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Masturbating Problem !!

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I have a problem that I keep falling for my nafs & as a result of this I have been masturbating for nearly 8 years, I know this is a major sin but I seem unable to control myself. I need advise on how to stop masturbation. I cannot get married right now. Please tell me what should i do?
Masturbating Problem !!
The Messenger of Allah has been reported to say: Whoever has the necessity to get married, but presently cannot get married, he should fast excessively. Continuous fasting has the effect of diminishing the animal desires in us. Otherwise, a person in this situation should be advised not to look at, listen to, read or otherwise be involved in any activities which will provoke or exacerbate these desires. A person in this situation should be careful not to be alone or be idle for great periods of time; but rather keep himself busy in good deeds and surrounded by pious people while trying to keep his/her thoughts free from sin. Also, based on some people’s experiences, taking morning and evening showers, and wearing clean clothes also has the effect of being distracted by these thoughts and desires.

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