What Can I Do to Stay Away From Pornography?

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

Question: I am a young girl and I am having difficulty staying away from pornography. I feel horrible every time it happens but I just can’t get myself to stay away from it. Is there anything you recommend?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum,

In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful

Dear Sister,

Assalamu alaikum,

Thank you for your question.

One of the most pernicious effects of pornography is that no one is safe from succumbing. Sadly, increasing numbers of women are viewing and becoming addicted to pornography.

You should read Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families by Pamela Paul.

My advice is to do what you need to detox. Severely restrict your computer use and turn off the television. This is the month of Ramadan so busy yourself with reading Qur’an and asking Allah to heal you from this problem. You should also seek out the help of a counseling psychologist who specializes in sex and technology addiction.

May Allah Ta’ala make things easy for you,

Zaynab Ansari

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