Porn addiction. It’s something that millions of Muslims around the world suffer from, but not many can talk about. What’s even more rare are qualified practitioners who are able to openly discuss this issue and provide therapy, as well as having a solid foundation in Islamic principles.

In this episode (which is Part 1 of 2 on Porn Addiction) of the Deenspiration podcast show, Usman is joined by Alyas Karmani – a sex educator from England who has years of experience in providing counselling and therapy to those who find themselves involved with addictive sexual behaviour.

This episode goes in HARD and features a number of, what some might find, very shocking facts about porn addiction within the Muslim community and the harms that is causes to ourselves and society at large.

What you’ll learn

During the show, Ustadh Alyas covers a number of issues pertaining to porn addiction including the following:

  • An overview of the effects of porn on society
  • Is sex in Islam something we should talk about?
  • Why porn is worse in the Muslim community vs mainstream
  • Who is porn really affecting?
  • Google’s worldwide porn search results (Muslim countries)
  • How porn changes social attitudes
  • Is being attracted to sexual images normal?
  • How porn has become mainstream, including within our children’s TV shows and games
  • ‘Soft core’ porn vs ‘hardcore’ material
  • How women are depicted in porn and the effects this has on men’s brains
  • The people behind the porn industry & their mission
  • How the chemistry of our brains are changed when watching porn (compared to drug or food addictions)
  • The effect of porn on marriages and other real-life relationships
  • How the ‘Coolidge’ effect hooks us on to porn to inevitably cause us to seek more and more extreme material
  • Why people are pulled back towards porn even after repenting
  • The story of the famous serial killer Ted Bundy and his viewing of porn
  • How to associate porn with “pain” instead of pleasure
  • How men become homo-erotic while watching porn
  • How should married couples keep the ‘spice’ in their sex life? Is watching porn the solution?
  • How to sisters become ‘porn widows’
  • Practical tips for stopping (including the importance of having a strong sense of self)
  • plus more

Stay tuned for part 2

This episode is only Part 1 in the ‘Porn Addiction’ series. In Part 2, Usman is joined by Bara Aldasouqi from ‘Purify Your Gaze’ who provides some really great, practical strategies for leaving pornography and beginning your journey of healing.

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Alyas Karmani

Alyas Karmani

Alyas Karmani is an Imam and Khateeb at a number of Mosques in the North of England and across the UK. Alyas is also a specialist in youth empowerment and emotional well – being having been a senior policy advisor for the Welsh Assembly government relating to youth empowerment and development 2008-2009. Alyas has 20 years of work experience in the Public Sector across a range of policy areas specialising in Equality and Diversity. He is an accomplished academic with six years of experience as a researcher and lecturer at Bradford and Leeds Universities – department of Social Policy. Alyas Karmani was former head of Race Equality for the Welsh Assembly Government 2004. He is currently a consultant for West Yorkshire and London Probation service in relation to resettlement and reintegration of Muslim Offenders. Alyas has a Psychology background with close to 20 years of counseling and therapy work focusing on Muslim centred mental health and emotional well being.

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