Should I Read Erotica as My Doctor Advised It?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


I’m a young woman struggling with sexual dysfunction. An expert suggested therapy and reading erotica, but finding a psychologist is difficult, and erotica conflicts with my Islamic beliefs. How can I address my issues while staying true to my faith?


Thank you for your question. I empathize with your feelings of guilt and dissatisfaction with your doctor’s advice, and I urge you to use a different means to solve your issues.


These kinds of novels and literature are not permissible to consume; those details are in the links below. You should use a doctor or therapist that is culturally sensitive, and if not possible, then simply tell him to recommend other options. I encourage the use of this website, a safe place for Muslims to conquer their sexual addictions: Purify Your Gaze

Please see more details here:

Reading Erotica and Arousing Animations


I urge you to rectify yourself in all aspects of life, as a holistic approach can bring benefits, too. In my experience, homeopathy and naturopathy are very effective.

-Give a little charity regularly, as Allah may bless and accept your good deed and make it a means of success in your problem
-Be the best Muslim that you can be. Pray on time, read some Quran daily, make dhikr, and learn or review your obligatory knowledge.
-Spend time with religious and positive friends and in the mosque.
-Pray the Prayer of Need in the depth of the night when Allah is ready to forgive and give to whoever asks.
-Make plentiful supplication for a pious and kind husband.
-Get fresh air and exercise, and take your supplements.
-Volunteer with the poor and needy and serve your parents as best you can.
-Reduce or eliminate your screen time so your brain can reset to what is natural and healthy.


I urge you to say this du`a daily:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْعَفْوَ وَالْعَافِيَةَ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ

O Allah, I seek Your forgiveness and well-being in this world and the next.
Please see these links as well:


May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied Aqidah, Fiqh, Tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied Fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.