Hadiths prohibiting masturbation are not true and here is why
In 2015, many would have heard the news of a Sufi (a deviant sect with a pantheistic doctrine where the followers do bidah shirk and kufr) heretic by the name of Mücahid Cihad Han without any thought gave his foolish verdict that anyone who masturbates will have his hands pregnant on the day of resurrection. The hadith which this preacher narrated is not a statement of the prophet (Sal). It is only the opinion of Atta Bin Rabah who was a tabeen (a person who came after the companions of the prophet (Sal). Anyway this hadith is a weak (Daif) hadith. The hadith is as follows:
Ibn Juraij asked about masturbation and Atta Bin Rabah said;
“This act is Makruh (Makruh Tahremi) as I heard some people will be resurrected in such a condition that their hands will be pregnant, I think they are those who masturbated“.
(Bayhaqi, Volume 7, Hadith No-5087)
The above hadith is weak in its narration because one of its narrators Muslima Bin Jafar is unknown. There are multiple weaknesses in this hadith. First the weakness is in its narrators as explained above and the weakness in its text (Matn). The statement of the text is that what Attab Bin Rabah mentioned “I heard some people will be resurrected” He does not mention from whom. It could mean from anyone. The other point is that Atta Ibn Rabah does not know whether it means masturbation as he mentions that he thinks that its masturbation. Even if we assume that the above hadith is authentic, it’s only an opinion of an individual.
The next hadith is the hadith which is narrated in Baihaqi. The prophet (Sal) said;
"Seven persons are such that Allah will not look at them on the Day of Judgment, nor will He purify them, nor will He include them among the learned, and Allah will enter them into Hell. They will enter Hell first, except for those who repent, as those who repent, Allah will accept their repentance: a person who masturbates; a person who performs the act of sodomy; the person upon whom the act of sodomy is performed; a perpetual drunkard; the person who hits his parents so much that they appeal for help; the person who harms his neighbors so much so that they curse him; the person who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife."
(Baihaqi Shuaib Al Iman-The hadith is a weak hadith. It was graded as weak by Imam Ibn Jawzi in Al-‘Ilal Al-Mutanaahiyah, and Ibn Kathir who graded as weak because it has an unknown chain of narrators. It was graded daif by Al Azi and Al Dylami as well).
Anas (Ra) narrates that the Prophet (Sal) said:
“The person who performs nikaah with his hands (i.e. he masturbates) is cursed”.
(Tafseer Mazhari: vol.12, pg. 94-This hadith is Mawdoo (Fabricated hadith) and has no basis. Ismail Al-Ujalwani in his book Kashaf-ul-Akhfa said that it has no basis and Mullah Al Qari in his book, Asrar-ul-Marfua also said that it has no basis).
The other fabricated hadith that has no basis at all is the hadith of Saeed bin Jubair (Rali) who said that;
"Allah Ta'aala will inflict a punishment on a group of people because they played with their private parts”
(Quoted in Tafseer Mazhari-this hadith has no basis).
Those who quite such hadiths should fear Allah (Swt) for spreading lies to prove that masturbation is haram. The prophet (Sal) warned in a hadith by saying as narrated by Salama (Rali);
"Whoever (intentionally) ascribes to me what I have not said then (surely) let him occupy his seat in Hell-fire."
(Sahih Al Bukhari)
After coming this far reading the and understanding the various weak and fabricated hadiths prohibiting masturbation. it will be clear that Islam as opposed to wrong views is the most lenient religion in all affairs including sexuality. The prophet (Sal) commanded the Muslims to be lenient in all affairs and to make things easy for people. The prophet (Sal) said’
"Facilitate things to people (concerning religious matters), and do not make it hard for them and give them good tidings and do not make them run away (from Islam)."
(Sahih Al Bukhari)
Further the prophet (Sal) said
“Religion (Islam) is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists”,
(Sahih Al Bukhari)
A Muslim must understand that by making things hard for himself he’s only burdening himself by doing so. Why have Muslims become so harsh even in things such as masturbation? It’s because of their ignorance in knowing Islam and the arrogance to accept the truth. Allah intends ease for a Muslim. Allah (Swt) says in the Quran,
“Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship”.
After reading chapter six, you would have come across the views which other religions have told about masturbation. In every aspect of life Islam is the easiest religion in the world but unfortunately because of the ignorance of the Muslims and the media using this ignorance for false propagation has made Islam a misunderstood religion. Little does anyone know what the other religions preach its followers. Take for an example in the bible; this is how uncleanliness is mentioned.
“Any man with an infected penis is unclean, whether it is stopped up or keeps dripping. Anything that he rests on or sits on is also unclean, and if you touch either these or him, you must wash your clothes and take a bath, but you still remain unclean until evening”.
Buddha preached non-violence is what everyone knows on the surface. But he totally restricted the basic human rights of ordained monks and other disciples. The same can be said of other religions such as Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and others. What needs to be understood is that there is a huge difference between Islam based on the authentic sources and the Islam that is been practiced by the majority of Muslims. Masturbation is thought to be forbidden by Muslims is because of their ignorant upbringing and the lack of courage and intellectualism to challenge such long held beliefs that has no basis in Islam. Sex is a gift from Allah(Swt) and it is not Islam that has sanctioned sex, it is the various wrong interpretations of the Muslims that have sanctioned it. Sanctioning and restricting sex has not done any good to the Muslim community and the more restrictive sex becomes the more deviant it will manifest among the Muslim ummah.
Prophet (Sal) said,
“Whoever is easy-going, easy to deal with and kind hearted, Allah will forbid the Fire for him.”
(Sahih Al-Jami, no. 6484)
What I am telling the the Muslim community at large is not my mere opinions. It is based on the above hadith of the messenger of Allah(Sal) to go easy and to be kind hearted. To be kind and gentle in all issue is what Islam teaches and being harsh in sexuality is apposing the teachings of Islam to be gentle and kind.Abu Said al Khudri (Rali) narrated that the prophet(Sal) said,
“The most perfect of the believers in faith are those who are best in manners and attitude, who are humble, who feel at ease with people and people feel at ease with them. He is not one of us who does not feel at ease with people and they do not feel at ease with him.”
(Tabarani-Graded Sahih by Albani)
Abu Hurayrah(Rali) narrated,
The prophet(Sal) said,
“Verily you cannot afford to make people happy with your wealth, but you can make them happy with you by means of a cheerful face and good attitude.”
(Al-Bazzaar-Graded Hasan Sahih by Albani in Sahih Targheeb)
The prophet(Sal) said,
“Verily Allah is Kind and loves kindness, and He rewards for kindness in a way that He does not reward for harshness or for anything else.”
(Bukhari and Muslim)
Abdullah ibn Masood(Rali) narrated that the prophet(Sal) said,
“Shall I not tell you of one who will be forbidden to the Fire, or for whom the Fire will become forbidden? Everyone who is close to people, gentle and easy-going.”
(Tirmidhi-Graded Sahih by Albani)
Abu Dharr narrated, the prophet(Sal) said,
“Do not regard any act of kindness as insignificant, even meeting your brother with a cheerful countenance.”
“Verily in Paradise there are chambers, the outside of which may be seen from the inside, and the inside of which may be seen from the outside.” A Bedouin stood up and said: Who are they for, O Messenger of Allah? He said: “For those who speak kind words, give food, fast regularly, and pray at night when people are asleep.”
(Tirmidhi-Graded Sahih by Albani)
All of these hadiths speak of the importance of being kind and easy going in religion. Unfortunately all of these hadiths have been disregarded by the modern day Muslim who has internalized many deviant heretical beliefs and have become extreme and harsh. When you become harsh in the heart, then every action of yours will become harsh and extreme.The prophet(Sal) said,
Beware, in the body there is a piece of flesh; if it is sound, the whole body is sound and if it is corrupt the whole body is corrupt, and hearken it is the heart.
The Muslim who is harsh in his conduct will be harsh with his wife, his children and his fellow Muslim brother and this turns in to a vicious cycle. If you ask any Muslim what needs to be done if you do ot want to get married then he would reply that you have to get married thinking that marriage is wajib where it isn't or he will advice you to fast and if you say that you do not want to fast, you will be forced to fast. Masturbation is in most cases will never be an option for a Muslim but Many Muslims would have masturbated even though they consider it a sin. My question to them is, If masturbation was such a sin, then why is it so hard for you to control it. They are contradicting their own selves and and this self contradiction is not going to do any good but only unnecessarily increase ones own guilt and fear. Unnecessary guilt will lead to unnecessary fear and that in turn could lead to serious physical and mental trauma. Allah azza wa jal is not a tyrant who has given us a religion that is hard to follow. Islam is the only religion that has stood the test of time and not understanding this simple fact is what has caused a huge dilemma. It is high time that masturbation is accepted as a form of halal sex and the unnecessary hatred towards masturbation will only force a Muslim who is sexual frustrated go and experiment with things which are forbidden in Islam. It is clear like the night and day that masturbation is halal and the false hadiths that are quoted cannot be used to stop the truth. Allah(Swt) says in the Quran,
"Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you"
Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, (Sal), said,
“Verily, the religion is easy and no one burdens himself in religion but that it overwhelms him. Follow the right course, seek closeness to Allah, give glad tidings, and seek help for worship in the morning and evening and a part of the night.”
If someone tries to convince you by trying to quote hadiths stating that masturbation is haram,then remember that such hadiths are all false and the person who is quoting is noting but an ignorant person who has been brainwashed to think that masturbation is haram and show this article to him. There is no authentic hadith to prove that masturbation is haram. Please comment and share this article to as many people possible so that it will reach a wider audience across the world Insha Allah.