Muslim Youth are Watching Porn

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Do Muslims also watch pornography? The answer sadly is yes. The reality that Muslim youth do consume pornography has become one of the most concerning things Muslim parents have to deal with and most parents struggle with knowing what steps they can take to address this problem. Dr. Madiha Tehseen joins us in this episode to help Muslim parents understand why watching porn is a serious concern that needs immediate attention. Dr. Madiha is a Research Fellow and a Community Educator at The Family and Youth Institute, with a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology.

“You can’t change the outside world. So, instead, equip your child to navigate the outside world”

-Dr. Madiha Tehseen

In this Episode:

  • Dr. Madiha shares the compelling reason that motivated her to look into the issue of Muslim youth consuming pornography. 
  • Age ranges of kids who are watching pornography for consumption and the danger it poses when this consumption turns to addiction
  • Understand why parents need to look at porn addiction the same way they look at addiction to substances.
  • Learn how porn addiction can affect a child’s brain processes and development.
  • Realize what makes pornography addiction more dangerous and scarier than other forms of addiction.
  • Pornography is haram. Find out what makes it bad based on the basic understanding of Islam and your relationship with Allah, to yourself, and the community.
  • Find out how it relates to the high level of negative and aggressive behaviors towards women.
  • Learn how pornography addiction can lead to poor mental health, lower life quality, low self-esteem, etc. 
  • Find out how pornography consumption can change the relationship of married couples, the attraction level between spouses, their intimacy level, and expectations from each other. 
  • Understand the blind spots by focusing the conversation on pornography consumption around kids, especially if you are a parent who has not been exposed to this culture
  • Know the difference between frequent usage or addiction and those who don’t watch so frequently. 
  • Unveil the religious profiles of the consumers of pornography and find out where the bias lies.
  • These kids know that pornography consumption is wrong but still watch it. Here’s why…
  • Realize what kind of help these kids need and the bigger role that parents and community have to fill. 
  • Check out the toolkits the Family Youth Institute has to offer to help with the intervention and support the kids need that helps address their addictions.
  • Learn how parents can have an open conversation with their kids to resolve this problem.
  • It’s important to realize that parents CAN NOT treat addiction without professional help. 
  • Find out why NO ONE is talking about sex and why we should!
  • Real feelings that 13-year-olds have, and why parents need to be acquainted with how these are affecting their kids.
  • Learn how parents can set some expectations on their kids around social media in a way that doesn’t outcast them but also doesn’t open them up to this pandora’s box of crazy TikTok challenges.
  • One of the key motivators for kids to watch pornography and how parents can curb these motivators into something that is not harmful to them.
  • Learn how turning back to our Deen and not being shy to talk about these things can be critical in addressing pornography consumption issues, especially in its early stage.
  • Important skills you can teach your kids that will set them up against addictions.
  • Teaching your kids how they can properly diagnose their feelings can be a critical element to finding clarity about what they can do and how they can deal with their emotions.
  • Find out why showing anger can be detrimental to the open communication you want to establish between you and your kids.

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