Is Masturbation Permissible If A Person Knows That He Would Not Be Able To Give A Wife Her Rights?
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to Islam a person must get married as soon as possible
so as to prevent him from commiting illegal sexual
acts, including masturbation.But if the person is sure
that he will not be able to respect the haququl Ibad
of his wife then what is to be done?Should he still go
ahead and get married or is it permissible for him to
Praise be to Allaah.
SAWS (Peace And Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon Him) said:
"O young men, whoever among you can afford to marry,
let him get married, and whoever cannot do that, then
he should fast, for it will be a protection for him."
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Nikaah, 4677)
Ibn Hajar said in Fath al-Baari: With respect to
marriage, the scholars have divided men into several
The first is those who have the desire to get married
and who have the financial means to do so and who fear
for themselves. It is recommended for such a person to
get married according to all the scholars; according
to one report the Hanbalis said that it is obligatory.
The well-known view of Ahmad is that it is not
obligatory for the one who is able and has the desire,
unless he fears hardship.
Ibn Daqeeq al-'Eid said: Some of the fuqaha' divided
marriage into five rulings. They said that it is
obligatory in cases where there is the fear of
hardship, where a man is able for marriage and it is
difficult to find a concubine. This was narrated by
al-Qurtubi from one of their scholars, namely al-Maaziri,
who said: it is obligatory in the case of one who
cannot keep away from zinaa otherwise, as stated
He said: it is forbidden in the case of one who will
not take care of his wife with regard to intercourse
and spending on her, who is not able for marriage and
has no desire for it. Al-Safaareeni said: the poor man
who cannot spend on a wife and has no income, and has
no desire – in this case it is said that marriage is
makrooh for him, because he is cannot afford it and he
cannot provide his wife with enjoyment to protect her,
and he has no need for it.
See Ghidhaa' al-Albaab, vol. 2, p. 434
'Iyaad said: it is recommended in the case of everyone
who hopes for offspring even if he has no desire for
intercourse, because the Prophet (Peace And Blessings
Of Allaah Be Upon Him) said: "I will be proud of your
great numbers." And because of the encouragement for
marriage and the commands to marry. The same applies
to the one who has any desire for other kinds of
enjoyment of women besides intercourse. But in the
case of one who is sterile or has no desire for women
or for physical pleasure, marriage is permissible for
him if the woman knows and accepts that.
The hadeeth indicates that masturbation is haraam,
because if it were prescribed the Prophet (Peace And
Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon Him) would have indicated
that. See also Question no. 329
If a person is patient in abstaining from that which
Allaah has forbidden and gives it up because he is
seeking the pleasure of Allaah, then Allaah will
reward him abundantly on the Day of Resurrection,
because whoever gives up something for the sake of
Allaah, Allaah will compensate him with something
And Allaah says, describing the believers
(interpretation of the meaning):
"And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private
parts, from illegal sexual acts)" [al-Mu'minoon 23:5]
The Muslim has to follow the path prescribed by Islam,
as taught by the Messenger of Allaah (Peace And
Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon Him), which is fasting.
May Allaah protect you and us from falling into haraam.
And Allaah knows best.