Porn is on the rise, and you want to know how to stop watching porn? Spreading like cancer around the world, pornography addiction has affected all ages. From men, women to even younger school kids. Many of them have realized its poisonous truth that they are struggling to find a way out. With new victims falling every day, pornography has turned into a trillion-dollar industry.

Since everything can be a click away, the ease of access has made it convenient to switch it on whenever and wherever. Besides, the few moments of pleasure cause ignoring Allah’s presence.

Spreading like cancer around the world, pornography addiction has affected all ages. From men, women to even younger school kids. Many of them have realized its poisonous truth that they are struggling to find a way out. With new victims falling every day, pornography has turned into a trillion-dollar industry.

Trials of Quitting

How many times have you tried to stop watching porn, or someone you know tried to stop watching porn? And then you’re back again. You probably have promised yourself that this would be the last time. And then you keep promising yourself over and over. Then in a moment of weakness, you fall again.

You feel bad about it and enter into a cycle of shame and blame. Then you justify your actions to feel less pain. You convince yourself that “At least I’m not doing Zina (fornication), at least I’m not hurting anyone. The temptations are everywhere.” 

You struggle in silence. Hide it from everyone, and carry so much shame. You may have quit so many times and failed. You feel trapped, alone, and it has affected your relationships.

And so, as long as you watch, your soul is dying, and your prayers become empty. By the time your heart becomes devoid of the fear of God. You know Allah is watching, but you continue doing what you do and justify it for yourself. 

So How To Actually Stop Watching Porn?

Some people use pornography to escape their lives, yet if they fix their life, it can be less of an out to reach.

1. Intention

Take a deep and sincere intention that you will quit for good. Repent for your past deeds and intend to do whatever it takes to stop.


You struggle in silence. And hide it from everyone and carry so much shame. You may have quit so many times and failed. You feel trapped, alone, and also it has affected your relationships. 

And so, as long as you watch, your soul is dying, and your prayers become empty. By the time your heart becomes devoid of the fear of God. You know Allah is watching, but you continue doing what you do and justify it for yourself. 

2. Educate yourself

Learn about its side effects. Among its major harms is its effect on the mind, body, and heart. Besides, it has been reported that men addicted to pornography are less satisfied with their marital relationship. With their wives due to boredom, which would lead to a miserable marriage.

 A study of 2000 first-year college students found that the habitual use of pornography led to greater tolerance of sexually explicit material, thus requiring more novel and bizarre material to achieve the same level of arousal or interest.

Moreover, pornography leads to a distorted perception of social reality, which causes an exaggerated estimate of nontraditional sexual acts. The virtual idea of pleasure makes it hard to find pleasure with a spouse.

3. Think about your Deen, As Quran says:

إِلاَّ الْمُصَلِّينَ* الَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَى صَلاَتِهِمْ دَآئِمُونَ* وَالَّذِينَ فِي أَمْوَالِهِمْ حَقٌّ مَّعْلُومٌ* لِّلسَّآئِلِ وَالْمَحْرُومِ* وَالَّذِينَ يُصَدِّقُونَ بِيَوْمِ الدِّينِ* وَالَّذِينَ هُم مِّنْ عَذَابِ رَبِّهِم مُّشْفِقُونَ* إِنَّ عَذَابَ رَبِّهِمْ غَيْرُ مَأْمُونٍ* وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَافِظُونَ* إِلاَّ عَلَى أَزْوَاجِهِمْ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُمْ فَأِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ* فَمَنِ ابْتَغَى وَرَآءَ ذَلِكَ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْعَادُونَ*

وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لأماناتِهِمْ وَعَهْدِهِمْ رَاعُونَ* وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ بِشَهَادَاتِهِم قَائِمُونَ* وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَى صَلاَتِهِمْ يُحَافِظُونَ* أُوْلَئِكَ فِي جَنَّاتٍ مُّكْرَمُونَ}         (19ـ35).المعارج

English translation

Verily, man (disbeliever) was created very impatient. 20. Irritable (discontented) when evil touches him. 21. And niggardly when good touches him. 22. Except those devoted to Salat (prayers). 23. Those who remain constant in their Salat (prayers). 24. And those in whose wealth there is a known right. 

25. For the beggar who asks, and for the unlucky who has lost his property and wealth (and his means of living has been straightened). 26. And those who believe in the Day of Recompense 27. And those who fear the torment of their Lord 28. Verily! The torment of their Lord is that before which none can feel secure. 29. And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts from illegal sexual acts). 30. Except with their wives and the (women slaves and captives) whom their right hands possess, for (then) they are not to be blamed 31. But whosoever seeks beyond that, and then it is those who are trespassers.

 32. And those who keep their trusts and covenants. 33. And those who stand firm in their testimonies. 34. And those who guard their Salat (prayers) well. 35. Such shall dwell in the Gardens (i.e. Paradise) honoured.

Al Ma’arij 70 (19-35)

Guarding Yourself:

In the previous verses, Allah talks about the people of salah and describes their characteristics. Among which is guarding the privates against any non-halal acts.  The verse talks about ‘guarding’ as a habit of people who pray. This means protecting ourselves from any harm, even if permissible, that could lead us to this door.

People who pursue anything beyond the halal are those who engage in acts of aggression. It means you become an enemy to yourself, your iman, and Allah’s teachings.

Avoid any looks, scenes, shows, people, places, or websites that could spark an urge for pornography. Staying away from these sparks will minimize the chances of pornography addiction and will eventually help you stop watching porn. As mentioned in verse, the key is to ‘guard,’ be proactive, and be mindful of what you expose yourself to from the beginning.

4. Adjustments

Announce war against pornography at your home. Believe it’s an evil that’s making a way to your family, including your little ones. It happens when you or your family members watch something, and you keep on clicking and clicking until you end up where you don’t want to be.

When you’re by yourself, it’s easier for shaytan to get you. If the fear of Allah is not enough for you at this stage, at least, the fear of people will stop you. Something is better than nothing. Do not spend time alone in your room or at home. Go out, move, study, or work at the library.

Protecting your family

If you have children or youth, take the devices out of their room and place them in a shared area in the house. Same for your devices as well. If you don’t want to stop hurting yourself, stop for them. They look up to you as a role model. 

No one will be able to help you quit unless you really want to stop watching and police yourself.

Finally, you own the decision to quit for good and avoid all the paths that could lure you there. It’s up to you to decide… which is more important to you? Your temptations or your Iman, your prayers, your deen, and your God.

5. Celebrate

Keep a tracker. Track the days and the months you’ve been clean and celebrate your winnings, your power over your desires, and your control over your Nafs (self). 

“When you give up some addiction, the biggest problem for you will be your free time. When you beat your free time, you can beat your addiction.”

Egyptian author Ahmed Khalid Tawfik

6. Consistency

Whenever you feel the urge to watch, stop, and distract yourself. You are stronger than the devil‘s whispers, and you are stronger than your Nafs (self). Moreover, you have the upper hand, and YOU are in charge… yes you. You have the power to switch off this smartphone because you are smarter, braver, and powerful. A device cannot control you. You control what reaches your eyes and breaks into your blood and soul.

One last word for you a minute of pleasure is an eternity of suffering. Dopamine lasts a moment, and greatness lasts forever.

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