In this counseling answer:
• It is absolutely normal to have sexual thoughts and urges. However, acting upon these thoughts and urges outside marriage is forbidden in Islam.
• There are many things that may contribute to sexual thoughts, desires, and urges. These include hormones, hormonal changes, stress, or exposing oneself to sensory stimulation that could lead to sexual thoughts.
• The only right solution to help you deal with your sexual desires is through getting married.
As-Salamu Alaikum Sister,
I am sorry about how you feel. I understand from your question that you have been dealing with ‘sexual’ thoughts and feelings that make you uncomfortable and also worthless. You have tried to control them but yet are not able to do so. You have also repented to Allah SWT, but you keep having these thoughts time and again. You are also worried that such thoughts make you a bad person or a bad Muslim.
Having Thoughts You Have No Control Over Is Not a Sin
Sister, first of all, you need to understand that it is absolutely normal to have sexual thoughts and urges. However, acting upon these thoughts and urges is forbidden in Islam.
While it is a common belief that only men have to deal with sexual urges, the same is also true for women. Women may have sexual thoughts, urges, and desires, where some women experience them more than other women.
There are many things that may contribute to sexual thoughts, desires, and urges. These include hormones, hormonal changes, stress, or exposing oneself to sensory stimulation that could lead to sexual thoughts. The sensory stimulation could even be subliminal messages you view on the television. Or some romantic movies or drama serials not viewed with an ulterior motive. Yet, it is a fact that such things also lead to developing sexual urges at an unconscious level.
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Having Sexual Thoughts Is Not a Fault or a Flaw
You have also mentioned that sometimes your body reacts to the word “sex” even though you are not viewing it any wrong way. It is possible that you have tried repressing your thoughts about sex too much and that makes your body react in such a way.
Sister, it does not make you a sinner if your body reacts to something without you intending it to. It is possible that because of the repression or past actions, your body has become classically conditioned to reacting in such a way; where the stimulus is just the word “sex”. Reading something religious about sexuality in order to enhance your knowledge about it would definitely not be considered as a sin.
MashaAllah, you’re a very self-aware and a God-fearing young lady, who is bothered by having such thoughts. May Allah SWT make it easy for you to stay on the right track. Here are a few practical suggestions to help you cope with your sexuality and thoughts that make you feel uncomfortable.
Start Thinking and Preparing for Marriage
Sister, the only right solution to help you deal with your sexual desires is through getting married. Convey to your parents that you feel as though you are ready for marriage.
I know you are still young and must be pursuing your studies. But I am sure there are lots of men out there who would be willing for you to continue your studies after marriage. Or perhaps, you may want to stay at home and start with your family life. Either way is fine.
Starting the search for the right guy will divert your attention from sexual thoughts. It will also make you closer to fulfilling all your sexual urges lawfully, InshaAllah.
Build a Bond with Allah SWT
MashaAllah, you are already close to Allah SWT. Being regular in prayer, supplication and repentance will help you further in controlling your desires and avoiding sin, InshaAllah.
According to a hadith,
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “If there was a river at your door and he took a bath in it five times a day, would you notice any dirt on him?” They said, “Not a trace of dirt would be left.” The Prophet said, “That is the parable of the five prayers by which Allah removes sins.” [Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 505, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 667]
And according to the Quran,
And keep up prayer; surely prayer keeps (one) away from indecency and evil. [Surah Ankabut 29:45]
Understand That Life Is a Test
Sister, another important thing we need to understand is that this life is a test by Allah SWT where each and every one us is going through a different struggle. On the Day of Judgment, we will be judged and rewarded by Allah SWT according to how much we obeyed the commands and limits set on us by Allah SWT according to the hardship we faced. Hence, you may view the difficulties you are going through in this life as a test by Allah SWT.
Perhaps the sexual desires you feel so often is a test given to you by Allah SWT to see how you stay within the prescribed limits. While your friends or other people may not be going through the same thing.
Do Not Compare Yourself to Others
Sister, I noticed that you compared yourself to your friends in your post. While it is great that Alhamdulillah you have a pious and God-fearing circle of friends, it is not healthy for you to compare yourself or your situation to others as this could lead you to have low self-esteem. Each and every one of us has a different situation, background etc.
So, I feel it is unfair towards you to compare yourself with others as it can cause feelings of worthlessness and feel inadequate or inferior. There is absolutely nothing wrong with you to have such thoughts. Just take care not to commit the “act” as that is when one crosses the line.
Keep asking Allah SWT for His help, guidance, and mercy, while repenting to Him. May Allah SWT keep you on the right track always and make things easy for you.
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