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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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