Married woman masturbated
Fatwa No: 83473


I am a married woman. I masturbated while my husband was away. Is that adultery?


Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the World; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.
Masturbation is not in itself a Zina (adultery) as there is no retribution in Islam to the one who does it. But it is a sin as it contradicts the teachings of Islam.
In fact, Allah made lawful only one way to release sexual desire, that is through legal relationship between husband and wife and Allah named everything apart from that as a transgression. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts, from illegal sexual acts) Except from their wives or (the captives and slaves) that their right hands possess, for then, they are free from blame; But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors;} [23:5-7].
On the other hand, doctors have established that masturbation causes much psychological and physical harm to the person who does it. It causes a weakening of the nervous system and affects the mind. Doctors also say that the woman who masturbates loses a part of her natural sexual pleasure when she sleeps with her husband. She also becomes addicted to this bad habit and can not then give it up easily.
Mustapha Al Zargha (a Muslim scholar) says: 'that which is proved by research to be harmful to the person is forbidden in Shariah'. This is a consensus of all Muslim scholars. So, repent to Allah from this sin and thank Him for having blessed you by giving you a lawful way to enjoy your sexual desire with your husband. Know that sins bring misfortune and destruction.
Allah knows best.

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