Adult Issues: Rulings on masturbation and related Issues [only 14 ++]

In the name of Allah , the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.

Topic: " Rulings on Masturbation " 

Q:1 "What is the ruling on Masturbation in Islam?


Fatwa no. 1376
Q: A person observes obligatory acts of worship such as Salah (Prayer) and Sawm (fast) etc. However, he practices masturbation. What is the ruling on this in Islam?
A: The preponderant of scholar's views about masturbation commonly referred to as "Secret Habit" is that it is an unlawful sexual activity. The majority of religious scholars held this view based on the generality of the saying of Allah (Exalted be He),And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts, from illegal sexual acts) Except from their wives or (the slaves) that their right hands possess, - for then, they are free from blame; But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors; Allah (Exalted be He) praises those who fulfill their sexual desire with their wives or slave girls and considers those who fulfill their sexual desire elsewhere as transgressors who leave what Allah made lawful for them to commit unlawful sexual activities including masturbation. It has many harmful effects and bad consequences such as exhaustion of power and impotence. The Islamic Shari`ah protects man against anything that may cause harm to his
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religion, body, mind, money or honor.
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

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Q2: "Is it obligatory to do Ghusl after Masturbation, 
         Does Mastutbation invalidates Sawm?" 

Fatwa no. 10551
Q: I used to masturbate during the daytime in Ramadan when I was fourteen and fifteen years old. I do not remember how many days I did that. At that time I was not aware that this is Haram (prohibited); whether in Ramadan or at any other time. I even did not realize that this is what is known as the secret habit (masturbation). I would then perform Wudu’ (ablution) and offer Salah (Prayer) without Ghusl (full ritual bath) following major ritual impurity. What is the religious ruling on my Salah and Sawm (Fasting)? Do I have to repeat them, taking into consideration that I do not know how many days that I committed this act? What should I do?
A: First, practicing masturbation is Haram (prohibited) and it is even more sinful during the day in Ramadan. Second, it is obligatory to make up for the days on which you broke your Sawm because masturbation invalidates Sawm. You should try to estimate how many days this occurred. Third, it is also obligatory to pay Kaffarah (expiation) which is giving a needy person half a Sa‘ (1 Sa‘ = 2.172 kg) of wheat and the like of the staple food of your area for each day that you missed if you delay making up for it until the next Ramadan arrives.
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Fourth, it is obligatory to take Ghusl after masturbation and it is insufficient to perform Wudu’ (ablution) if you have experienced ejaculation. Fifth, it is compulsory to make up for the Salahs which you offered without taking Ghusl, because minor ritual purification (Wudu’ and the like) does not suffice in place of major ritual purification (Ghusl).
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

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`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

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As for curing the habit of masturbation, we recommend the following suggestions: [By 

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid]

1) The motive to seek a cure for this problem should be solely following Allaah’s orders and fearing His punishment.

2) A permanent and quick cure from this problem lies in marriage as soon as the person is able, as shown in the Prophet’s hadeeth.

3) Keeping oneself busy with what is good for this world and the hereafter is essential in breaking this habit before it becomes second nature after which it is very difficult to rid oneself of it.

4) Lowering the gaze (from looking at forbidden things such as pictures, movies etc.) will help suppress the desire before it leads one to commit the haraam (forbidden). Allaah orders men and women to lower their gaze as shown in the following two verses and in the Prophet’s hadeeth (interpretations of the meanings):"Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is all-aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) ..... " 24.30-31Allaah’s messenger said: "Do not follow a casual (unintentional) look (at forbidden things) with another look." Al-Tirmidhi 2777. This is a general instruction by the Prophet to abstain from all that may sexually excite a person because it might lead him/her to commit the haraam (forbidden).

5) Using one’s available leisure time in worshipping Allaah and increasing religious knowledge.

6) Being cautious not to develop any of the medical symptoms that may result from masturbation such as weak eyesight, weak nervous system, and/or back pain. More importantly, feeling of guilt and anxiety that can be complicated by missing obligatory prayers because of the need to shower (ghusl) after every incidence of masturbation.

7) Avoiding the illusion that some youth have that masturbation is permissible because it prevents them from committing illegal sexual acts such as fornication or even homosexuality.

8) Strengthening one’s willpower and avoiding spending time alone as recommended by the Prophet when he said "Do not spend the night alone" Ahmad 6919.

9) Following the Prophet’s aforementioned hadeeth and fast when possible, because fasting will temper one’s sexual desire and keep it under control. However, one should not overreact and swear by Allaah not to return to the act because if one does not honor one’s promise, one would be facing the consequences of not living up to one’s oath to Allaah. Also, note that medication to diminish one’s sexual desire is strictly prohibited because it might permanently affect one’s sexual ability.

10) Trying to follow the Prophet’s recommendation concerning the etiquette of getting ready for bed, such as reading well-known supplications, sleeping on the right side, and avoiding sleeping on the belly (the Prophet forbade sleeping on the belly).

11) Striving hard to be patient and chaste, because persistence will eventually, Allaah willing, lead to attaining those qualities as second nature, as the Prophet explains in the following hadeeth:"Whoever seeks chastity Allaah will make him chaste, and whoever seeks help from none but Allaah, He will help him, and whoever is patient He will make it easy for him, and no one has ever been given anything better than patience." Bukhari:1469.

12) Repenting, asking forgiveness from Allaah, doing good deeds, and not losing hope and feeling despair are all prerequisites to curing this problem. Note that losing hope is one of the major sins punishable by Allaah.

13) Finally, Allaah is the Most Merciful and He always responds to whoever calls on Him. So, asking for Allah’s forgiveness will be accepted, by His will.Wallahu a’lam.

And Allah knows what is best and most correct.

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Prepared by: "Mohammad Rana Usman Nisar