Breaking of woman’s hymen

Question

Assalam o Alaikum,

I have always received guidance from your teachings and most of the questions get answered. But recently I encountered an issue regarding hymen

of the women's vagina. It is considered that the breaking of hymen after marriage is the sign of a woman's virginity. Is that correct? Because I couldn't find any such reference or say till now. Or is it just part of the culture?

If this is compulsory for a woman that her hymen should not break without the sexual intercourse with her husband, then what if she is an athlete or maybe by some other reason it breaks (as the hymen breaks while cycling or by any such activity or using tampons).

Please guide me in the light of Islam. I will be looking forward to your response.

Regards,


Answer

wa alaikumussalaam

Thank you for writing to us.

It is not part of the teachings of Islam that breaking of hymen should be taken as an indication of a woman's virginity. As you have rightly pointed out it is part of culture. The hymen may be broken due to jumping, insertion of fingers, heavy menses, and other reasons. So, a woman need not worry at all about it and if her husband asks her about it, she should explain the actual reason. Any decent husband is expected to accept what has been explained. A woman should not be harrased or made to feel uncomfortable because of this or forced to go for a hymen restoration surgery.

Regards,

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Mushafiq Sultan, born in Kashmir in 1988, has been studying world religions from his school days. In 2009 Mushafiq came across the works of Ustaz Javed Ahmad Ghamidi and since then has been highly influenced by his thought. He has an exceptional interest in world religions, their philosophies and their mutual relations. He formally joined Al-Mawrid in 2016 as Assistant Fellow (Honorary). Presently, he is in charge of Al-Mawrid’s query service. In 2016, he published his first book ‘Muhammad (sws) in the Bible- An Exposition on Isaiah 42’. He has written articles on Islam, Christianity and Hinduism. He has also translated several articles of Javed Ahmad Ghamidi into Hindi.

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