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Passion Islam I January 2009 SPECIAL FEATURE I 21
bright look of a man’s face, and he demonstrates that it is prohibited. to gratify themselves by committing
looks melancholy and dejected. He From the evidence presented so fornication and other unlawful acts, or
loses his health and quite frequently far, it can be seen that Shari’ah not by resorting to self-indulgence. These
his vitality and sexual stamina through only classifies this type of unnatural harm the body, the mind and affect
this disgusting practice. waste of seminal fluid as illegal, but one’s psychological health.
The Qur’aan declares: “The also advocated strict measures for its
Believers are those who abstain from prevention. Physical Health
sex except with those joined to them A person who masturbates becomes
in marriage bond, or those whom their Remedy for Masturbation weak and thin, palpitation increases
righht hand possess for (in their case) The anathema of masturbation is and his memory becomes weak. The
they are free from blame, but those very common among young and digestive system is impaired and
who crave something beyond that are adolescent boys. One reason for this inflammation of the lungs occurs. One
transgressors.” habit is the unrestricted movement of may also become anaemic.
Beyond the wife and slave women on the streets, in the market
woman all ways and means of sexual places and at recreation centres. Sexual Health
satisfaction are unlawful. They include Women go about in tight-fitting and Impotency is the natural outcome of
adultery, sodomy, masturbation, etc. revealing garments, unmindful of the masturbation. A boy who has indulged
From this it can be deduced that presence of men. in the habit of masturbation is not
masturbation falls under the context Obscene scenes in plays and capable of marriage when he grows
‘but those who crave ...’ and is films promote sexual self-indulgence. up. If he does marry, his wife hates
therefore immoral and a sin in Islam. Periodicals and magazines that him and often husband and wife may
Views expressed by the Shafi’i jurists contain romantic and sexual matter divorce. If the woman is pious, she
on this matter are clearly illustrated lead young boys and girls to will become depressed and if she is
by Imam Nawawi whose opinion shamelessness and immodesty. not, she will resort to unlawful acts.
is typical of the Shafi’i Jurists as a Youngsters who are not inspired
whole. He declared that masturbation by the fear of Allah Ta’ala and of the Psychological and Mental Health
was absolutely forbidden. It was only consequences of their actions, are apt A person who masturbates will suffer
permitted when it was performed by
the hand of a man’s wife or concubine,
for he has a right to the enjoyment of
her hand as he has to the rest of her
The author of Subul al Salam
according to al-Juzairi, states: “Some
of the Hanbali and Hanafi Jurists
are of the opinion that masturbation
may be permissible in the event that
one fears (that is, not engaging in it)
would lead to his committing adultery,
fornication. But be cautious that such
a view is weak and is not to be relied
According to Maliki school of
thought masturbation is deduced to
be illegal from the following hadith
narrated by ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud
(Radhiallaahu Anhu): “We were
with the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi
Wasallam) while we were young
and had no wealth whatsoever. The
Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam)
said: “O assembly of youths ; whoever
among you possesses the physical
and financial resources to marry,
should do so, because it helps him
guard his modesty, and whoever is
unable to marry, should fast, as fasting
diminishes his sexual power.’
Therefore, the jurists of this school
are of the opinion that if masturbation
was permitted, the Prophet
(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) would
have acknowledged its permissibility
because this is much simpler than
fasting. Since the Prophet (Sallallaahu
Alayhi Wasallam) did not mention it,
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