Can We Pray After Seeing a Pornographic Video?

Question: After seeing a porn video, can we pray namaz like a normal day?

Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

It is impermissible for a woman to look at a man with desire and for a man to look at a woman with desire.

It is not permissible for anyone to look at the nakedness of another, even if there is no desire.

Also, it is not permissible to look at the garment of another which is revealing the shape of the body. That applies even if the garment is thick and the skin cannot be seen and even if it is without desire.

[Ref: [Ala’ al-Din Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya]

With that being said, it is impermissible  to watch  unclothed people engaging in sexual acts, this is understood as a fortiori.

Deadly Sin of Pornography

Pornography is a major sin and has horrendous consequences on one’s heart, mind, body, and social relations.

With that being said, one is in more need of praying in order to seek forgiveness and turn back to Allah Most High.
Allah Most High says, “Establish the prayer at the two ends of the day and some part of the night. Good deeds will repel bad deeds. That is a reminder for the mindful” [Qur’an; 11:114].


One should immediately hasten to repentance, with deep regret and a determination to never return to that sin.

Pornography is known to be very addictive. Refer to the following links for further clarity and advice:

I Am a Young Woman Addicted to Pornography. What Should I Do?
How Can I Wake up for Fajr and Overcome Pornography Addiction?
I Am Addicted to Pornography. What Do I Do?

Hope this helps
And Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a graduate from Tarim; a student of Habib Umar and other luminaries; and authorized teachers of Qur’an and the Islamic sciences.