Can Muslims Watch Porn, Do Sex with Toys & Do Masturbation?
18 May, 2007
We received the following email from a Muslim reader, who has been mentally tormented over his dilemma about sex with toys and watching pornography. His name has been initialized to maintain privacy. I have expressed my view on the whole range of sexual dilemma, including masturbation Muslim youths face.
MZ Khan wrote:
I am not married therefore Is viewing porn films allowed in Islam & sex with toys allowed??
MA Khan's response:
- Thank you for inquiring about your sexual dilemma.
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There is nothing in Islam that says that you cannot watch porn or do sex with toys. In Islam, you cannot have sex with other Muslim married women; for this, you should be stoned to death. If you have sex with unmarried Muslim girl, you will be subjected to 80 lashes. If you do get involved with another man in homosexual acts, you will be forgiven, if you repent.
However, you can do sex with Kafir women any way you want. You can attack the Kafirs, kill their men and then capture the women and have sex with them. You can also kidnap them and keep them as slaves as many as you want, who will do all the household work and also provide sex to you. Allah has sent down a divine sanction to Muslims for acquiring slave women for sex by waging wars against the infidels and from spoils or booty obtained from it:
O Prophet! surely We have made lawful to you your wives whom you have given their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses out of those whom Allah has given to you as prisoners of war.. [Q 33:50]
These being the injunctions of Islam, I do not see much reason as to why you should be worried about watching porn or have sex with toys. However, you should be able to watch porn without any restriction. So is the case with sex with toys. Only thing you should be worried while watching porn as to whether the woman you are watching in the sex-act is a Muslim or not. This is because, Islam Muslim men and women to lower their gaze when the come across unrelated Muslims of opposite sex. I do not think there are many Muslim women doing porn movies or anything like that. But I also believe that if a Muslim woman becomes porn-star, she does not remain Muslim any more. So, you should have nothing to worry about watching porn. About sex-toys, there is absolutely nothing to worry. Just fantasize it as a infidel woman, with whom you are allowed to do sex any way you want.
As I myself have grown up a Muslim, another dilemma Muslim youths face is about masturbation. There nothing specifically said about masturbation in the Quran. However, there is one hadith in which the prophet had prohibited some of his Sahabas from doing coitus interruptus with the captured women while on a Jihad expedition. Coitus interruptus means throwing the semen outside after sex in order not to make the woman pregnant. The reason was that the semen should not be wasted which could produce children. Production of Muslim children was very critical to add the number to the small Muslim community at that critical stage of Islam. However, in doing masturbation there is not possibility of making anybody pregnant. Young men keep loosing semen all the time through wet dreams. Muslim population is too big and Muslims have been producing more kids than they can handle.
So, I do not see any reason that you should not be able to do masturbation. Furthermore, many moderate Muslims have been urging to delete hadiths from Islam altogether. So, you should not be worried about that dubious hadith on Coitus Interruptus. Using condoms to limit pregnancy, which is the ideal example of Coitus Interruptus, has become quite common in the Muslims world.
Some Muslim scholars, however, argued that masturbation is prohibited in Islam on the basis of the following verse:
And those who guard their private parts from their wives and those (slave-girls) which their right-hands own - so there is no blame upon them. Then whoever seeks beyond that (which is lawful), they are the transgressors.
This verse (no Quranic verse for that matter) obviously does not address the issue of masturbation but that of legal female partners in sexual relations.
But to my judgment, masturbation which is widespread among Muslims and non-Muslims alike is a much lesser evil that Allah's commands [Quran 33:50] of waging wars for capturing the infidel women or kidnapping them for keeping them as sex-slaves and raping them.
Last but not the least, Muslims are one of the peoples most active in masturbation and watching porn in the world. Homosexual engagements amongst them are also equally high.
MA Khan is the editor of islam-watch.org and the author of Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery.