How Could Porn Be Worse Than Zina?

A video clip on the harmfulness of pornography caused shock and outrage. In it, Shaykh Hamdi Benaissa, a respected and learned scholar, passionately argued that watching pornography can be worse than adultery or fornication (zina).

Should we ever be faced with a choice between the two – and may Allah protect us all from such a situation, Shaykh Hamdi argues that zina is the lesser of the two evils.

What Could Be Worse Than Zina?

How do we make sense of this opinion, in light of what we know about such acts? Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains how pornography and masturbation—though both in of themselves lesser sins than actual unlawful sexual intercourse—can be worse, more harmful, and more sinful than zina.

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