Can A Person With AIDS / HIV Masturbate (So As To Choose The Lesser Of Two Evils)?
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permissible for an HIV positive person to masturbate?
Praise be to Allaah.
A person who is a carrier of the virus or who has AIDS
may get married to a woman who is healthy or who also
has the disease, if she accepts that after coming to
know of his condition and to what extent he is
affected, and they may agree not to have children, or
not to have intercourse. The husband may be
masturbated by his wife, and there is no sin on him
But it is not permissible for him to get married
without informing the woman of his sickness, because
concealing it is deceit and is haraam. If he conceals
it then the wife finds out, she has the right to annul
Masturbation is haraam, as has been explained in
question no. 329.
But if the person who has AIDS cannot get married, and
he is afraid that he may fall into zina (fornication),
it is permissible for him to masturbate, so as to
choose the lesser of two evils.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on
him) said: With regard to ejaculating by choice, if he
masturbates with his hand, this is haraam according to
most of the scholars, and it is one of the two reports
narrated from Ahmad, in fact it is the more correct of
the two. According to another report it is makrooh,
but if he is compelled to do that, such as one who
fears that he may fall into zina if he does not
masturbate, or he fears that he may become ill, then
in this case there are two well known scholarly views
and in this case a number of the earlier and later
scholars granted a concession, whereas others forbade
it. And Allaah knows best. End quote from al-Fataawa
It says in Sharh al-Muntaha (3/366): Whoever
masturbates with no need, man or woman, his action is
forbidden and he should be disciplined for that
because it is a sin. But if he does it for fear of
committing zina or homosexuality, then there is no
punishment, and if he does it for fear of physical
harm the same applies, and more so. But it is not
permissible for a man to masturbate with his hand
unless he is unable to get married, because if he is
able to get married there is no need for that. End
And Allaah knows best.