Masturbation : A Disastrous Problem faced by the Youth, Paperback Booklet - 34 pages,By Mawlana M. Ismail. Excerpt : Masturbation - A Fast Spreading, Vile Act Amongst the distorted ways towards which the youth have resorted to satisfy their lust is masturbation - a fast spreading, vile act. This vile act has become common amongst a large sector of youth.Many young boys and girls have become entrapped in the snare of masturbation. Hence, it is necessary to explain the law of Islam with regard to this evil act, to list its harms and disastrous consequences and to prescribe some medicine and treatment to root-out this shameful act. These are a few words before you, O Beloved Reader! so that it could become a brick in the building of Islamic Knowledge and a step on the straight path. May Allah grant us the ability to benefit from it. Aameen.The Ruling regarding masturbation is that it is Haraam (Unlawful). This is the ruling of the 4 schools of thought, that is the; Maliki, Shafi'i and Hanafi and one narration from Imam Ahmed, May Allah be pleased with them. They have drawn their conclusions from the following proofs:- Proofs from the Quran; Allah, ta'ala, says: "And those who guard their private parts save from their wives and those (slave-girls) which their right-hands own - so there is no blame upon them. Then whoever seeks beyond that (which is lawful), they are the transgressors." -Surah al Mu'minun: Verse 5 & 6) --- The intended meaning of these ayat is clear. Allah Ta'ala has praised the believers for guarding their private parts from that which He has made forbidden upon them. Thereafter, these Words of Allah, subhanahu wa ta'ala, follow:- Whoever seeks beyond that which is lawful are oppressors who overstep from halaal (permitted) towards haram (prohibited).Hafiz ibn Kathir, Rahmatullah alaihi, writes: "Imam Shafi'i, Rahmatullah alaihi, and those who have agreed with him have concluded that masturbation is haram from this ayah." He says: "Masturbation is excluded from these two types which Allah has made halal."