I researched quite a lot into masturbation (not an imam or scholar) and my conclusion on it was makruh. I was wondering if it is worse to not use your hands e.g rubbing it on something. I do not want to do something wrong.

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    The thing that is makruh - as you say - or even haram in Islam in this context is called استمناء or الاستمناء باليد which means making oneself ejaculat (or doing so using the hand) so it doesn't make any difference how you do it as long as you do it or the hand is somehow involved.
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Feb 21, 2021 at 19:27
  • I was asking if it is the same without hands e.g water
    – Muaz
    Commented Feb 26, 2021 at 3:32
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    It is still استمناء.
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Feb 26, 2021 at 5:57
  • Thank you for answering
    – Muaz
    Commented Feb 26, 2021 at 11:13

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Allah made clear what is right (legal, halal, etc.) and what is wrong (illegal, haram etc.) in the qur'an. And for men or women the halal kinds of intercourse are mentioned too:

And they who guard their private parts (5)
Except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they will not be blamed - (6) But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors (23:5-7)

The last verse already should show that anything beyond intercourse between husband and wife (from today's perspective, as slavery is regarded as no more -legally- existing) is haram and has the same level!

And if somebody thinks the rule above only applies for men, the qur'an includes other verses including women too:

...the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, ... ([33:35])2

Therefore if we understand masturbation as haram or in best case frowned upon it doesn't matter how and with whatever tools you practice or perform it. The ruling or qualification of the act would be the same.

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