Is Islam a sensual religion?

There is an age old objection against Islam, which is that Islam is a sensual religion which is just concerned with satisfying carnal desires. We look at the Old and the New Testaments to see what they say about carnal desires. It is shown that Islam merely puts human capacity in all spheres in its proper context. Islam teaches that intimate relations between men and women when carried out in a proper context are not a sin, which is the opposite to what Christianity says.


Surah Al-Ikhlas is the 112th Chapter of the Holy Quran.

It is the second most important chapter of the Holy Quran after Surah Fatiha – the very first Surah. The Holy Prophet (s) is reported to have said that Surah Al-Iklhas by itself is equal to one third of the Holy Quran.

In this Khutba we look at human desires in the light of Surah Al-Ikhlas and the following chapters and verses of the Holy Quran;

Chapter 7, Verse 19
And (We said): O Adam, dwell thou and thy wife in the garden, so eat from whence you desire, but go not near this tree, lest you become of the unjust.

Chapter 3, Verse 14
Fair-seeming to men is made the love of desires, of women and sons and hoarded treasures of gold and silver and well-bred horses and cattle and tilth. This is the provision of the life of this world. And Allah — with Him is the good goal (of life).

Chapter 3, Verse 145
And no soul can die but with Allah’s permission — the term is fixed. And whoever desires the reward of this world, We give him of it, and whoever desires the reward of the Hereafter, We give him of it. And We shall reward the grateful.

Chapter 4, Verse 27
And Allah desires to turn to you (mercifully). And those who follow (their) lusts desire that you should deviate (with) a great deviation.

How to overcome your low desires

We read from the sayings of The Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad which have been compiled into books known as Mulfoozat.

Here he talks about how a person can overcome their low desires and specifically talks about supplication to Allah.