Kecia Ali Quotes (Author of Sexual Ethics and Islam)
A halal guide to mind-blowing sex is teaching Muslim women how to set the bed on fire
The dignity of human beings and especially the dignity of women is something that is utterly valued and highly sanctified in Islam. Allah chose women to be the carriers of life into existence and this is an honorable position. Wherever she is, the woman must be taken care of, protected and honored. This is all in the most authentic narrations of this religion. When Islam came, it empowered women with rights and dignity, something that was abused in their time. That a woman gives her body, emotions, time and care freely to someone who can enjoy all that and leave her whenever he wants without owing her anything or committing to her in anyway or giving her any rights….
Islamic sexual jurisprudence is a part of Islamic family jurisprudence that concerns the Islamic laws of sexuality in Islam , as largely predicated on the Qur'an , the sayings of Muhammad hadith and the rulings of religious leaders' fatwa confining sexual activity to marital relationships between men and women. This sensitivity to gender difference, gender seclution and modesty outside of marriage can be seen in current prominent aspects of Islam, such as interpretations of Islamic dress and degrees of gender segregation. In Islam, prohibitions against extramarital sex are strong and permissible marital sexual activities are familiar subjects. In these permitted relationships, there are also some limitations as well as permissions: a man should not have intercourse during his wife's menstruation and afterbirth periods. He is also considered to be sinning when penetrating anally. Contraceptive use is permitted for birth control. Actions and behaviours such as abortion other than for medical risk to the pregnant woman  and homosexuality are strictly forbidden.
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According to reports, most Americans are engaging in sex before marriage although major religions prohibit premarital sex. Will our youth listen if we show them the scriptures on the topic of sex before marriage? Should we just change with the changing times, overlooking the scriptural guidelines on this issue? What does God want us, the religious leaders, to do? We asked our panel of distinguished religious leaders of the region the following question: Is sex before marriage OK?