What is the ruling on a husband who swears not to have sexual intercourse with his wife,
but later breaks his oath? Is this permissible or not?
It is not permissible for a Muslim to take an oath not to have sexual intercourse with his wife. If he does so, he will be given respite for four months. If he changes his mind and resumes sexual intercourse with her, he will be able to resume his marital life with her. If he refuses to resume such relation, the official authority should separate them. Allah (Exalted be He) says:
Those who take an oath not to have sexual relation with their wives must wait for four months, then if they return (change their idea in this period), verily, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
And if they decide upon divorce, then Allâh is All-Hearer, All-Knower.
(Part No. 20; Page No. 261) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, his family, and Companions.