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Assalaam alaikum, What is the ruling of Masturbation in Islam for men and women? I have heard that it can cause weak memory and eyesight as well as other health problems. JazakAllah

الجواب حامداومصليا

Masturbation is considered a sin in Islam. Imam Al Shaf'i understood that masturbation is forbidden in Islam based on his understanding of Verses 5/6/7 of chapter 23.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Ikram ul Haq

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