Mücahid Cihad Han, a Muslim cleric and televangelist in Turkey, gave social media a laugh for the day after telling a caller complaining of chronic, uncontrollable masterbation that not only does Islam prohibit the act, but “those who have sexual intercourse with their hands will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife, complaining against them to God over its rights.”
The self-styled televangelist advised the viewer to “resist Satan’s temptations”.
The issue is controversial in Islam as there are varying opinions on how permissible masturbation can be. The Koran has no clear reference to the act and many hadiths (teachings of Mohammed outside of the Koran) are of questionable authenticity.
Few Islamic scholars consider it “haram” (forbidden), with most considering it “makruh” (disliked or offensive). Some even say it is permissible in certain circumstances, such as avoiding temptation to commit adultery.
Han was widely mocked on social media after making the statement. One Twitter user asked: “Are there any hand gynaecologists in the afterlife? Is abortion allowed there?”
Another added: “So you think being pregnant is a God-given punishment?”