Beliefs & Practices, Masturbation - A disastrous problem faced by the youth / Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Every harm is the result of sins. Hence, the harms of masturbation proves that it is a sin. Why should it not be so when sins are the root of misfortune and the key to all vices. Ibne Qayyim (Rahmatullahi alaihi) says:

“The reason for every loss, misfortune and evil in this world and the hereafter is sin and opposing the Lawsand Commands of Allah Ta’ala. Moreover, sin destroys bounties and blessings as fire burns wood.” It is possible to divide the harms of this vile act as follows:


The Shar’i harms are many. Some of them are as follows:

A decrease in taufiq (success granted by Allah Ta’ala ); corrupt ideas; hard-heardtedness, an aversion towards people, cheerlessness in the heart and to be deprived of knowledge. The greatest spiritual harm caused by this evil act is the inability to remain steadfast on Deen. As long as a person is entangled in this evil habit, shaytân will gradually remove him from his friends until he dislikes their company. Thereafter, shaytan will draw him into the mud of desires until he is deprived altogether from remaining steadfast on Deen.

How many youth have been deprived of Tahajjud, fasting, recitation of the Qurán, acquiring knowledge, associating with friends, etc. because of the commission of this evil. A person who commits this sin becomes weak in front of shaytân and his nafs-e-amrnarah (lowly-self) instructs him to do evil. Hence, he will not have the ability to oppose his nafs in order to carry out the Commands of Allah Ta’ala. Hasan Basri (Rahmatullahi alaihi) has said: “A person deprives himself of performing Tahajjud by committing sins.”

Moreover, masturbation causes the bladder to become weak. Consequently, involuntary urinal and seminal discharges occur from the private parts. This causes complications in wudhu, salaah and cleanliness of the clothes.


Undoubtedly, masturbation causes physical harm -although some have exaggerated its harms – nevertheless, medical science has proven that masturbation is a cause of a number of diseases. Amongst them are:

1. It weakens the sexual organs and creates partial looseness in it.

2. It weakens the nerves generally – a result of the exertion caused by this action.

3. It affects the growth of the limbs especially the outer part of the urethra (duct through which urine is discharged from the bladder and the testicles). Hence it does not reach the limit of it’s normal growth.

4. It creates seminal (spermatic) inflammation in the testicles which causes quick ejaculation of sperm.

5. It causes pain in the vertebra column, the spinal column from which semen is ejaculated. This pain creates crookedness and twisting in the back.

6. It causes some limbs like the legs to shake and shiver.

7. It creates weakness in the cerebral glands of the brain which, in turn, weakens the power of perception and reason. Similarly, it leads to the weakness of memory.

8. It weakens the eye-sight and reduces its normal limit of vision.

9. It causes a person to become old before time.

10. It weakens the very delicate and fine nerves and veins of the sexual organs resulting in sexual impotency.

11. It causes an excessive loss of sperm by way of nocturnal emission (wet dreams).

12. It decreases the natural resistance of the body.

13. It causes harm to the four principal organs in the body viz, the heart, brain, liver and stomach.

14. It decreases the natural animal heat in the body, heat which strengthens the soul and body.

15. It causes an excessive loss of blood. Remember it takes 80 drops of blood to produce one drop of sperm. (Tajjus Sihat, pg 11)

16. It weakens the bladder.


1. The psychologists say: “Here the awareness of a misdeed and the feeling of a sin occurs to those youth who practice this vile act in such a way that within themselves there is struggle between the desire to practice this vile act and the remorseful feeling of a sin.”

2. Excessive practice of this vile act leads to cowardice, an increase in nervous agitation, no confidence in oneself, overwhelming disgrace, a decrease in the urge to study and desire towards isolation and introversion.

3. Similarly, excessive practice of this evil act leads towards its addiction and attachment. Instead of practising it to rid oneself of an irresistible desire or to unleash a violent eruption of desire within oneself, a person does it as a habit to attain and satisfy his carnal appetite and -desire. Ibn Qayyim (Rahmatullahi alaihi) has said:

“Many sinners sin without deriving any pleasure and urge except that they experience pain in quitting it.”


  1. the only solution to that is early marriage, so that gets rid of all that stuff right away. Now adayas- there is this fashion- that a child has to go to the dirt of the colleges, universities, must get a degree then earn money and then must be married to a high position girl- its sheer nonsense. Whats the harm if at the age of 15-17, a boy gets married to a deen-abiding girl , and then continues his education? The muslims today are responsible for this havoc, unfortunately, in majority. Because they want to follow the trend of the society- late marriages. So, after all, just like food and drink is a necessity- so is sexual satisfaction- at the age of 15 onwards. May Allah give hidayat to all of us. Ameen,

  2. i wished i knew this knowldge before in my youth. i was addicted to this habit and i can confirm i have seen many of the effetcs including nervous agitation and cowardice. it is really painful you just become nervous and a pure coward and no self confidence. it is a horrible experience and would not wish any other muslim to suffer these horrible effects thnx brother

  3. Thank u so much for ur effort.well,i’m 22 years and unfortunately,i got into masturbation at the age 18 yrs without knowing what masturbation and its complications were.i’m very skinny which i was been laughed at by friends and calling me all forms of funny and disgusting names.this forced me to isolate myself from them.i was always in the house alone and sometimes i was crying i had depression.then i got into masturbation.i never had sex with anyone but i’m having these complications as a result of masturbation: 1.severe waist pain 2.pain in the penis when i urinate 3.discharge of white fluid from penis 4.rashes around the genitals 5.lower abdominal pains 6.chest pain 7.low self esteem,nervous and isolation…i’ve ran so many labratory test at the hospitals but all the results were negative for STDS.the whole of last year i didn’t masturbate but the problem remains.when i started masturbating,i was doing it once a month or once in 3 to 4 months.may be i didn’t practice a saver way.when ever i masturbate,i’ll feel rejected by i can go for 4 to 6 months without doing it.i sometimes feel like Allah hates me so much.i think all what u said on the harms of masturbation is true.thank u

  4. Even though a person might not have masturbated, but just looking at the bad environment of half-naked women is enough to make a person lose his potency. Its a fact- all due to late marriages- the stupid trend of the society.

    Also, FOR THOSE THAT WANT TO CURE THEIR PROBLEM- MASTURBATION OR IMPOTENCY, there isn’t a permanent cure for this in allopathic (temporarily u have viagra etc.). I heard from my friends that there is a permanent cure for it in unani -hakemi medicine. I strongly advise that anyone planning to get married should get himself cured well in advance before the marriage if he is suffering from this problem or else the marriage becomes a failure.

  5. Jazak allah khir

    lust and masturbation is harm(sin) also in chirstianity

    its says in the 10 commandments of god that ”don’t lust”
    meaning that lusting and masturbating is also a sin

    Just Read the bible of the 10 commandments of god
    i don’t which verse but just search in the bible.

  6. More frequent ejaculation also may decrease a man’s risk of prostate cancer. One study showed that men who ejaculated five times a day at the age of 5-9 had a decreased rate of prostate cancer when they are old, though other studies have shown no benefit


  7. I have been doing this vile act for a number of years, sometimes everyday, sometimes with a gap of a few days, around 5 – 6 days. I am now feeling the full after-effects which are as follows:

    I feel i HAVE been cursed because I have NO SUCCESS in anything

    My mind feels weak, i cant remember things, i feel tired. I have a slight problem towards the end of urination. Also When making wuzu it is a bit difficult with the possiblity of leakage specially when sitting or when getting in/out of the bath to wash the feet. Sometimes my leg shakes, and i feel a overall sudden shivering sensation accross my body. I feel it has weakened my power of thinking and reasoning. I am short-sighted and wear glasses and I now feel my eyes together with my mind, both feel more weak and i cant concentrate. I do feel i have become old before time. Although i am quite young, i already have a condition which only affects older people. Also yy heart is weak and my lungs feel like an old person, i struggle with things and everytime i do it i feel bad about it, regret and shame

    I have no luck in work or finance and my future looks and feel blury. I feel part of my future has been snatched away from me. A few months ago i repented and got better and had some success with things. I have now been made poor and destitute and lost almost everything except for the shameless of myself remains. I have total lack of confidence in anything and feel helpless.

    I am trying to make amends and anyone else which has not got to my situation which is quite bad, i would advise you to turn away and not to make the same mistakes of myself.

  8. This is a great sin. I used to memorise the Quran and now i feel my mind is weakend to memeorise. It affects all spheres of life whether it be school, work, socialising. Everything. The youth is a huge blessing from Allah (SWT)do not fall into it. Don’t do it. Not even once. Say Audhubillah and make Wudhu and say Allah is watching me.

  9. Assalaamu alaykum
    MashaAllah it is good to see that there is a great article and many comments too. This shows support for the people who have fallen into this pratice.

    May Allah help the ummah and bring us much ease, ameen.

    A sister

  10. Assalamualaikum,

    A good way to get rid of this thing is to become MUREED(a student of any pious SHAIK(¹see at the end what they help us to do) ). I wont tell you my story (i feel my sins has been forgiven, but still i have fear).
    One would do this kind of thing when he is “Free”. it means a number of thing:
    1. leaving prayers, zikir, knowledge of deen, household and outside work, Educational work etc. (simply mot interested in doing anything)
    2. Bad company(1 guy is enough to kill you)(i would have made it the first option, but i need to bring the the distance that is created by sinning )
    *if any one falls in the 1’st category. He may have plenty of time, and might fall into this by a bad company *
    I don’t want to drag things far, there are books available out in the market.
    *this is enough, if you follow, Inshallah you would stand in front of Allah, Clean*
    *I would ask my sisters to keep themselves hidden from commenting on these kind of issues, it is strictly prohibited, otherwise it is not a good practice, you are meant to be SAFE AND HIDDEN *

  11. jaza’K Allah khair
    thank u so much n so much

    now I feel I could have read dis article a few months back..!
    I was d one who used to search in internet on how to quit masturbating and wat are d harms caused by masturbation..? etc
    but I got poor suggestions and it said ‘there is no harm in masturbationing..! not only that, it also said that masturbation of the genitals is the safest, bestest, way to fulfill sexual desire for bachelors..! ‘

    but now I realised d fact.!
    truely Islam is d solution for everything n anything..

  12. i m 31 years old.I have been doing it since 1995 when i was just 13 years old.In those days my sex power was very strong.My penis used to be like stiff stick when it is erected.And i could masturbate two times a day.But now my erection power has become very weak and i dont have the urge to masturbate two times a day.However next day or after two days i m again charged up and do masturbation.I feel so bad or upset after the act.I m not fully grown up,not mature,not have hair on legs and hands,no moustach.I believe it is all becoz of masturbation.I know its harm but still i want to do it.Is it an addiction?Is it possible to regain my lost health?

  13. Assalamu alaikum, indeed, ive been doing masturbation since 2001, and unfortunately, i have infected with the diseases listed. So, what is the solution now?

  14. i know this is too bad physically and with the islamic point of view also but how to get rid of this????

  15. I wish I knew this before… Is there anyway I can regain my health. This has affected me. Please if anyone knows how to fix these. I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

  16. I am 19year old unfortunately I fell down in this habit. have been doing it since I was 15year old.I feel alone after a 3days my mind did’nt want to do this but mai hand do this.after this I feel very upset.I tried many time to control his but I failed.

  17. Im in di age of 23…im sufring frm all these problms…do any1 have knowldge that how to regain sexual power bk n to be normal frm all these problms?

  18. im a muslim and im corieouse if it is ok to use masturbation is this ham for as acually
    i dnt have experince about it but one of my frnd told me that its part of growing up so even they said this to me i dnt do that couz Allah saw me and get angry with the sin that im doing.. Mashaallah
    thanks god for always there to make my mind clear…

  19. Allah razı olsun bunu yazanlardan(radiallahu anhumwho publishing this article)

    Yes, it is true that the masturbation is harmfull Because I feel it, However except this article I could not find another text that says, “Masturbation is harfull’
    For a long time I try to expose from masturbation, sometimes I have won but not much. My experiences show me, ‘loneliness is the major cause’

    But There is nothing runaway from this evil except patience. So Be Patient and try to be what you wanna be not controlling by your unclosed desires

    You have to live your own attitudes..

  20. I have confessed my sins before God and my loved ones and i can say,i have finally quit this habbit and i am free

  21. i am the age of 23 years when i was at the age of 16 years i started masturbation it always gave me a pleasure but in the age of 19 i realised that my health is going bad i was very bad time for me and my health going weak day by day and time of my released of liquid from penis is low down as campare before. the question is how to get rid from such horrible habit

  22. I am really very confused that whether it is called mastubration or not but whenever i use to talk with a girl,i feel that semen has ejaculated. It is very hectic problem going on with me. Plz can any one guide. Though I am a Muslim Alhamduli’lah.

  23. I am 14 years old my friend told me this and one day i do it and agin and agin for 4 months I do it but after that I realiz that that is a very bad habit and today I read this page I fell very imbarised
    And inshallah I will not do it again can I get rid of it or not plz tell me plz help me

  24. assalamu alaikum,
    Am ahamed, i have been musturbating since for 13 years(almost daily once before going to bed) sometimes can control 5-6,my age is 26, i felt very bad, lose self confidence, confusing thoughts, lack of concentration,personality disorder,many times i tried to stop such things,however i find difficult to stop. can anyone suggest me that how can i overcome this habitat. pls help me..

  25. my age is 25 and still suffering ,i started it right at the age of puberty (14/15)in the beginning i perform this act 2 times a month but slowly i suffered from all problems as discussed above like memory weakens ,lack of confidence ,loneliness,etc .in 2011 i was going into severe depression and i thought /try about the suicide ,after having consult with psychiatrist it was diagnosed “bipolar disorder” also know as mood disorder
    the biggest factor in this habit is your free time as discussed by commentator
    so keep yourself busy in good works
    do play physical games , when i was child internet and computer is not common i remember my elder young regularly play cricket and now i see they are enjoying there lives
    may Allah give us strength and power to fight against this evil act and save our new generation

  26. This article is beneficial for everyone .May AllahO(s.W) reward the publisher. Ameen!
    Unfortunately, i have also been inflicted by this horrible sin and am facing the problems listed above. I request each and everyone to refrain from it and immediately look for some help. Don’t just regret about it. Do something to get yourself away from it.It will destroy every moment of your life.

  27. Asalamualakhum my dear brothers this is a sin in islam..hadis mai aaya hai k jo b koye yeh galat kaam karta hoga allah(swt) us insaan par laanat bejata hai..hadis mai aaya hai k qiyamat mai kuch loog aaya ga un k hath(hands) hamela(pregnet) hoga..aur allah 7 insaano par lanat bejta hai un mai aak wo hai jo apna hath k sath nikah karta hoga means masturbation..brothers the best solution for it is to pray 5 times salah and always remember this that allah(swt) is always watching us and he is very close to us as closer than wind pipe..may allah give us strength of self control(aamen)

  28. The solution to this is not early marriage. The solution is to strive and struggle towards gaining control of ones mind and body, by trying to stop committing this sin. This can be done through several things. If you pray all the daily prayers Allah surely will help you in your struggle and do ask for help from your creator.
    Second there is a reason why Prophet Muhammed (SAW) has encouraged people fast not just during ramadan but more often. I personally fast once every week, whenever i feel that the urges are taking over i fast the next day and pray all day. During the times when it is hard to control your emotions and urges i try to keep myself busy, by being in presence of friends or when i am alone at home and the urges are unbearable i put on my clothes anything really and run out of the house and go for a walk and get some fresh air. As soon as you step lout of your house your will realise that the urges are gone after a minute!.

    Marriage is something holy and special so getting married just so you can justify excessive sex or ejaculation whatever it may be is wrong! at all times should we try to restrain ourselves and keep a cool head.!

  29. i am doing this from the last 7 to 8 years…i want to get rid of this but i cant…i am very tense now.i couldnt leave it..i used to do it twice a day daily

  30. I am also a victim of this problem brothers. please do dua for each other. I have taken part in the work of tableegh. I have to say it helped me a lot. please take part in the tableegh jamath. and observe 5 times salat with jamath. Do dhikr lailahaillah. there will come a time when salat and dua will protect u form this secret habit.

  31. Thanks for that article . My aim is a pilot and cant be achived by proper eye sight . I will not practice that any more .

  32. salaaam brothers and sisiters

    this evil act is the most easiest act to do … yet it seems like its the hardest to stop.. its similar to smoking, i would like to mention..focus is everything in life.. and what i would say is… whoever loves Allah, will never lose focus… and whoever loses focus doesn’t love Allah… it as simple as that..i know we make mistakes .. but come on, nobody forces you to do it.. so why do need your head tested…

  33. thank u my brother i am pleased and relieved that Allah is helping me to get rid of this habit. Inshallah i can come back strong and hope u all would pray for my cambridge exams in 2016.

  34. my brothers, the only way to get rid of this sin is to pray five times a day and ask help from allah to get
    rid from this evil act.

  35. with this act what type of curse does one incur? i have been hit with an ongoing battle every moment for years now, cant study, marry or progress in life, also have incurred harmful damages to the male organ, how can this be reversal? i stopped the act. Alhamdulilah a few months, the tought of the damages it has costed me allows me to gain an keep self control to not fall prey… but once you stopped, then you realize these repercussions but how are these damages for life or is there a way out? and what would that be?

  36. Although i am masturbating since i was 13 but this article proves very important to people addicted to this. i hope i would have read it before.

  37. thanks alot brother. It is really a helpful post. One who read it i hope he leaves masturbation.
    MAY ALLAH give the right way to all muslims specially our young youth.

  38. sir u have listed the harms of the evil act but not provided any cure. can one become normal again after quitting masturbation?if yes then please provide the best cure for it as well.

  39. The easiest way to get rid of this sickness is abundant remembrance of DEATH.The more we remember and remind ourselves that one day we shall leave this abode to a better one, the more the feeling to commit sin will inshaALLAH die within us.Very important is keep pondering about the harms and the punishments of this sickness.

    with salaams,du’aas and a request for du’aas

  40. i am 15 years old. i used to do it. i was unable to stop myself. i did this sin 3 times a day for two months but allah blessed me and it has been 4 months, i have not done this sin. i can still fell it bad effects.

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