The Effects of Marital Infidelity amongst Women in Contemporary World: A Critical Analysis from Islamic Ethics

Kamal-deen Olawale Sulaiman


In our contemporary world, a large number of women are involved in extra-marital sexual relations. In consideration of the fact that women play a key role in the development of the society, the paper sought to examine the causes and consequences of marital infidelity amongst women. It also looked at the ethical teachings of Islam in view of the misdemeanour. The paper used secondary data from monographs, manuscripts, books, journals, internet, magazines as well as the Glorious Qur’an and Hadith. The paper revealed that sexual deprivation, prior­ waywardness, the negative effects of globalization and the likes, are the key factors responsible for marital infidelity. Also, the negative consequences of marital infidelity by women identified by the paper include contact with venereal diseases, subjection to disgrace and neglect, and bad precedence to children. It was also evident that the ethical teachings of Islam teach that when women are sexually attended to and are given due financial care, it might redeem them from falling victims of illicit sexual desire. The paper recommends that prostitution should be abolished and those who engage in the ‘business’ should be encouraged to marry. And that Poverty Eradication Programmes should be redesigned to cater for the less privileged people in the society in order to bail them out from committing all kinds of social vices such as marital infidelity and theft. 

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