Avoiding Adultery (Zina) by Masturbating

Avoiding Adultery (Zina) by Masturbating ~ Hi all readers! In some of the previous articles, I have explained a few things about adultery. That is one of the great sins which is absolutely prohibited by all Muslims. We can find one of the grounds forbidding adultery in the Qur’anic verse below;

وَلَا تَقۡرَبُواْ ٱلزِّنَىٰٓۖ إِنَّهُۥ كَانَ فَٰحِشَةٗ وَسَآءَ سَبِيلٗا ٣٢

And don’t approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way. (Al-Isra [17]; 32).

But sometimes someone will be in a condition that forces him to commit adultery. In these conditions, sexual desire is very high. The question that I want to say in relation to that is, can a person masturbate if he/she is in that condition?

Before I answer the question above, I will quote two hadiths that specifically explain the law of masturbation in Islam. I think you guys should know that. The two hadiths I mean are as follows;

سَبْعَةٌ لَا يَنْظُرُ اللهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ إِلَيْهِمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ , وَلَا يُزَكِّيْهِمْ , وَلَا يُجْمِعُهُمْ مَعَ الْعَالَمِيْنَ , يُدْخِلُهُمُ النَّارَ أَوَّلَ الدَّاخِلِيْنَ إِلَّا أَنْ يَتُوْبُوْا , إِلَّا أَنْ يَتُوْبُوْا , إِلَّا أَنْ يَتُوْبُوْا , فَمَنْ تَابَ تَابَ اللهُ عَلَيْهِ النَّاكِحُ يَدَهُ

There are seven groups that Allah will not see on the Day of Judgment, Allah will not cleanse them, Allah will not gather them together with other creatures, Allah’s ingredients will put them into Hell first, unless they repent, unless they repent, except if they repent. Whoever repents, Allah will accept repentance. (one of the seven groups is) a person who marries with his hands.

يَجِيْئُ النَّاكِحُ يَدَهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَيَدُهُ حُبْلَى

People who marry with their hands will come on the Day of Judgment in the condition of their hands tied.

All Readers! If we have read the two hadiths, of course we already understand that masturbation is strictly prohibited in Islam. But can we do that to avoid adultery?

There is one rule of Islamic law that I want to quote here, which I think we can use as a basis for answering the above question. Pay attention!

تَحْصِيْلًا لِلْمَصْلَحَةِ الْعَامَةِ , وَدَفْعًا لِلضَّرَرِ الْأَكْبَرِ بِارْتِكَابِ أَخَفِّ الضَّرَرَيْنِ

For the sake of obtaining general good and preventing greater danger by doing something that has the least danger.

Now, let’s weigh between adultery and masturbation. Both are indeed sinful. But adultery is a very big sin that will cause a very large damage when compared with masturbation. Thus, a Muslim is allowed to masturbate to avoid adultery. Here is the answer to the question above.

All Readers! That is a brief explanation about avoiding adultery (zina) by masturbating according to Islam. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that’s enough for this article. May be useful. Amen!

See you in the next article!


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