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umarbaig

INDIA
Topic initiated on Saturday, December 20, 2008  -  3:42 PM Reply with quote
Ruling of the Shariah on Masturbation?


What is ruling of the Shariah on masturbation?
aboosait

INDIA
Posted - Sunday, December 21, 2008  -  1:43 AM Reply with quote
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What is ruling of the Shariah on masturbation?


Jazakallahu khair for asking because as Muslims we should never be shy in seeking knowledge.

Fatwa from
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid:

Praise be to Allaah.

Masturbation (for both men and women) is haraam (forbidden) in Islam based on the following evidence:

First from the Qur’aan:

Imam Shafi’i stated that masturbation is forbidden based on the following verses from the Qur’aan (interpretation of the meaning):

"And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts, from illegal sexual acts). Except from their wives or (the captives and slaves) that their right hands possess, - for them, they are free from blame. But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors." 23.5-7

Here the verses are clear in forbidding all illegal sexual acts (including masturbation) except for the wives or that their right hand possess. And whoever seeks beyond that is the transgressor.

"And let those who find not the financial means for marriage keep themselves chaste, until Allah enriches them of His bounty." 24.33.

This verse also clearly orders whoever does not have the financial means to marry to keep himself chaste and be patient in facing temptations (including masturbation) until Allah enriches them of His bounty.

Secondly, from the sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him):

Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood said,

"We were with the Prophet while we were young and had no wealth whatsoever. So Allaah’s Messenger said, "O young people! Whoever among you can marry, should marry, because it helps him lower his gaze and guard his modesty (i.e. his private parts from committing illegal sexual intercourse etc.), and whoever is not able to marry, should fast, as fasting diminishes his sexual power." Bukhari:5066.

The hadeeth orders men who are not able to marry to fast despite the hardship encountered in doing so, and not to masturbate despite the ease with which it can be done.

There are additional evidences that can be cited to support this ruling on masturbation, but due to the limited space we will not go through them here.

Allaah knows what is best and most correct. As for curing the habit of masturbation, we recommend the following suggestions:

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.) ..... " 24.30-31

Allaah’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.

ibrahim

PAKISTAN
Posted - Friday, December 26, 2008  -  1:08 PM Reply with quote
here is another view:

Question:
How is the act of masturbation seen in Islam. Is it a sin? If it is, then what is the punishment for it ?

Answer:
There is no explicit directive of the Sharī`ah which forbids masturbation. In other words, it is silent on this issue. Consequently, it cannot be regarded as a sin. The verses from which its prohibition is usually derived, I am afraid, have another meaning.

The opinions of some of the companions of the Prophets reproduced below from Ibn Hazam’s al-Muhallā (Vol:11, pp. 393-4) indicate that they did not forbid it:

Ibn `Abbās: i) Marrying a slave girl is better than it, and it is better than fornication (zinā).

ii) It is nothing but rubbing one’s private parts until a fluid comes out.

Ibn `Umar: i) A person who does makes a fool of himself.

ii) It is merely rubbing an organ.

Jābir Ibn Zayd: It is your water; you can discharge it [if you want].

Hasan Basrī: There is no harm in it.

At best, masturbation can be termed as an undesirable act similar in nature to the emotions of anger and hate. Such emotions are generally against good conduct, and a person should try to control them as much as possible. However, there may be situations when they may play a somewhat positive role -- especially when they save you from a sin.
(Shehzad Saleem)

http://www.monthly-renaissance.com/issue/query.aspx?id=794
aboosait

INDIA
Posted - Saturday, December 27, 2008  -  2:42 AM Reply with quote
]Ibrahim wrote:
]
quote:

........It is nothing but rubbing one’s private parts until a fluid comes out...........
It is merely rubbing an organ..........

]And brother Ibrahim, what is this rubbing for, but to create orgasm? Does Islam permit that?

And the use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose. (‘its’ refers to marriage)

The dictionary defines it as "the erotic stimulation of one's own genitals for pleasure"

Most people think of masturbation as a male act involving using only the hands to manipulate the genitals. There are several ways of masturbating common to both males and females. And the Doctors in your "studying..."team would testify to that.


Edited by: aboosait on Saturday, December 27, 2008 2:45 AM
hkhan

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Saturday, December 27, 2008  -  7:47 AM Reply with quote
i was posed the same Q by a local bbc media service and the progrme manager specifically commented that because i am a muslim doctor associated with this sub-speciality of gynaecology, i would be extremely against this activity prevailing in my patients.

masturbation(in street language patients mention it as'wanking') is taken as something very normal in the society we live in and young people and old, no one feels embarassed talking to us about it in the clinical setup;although if a driver has made a mistake on road, its quite normal again to tease him with a hand sign which reflects'u r a masturbator' hence used as an abuse as well and clearly not accepted as something normal and decent-however due to the general rule of 'liberty 'n freedom' no one is allowed to object on it just like on gayism, lesbianism and other sexual behaviours different from routine.

shariah is quiet on the subject as mentioned above i.e. nothing is said directly about it but the eneral teachings of islam guide us in this regard. the one and only way to satisfy one's sexual desire, as prescribed by islam is marriage; if a situation arises where this is not happening, one is left between the options of illicit sexual activity or self satisfaction and looking at 'n comparing the results of each, including sexually tranmitted infections, unwanted and teeanage pregnancies, broken family relations from the former, common sense guides one that whilst the measures must be taken to make marriage easily available and possible, latter would be takn as minor evil in the given circumstances
aboosait

INDIA
Posted - Saturday, December 27, 2008  -  10:52 AM Reply with quote
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........where this is not happening, one is left between the options of illicit sexual activity or self satisfaction ........
On what authority do you claim that there are those two options open in Islam?

The Prophet has shown us only one option when marriage is not possible, and that is "fasting".
Do you claim that fasting will be valid if one resorts to "self satisfaction" ( to put in your own words).
And can you imagine a fasting person trying to reach orgasm by forcible methods?


Edited by: aboosait on Saturday, December 27, 2008 10:53 AM
lofty

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Saturday, December 27, 2008  -  5:27 PM Reply with quote
quote:

quote:

........where this is not happening, one is left between the options of illicit sexual activity or self satisfaction ........
On what authority do you claim that there are those two options open in Islam?

The Prophet has shown us only one option when marriage is not possible, and that is "fasting".
Do you claim that fasting will be valid if one resorts to "self satisfaction" ( to put in your own words).
And can you imagine a fasting person trying to reach orgasm by forcible methods?


Edited by: aboosait on Saturday, December 27, 2008 10:53 AM


As far as I know, Hadith you have made reference to is not authentic. I am also of the opinion that Shariah is silent on the issue.
aboosait

INDIA
Posted - Sunday, December 28, 2008  -  3:10 AM Reply with quote
HKhan wrote:
quote:

.....shariah is quiet on the subject as mentioned above i.e. nothing is said directly about it...........

and Lofty wrote:
quote:

.......... I am also of the opinion that Shariah is silent on the issue......

Which Shariah do you mean?

In Islamic terminology, masturbation (istimna) means self-stimulation of the sexual organ till one achieves emission of semen or orgasm

While describing the believers, the Qur'an says, "The believers are... those who protect their sexual organs except from their spouses... Therefore, whosoever seeks more beyond that [in sexual gratification], then they are the transgressors."

23:1 The believers must (eventually) win through,
23:2 Those who humble themselves in their prayers;
23:3 Who avoid vain talk
23:4 Who are active in deeds of charity;
23:5 and who are mindful of their chastity, [Lit., "who guard their private parts"]
23:6 [not giving way to their desires] with any but their spouses - that is, those whom they rightfully possess [through wedlock]: [3] for then, behold, they are free of all blame,
23:7 whereas such as seek to go beyond that [limit] are truly transgressors;

The last sentence makes it very clear that any sexual gratification outside marriage is considered a transgression of the law of God.


Edited by: aboosait on Sunday, December 28, 2008 3:17 AM
lofty

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Monday, December 29, 2008  -  2:36 PM Reply with quote
Quran is silent on this issue. These verses you have quoted have specific directives and you can not derive meaning of your liking from these verses. Here are opinions of some of the companions of Prophet on the issue.

Ibn Hazam, in his book "Al-Muhalla" has referred to some of these opinions. Mentioning his own opinion, he writes: "there is no basis of prohibiting it (masturbation) therefore it is allowed, except that I do not approve of it because it cannot be termed as good behavior". Ibn Hazam has also referred to the fact that there has been some difference of opinion in this respect, and then quoting some of the authorities, which do not prohibit it, he has mentioned Ibn `Umar (ra), Ibn Abbas (ra) from amongst the companions of the Prophet (pbuh), and Hasan, `Amr ibn Dinaar, Ziyad Abul-A`laa and Mujaahid from amongst the authorities of the second generation.

Ibn `Umar (ra) has been quoted to have said:

"It [masturbation] is only deceiving oneself"

It has been quoted that once a person asked Ibn Abbas (ra) regarding masturbation. He replied:

"That is bad. Marrying a slave girl is better than that [masturbation] and it is better than fornication."

Ibn Abbas (ra) is also reported to have said:

"It is nothing but to play with one's organ till it orgasms"

Ibn `Umar (ra) is quoted to have said:

"It [masturbation] is only to rub a muscle".

Al-`alaa ibn Ziyad reports from his father that he said that they used to do it while [away from their wives,] in battles. Hasan is reported to have said the same. Mujaahid is reported to have said:

"It is your sperm, you may spill it."

Mujaahid is also reported to have said that those gone by used to advise their young ones to practice it, to save them from indulging into fornication. Mujaahid has also reported Hasan as saying; "there is no harm in masturbation". `Amr ibn Dinaar is also reported to have said; "I see no harm in masturbation".
aboosait

INDIA
Posted - Tuesday, December 30, 2008  -  2:53 AM Reply with quote
Why this difference in the sayings of the same personalitieas in the quotes by Lofty and Ibrahim? Can someone explain?
quote:

Lofty:
quote:

It has been quoted that once a person asked Ibn Abbas (ra) regarding masturbation. He replied:

"That is bad. Marrying a slave girl is better than that [masturbation] and it is better than fornication."
Ibrahim:
quote:

Ibn `Abbās: i) Marrying a slave girl is better than it, and it is better than fornication (zinā).


quote:

Lofty:
quote:

Ibn Abbas (ra) is also reported to have said:

"It is nothing but to play with one's organ till it orgasms"
Ibrahim:
quote:

Ibn `Abbās: ii) It is nothing but rubbing one’s private parts until a fluid comes out.

quote:

Lofty:
quote:

Ibn `Umar (ra) has been quoted to have said:"It [masturbation] is only deceiving oneself"
Ibrahim:
quote:

Ibn `Umar: i) A person who does makes a fool of himself

quote:

Lofty:
quote:

2. Ibn `Umar (ra) has been quoted to have said:

"It [masturbation] is only to rub a muscle".
Ibrahim:
quote:

Ibn `Umar: ii) It is merely rubbing an organ.

lofty

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Tuesday, December 30, 2008  -  5:32 PM Reply with quote
Different translations or different sources!
aboosait

INDIA
Posted - Wednesday, December 31, 2008  -  3:32 AM Reply with quote
quote:

Different translations or different sources!

final question to Lofty.

Are these quotes that approve of the act based on the practice of the Sahaba before the revelation of the Verse which I have quoted or later?

quote:

"there is no basis of prohibiting it (masturbation) therefore it is allowed, except that I do not approve of it because it cannot be termed as good behavior"


Does that mean that Allah and the Prophet were unaware that "it cannot be termed as good behavior" and hence did not think of prohibiting it
lofty

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Wednesday, December 31, 2008  -  4:21 PM Reply with quote
quote:

quote:

Different translations or different sources!

final question to Lofty.

Are these quotes that approve of the act based on the practice of the Sahaba before the revelation of the Verse which I have quoted or later?

quote:

"there is no basis of prohibiting it (masturbation) therefore it is allowed, except that I do not approve of it because it cannot be termed as good behavior"


Does that mean that Allah and the Prophet were unaware that "it cannot be termed as good behavior" and hence did not think of prohibiting it



Verse you have quoted has a specific directive if you read it in its context. It has nothing to do with the issue at hand.

Yes, it can not be termed as good if you are married. On the other hand, if you are single and you masturbate to prevent yourself from fornication i.e. greater sin, it can be termed as good then.
aboosait

INDIA
Posted - Wednesday, December 31, 2008  -  5:12 PM Reply with quote
Lofty, Please check your answers and see if they are in reply to my questions.

Q1. Are these quotes that approve of the act based on the practice of the Sahaba before the revelation of the Verse which I have quoted or later?

A1. Verse you have quoted has a specific directive if you read it in its context. It has nothing to do with the issue at hand.

Q2. Does that mean that Allah and the Prophet were unaware that"it cannot be termed as good behavior" and hence did not think of prohibiting it

A2. Yes, it can not be termed as good if you are married. On the other hand, if you are single and you masturbate to prevent yourself from fornication i.e. greater sin, it can be termed as good then.

Edited by: aboosait on Thursday, January 01, 2009 1:25 AM
lofty

UNITED KINGDOM
Posted - Thursday, January 01, 2009  -  5:29 PM Reply with quote
quote:

Lofty, Please check your answers and see if they are in reply to my questions.

Q1. Are these quotes that approve of the act based on the practice of the Sahaba before the revelation of the Verse which I have quoted or later?

A1. Verse you have quoted has a specific directive if you read it in its context. It has nothing to do with the issue at hand.

Q2. Does that mean that Allah and the Prophet were unaware that"it cannot be termed as good behavior" and hence did not think of prohibiting it

A2. Yes, it can not be termed as good if you are married. On the other hand, if you are single and you masturbate to prevent yourself from fornication i.e. greater sin, it can be termed as good then.

Edited by: aboosait on Thursday, January 01, 2009 1:25 AM


I believe sahaba said those things after the verse was revealed. That means verse has a specific directive if you read it in context and has nothing to do what we dicussing here.

God has not mentioned every thing in Quran that can be bad for us. God has given us intellect and inherent knowledge to make a distinction between good and bad.
aboosait

INDIA
Posted - Friday, January 02, 2009  -  1:28 AM Reply with quote
quote:

I believe sahaba said those things after the verse was revealed.
On what grounds do you believe so?
Please produce relevant proof as to when that was said so that I could compare it with the date when the Verse was revealed.
quote:

God has not mentioned every thing in Quran that can be bad for us.
Then you should look for it in the Sunnah

Edited by: aboosait on Friday, January 02, 2009 1:28 AM

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