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    Addiction to Pornography & Masturbation: Islamic Remedy

    http://www.wired.com/news/technology...,65772,00.html


    Internet Porn: Worse than Crack?


    By Ryan Singel | Also by this reporter Page 1 of 1


    11:00 AM Nov. 19, 2004 PT

    Internet pornography is the new crack cocaine, leading to addiction, misogyny, pedophilia, boob jobs and erectile dysfunction, according to clinicians and researchers testifying before a Senate committee Thursday.

    Witnesses before the Senate Commerce Committee's Science, Technology and Space Subcommittee spared no superlative in their description of the negative effects of pornography.


    Mary Anne Layden, co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Cognitive Therapy, called porn the "most concerning thing to psychological health that I know of existing today."

    "The internet is a perfect drug delivery system because you are anonymous, aroused and have role models for these behaviors," Layden said. "To have drug pumped into your house 24/7, free, and children know how to use it better than grown-ups know how to use it -- it's a perfect delivery system if we want to have a whole generation of young addicts who will never have the drug out of their mind."

    Pornography addicts have a more difficult time recovering from their addiction than cocaine addicts, since coke users can get the drug out of their system, but pornographic images stay in the brain forever, Layden said.

    Jeffrey Satinover, a psychiatrist and advisor to the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality echoed Layden's concern about the internet and the somatic effects of pornography.

    "Pornography really does, unlike other addictions, biologically cause direct release of the most perfect addictive substance," Satinover said. "That is, it causes masturbation, which causes release of the naturally occurring opioids. It does what heroin can't do, in effect."

    The internet is dangerous because it removes the inefficiency in the delivery of pornography, making porn much more ubiquitous than in the days when guys in trench coats would sell nudie postcards, Satinover said.

    Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), the subcommitee's chairman, called the hearing the most disturbing one he'd ever seen in the Senate. Brownback said porn was ubiquitous now, compared to when he was growing up and "some guy would sneak a magazine in somewhere and show some of us, but you had to find him at the right time."

    The hearing came just days after a controversy over a sexually suggestive Monday Night Football ad that has many foreseeing a crackdown on indecency by the Federal Communications Commission.

    It is unclear what the consequences of Thursday's hearing will be since it was not connected to any pending or proposed legislation.

    Brownback, a conservative Christian, is also scheduled to be rotated off the sub-committee in the next session.

    When Brownback asked the panelists for suggestions about what should be done, the responses were mild, considering their earlier indictment of pornography. Several suggested that federal money be allocated to fund brain-mapping studies into the physical effects of pornography.

    Judith Reisman of the California Protective Parents Association suggested that more study of "erototoxins" could show how pornography is not speech-protected under the First Amendment.

    The panelists all agreed that the government should fund health campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of pornography. The campaign should combat the messages of pornography by putting signs on buses saying sex with children is not OK, said Layden.

    However, as the panelists themselves acknowledged, there is no consensus among mental health professionals about the dangers of porn or the use of the term "pornography addiction."

    Many psychologists and most sexologists find the concepts of sex and pornography addiction problematic, said Carol Queen, staff sexologist for the San Francisco-based, woman-owned Good Vibrations.

    Queen questioned the validity of the panel for not including anyone who thinks "pornography is not particularly problematic in most people's lives."

    Queen acknowledges she can name people who have compulsive and destructive behavior centered on pornography, but argues that can happen with other activities, such as gambling and shopping.

    Queen also criticized the methodology behind research showing that pornography stimulates the brain like drugs do, saying the research needs to take into account how sex itself stimulates the brain.

    "There's no doubt the brain lights up when sexually aroused," Queen said.

    Queen too would like to see more money devoted to research on sex, but thinks it is unlikely that researchers on either side of the divide are likely to receive large grants any time soon.

    Studies intended to show the harmful effects of pornography must contend with ethical rules prohibiting harm to human subjects, while sex researchers have a hard time getting any funding, unless their study is specifically HIV-related, according to Queen.
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    You know what the most profitable industry on the internet is? Let's just say that it's directly related to this thread.
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      Porn addiction-

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      It is to be noted that logging in and browsing pornographic sites is forbidden because a Muslim is always commanded to lower his/her gaze, let alone give a loose rein to his/her hungry eye to look at the private parts of others. More importantly, such acts cause psychological and social injury. Besides, many people in general, and teenagers in particular, waste their lives and times doing things which Allah forbade them to do. A Muslim is always commanded to spend his time in useful things, cherish what benefits him in the present, plan for his coming days, and always make the reward of the Hereafter his/her top priority.
      Our advice to those young people is that they should fear Almighty Allah regarding their life and youthfulness. They are to bear in mind that they will be reckoned for these two and will be questioned what they have done with them. The Hadith says: "The feet of a son of Adam will not be removed (meaning he will be standing for reckoning until he is asked about the following five), unless he is questioned about five things: his life and how he has spent it, his youth time and how he managed it, his wealth from where and how it has been spent, and his actions how close or far they are from his knowledge."
      Man will be questioned about his life since it is the greatest Divine gift. Those, however, waste their life browsing these porn sites and thus spoil the greatest Divine blessing given to them, namely life. Man is granted this life not to spend it in quest for lusts and desires of the flesh, but to utilize it for the life of eternity, the Hereafter. In that eternal life everything is blessed, no poverty is there, no sickness, no senility. That eternal life is only for those who lead this life in straightness, uprightness and conformity with the laws of Allah.
      Let those young people, then, fear Allah regarding their youth. Youth is not a time for play or whimsical actions; rather, it is the time for fruitful work and action, ambition and perfection.
      The youth have always been the indicator of progress or decline of every nation or people. The more they stick to the dictates of virtue and uprightness, the greater their nation will become. The more they fall in the den of vice, the lower their nation will go. Thus, we have the necessity for right and moral upbringing of the youth.
      We advise all those young people to consider the value of their lives and stop wasting it in trivialities. They should bear in mind that death may overtake them all of a sudden. All people are like prisoners in a cell waiting for their execution. No one knows when, but they should prepare themselves for it. Almighty Allah says: [Every soul shall taste death.] (Al `Imran 3: 185)"
      The following working steps to fight porn addiction are for all, no matter their age:
      Step One: Admit that you can't give up.
      Admit that you are unable to get a grip on your consumption of pornography. It is uncontrollable. Every time you turn on the internet, go to the video store, turn on the television, you cannot say NO to yourself. You cannot NOT surf porn sites, or stop watching. You are no longer in control of your life.
      Step Two: Admit that only Allah can get you out of this.
      You know, after trying through so many ways to control your addiction and subsequently failing, that only Allah can help you out of this. You may have known it before, but you are convinced of it now without a shadow of a doubt.
      Step Three: Your life and death are all in Allah's control.
      Decide to put your complete trust in Allah, Who is in control of all aspects of your life and your death, and to bring this problem to Him and seek His help first and foremost.
      Step Four: Do a self-analysis.
      Do an honest, sincere, but often painful self-evaluation of your good points, bad points, and analyze your addiction, trying to understand how you reached this point.
      Step Five: Make a specific repentance to Allah.
      Admit to Allah and to yourself and to another trusted Muslim (if possible) exactly where you went wrong. Do not make a general request for repentance. Specifically list your mistakes and, in particular, your addiction to pornography.
      Step Six: Be open and ready to receive Allah's help to change.
      You know your sincere repentance must be followed by action. Be ready to do what is necessary to change, no matter how difficult or painful, even if it means not even watching television for the news or never surfing the Internet alone.
      Step Seven: Ask for the removal of faults.
      Ask Allah with sincerity, humility and regret to help you never repeat this action (looking at pornography) again and to help you avoid repeating sins committed in the past.
      Step Eight: Do a nightly self-evaluation.
      Every night do an honest self-evaluation of your behavior and be ready to admit your mistakes and thank Allah for the good you did that day.
      Step Nine: Make lots of du`a’ (supplication) and try to increase your taqwa (fear of Allah).
      Continue to pray five times a day, seeking closeness to Allah. Seek to be consciousness of Him wherever you are. Increase your reliance on Him to help you with this addiction to pornography and with all other matters in your life.
      Step Ten: Preach and practice.
      Don’t just "move on" after Allah has blessed you to get out of this addiction. Help others you know with this problem through regular contact and sincere advice, respecting the etiquette of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. By the grace of Allah, helping others will help you maintain control over your addiction, and you will help another Muslim or another human being to get out of this destruction and misery
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        #4
        Asalamu Alaykum

        Astagfurullah fellow muslims actually do this? *goes off to puke* may Allah (swt) guide his slaves to the right path and set forth a seal in their hearts to close away the fitnah and sins the satan whispers in their hearts! ameen.

        p.s-i only reached half way, couldn't carry on!
        Fulaana’ Bint Fulaan

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          #5
          Originally posted by Ahlam
          Asalamu Alaykum

          Astagfurullah fellow muslims actually do this? *goes off to puke* may Allah (swt) guide his slaves to the right path and set forth a seal in their hearts to close away the fitnah and sins the satan whispers in their hearts! ameen.

          p.s-i only reached half way, couldn't carry on!
          forget the old days when watching porn was for the strange old man going aroudn the trashes.

          Nowdays porn is everywhere, fa'sha wal munkar is everywhere.

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            #6
            Asalamu Alaykum

            So what if it is everywhere? i don't see myself watching such filth alhamdulillah!...there is no justification to watching it!!!!!
            Fulaana’ Bint Fulaan

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              #7
              He never said there was
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                #8
                I don't watch that filth, but I do want a wife who will ehem tilth.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Baby Paw
                  I don't watch that filth, but I do want a wife who will ehem tilth.
                  you are a bright example of good mental health akhi....i mean...you don't live under the pressure of hiding your feelings....you know what i mean?
                  My toughest fight was with my first wife.

                  Muhammad Ali Clay

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                    #10
                    Thanks, I think I do know what you mean.

                    I guess I do wear my heart on my sleeve sometimes, and I ain't afraid to express my feelings.

                    But I know what I like and make no secrets of it.

                    To feel such a feeling is the most natural feeling of all, but Insha'Allah in the Garden of Jennah we shall able to enjoy what we abstain from in this dunya. But it will be pure and clean. May Allah cause it to be.

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                      #11
                      Good post because this is happening everywhere.. Wherever we go we are seeing women partially dressed and its seen to be a norm, unfortunately some muslims have also fallen into this way of thinking.. I know some view the 'hardcore' stuff but it all starts off with the little things (thats just my opinion)..

                      The same way good things can come from little actions, the same can be said for bad.. they always start off as being minor or 'not that bad' and unfortunately lead to VERY bad things :(

                      May Allah(swt) guide us all and help us refrain from such evils, Ameen.

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                        #12
                        I guess with most things it is down to the individual as to how they tackle and ultimately overcome such fitnah.

                        Allah give us strength.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Baby Paw
                          I don't watch that filth, but I do want a wife who will ehem tilth.
                          I understand the need to expressing ur feelings and stuff,but in a mixed place,I dont see why u would say such things so openly.
                          If I am not wrong we are supposed to show some modesty when in a debate we know can be watched by all and read by all and is a mixed place.So next time u feel such a need maybe u can do it in the brothers forum please
                          Man knows so much yet does so little...

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                            #14
                            Stakhferallah!! ewww
                            Maybe self-improvement isn't the answer.... Maybe self-destruction is the answer.

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                              #15
                              Outlandish, hush!

                              If people got a problem with pornography, then they should take measures towards ridding themselves of such fitnah.

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