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Assalamu 'Alaykum

The following question was answered by Dr. Takim

Salaams & Duas
Ummulbanin Merali - Moderator - 'Aalim Network


I just had a very simple question, Assuming that their was a person who
was not able to get permenantly married, and he could not find any one
to get temporarely married to either, would it be allowed for him to
masturabate in order to satisfy his reproductive urges in cases of
extreme psychological and physiological stress due to sexual deprivation. I
know that some sunni scholard would say that if unable to get married a
person is allowed to masturbate in order to save himself from zina or
fornication and I just wanted to know what our point of view would be about


Islam has established legitimate ways of fulfilling desires. In addition,
there are other ways (e.g. recreational activities, extra meditational
exercises, seeking company of the pious ones) to divert one's attention from 
inordinate desires. Just as Allah has given us desires, He has also endowed us 
with the abilities to resist, control and finally master the desires.  

Remember, if a person does not control his/her desires, they will control

If a person suffers from extreme psychological or physiological stress, then a 
local doctor can be contacted for further advise and medication.

Masturbation is not a way of fullfilling desires, it is just a way of giving in 
and capitulating to desires. It is haram and completely prohibited.

May Allah strengthen us so that we keep away from haram acts.

Your brother in Islam

Liyakatali Takim

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