Dr. Zakir Naik & The Fatwa on masturbation

Muhtaram Mufti Saheb,We have come across a video by Zakir Naik wherein he gives a lengthy discussion with regards to masturbation.After reviewing the video, one is left with the strong impression that masturbation is permissible. Till now, the youth knew it to be Haram. However, this has created doubts in their minds and hearts and left them confused. Surely, such a ruling would open a door that was best left closed till now. The youth till now refrained or at least tried to refrain from this act due to the sin involved with it. If a fatwa were to remove the sin associated with this act, the youth would surely fall into this tempting trap of Shaytaan. We request Mufti Sahebs ruling on the matter. Furthermore, what is Mufti Sahebs opinion about Zakir Naik? We would appreciate your Fatwa in this matter. Jazakallah

Zakir Naik is a well-known personality famed for his skill in comparative religion studies. Alhamdulillah, he has served and continues serving that important field with much dedication. Having said that, the field of Fiqh and Iftaa is vastly different to comparative religious studies. The field of Fiqh and Iftaa contains many intricacies which an untrained, undiscerning eye will not easily identify. Therefore, it is necessary upon an individual seeking a Fatwa to refer to reliable qualified Muftis who have years of experience in this field. Nevertheless, in the video in reference, Zakir Naik says that there are 3 opinions regarding masturbation. 1. The overwhelming majority of Scholars who say that it is Haram to masturbate. This view is deduced from the following verse of the Holy Quran, وَالذِينَ هُمْ لفُروجِهِمْ حَافظونَ إلََّّ عَلى أزوَاجِهِمْ أوْ مَا مَلكَتْ أيْْانُُمْ فإنَُّمْ غيُْْ مَل وِمينَ )المؤمنون: 5، 6 (Translation: “Those (will have succeeded) who safeguard their private parts except with their wives and what their right hand possesses.”It is clear from the verse that all forms of satisfying one’s desires are prohibited. However, two exceptions have been made i.e. marriage and bondswomen. This implies that anything besides these two exceptions reverts to the default position of prohibition. Therefore, masturbation is prohibited. One cannot claim that the verse is silent with regards to masturbation. Clearly, the verse has initially outlawed every means/method of satisfying one’s sexual desires (this includes masturbation) and then makes only two exceptions to the rule. This shows that everything besides these two exceptions reverts to the default position of prohibition. The second proof cited is the following hadith, عَنْ عَبْدِ الَّلَِّ، قالَ قالَ لنا رسُولُ الَّلَِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم : يََ مَعْشَرَ الشَّبابِ مَنِ اسْتطاعَ مِنكُمُ ال بَاءةَ فَ لْيَ تَ زَوجْ فإنهُ أغضُّ للْبصَرِ وَأحْصَنُ للْفَرجِ وَمَنْ لََْ يسْتطِعْ فَ عَليْهِ بِِلصَّوْم فإنهُ لهُ وجَا ءTranslation: “Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, 0 young men, those amongst you who can support a wife should marry, for it restrains the eyes (from casting evil glances) and preserves one fromimmorality; but he who cannot afford it should observe fast for it is a means of controlling the sexual desire.”Once more, one cannot claim that this hadith too is silent regarding masturbation. The fact is that the purpose behind the hadith is to stop young men from falling into the temptation of zina and Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has offered practical solutions to overcome that temptation. The first solution is marriage, and the second is to fast as fasting is known to curbs one’s desires. It is well known that ejaculation via masturbation will completely lower one’s desires but despite that, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) did not offer it as a solution. This implies that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) deliberately ignored masturbation as it is prohibited and hence, cannot be a solution.
Those who state masturbation is ‘makruh’.
Firstly, it is important to understand the definition of the term ‘makruh’. Whenever the Fuqaha, especially within the Hanafi school, have utilized the word ‘makruh’, it refers to Makruh Tahrimi. Makruh Tahrimi are those acts whose prohibition is accepted and proven, however, due to other reasons, it will not be given the label of Haram.In simpler terms, this group too agrees that masturbation is prohibited, however, it will not be called Haram due to other reasons. Therefore, this group and the first are in agreement with regards to the prohibition of masturbation. This only leaves an extremely fringe group as the third opinion.
An extreme minority who permit masturbation.
The one scholar relied upon for this view is Ibn Hazm (Rahimahullah) who is known for his radical views on numerous issues which non besides him have accepted. To base a ruling, despite the clear proofs of an overwhelming majority of scholars throughout history, on an irregular (Shaadh) opinion of Ibn Hazm (Rahimahullah) is succumbing to one’s desires. Furthermore, to permit masturbation is to give free reign to the assortment of vices that accompany masturbation in today’s time. It is virtually impossible to find an individual who will masturbate without the use of pornography or at the very least, illicit thoughts regarding other women. It is worth mentioning that the youth are expected to avoid any such act that will aggravate their desires. They should lower their gazes, avoid mixed gatherings, avoid reading immoral literature, etc. On the contrary, to issue a ruling of permissibility of masturbation to youth who aggravate their desires and lead their passion to unavoidable situations lacks foresight and will prove detrimental in the long run. The major consequence of issuing such a ruling is that firstly, we have given the youth who have indulged in this abominable practice an excuse to vindicate themselves. Prior to such a ruling, they atleast acknowledged the act to be sinful, leaving room for Tawbah in the future.However, by telling them it is permissible to masturbate, we have permitted them to indulge in this practice without a care. Secondly, such a ruling will impact those youth who have so far protected themselves from this act. By removing this abhorrence towards the act, we have removed the fear of sin and the sanctity of purity and chastity from their hearts. We therefore categorically state that masturbation is not permissible and has long lasting negative implications. This is also the view of the vast majority of our Fuqaha. This act is abominable in the eyes of men and is said to have been a practice of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah who had incurred the wrath of Almighty Allah. Almighty Allah destroyed the nation by upending the land on them and burying them deep in the earth. The dead sea is a manifestation of the dead values of Sodom and Gomorrah. And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Bilal Yusuf Pandor

Student Darul Iftaa

Lusaka, Zambia

Checked and Approved by,Mufti Ebrahim Desai

HOW TO TEACH SEX EDUCATION TO MUSLIM CHILDREN

Q. How should a child be taught subjects of a sexual nature? How should he / she be informed of prohibited and permissible acts, about masturbation, zina, etc.? What age would be proper to teach them about these issues?
A. Western influence has prompted you to ask this question. The western kuffaar are immorally obsessed with sex, hence they satanically fabricate sex ‘education’ for children.
How did you gain knowledge of these sexual issues? How did the millions and billions of children from the time of Nabi Aadam (Alayhis salaam) acquire this knowledge? In the same way as you and us all acquired this knowledge, so too will all other children until the Day of Qiyaamah acquire it. Do not burden your brains with copro-stupidities.

Giving up sins

Q: I need some help. I’m 23 years of age and from a conservative Muslim minority. My problem started when I was younger and I was introduced to porn movies and masturbation. I need your advice.

A: The best solution for you is to get married. If you cannot get married then commence fasting and daily take out some time daily to meditate over death and the stages after death.

Meditate over the following at a time when nothing obstructs you, perhaps after Esha Salaah. First make a proper wudhu and perform two rakaats of Taubah Salaah. Thereafter, focus deeply over death and the events that will follow after death, the loneliness of the grave, standing before Allah Ta`ala for reckoning, Jannah and Jahannum and thereafter think to yourself, can you tolerate Jahannum for a single moment. When you cannot, then how can you be brazen about matters that will take you to Jahannum.

Reprimand yourself saying that you are enjoying the comforts of Allah Ta`ala and His favours during the day and night, and is this the way to show appreciation to the one who is so loving and caring. Explain to yourself that the one who leads this type of life really does not have any understanding of loyalty and faithfulness to the one who is most loving and beneficent towards him.

After crying over your sins with deep remorse and regret, make a firm resolve that you will never repeat these wrongs in the future.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

عن عبد الرحمن بن يزيد قال دخلت مع علقمة والأسود على عبد الله فقال عبد الله كنا مع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم شبابا لا نجد شيئا فقال لنا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يا معشر الشباب من استطاع الباءة فليتزوج فإنه أغض للبصر وأحصن للفرج ومن لم يستطع فعليه بالصوم فإنه له وجاء (صحيح البخاري، الرقم: 5066)

عن أبي هريرة قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أكثروا ذكر هاذم اللذات يعني الموت وفي الباب عن أبي سعيد هذا حديث حسن غريب (سنن الترمذي، الرقم: 2307)

عن عمرو بن مرة قال سمعت أبا عبيدة يحدث عن أبي موسى عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال إن الله عز وجل يبسط يده بالليل ليتوب مسيء النهار ويبسط يده بالنهار ليتوب مسيء الليل حتى تطلع الشمس من مغربها (صحيح مسلم، الرقم: 2759)

قال العلماء التوبة واجبة من كل ذنب فإن كانت المعصية بين العبد وبين الله تعالى لا تتعلق بحق آدمي فلها ثلاثة شروط أحدها أن يقلع عن المعصية والثاني أن يندم على فعلها والثالث أن يعزم أن لايعود إليها أبدا فإن فقد أحد الثلاثة لم تصح توبته وإن كانت المعصية تتعلق بآدمي فشروطها أربعة هذه الثلاثة وأن يبرأ من حق صاحبها فإن كانت مالا أو نحوه رده إليه وإن كانت حد قذف ونحوه مكنه منه أو طلب عفوه وإن كانت غيبة استحله منها ويجب أن يتوب من جميع الذنوب فإن تاب من بعضها صحت توبته عند أهل الحق من ذلك الذنب وبقي عليه الباقي وقد تظاهرت دلائل الكتاب والسنة وإجماع الأمة على وجوب التوبة (رياض الصالحين صـ 14)

وقال البيضاوي سئل على رضي الله عنه عن التوبة فقال يجمعها ستة أشياء على الماضي من الذنوب الندم وللفرائض الاعادة ورد المظالم واستحلال الخصوم وان تعزم على ان لا تعود وان تزكى نفسك على طاعة اللّه كما رايتها فى المعصية (التفسير المظهري 9/345)

لا خلاف أن النكاح فرض حالة التوقان حتى أن من تاقت نفسه إلى النساء بحيث لا يمكنه الصبر عنهن وهو قادر على المهر والنفقة ولم يتزوج يأثم (بدائع الصنائع 2/228)

الاستمناء حرام وفيه التعزير (الفتاوى الهندية 2/170)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

A DEVIL MUFTI (ABU LAYTH)

Q. There has been a popular discussion on social media on Sahih Bukhari, including scholars. A Mufti Abul Layth rejects the authority and authenticity of Sahih Bukhari. He brands the Ahaadith ‘absurd’. He rejects Sahih Bukhari being the most authentic book after the Qur’aan. What is his status in terms of the Shariah?
A. According to the Shariah, this moron so-called ‘mufti’ is a kaafir. Social media Shaitaani media. The ‘popular discussion happening’ on the Shaitani media is in reality a mockery of the Deen. To safeguard one’s Imaan, it is necessary to abstain from the discussions of the jaahil ‘scholars’ who are responsible for making a mockery of the Deen. Such vile scholars have been predicted by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
This Abu Layth character is a devil’s ‘mufti’. It is an insult to Knowledge to afford his stupid views of kufr intelligent debate and discussion. He is shaitaan-incarnate. These comments suffice to dismiss the
jahaalat and the kufr effluvium which this devil in human form excretes.
May Allah Ta’ala save unwary and ignorant Muslims from the kufr of this shaitaanul ins (human devil). After twelve centuries this devil pops up and plots with his master, Iblees-in-Chief to undermine
the Deen.

Q. A man, Abu Layth in the U.K., posing as a Maaliki, is propagating many weird views of kufr. Among his deviances are the following:

1) Tattooing the body is halaal.
2) Wearing earrings is halaal for men.
3) Masturbation is halaal.
4) He rejects the coming of Imaam Mahdi (Alayhis salaam).
5) He denies the Khurooj of Dajjaal.
6) He denies the coming of Nabi Isaa (Alayhis salaam).
7) He criticizes Imaam Bukhaari (Rahmatullah alayh).
8) He calls Bukhaari Shareef fairy tales.
Besides these, he has many other absolutely shaitaani ideas and teachings.
What is the status of this man who is supposedly an Aalim?
A. Shaitaan too was a great Aalim. Rasulullah’s predictions have to materialize. The appearances of human devils (Shayaateenul ins) as mentioned by Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has to occur. The lout you have mentioned is one such devil in human form. Perhaps he is the Devil Incarnate, hence he disgorges the satanic effluvium listed by you.
It should be obvious to all Muslims that this villain is not a Muslim. He is a Munaafiq masquerading as a Muslim. Shaitaan has innumerable such agents prowling around the world. Their profession is to deviate Muslims and lead them to the path of Jahannam. Only those destined to be the inmates of Jahannam will follow such a shaitaani crank as the hoodlum pointed out by you.
Complicit in the kufr and fisq propagated by this human devil are the Ulama at your end. Those who maintain silence whilst the Rubbish propagates his rubbish, are also shayaateen. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) branded them ‘Dumb Devils’.
Whilst the appearances of these minor Dajjaals is imperative and a cause of grief for us, they are among the Signs of Qiyaamah and have to be accepted. There is nothing surprising in their onslaught on the Deen. This type of evil and fitnah is incremental as we approach Qiyaamah.