Can a husband or wife withhold oneself from
his or her partner if they do not pray? In other words, is it permissible to demand that
your partner pray in order for you to give yourself to them?
Praise be to Allaah.
Indeed it is obligatory for the woman (in this
situation) to withhold herself from that intimate relationship, and the opposite also
applies [i.e., a man should withhold himself from his wife if she does not pray]. Allaah
says (interpretation of the meaning):
“… Likewise hold not the disbelieving women as
wives…” [al-Muntahanah 60:10]
It is not permissible for a Muslim woman to stay with a man who does
not pray at all or does not pray most of the time; she has to leave him and not stay with
him, because he is a kaafir who has gone beyond the pale of Islam. We ask Allaah to keep
you safe and sound.