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I Imagine People Nude; Is it a Sin?

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Jul 11, 2019

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I converted to Islam recently. I had the habit of watching pornography in the past and I deeply fear sins of imagination. Please answer this question in short terms: Is it kufr? Is it a major or minor sin?

If someone were to intentionally imagine the prophet nude, is it a sin? With the word intentional I don't mean the intention of making fun of him, or disrespecting him, or sexual pleasure or pleasure of any sort but intentional in the sense that it is his free choice that he imagines a nude human being but he imagines it without feeling anything about it. How big is the sin?

Please don't confuse this with waswas and insinuations of shaytan.

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I Imagine People Nude; Is it a Sin?

In this counseling answer:

• Often times anxiety and other disorders can cause unwanted and intrusive thoughts which we have no control over.

• Please, write to our “Islamic Scholar” section for a precise answer to your question.

• Seek a counseling assessment for the fears of imagination which you experience.


As Salam Alaykum brother,

Thank you for writing to us. Congratulations on reverting to Islam. May Allah bless you and make your path easy.

I will keep this short as you requested and try my best to address your question, although I am a bit confused concerning your intentions. Please forgive me. You stated you had the habit of watching pornography in the past, and you deeply fear sins of imagination. You want to know if purposely imagining people, even prophets, nude with no sexual feeling attached is a sin.

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For this Islamic matter, I will kindly suggest that you please submit your question to our section “Ask the Scholars”.  As I am not an Islamic scholar, I do not want to mislead you nor misinform you with an incorrect category of sin.

Looking at your question from a perspective relating to other things such as imagination and art, it would be more comprehensible. The artist who drew the human form may do as you described. However, imagining a prophet nude for no reason other than you chose to is a bit unsettling. It would also be disturbing if one said they would like to visualize my mother or my child nude -“just because”. This is due in part to the boundaries of sacredness and privacy.

Brother, I kindly suggest that you do contact our “ask the Scholar” section as well as seek an assessment by a therapist for your deep fears of “sinful imagination”.


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Often times anxiety and other disorders can cause unwanted and intrusive thoughts which we have no control over. It is quite common but can be very scary when it happens. I am not saying this is what is it, I am only giving suggestions for you to seek an assessment, based on what you said, in order to assist you with your concerns.

Brother, insha’Allah please do write to our “Islamic Scholar” section for a precise answer to your question as well as seek a counseling assessment for the fears of imagination which you experience.

We wish you the best,

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Disclaimer: The conceptualization and recommendations stated in this response are very general and purely based on the limited information provided in the question. In no event shall AboutIslam, its counselors or employees be held liable for any damages that may arise from your decision in the use of our services.

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About Aisha Mohammad

Aisha received her PhD in psychology in 2000 and an MS in public health in 2009. Aisha worked as a Counselor/Psychologist for 12 years for Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center in New York. Aisha specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marriage/relationships issues, as well as community-cultural dynamics. She is certified in Restorative Justice/ Healing Circles, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and is also a certified Life Coach. Aisha works at a Family Resource Center, and has a part-time practice in which she integrates healing and spirituality using a holistic approach. Aisha plans to open a holistic care counseling center for Muslims and others in the New York area in the future, in sha' Allah. Aisha is also a part of several organizations that advocate for social & food justice. In her spare time she enjoys her family, martial arts classes, Islamic studies as well as working on her book and spoken word poetry projects.

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