Fahsha or fahsh/Fuhsh (Arabic: فُحْش, الفاحشة, فاحشة) is an Arabic word, commonly means lewdness and indecency.[1]


According to Islamic scholars, there are two opinions about the meaning of fahsha:

And do not come near to adultery; surely it has been an obscenity (fahsha) and odious ways.

— Sura Isra (17:32)

The major sins included in fahsha are numerous. Islamic law considers as a major sin any act that the religion has warned Muslims against performing, or has promised harsh punishment for committing, or has prescribed a hadd for it. Examples of major sins are disbelieving in Allah (God in Islam) after having believed in Him, killing an innocent soul, dealing with riba (usury, interest), treating one's parents harshly, adultery, fornication, giving false testimonies, etc.


"When fahisha (sexual immorality/obscenity/adultery) spreads openly in a nation, there is an outbreak of disease in the form of plague epidemics. In addition, diseases arise which were not seen among people before."

How to avoid fahisha

The Qur'an says that prayer prevents fahsha and forbidden acts.[4] In the Quran,

'(O Messenger!) The Book that has been revealed to you; recite from it and establish prayer (salah). Indeed, salah prevents one from indecency (fahsha) and evil deeds (munkar). And the remembrance of Allah is the best. Allah knows what you do (Surah Ankabut: Verse 45)


  1. ^ Ali, Maulana Muhammad (2015). Holy Quran. Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam Lahore USA. ISBN 9781934271148. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  2. ^ Khaled Abou El Fadl (2006). The Search for Beauty in Islam: A Conference of the Books. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 110–115. ISBN 9780742550940. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ Ebrahimi, Mansoureh; Aydemir, Uygar (12 May 2022). A Global Pandemic: Ripple Effect of COVID-19. Universiti Malaysia Sabah Press. p. 60. ISBN 978-967-2738-15-2. Retrieved 9 July 2023.
  4. ^ Yılmaz, Hakkı. WHAT IS SALAH?. Hakkı Yılmaz. pp. 40, 41. Retrieved 9 July 2023.