There are serious harms resulting for masturbation both from a physical point of view and a spiritual point of view. A person can become addicted to masturbation to such an extent that it effects his/her future sex life. Masturbation is also a sin causes feelings of guilt and depression in its perpetrators. Please refer to the following book written by a qualified Islamic scholar regarding the Islamic view on masturbation:
I do accept that there is conflicting scientific evidence regarding the harms of masturbation. Here is a relevant article on the physical harms of masturbation written by a qualifed Muslim doctor. Here is the website
Dr. Sayeed Ahmad D. I. Hom. (London) writes:
“Some of the after-effects of masturbation are :
The nervous system is affected the most.
Besides the heart, the digestive system, the urinary system as well as the other systems are adversely affected and consequently the whole body becomes the museum of diseases with profound weakness.
The eyes become sunken, the cheek bones protrude and there is a black rim round the eyes.
Continuous headache and backache.
Dizziness and loss of memory.
Palpitation of heart on lightest exertion.
Unable to perform any heavy physical or mental work.
The person dislikes any company and activities and rather likes to sit in seclusion and suffers from weakness.
All the senses are impaired.
Vision becomes dim, the tongue begins to stammer and ears tend to become deaf etc.
Lastly T. B. or insanity or some other serious disease catch hold of the victim to lead his life to a close.
Therefore, young men are advised to consult a qualified and honest homoeopathic practitioner for his expert advice and effective treatment instead of wasting his money with quacks. Further, those young men who are or have been engaged in the regular habits of masturbation should not ignore the necessity to consult the qualified homoeopaths to avoid sexual embarrassment at the time of marriage.”
In summary, the Quran and hadith have unequivocally established the prohibition of men and women masturbating. There are entire books written on this subject. There are countless harms from a spiritual and physical point of view. It should be sufficient for us that Allah has only allowed men and women to fulfill their sexual desires lawfully through their spouses. He clearly says that those who seek another way [through masturbation or sexual perversions] are the transgressors.
Allah knows best