Masturbation commonly referred to as ''Secret Habit

Q 6: is masturbation, for those who fear of committing Zina (sexual intercourse outside marriage), bring the wrath of Allah? How can a person expiate for that if he knows that this action is shameful and forbidden? Which is better for the youth who can not marry; to masturbate or go to have sex with prostitutes in hotels?

A: Masturbation is forbidden and its doer must repent and seek forgiveness, regret the sin and intend not to repeat this action again. He should think of marriage as a way to protect himself and if he can not marry, he should observe fasting according to the Prophet's advice. However, it is not permissible for him to go to prostitutes to have illegal sex. Both adultery and masturbation are forbidden even if the degree of prohibition is different. There is no necessity for either of them because there is a way out which the Prophet (peace be upon him) explained and it is fasting. (Part No. 22; Page No. 57) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.