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was asked by 'Abd al-Muinin al-Ansari, 'Verily some people narrated from the Prophet (SAWA) that he said, The separation of my community is a mercy and they were truthful, so I ask that if their separation is a mercy then is their congregation a chastisement?', to which the Imam replied, 'It is not as you understand it nor as they understood it, actually he meant the saying of Allah, But why should not there go forth a group from each of their sections ... so He commanded them to go forth to the Prophet (SAWA) and to frequent him and learn from him then to return to their people and teach them, so what is meant is [physical] separation from their cities, not separation or difference with regards to the religion of Allah, for verily the religion of Allah is one.'

Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
Ma 'dni al-Akhbar, p. 157, no. 1

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Question : #795 Category: Sexual Ethics & Morals
Subject: Mastubation
Question: Assalamu Alaikum...pls I want to know if mastubation is allowed in Islam?
Answer: In Islamic terminology, masturbation (istimna) means self stimulation of the sexual organ till one achieves emission of semen or orgasm.

Masturbation in form of self stimulation is forbidden in Shiah fiqh. While describing the believers, the Holy Quran says, "The believers are... those who protect their sexual organs except from their spouses... Therefore, whosoever seeks more beyond that [in sexual gratification], then they are the transgressors." (23:5-6)
The last sentence makes it very clear that any sexual gratification outside marriage is considered a transgression of the law of God. And this verse also implies that sex is an act in which two people are involved.

Once when Imam Jafar as Sadiq was asked about masturbation, he recited this very verse and mentioned masturbation as one of its examples. In another, the Imam was asked about masturbation; he said, "It is an indecent act..."

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