferation of illegitimate
children who have no parents to raise them morally. They would then emerge
in society as a group who harbor animosity and hate towards others. Also, diseases
would spread throughout society.
And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality
and is evil as a way.