The ladies of the Nabawi era asking Rasulullah(S) about matters pertaining to physical intimacy directly or through his wives prove that sexual matters were not taboo, rather fully acknowledged and discussed. Haya (modesty) is part of the Im’an (faith) as Rasulullah(S) taught, but he also taught:
“There is no shame in matters of religion.”
Parents should develop familiarity with their children and work on a positive approach for educating children about sex. Such an approach requires them to recognize that sex is natural phenomena on for human beings and the need to have sex must be harnessed with the teachings of Islam. The same is taught in schools by secular or non-Muslim male and female teachers alike. In the Arab world there is the phrase:
“Kullu Mamnu Marghub” (everything forbidden is desirable).
Today, schools in Muslim countries can use social media to disseminate sex education as per the Shariah point of view. Perhaps this collaboration of schools is useful, but what is essential is that students know about sexual education, and teachers must teach them – in partnership with parents and their communities. There is much to be done in this regard. Sex education is necessary at the age of puberty to understand the basic issues of Fiqh, such as the rulings on Zina (fornication or adultery), Taharah (cleanliness), Ghusul (bath), Awrahs (private parts) and additional issues. Sex Education is a broad term used to describe human anatomy, reproduction, intercourse, reproductive health, emotional relations, reproductive rights and responsibilities, abstinence, contraception, amongst other aspects of human sexual behavior.
A common platform for sex education in Islam is very limited, and discussion is available only in Fiqh books. Due to freedom of sex and disobedience towards the laws of Allah, millions are dying because of sexual diseases like Aids and Cervical Cancer amongst others. Since sex is a physical need, it is inevitable for the youth to indulge in lustful activities leading to adultery and deprivation in the worldly and after life. Islam is based on nature that legitimizes pleasures to the confines of marriage. It is the duty of every generation to teach the next generation regarding Islam in a manner that they understand the morality and sublime spirit of Islamic teachings. Cultures exist that tend to symbolize vulgarity and nudity as liberalism thereby digressing from the moral values of humanity. Children and adults alike need to be saved from the immoral practices of the society spearheaded by adultery and other obscenities – “Faheshat”. It is a challenge and overcoming it is one of the greatest Jih’ad in the way of Allah.