The Prophet said: Among those whom Allah will not look at on the Day
of Resurrection, and to whom He will say, "Enter the Fire along with
those who enter," the Prophet (pbuh) counted the following: The active
and the passive partners in homosexuality; the one who has sex with animals;
the one who is married to a woman and her daughter at the same time; and
the one who masturbates regularly, unless they repent and reform.
If masturbation was permitted wouldn't the prophet have said it was
ok to do while we fast instead of having sex.
Touching the sexual organ without any 'barrier' between the hand and
the organ: Busrah bint Safwan narrated that the Prophet, upon whom be peace,
said, "Whoever touches his sexual organ cannot pray until he performs
This hadith is related by 'the five'. At-Tirmidhi classified it as sahih
and al-Bukhari called it the most authentic report on that topic. Malik,
ash-Shaifi, Ahmad and others also narrated it. Abu Dawud said, "I asked
Ahmad, 'Is the hadith of Busrah authentic?' He said, 'Certainly it is authentic."
In the narration of Ahmad and an-Nasa'i, Busrah heard the Prophet saying,
"Ablution is to be made by the one who touches his sexual organ."
This is general and encompasses touching one's own sexual organs or touching
somebody else's. Abu Hurairah reported the Prophet as saying, "Whoever
touches his sexual organ without any covering (between them) must perform
ablution." (Related by Ahmad, Ibn Hibban and al-Hakim, who classified
it as sahih, as did Ibn 'Abdul-Barr.)
23:5. Who abstain from sex,
23:6. Except with those joined to them in the marriage bond,
or (the captives) whom their right hands possess,- for (in their case)
they are free from blame,
23:7. But those whose desires exceed those limits are transgressors.
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
Wallahu a’lam. And Allah knows what is best and most correct.
The motive to seek a cure for this problem should be solely following Allaah’s
orders and fearing His punishment.
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.
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.
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).
Using one’s available leisure time in worshipping Allaah and increasing
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.
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.
Strengthening one’s willpower and avoiding spending time alone as recommended
by the Prophet when he said "Do not spend the night alone" Ahmad
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
- Ali Aman