Salaam. I understand husbands and wives must fulfill the sexual needs of eachother, but some countries like Pakistan, Saudi, Iran and Afghanistan have made laws making it illegal for women to reject sex from their husbands. What is the correct ruling on this?
I am not aware of any such laws in these countries.
Husband and wife are supposed to fulfill each other's desires. However, under certain circumstances
either spouse may be in a situation where such intimacy is not possible.
Therefore, under those circumstances both couples are advised to practice patience.
One should not do so without the consent of the other partner. This will cause disturbance
and distance in the relationship of husband and wife.
Therefore, neither the husband or wife should refuse to fulfill
the desires of each other unnecessarily nor should they be forcing each other for it.
Marriage takes place between adults and as adults they shoudl
be able to understand each other and be more passionate towards each other.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Ikram ul Haq
Fatwa Center of America
14 Dhul-Qa'dah 1431/ October 22 2010