There are many myths about what kind of negative things can happen to men and boys that masturbate, also known as "playing with one's self," among other more colorful descriptions. These masturbation consequences include boys and men growing hair on their palms, suffering mental health issues, and even injury to their private parts.
And now those males that masturbate can add a new potential consequence to their dangers-of-masturbation list. One (or both?) of their hands may become pregnant in the afterlife.
At least that's the alleged claim of Turkish Muslim preacher Mucahid Cihad Han, according to Hurriyet Daily News.
Not only that, Mucahid Cihad Han says that men who masturbate will be greeted by their hand, "pregnant in the afterlife," and "asking for its rights."
This claim about the long term repercussions of masturbation and pregnant hands by Mucahid Cihad Han set off a kerfuffle in the social media world, offering some Twitter users the opportunity to make masturbation jokes but also opening the door to more questions about masturbation, reports the New York Post.Mücahid Cihad Han is reportedly a "self-styled televangelist" and took on the delicate subject of male masturbation on private television station 2000 TV, while fielding questions from viewers calling into the show on May 24.
One of those calls came from a man who said he "kept masturbating, although he was married, and even during the Umrah," which, like the Hajj, is a pilgrimage Muslims make to Mecca, but unlike the Hajj can be made at any time of the year.
While reportedly looking a bit taken aback at first, Mücahid Cihad Han tackled the Muslim masturbation question, saying that Islam clearly forbids masturbation and that the act is actually "haram," or forbidden.
This led into the cold, hard truth for Mücahid Cihad Han, who went on to explain that "those who have sexual intercourse with their hands will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife, complaining against them to God over its rights."
As for any advice Han could offer the caller who had confessed to masturbating during his pilgrimage, the televangelist said efforts should be made to not do it again.
"If our viewer was single, I could recommend he marry, but what can I say now? Resist Satan's temptations."As for whether or not "istimna," masturbation in Arabic, is really strictly forbidden by Islam, there's apparently room for debate.
While the Quran doesn't say anything specific about masturbation, some Islamic interpretations do call masturbating a forbidden "haram." But the majority of Islamic interpretations just call masturbation "makruh," or "disliked."
At the same time, in some scenarios like a man being tempted to cheat on his wife, masturbating instead is perfectly acceptable, according to most Islamic interpretations of the masturbation issue.
In the end, Han's suggesting hands used to masturbate will turn out pregnant, did bring questions on the topic out in the open, another Twitter user asking, "Are there any hand-gynecologists in the afterlife? Is abortion allowed there?"
Interesting questions all stemming from the controversial subject of Muslim masturbation.
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