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Is having a casual attitude towards extramarital sex fitna?



I’m having discussion on values (in the general sense) with a woman who is a potential marriage prospect.

She shared with me that she considers casual sex outside of marriage by an unmarried person to be something that is not really egregious.

Neither of us is well studied in Fiqh.


I wanted to get a more rigorous answer to the following:

Is her opinion supported by traditional jurists?
If her opinion is not supported by traditional jurists and she is aware of that fact, does belittling (for the lack of a better word), something like that constitute a sin by itself — a friend mentioned it might be considered fitna


Assalamu Alaykum

Thank you for your Question.

No, her opinion is not supported by both past and present jurists. According to the holy Quran, Ahadith and Jurists, it is Haram to have such a relation even when one is not married and committed to another person.

In regards to belittling Islamic values, it can be counted as a sin depending on the extent and intensity she puts into devaluing it (this also depends if she has knowledge on the particular thing or not). And it certainly is a sin if she encourages other to indulge in such a thing by words or action (especially with knowledge).

The holy Quran in regards to this says:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُحِبُّونَ أَنْ تَشِيعَ الْفَاحِشَةُ فِي الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ ۚ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

“Indeed those who want indecency to spread among the faithful—there is a painful punishment for them in the world and the Hereafter, and Allah knows and you do not know” (Surah al-Noor:19)