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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Is masturbation allowed in Islam? This Muslim televangelist claims that masturbation is a "Satan's temptation"

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This man set the Turkish social media on fire after saying that masturbating men will see their hand "pregnant in their afterlife" and “asking for its rights”.

The man is Mücahid Cihad Han, a Muslim televangelist, who was interviewed by his audience on 24th of May on private television station 2000 TV - a discussion that Turkish media reported.

When a viewer said that his marriage didn't stop him from masturbating, Han was shocked. The man continued saying he masturbates during the Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca performed by Muslims which can be undertaken at any time of the year, in contrast to the Hajj.

The viewer's question was about whether or not Islam forbids masturbation. Han answered that Islam strictly prohibits masturbation as a “haram” (forbidden) act. “Moreover, one hadith states that those who have sexual intercourse with their hands will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife, complaining against them to God over its rights,” he said, referring to what he argued to be a quote of Prophet Muhammad.

So what can a man do to resist these... "Satan's temptations"? As Han said, he would advise a single man to marry, but what can he say to the viewer who's already a husband?

Han also talked about "Istimna", the Arabic word for masturbation.

In reality, masturbation is a controversial issue in Islam, as opinions on its permissibility differ and have always been ambiguous in the past. In fact, the Quran does not clearly refer to masturbation as something "illegal", while the originality of many hadiths is questionable.

Nowadays Muslim people who think of masturbation as a "haram" aren't many. There are still, though, people who claim that masturbation is a “makruh” (disliked) act.

On the other hand, some mainstream Islamic interpretations allow masturbation in particular situations, to save someone from cheating on his wife, for example!

Han has more than 12,000 followers on Twitter. However, he was sneered on Turkish social media on May 25, after newspapers published his latest television “fatwa.”

Some of the mocking questions by Twitter's users were the following: “Are there any hand-gynaecologists in the afterlife? Is abortion allowed there?” or “So you think that being pregnant is a God-given punishment?” Of course, Han's name was mentioned in all of the tweets.

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