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Fatwaa ID: 1815

I need you to ask a question on my behalf. I understand the impermissibility of the heinous acts of immorality either as actions of LGBT or the act of beastiality. I am not asking about them.

My question is that what is the ruling for otherwise normal/permissible actions for a person (like horseback riding or working in a farm/vetenary doctor) if she (or he) is an equiphile.

  1. Horse riding is an action that is generally permissible for a normal person (who is not an equiphile). Is such a person (equiphile) allowed to go for horseback riding knowing full well that this person will reach climax (or gratification) if they even sit on a horse? Or is riding a horse (for such a person) considered impermissible for this person since it would constitute as transgressing the bounds of Allah Ta’ala (by seeking an impermissible pleasure)?
  2. Is such a person (equiphile) even allowed to see equine animals or work with them (farm/vetenary clinic), or will they be considered sinful for looking at equine animals since this would always result in a person developing attraction and infatuation towards the animal?
  3. Would these ruling change if the person’s married? Should the person disclose these things to anyone other than their spouse or should this never be disclosed to others (including spouse) in order to avoid a public fitna in the society as well as judgment from others?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Shari’ah advises us to stay away from not only sins but also anything that leads or incites us towards sins. A person must stay away from things that feed his desires. His test is in that. Every person has temptations and desires but successful is he who can curb them. A person who is an equiphile, i.e., he has sexually attracted to horses, should lower his gaze and stay away from horses. That being said, the answers to your queries are as follows:

  1. Horseback riding in itself is permissible. However, considering that this will feed and incite the desires of the person in question, he should avoid it completely.
  2. He should not be around or work at such places. The more he is around such, the easier it will be for him to fall into sin. A person is affected by what he sees and his surroundings.
  3. There is no need to disclose this to one’s spouse or others. However, it may be advisable to consult a psychologist.

One should actively make du’aa to Allaah Ta’aala to protect him. Likewise, he should keep himself occupied with good and productive things. He should ensure that he befriends righteously individuals only.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

03/18/1445 AH – 10/04/2023 CE

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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