Administering the Hadd to the masturbator


Due to the high expenses of marriage, some youth resort to masturbation; what is the ruling on this? Will such a person be an adulterer and is there any Hadd (ordained punishment for violating Allah’s Law) that must be executed in such a case?


Masturbation is not permissible because this is a kind of fulfilling the sexual desire in a way other than that which Allah made lawful such as one’s wife and slave girls. Also, it has many harmful consequences for a person’s health. Allah directs those who can not marry to be chaste when He (Exalted be He) says, “And let those who find not the financial means for marriage keep themselves chaste, until Allâh enriches them of His Bounty.” [al-Nur: 33]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) directed the youth who can not marry to observe fasting because it limits the sexual desire. Those who practice this masturbation are not adulterers but they commit a sin and they should repent of it.

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

  • Date: Muharram 10, 1442 AH
  • Source: Fatawa Al-Lajnah Ad-Da'imah no. 16368-1
  • Muftis: Shaykh Abdul-'Aziz ibn Baz , Shaykh Abdul-Razzaq al-Afify , Shaykh Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan , Shaykh Salih Fawzan , Shaykh Abdul-Aziz Aal al-Shaykh , Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd