WHY MASTURBATION IS NOT HARAM
The issue of masturbation as been quite a controversial as well as a misunderstood topic by many muslims. Due to their ignorance as well as their cultural upbringing , many muslims have started to shun masturbation as a wrong and sinful act in Islam. There have been various fatwas by scholars of the aqeedat-us-salafiyyah who have mistakenly given their wording stating that masturbation is haram. All of these arguments are based on one quranic verse which has nothing to do with masturbation. The verse is as follows:
"And those who guard their chastity. 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." (Al Quran23.5-7 )
The above mentioned verse only talks about sexual relations between persons other than your wives and slaves
and masturbation is only a thing that you engage with your self.
Many including imam shafi have tried to derive a meaning as if masturbation is haram. When you look clearly,
there is no mention of the word masturbation being forbidden. the word" But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors." as being taken out of context and interpreted to mean that the masturbator is a transgressor as he is seeking something beyond what his right hand posesses. This verse only means about homosexuality and fornication. and Allah(awt) and his rasool(sal) have clearly explained in the quran and sunnah of what is sexual transgression. and sexual transgression is adultery,fornication, homosexuality because these are what that have being clearly being forbidden in the Quran and the Sunnah. Ibn kathir in his authentic tafseer gives the meaning to the following verse as follows:
"means, those who protect their private parts from unlawful actions and do not do that which Allah has forbidden; fornication and homosexuality, and do not approach anyone except the wives whom Allah has made permissible for them or their right hand possessions from the captives. One who seeks what Allah has made permissible for him is not to be blamed and there is no sin on him".
ibn kathir himself says clearly that one who seeks what Allah(swt) has made permissible for him is not to be blamed and there is no sin on him. The above mentioned ayah has nothing to do with masturbation and there is no evidence whatsoever from the Quran or any authentic hadith forbidding masturbation. If Allah(swt) and his messenger(sal) has not sanctioned something in islam, then no one has the right to make it forbidden according to their wims. Islam is a very easy religion and Allah(swt) with his mercy has not sanctioned masturbation has it would be a burden to mankind. It is clear from this that masturbation is 200% halal. According to the shariah if there is silence from the Quran and the sunnah then it falls as something that is permitted which is known as 'jaiz' meaning allowed. The below hadith explains this follows:
"The Prophet (sal) said, “Verily Allah has obligated the obligations – so do not neglect them. And He has limited the limits – so do not transgress them. And His silence about things is from His mercy, not forgetfulness, so do not investigate them.” (Hasan sahih-Ad-Darqutni No. 4/199 and Al-Baihaqi No. 10/122).
The above hadith is clear evidence that we are forbidden from investigating from things which has come as a mercy from Allah(swt) by he being silent. Masturbation also falls in to the things in which Islam is silent. and this hadith clearly proves that masturbation is a gift and a mercy from Allah(swt) to ease mankind's sexual desire. It is sad to note that due to the ignorance of this ummah, muslims have started to vigorously reject masturbation by trying to prove any verse or hadith. As there is no clear evidence to prove that masturbation is haram they have fallen in to the blunder of deriving meanings which has nothing to do with the original meaning.
many wrongly quote the below hadith to try to prove that masturbation is haram.
‘Abdullah bin Mas’ood(rali), who said: “We were with some youth not finding anything, so the Messenger of Allah,(sal) said: ‘O assembly of youth. Whoever from you is able to get married, then let him do so, for it lowers the gaze and protects the privates. And whoever is unable, then it is (on him) to fast, for it is a protection” (Bukhari and Muslim)
they argue that masturbation is forbidden because as mentioned in the above hadith, the prophet(sal) told that if you are unable to get married, to fast and if masturbation was an alternative, prophet(sal) would have mentioned it. Now my question is, the prophet(sal) never made it an obligation for a muslim who is unable to get married to fast. fasting is only a sunnah and who ever wants to fast can fast and who ever wants not to fast can definitely not fast as it is not an obligation. Marriage is a recommended sunnah and fasting is a sunnah. This verse has nothing to do about masturbation. Masturbation is Jaiz (permitted). The above hadith proves nothing on masturbation being forbidden.
The most important thing to be understood when knowing and understanding a verse of the Quran or Hadith is that you cannot give your wording and meaning to it. This was the methodology of the salafus saliheen. Deviants like the mutazila and asharia who went astray were the ones who interpreted the quranic verses to their own wims hence twisting the verses . The verse must be understand using all the other supporting verses and hadith and according to the understanding of the the sahabah. For an example, the quran talks about major sins known as kabair. The quran says:
"Those who avoid great sins and Al-Fawahish (immoral sins) except Al-Lamam(minor sins) verily, your Lord is of vast forgiveness."
The kabair or major sins are backbiting,adultery,fornocation,murder etc because these are the sins that have been mentioned in the quran and the sahih hadith as major sins. Now, if someone comes and tells that kissing a child is a major sin by quoting the above verse, will kissing the child become a major sin? No. because, there is no mention in the quran or hadith stating so. similerly, if someone comes with the quranic verse in sura muhmineen trying to give his or her opinion telling that this verse means that masturbation is also haram, does that mean that it is haram? No. Why? because there is no mention in the quran or sahih hadith stating that masturbation is haram.
Another example , is the verse in surah ahzab, as stated below:
"O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies. That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever OftForgiving, Most Merciful"(Al quran-33:59)
May try to prove thrugh this verse that "draw their cloaks all over their bodies", means that to cover the entire body even the face and hand. But, by understanding the above verse using the Quran,the authentic hadiths, and the exlanation of the companions, it is quite clear, that meaning for this verse "draw their cloaks all over their bodies" is to cover the body except for the face,hands and the feet. There are so many other examples available and all these proves that the quran verse in chapter 23:5-7, has been wrongly interpreted.
The other famous argument on this topic is, many muslims try to quote the fatwas of salafi imams like sheikh ibn taymiyyah, sheikh uthaymin,bin baz, sheik nasiruddin albani, imam shafi etc. And the clear cut answer for this is that all these respectable imams as human beings made a mistake on the topic of masturbation. A scholar among the sahaba, Ibn abbas(rali) allowed masturbation in the authentically narrated hadith below:
"One young person comes to Ibnu Abbas rali and asks about masturbation, then he says ” If you fear zina then practice it”.
Ibn Abbas being a scholar clearly knew that there is no evidence to prove that masturbation is haram and he as a scholar clearly knew the Quranic verse mentioned above(chapter 23-verses 5-7) and he clearly allowed the young man to practice masturbation as it would protect him from committing zina. According to the shariah, it is clear that no scholar who came after the sahabah is greater than them. and there is no evidence for any sahaba criticizing ibn abbase's fatwa. this is clear from the sahaba's understanding that masturbation is not haram. The sahaba were the best of this ummah and there is clear evidence to prove that we should stick to the sahaba's understanding ,as well as to the tabioon and tabat tabeen, who are the salafus saliheen(the righteous generation)
all the imams who came after that and had held the opinion that masturbation is haram has erred. their argument does not hold water. there are also scholers among the salaf who made masturbation permissible and they are: Ahmed ibn hanbal,Tawus ibn kaysan,imam Ibn Hazm, imam shawkani. The above evidences clearly proves and invalidates all the false arguments that masturbation is haram. Masturbation is halal for both men and women. There is no restriction what so ever for masturbation and anyone can engage in masturbation the way they want using their hands, using sex toys such as vibrators, dildos, artificial vaginas etc.
MASTURBATION WILL BRING REWARDS TO A MUSLIM
If a man or women masturbates they will be rewarded by Allah(swt), because they are doing something halal and avoiding something haram. Masturbation is a form of charity.The evidence for this is in the below hadith in which the prophet(sal) said:
"Every tasbeehah (saying ‘Subhaan Allaah (Glory be to Allaah)’) is a charity. Every Takbeerah (saying ‘Allaahu akbar (Allaah is Most Great)’) is a charity. EveryTahmeedah (saying ‘al-hamdu-Lillaah (praise be to Allaah)’ is a charity. Every Tahleelah(saying ‘Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah (there is no god but Allaah)’) is a charity. Enjoining what is good is a charity. Forbidding what is evil is a charity. Having intercourse (with one’s wife) is a charity.” They said, “O Messenger of Allaah, if one of us fulfils his desire, is there reward in that?” He said, “Do you not see that if he does it in a haraam way he will have the burden of sin? So if he does it in a halaal way, he will have a reward for that.”
Masturbation is a form of forbidding evil has it will protect one from zina it is a way of enjoining what is good.
MASTURBATION WON'T BREAK SAWM (FASTING).
The other wrong notion that is prevalent among muslims is that during ramazan or during other voluntary fasts, if a person masturbates, his/her fast or in other words sawm will be invalidated(broken). Let me answer this wrong argument with the most authentic hadiths of the prophet(sal) and according to the understanding of the sahaba and the salaf-us-saliheen.
Sheikh albani(raheemahullah) clearly explains this in his book “tamaam al minnah” pages 418-420, with all the authentic evidence that masturbation does not invalidate fast. In a hadith,
“He (the Prophet, Sallallaahu alayhi wa Sallam) would do Mubaasharah(having sexual relations) when he was
fasting, and would place a cloth between him and her, meaning over the private part.”
Reported by Ahmad and Ibn Khuzaymah in his Saheeh. Its Isnaad is Good (Jayyid). In another hadith,
“He (the Prophet, Sallallaahu 3alayhi wa Sallam) used to kiss when fasting, touch when
fasting, and was the most in control of his desires”
Reported by al-Bukhaaree, Muslim, and others.
In Islam it is very clear that sexual intercourse is the entering of the two private parts . If anything happens other than this, altough it is a sin if it is done accordance to what has been forbidden, it is not a sin that falls under hadd punishment. There is very clear evidence from authentic hadiths to prove this which I wouldn’t like to go in detail in this particular article.
The above hadiths prove clearly that doing anything other than sexual intercourse even if you ejaculate semen or other female secretion, would not invalidate the fast and there is no kaffarah for this. This is further strengtened with the below narration of aysha (rali)in response to someone who asked her:
“What is Halaal (permissible) for a man to do with his wife when he is fasting?”
She said, “Everything except intercourse.”
This was reported by ‘Abdir-Razzaaq in his Musannaf (4 / 190 / 8439) with a Saheeh (authentic)
chain of narrators, as al-HaafidH Ibn Hajr mentioned in al-Fath. This narration was also used as a proof by Ibn Hazm regarding this issue. (from the Silsilah).
‘Aa’ishah herself, reported by at-Tahaawee with a Saheeh Isnaad that Hakeem bin ‘Iqaal said:
“I asked ‘Aa’ishah, “What is prohibited for me from my wife while I am fasting?” She said, “Her
Some try to interpret the word”mubaasharaa” as kissing but, this is wrong as the prophet(sal) used to
“He (the Prophet, Sallallaahu alayhi wa Sallam) used to kiss when fasting, touch when
fasting, and was the most in control of his desires”
Reported by al-Bukhaaree, Muslim, and others.
The real meaning for "mubaashara" is having sexual relations.
So, you can do anything except doing intercourse(entering of the private parts) and it won’t break the fast.
SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE TO PROVE THAT MASTURBATION IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH.
The muslim pundits who belong to so many deviant sects and madhhabs , after realizing that they are helpless in proving from the quran and sahih hadith that masturbation is haram , try to finally prove it by using the personal opinions of doctors. My answer to all these jokers is, there are so many doctors who personally have said that eating non veg food is bad for your health and medical science as well as biological science have clearly proved that the human body is clearly made to be omnivorous and being a vegetarian could cause your body to lose protein, hence making vegetarianism a myth. Now my question is, according to these pundits, if you are supposed to stick to any doctor's opinion, you must accept vegetarianism also as a fact. the truth is, any tom and dick's opinion cannot be taken and it must be proven by science and science including medical as well as psychological science has clearly proven that masturbation is totally harmless to the human body and it is good for one's health. the evidence is as follows:
In 2003, an Australian research team led by Graham Giles of The Cancer Council Australia found that males masturbating frequently had a lower probability to develop prostate cancer. Men who averaged five or more ejaculations weekly in their 20s had significantly lower risk. However they could not show a direct causation. The study also indicated that increased ejaculation through masturbation rather than intercourse would be more helpful as intercourse is associated with diseases (STDs) that may increase the risk of cancer instead. (source -wikipedia)
A 2008 study at Tabriz Medical University found ejaculation reduces swollen nasal blood vessels, freeing the airway for normal breathing. The mechanism is through stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system and is long lasting. The study author suggests "It can be done [from] time-to-time to alleviate the congestion and the patient can adjust the number of intercourses or masturbations depending on the severity of the symptoms
Both sex and masturbation lower blood pressure. A small study demonstrated lower blood pressure in persons who had recently masturbated compared to those with no proximate sexual activity(source-wikipedia)
A long article published on foxnews.com datedِ August 11, 2008 describes the benifits of masturbation as follows:
Health Benefits for Men
Research summarized in a 2007 article in Sexual and Relationship Therapy found that masturbation may help men by:
— Improving his immune system’s functioning.
— Building his resistance to prostate gland infection.
— Making for a healthier prostate.
Australian researchers have reported that frequent masturbation may lower a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. A survey of men found the more frequently a man masturbates between the ages of 20 and 50, the less likely they are to get prostate cancer. In fact, those who masturbated more than five times a week were one-third less likely to develop prostate cancer.
Health Benefits for Females
When it comes to a woman’s health, self-pleasuring serves her well by:
— Building her resistance to yeast infections.
— Combating pre-menstrual tension and other physical conditions associated with their menstrual cycles, like cramps.
— Relieving painful menstruation by increasing blood flow to the pelvic region. This will also reduce pelvic cramping and related backaches.
— Relieving chronic back pain and increasing her threshold for pain.
Health Benefits for Both Sexes
Masturbation rewards both men and women because it’s:
— The safest kind of sex, keeping you free of sexually transmitted infections.
— A great form of stress relief.
— A mood booster in releasing endorphins.
— A natural sleep sedative.
— A mechanism for building stronger pelvic floor muscles, which can lead to better sex.
— A natural energetic pick-me-up.
With the above evidence, it is very clear that masturbation is not forbidden in Islam and I call all muslims in the world to not get misleaded by the false arguments of foolish people who follow their desires.