Wants to know whether varicocele is hereditary or because of masturbation
Fatwa No: 175135

  • Fatwa Date:7-3-2012 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 14, 1433
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Assalamu Alaikum. Since from teenage i have a varicocele in my left testis (scanned by ultrasound). (look like bag of worms) now my age is 26. i dont have any pain but I am always scared of this, because it might create some problem after marriage to make pregnancy. please tell me what to do. iam confused and frustated.is there any permanent solution to this problem. is there any medicine and is there any spiritual treatment? and from where i get your answers.iam eagerly waiting for your reply. Why Allah gave me a varicocele? because of my sin? Is varicocele a heridatory or because of masturbation (private use only)?


All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds.  I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

First of all, we ask Allaah to cure you immediately from this disease and bless you with a pious wife and make you happy with children from her who would be a comfort to your eyes and who would benefit you in this worldly life and in the Hereafter.

We advise you first to repel the whispers that you have because of this disease and seek the Help of Allaah and ask Him to facilitate the cure for you. Nonetheless, you should take the means for treatment and consult the specialist doctors in this regard. Also, you should be keen on performing Ruqyah as it is beneficial, Allaah willing.

For more benefit on Ruqyah, please refer to Fataawa 88705 and 85500.

As regards whether or not this disease is hereditary, then you should also ask the specialist doctors. However, this should not be an obstacle to look for a treatment. Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Indeed, Allaah has not sent down a disease except that He has sent down a cure for it.” [Al-Bukhari]

On the other hand, masturbation is a sin and an act of disobedience. As regards it being the cause of your disease or not, then we can not authoritatively assert this. However, you should repent and seek Allaah’s forgiveness for this sin, as Allaah may take away this disease from you because of that.

As regards marriage, then sterility in itself is not Islamically an impediment to marriage – even if we presume that sterility is confirmed – let alone that it is only whispers that you have in this regard. So, you should seek treatment as a way of following the guidance of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and seeking to be chaste, and you should not fear about this.

Allaah Knows best.

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