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22 I SPECIAL FEATURE Passion Islam I January 2009
psychological problems and is liable Shun whatever excites sexual other seasons. Engage in physical
to mental illnesses like forgetfulness, thoughts exercises and sports (some doctors
loss of memory, weak determination, Young people destroy themselves recommend special exercises to curb
preference for solitude, extreme when they pursue things that incite lustful desires) Abstain from spices
shyness and fear, being sorrowful and emotions and become like animals and all types of food that excite sex
possibly contemplate some serious in fulfilling their desires. It is essential Cut down on tea, coffee and
crime or even suicide. for young people to keep away from invigorating beverages. Reduce intake
gatherings and opportunities that of meat and eggs to a minimum. Do
Injunction of Shari’ah in this may arouse their sexual passions, or not lie down flat on the back or on the
regard where they may come across women stomach. Rather lie on the right side
The act of masturbation is despicable. in revealing or tightfitting attire. They in compliance with the Sunnah.
It is a grave sin and is unlawful. must abstain from listening to romantic Fear Allah Ta’ala.
The noble Qur’aan commands the tales or reading pornographic novels When fear of Allah Ta’ala is rooted
guarding of private organs. With and magazines, hearing music and in a person, all sinful and evil acts will
the exception of sexual intercourse indecent songs or viewing such films. be shunned.
with one’s wife, all forms of sexual One will then realise that Allah
satisfaction are unlawful and Engage in fruitful pursuit is always watching, and is aware
these include fornication, adultery, Adolescents and teenagers should of everything, whether apparent
homosexuality and masturbation, or not sit alone when they have nothing or hidden. One will take account
any other sexual perversion. On the to do. This will allow their imaginations of every act of disobedience and
day of Qiyaamah, the perpetrators to run wild and sexual passions will omission of duty and will know that
of such acts will suffer a dreadful be aroused. They should spend their Allah will punish the disobedient from
punishment and will be deprived of time properly so that they do not get His Creation.
the Mercy of Allah Ta’ala. arousing and lustful ideas. They can Young people must attend
The remedy for this disease keep themselves busy with physical gatherings where Allah Ta’ala is
Early marriage is a perfect, beneficial exercise, pure recreation, sensible eulogised. One must offer one’s Fardh
and natural remedy for this dangerous reading and religious lessons. Salaat and make it a habit to offer nafl
addiction. Salaat and recite the Qur’aan on a
Good Company regular basis. One must cultivate the
Optional Fasts It is important to select good and fear of Allah, the habit of muraaqabah
If, for some reason, it is not possible pious friends and companions. Such (meditation), and the realisation of
to marry at an early age, voluntary friends may guard us from erring and Allah’s Majestic Powers.
fasts may be kept. By fasting, lustful although they are rare, they are found This is possible when one
thoughts are curbed and thus one’s everywhere. Search for such company accustoms oneself to rising in the
sexual urge is reduced. Further, and let yourself spend time with them. latter portion of the night for the
fasting promotes fear of Allah Ta’ala Remember that people imitate their tahajjud Salaat, keeping optional
and creates humility. friends. Therefore, to strengthen your fasts, listening to the chronicles of
There are various kinds of voluntary Imaan, character and physique, keep the Sahaaba [Radhiallaahu anhum],
fasts. One is the Sawm-e-Daawood away from evil companions and adopt spending time with pious people,
[the fast of Daawood - Alayhis salaam] the company of virtuous people. keeping contact with the righteous
which means fasting every alternate and remembering death and the
day. Fasts can also be observed on Act on medical advice Hereafter.
Mondays and Thursdays, six days Doctors of medicine give the following Therefore, develop such habits so
during the month of Shawaal, the suggestions on how to restrain lustful that you are not drawn into temptation
ninth and tenth of Muharram, or any desires and sexual urges: and sensuality. Remember that the
other day (besides the five prohibited Have cold baths in summer, punishment for disobedience and
days). pour cold water on the penis in sinning is the fire of Jahannam.
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