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Islam

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Syed Raza , In the quest of truth. Oct, 11 2016

Masturbation and Islam


I hope I am not offending anyone by this discussion.

I am not asking if it is haram. Obviously it is. However, why is it haram? As a young male who is a long time away from getting married, Usually when something is haram it is because it is bad for you such as alcohol, pork, sex before marriage etc. What exactly makes masturbation bad for you? Is it physically or psychologically bad for you? Or both?

I hope I am not offending anyone by this discussion.I am not asking if it is haram. Obviously it is. However, why is it haram? As a young male who is a long time away from getting married, Usually when something is haram it is because it is bad for you such as alcohol, pork, sex before marriage etc. What exactly makes masturbation bad for you? Is it physically or psychologically bad for you? Or both?

Vikram Gupta , Exploring, learning, believing Oct, 11 2016


It's more like you replace the concept of balance with a null value. It's proven that excessive masturbation is counterproductive for real sex. However, a certain frequency is actually good for a person's sexual well being. It's sad that Islam uses one fact to endorse heinous acts such as circumcisions on children.
It's more like you replace the concept of balance with a null value. It's proven that excessive masturbation is counterproductive for real sex. However, a certain frequency is actually good for a person's sexual well being. It's sad that Islam uses one fact to endorse heinous acts such as circumcisi


Ahmed Azab , Interested in history, Political science and Oct, 11 2016


Muslim scholars who claim it is haram base it on their interpretation of Qur'an 23: 5-7. For example, Imam Malik is reported to have believed that someone who masturbates is among those who "crave something beyond that."

Muslims scholars who claim is it not haram based it on the interpretation that neither Qur'an not Sunnah forbade it, and they don't include masturbation among acts of a person who crave some beyond what is allowed. For example, Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal is reported to have regarded "semen as an excretion of the body like other excreta, and permits its expulsion the same way bloodletting is permitted." Ibn Hazm holds the same view as Imam Ahmad. Imam aShafi'i differed with them I think. Hanbali jurists permit masturbation under either of the following conditions: [a] Fear of committing fornication or adultery; or [b] Not having the means to marry.

Shk. Yusuf Qaradawi, brilliant as usual, explains their differences: "We are inclined to accept the opinion of Imam Ahmad in a situation in which there is sexual excitation and danger of committing that which is haram. For example, a young man has gone abroad to study or work, thereby encountering many temptations which he fears he will be unable to resist, may resort to this method of relieving sexual tension provided he does not do it excessively or make it a habit. Yet, better than this is the Prophet's advice to the Muslim youth who is unable to marry; namely, that he seeks help through frequent fasting, for fasting nurtures will-power, teaches control of desires, and strengthens the fear of Allah. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, is reported to have said, *"O youth, whoever of you is able to marry, let him marry, for it spares one looking at what one should not, or lapsing in adultery. And if he cannot marry, let him observe fasting, for it is a shield against evil."

Shk. Bilal Phillips goes against most salafis but explains his logic. He says for something to be haram it needs clear texts, and there is none regarding masturbation. There are only "implications". In his judgement, masturbation is NOT haram but "problematic for those who make it a habit".

Shk. Muhammad Qatanani, probably among most educated living scholars, put it simply: “Finally, if your question has to ask about the ‘masturbation’; the scholars’ opinions are between haram (forbidden) and makrooh (disliked). *And it is permitted when considered necessary."

My answer is inspired from the following video:

Muslim scholars who claim it is haram base it on their interpretation of Qur'an 23: 5-7. For example, Imam Malik is reported to have believed that someone who masturbates is among those who "crave something beyond that." Muslims scholars who claim is it not haram based it on the interpretation that