I know that in Islam it is haram to masturbate, even in case a man cannot marry and in case one cannot marry than he has to resort into fasting, for it diminishes sexual desire. But what if the man in question has huge sexual desire, cannot marry in any way whatsoever and he has DIABETES (he cannot fast because of that)???

Strain: Sunni

Creed: Athari

Manhaj: Salafi

Madhab/jurisprudence followed: generally none , although I'd personally deem the Hanbali one as the best because it was the madhab of Imam al Bukhari, Ibn Taymiyyah and Muhammad ibn Abd al Wahhab.

P.S: I'm not justifying masturbation forcibly in this case, but I want to know whether the "daroorat" issue applies here

P.P.S advice to those who engage in it. From my experience, I can tell you that, when I was being accustomed to masturbate thrice a day, it rendered me just numb mentally and psychologically, not making me focus on things properly and moreover it made me forget thinks very quickly and often. It harms more mentally than physically, even though there's a great extent in both aspects. Don't masturbate. Even zina, which is a bigger fa7sha, is physically healthier than masturbation because it can be just anatomically and physically similar to sex between married man and his wife (NOTE: I'm NOT condoning zina in any way shape or form, you'll get what I mean if you're mind bearing) (the physical outcome from sexual intercourse between two healthy people of opposite gender and the marriage counterpart of the latter would be the same)

  • The verdict for masturbation doesn't change just because of the madhhab or circumstances. The majority considers it haram. Ibn Tayymiyah considers it haram or makroh as it is much better than committing zina. You may find a helpful response in Is masturbation permissible for a man during an extended period of unmarried life?. None of the named scholars would consider himself hanbali. as all of them had an own madhhab which differs from the hanbali school of fiqh.
    – Medi1Saif
    Oct 31, 2019 at 6:42
  • I mentioned another condition which makes the scenario more peculiar, the person involved cannot fast because he is diabetic.
    – abdul
    Oct 31, 2019 at 10:01
  • Yes but many Muslims fast even if having diabetes or heart issues. And if you masturbate you usually do it in secret and as long as it doesn't become a habit one can repent from it why should we pretend that we are free from sins? Allah created as and He knows we are sinners and He expects from us to repent. As long as there is difference of opinion on a matter there are halal options (like sports) and repentance is the most important sign of faith!
    – Medi1Saif
    Oct 31, 2019 at 12:01
  • As far as I know diabetic people aren't able to fast (I didn't mean it is forbidden for them while using "cannot", but that they aren't able to).
    – abdul
    Oct 31, 2019 at 12:40
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Majority of the scholars view it as haram and some view it as permissible due to them feeling there isn’t no concrete evidence while others see it as permissible under some conditions like fearing committing zina and being unable to marry so depending on what you believe is right then you can or cannot. You can do dhikr if you are in doubt about which to believe is right.


Surah Al-Mu'minun verse 7 makes it explicitly clear that the action is haraam. Darurah doesn't apply here. Darurah is defined as the person will be harmed if he does not take the haraam option. Is there a threat to your life if you don't perform the action?

And those who guard their chastity. Except from their wives or (the slaves) that their right hands possess, - for then, they are free from blame. But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors.

Zina (adultery, fornication) does not refer only to penetration, rather there is the zina of the hand, which is touching that which is forbidden, and the zina of the eyes, which is looking at that which is forbidden, even though zina that is committed with the private parts, is the zina which is punishable with the hadd punishment.

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) as saying. Allah fixed the very portion of adultery which a man will indulge in. There would be no escape from it. The adultery of the eye is the lustful look and the adultery of the ears is listening to voluptuous (song or talk) and the adultery of the tongue is licentious speech and the adultery of the hand is the lustful grip (embrace) and the adultery of the feet is to walk (to the place) where he intends to commit adultery and the heart yearns and desires which he may or may not put into effect. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5889; Muslim, 2657.

“And come not near to unlawful sex. Verily, it is a Faahishah (i.e. anything that transgresses its limits: a great sin, and an evil way that leads one to hell unless Allaah Forgives him)”

[al-Isra’ 17:32]

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