Does Accidentally Causing Myself to Ejaculate Considered Masturbation?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


I experienced arousal and a bit of madhi came out. Later, before washing myself for Fajr prayer, I felt some remaining. I pressed around my private area and ejaculated, thinking it might have leaked during prayer. Could this be considered masturbation?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

The Arabic word for masturbation (istimna’) applies to any cause of ejaculation aside from actual intercourse. [al-Mawsu’a al-Fiqhiyya al-Kuwaitiyya]

That said, causing yourself to ejaculate is considered masturbation (istimnna’); however if you did not actively arouse yourself and ejaculated merely by touching your private part without intending to do so – you would not be sinful.

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “All actions are based on their intentions.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

Hope this helps

Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch teaches Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he completed four years at the Darul Uloom Seminary in New York, where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and several texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.