Masturbating to avoid falling into sin

Q: I have heard that it is ok for Hanafis to masturbate if there is a serious chance of falling into sin and masturbating can help to relieve some of that sexual tension thus avoiding the sin. Is this true? If it is true, is it fine if I masturbate so that it is easier to avoid watching pornography?

A: This is a misunderstanding. One who is afraid of falling into sin must make nikaah.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

قال عبد الله كنا مع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم شبابا لا نجد شيئا فقال لنا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يا معشر الشباب من استطاع الباءة فليتزوج فإنه أغض للبصر وأحصن للفرج ومن لم يستطع فعليه بالصوم فإنه له وجاء (صحيح البخاري، الرقم: 5066)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)