Curbing promiscuous sex through the practice of fasting: An Islamic approach

Mansor, Nurul Husna and Abdullah, Raihanah and Mohamad Nor, Azmawaty and Jodi, Khairul Hamimah Mohammad (2022) Curbing promiscuous sex through the practice of fasting: An Islamic approach. Afkar, 24 (2). pp. 205-240. ISSN 1511-8819, DOI

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Promiscuous sex is a social issue that is now rampant and has implications on society that includes an alarming increase in premarital sex among adolescence, the increase in numbers of children out-of-wedlock, rising infidelity cases and divorce rates. To curb the problem of promiscuous sex, Islamic law has recognized the practice of fasting as a practical approach to control sexual desire and fornication. This paper intends to evaluate how the philosophy and practice of fasting in Islam help curb promiscuous sexual behavior. This study employs a qualitative research design using interviews, a content analysis approach that examined various materials sourced from primary and secondary data related to the topic under study. The documents encompass Holy al-Qur’an, al-Hadith, theses, books, and academic journal articles focusing on topics of fasting practice to curb promiscuous sex. Data gathered were grouped into codes, categories, and themes. Fasting is not just about suppressing hunger and thirst but includes restraining the self from doing things that are forbidden in Islam. Interestingly, the practice of fasting in Islam helped shaped human sexual behavior through the formation of spiritual, physiological and psychological aspects. The findings can be utilized by stakeholders especially in formulating rehabilitation modules for cases of promiscuous sex. © 2022, University of Malaya. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Higher Education Department, Ministry of Higher Education, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme, Universiti Malaya [Grant No: FRGS/1/2021/SS10/UM/02/5]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Promiscuous sex; Fasting practices; Islamic approach; Spirituality; Sexual desire
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Academy of Islamic Studies
Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2023 07:36
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2023 07:36

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