Answered by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick
Is it sinful to touch or hold one’s private parts lustfully?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.
May Allah alleviate our difficulties and guide us to that which is pleasing to Him. Amin.
The described act is unlawful and would only further entertain the desire. Instead, follow the Prophetic advice on how to deal with that type of desire. May Allah facilitate ease for you.
Imam Shafi‘i espoused the prohibition against masturbation with the following verses from the Quran:
“And those who guard their chastity (lit. private parts). except with their wives or those ˹bondwomen˺ in their possession, for they are free from blame, but whoever seeks beyond that is the transgressors.” [Quran, 23:7]
The verses forbid all unlawful sexual acts (including masturbation) except with the wives or bondwomen. “And whoever seeks beyond that is the transgressor.”
As discussed above, holding one’s private parts specifically for entertaining lust is included among the prohibited sexual acts, and Allah knows best.
Please consult this reader:
A Reader on Pornography and Masturbation
I pray this is of benefit and that Allah guides us all.
[Shaykh] Irshaad Sedick
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar, Shaykh Taha Karaan.
Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.
He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years till present, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.
Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and has completed his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.