Is lack of being intimate a valid reason for divorce?

Q: I am 29 years old. Me and wife have been married for 3 years. She does not like having sex with me or having any kind of intimate relationship. This leads to a lot of frustration for me. We do not fight about this because I try to be as understanding as possible but sometimes I feel really pathetic when I think about this issue between us. We have finally decided to go ahead with a divorce and will be speaking to our parents soon. I just need to know if lack of sex is a valid reason for divorce in Islam?

A: Yes.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)