Fantasizing about the opposite gender

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1. I am confused about the types of zina. I am aware that looking at a male, whether it’s a picture or physically, is considered as zina. Also, fantasizing about a male is zina. But, is fantasizing about an imaginary male also a zina?

2. When people read romance novels, they get aroused, and eventually, discharge. Is wudhu or ghusl necessary?



1. Avoid this.

2. If it is mani that is discharged then ghusl is necessary.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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