Creating a storm on social media by claiming that any man who masturbates will find his hands ‘pregnant in the afterlife’, an Islamist televangelist from Turkey, Mücahid Cihad Han, an active Twitter user has stirred a major controversy. 

Han, an Istanbul-based televangelist has his own channel on YouTube and made the remarks that “he who masturbates would find his hands ‘pregnant in the afterlife’ and asking for their ‘rights’” on May 24 while answering the queries from the viewers on the 2000 TC channel.

Han was at first confused when a watcher stated that he ‘kept masturbating, although he was married, and even during the Umrah’, a pilgrimage to Mecca that is carried out by Muslims at any time of the year. 

According to an international daily, Han further claimed that masturbation is strictly prohibited in Islam as it was a ‘haram’ (forbidden) act.

In reference to what he claimed was a saying of Prophet Mohammed, the self-styled Muslim televangelist was further quoted saying, “Moreover, one hadith states that those who have sexual intercourse with their hands will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife, complaining against them to God over (their) rights.”

Advising the viewers to ‘resist Satan’s temptations’, Han added, “If our viewer was single, I could recommend he marry, but what can I say now?”  

He further urged hadith to take back the claims and subsequently tweeted that masturbation is ‘haram’.

Is masturbation prohibited in Islam?

Han has referred to ‘Istimma’, an Arabic name for masturbation which is a controversial matter in Islam as there have been different views on its acceptability ever since history. However, the Quran has no clear orientation to masturbation, while the genuineness of some hadiths has been targeted by experts.

In spite of self-assured claims of Han, not many from the Islamic interpretations have categorized masturbation as ‘haram’ while several others explained it as a ‘makruh’ (disliked) act, reported the daily. 

The report further explained that several mainstream Islamic interpretations have allowed it in certain conditions such as if the act is to stay away from the enticement of an extramarital affair.

Han became a topic of discussion, majorly as a joke, on Turkish social media after the newspapers published his television ‘fatwa’.

With over 12, 000 followers on Twitter, the televangelist is suffering a tough time dealing with his remarks. 

Mocking his comments, one of the Twitter users asked, “Are there any hand-gynaecologists in the afterlife? Is abortion allowed there?”

This was followed by another comment which read, “So you think that being pregnant is a God-given punishment?”