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How Do I Break the Habit of Masturbation?

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Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

Question

How do I break the habit of masturbating?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Allah Most High will free you from this sin if you are sincere. Take the following steps forward.

Repentance

Firstly, remember that no matter how bad one sins, if they are sincere, the door of repentance is always open for them as long as they are alive.

For your repentance to be heartfelt, it must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Sincere remorse
  • Desisting from the sin, immediately
  • Having a resolve never to repeat the sin

Determination

Secondly, from the depth of your heart, you want to leave this sin.

You reminded yourself of the gravity of this sin and its physical, emotional, and spiritual harms.

Thirdly, apply the following practical advice:

  • Consider taking the appropriate steps toward marriage
  • Reflect on those things which stir up your desire and lead to this sin.
  • Avoid these things as best as possible.
  • Try not to be alone unnecessarily.
  • Take quick showers and lessen one’s time in the washroom
  • Guard your gaze and decrease your intake of food, especially meats.

Seeking Help from Allah 

Lastly, pray to Allah Most High to save you from this sin.

Allah Most High says, “Call upon me, I will respond to you…” [Quran, 40:60]

Wake Up Call

The difficulties and tribulations that you are facing may be due to your sins. You should see this as a wake-up call from Allah Most High. This wake-up call is a mercy from Allah.

Allah Most High says, “So We will make them taste the lesser punishment other than, the greater punishment, so that they may return (i.e., back to Allah).” [Quran, 32:21]

Be sincere and strive to please Allah Most High. Hold a reasonable opinion of Allah Most High, and you will find relief.

Take time to look at the following link for more clarity.

On Lowering the Gaze – Habib Umar

Masturbation
Sexual Urges and Masturbation

Watching Pornography
Does Watching Hijab Pornography Lead to Disbelief?

Also, check this reader:

A Reader on Pornography and Masturbation

Hope this helps
Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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