Ruling on Intercourse and/or Breastfeeding while Pregnant

What is the ruling on gheelah in Islam?

[ Source: http://www.islamqa.com/en/70350 ]

Praise be to Allaah.

It was said that gheelah means having intercourse with a wife who is breastfeeding, or it was said that it means a pregnant woman breastfeeding her child. 

It is reported in Saheeh Muslim (1442) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I had thought of forbidding gheelah, then I remembered that the Romans and Persians do that and it does not harm their children.” 

Al-Nawawi said: The scholars differed as to what is meant by gheelah in this hadeeth. Maalik said in al-Muwatta’, and al-Asma’i and other scholars of Arabic language said that it means having intercourse with a woman who is breastfeeding. Ibn al-Sakeet said: It means a woman breastfeeding when she is pregnant. 

The scholars said: The reason why the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) thought of forbidding it was that he feared that the breastfed child may be harmed by it. The doctors used to say that that milk was harmful, and the Arabs disliked it and feared it. The hadeeth shows that gheelah is permissible, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not forbid it, and he stated the reason why he did not forbid it. 

Sharh Muslim, 10/17, 18 

Muslim (1443) narrated from Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqaas that a man came to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: “I practice coitus interruptus (‘azl) with my wife.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to him: “Why do you do that?” The man said: “Out of compassion towards her child.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If that was harmful, it would have harmed the Persians and Romans.”

[ Source: http://www.islamqa.com/en/70350 ]

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