Is watching pornographic movies is a kind of Zina in Islam?
Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh
Thank you for your question.
Yes, watching pornographic material is a form of fornication (zina) which is not only prohibited and sinful in Islam but also harmful and detrimental to one’s spirituality and physical well being.
“Success is really attained by the believers …. who guard their private parts except from their wives or from those (bondwomen who are) owned by their hands, as they are not to be blamed. However, those who seek (sexual pleasure) beyond that are the transgressors” (Quran 23:1-7)
“The ‘zina’ of the eyes is the sight (to gaze at a forbidden thing)” (Sahih Muslim)
Remember the principle, ‘What is forbidden to touch is also forbidden to see and vice versa’
May Allah Almighty keep us all protected with morality, modesty and guidance.
And Allah knows best.
Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
Hadith of the Day Imam
Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute