For some people, keeping the faith is a long and difficult journey. When you are tempted at every turn, it can seem like an insurmountable challenge to maintain your spiritual self at all times.
One modern temptation that can have the most impact on your faith can be pornography. Its abundance and accessibility have created a spiritual crisis in many people, including those whose faith is unshakable.
However, if you’re not careful, pornography can quickly become an addiction. It will only get harder and harder to stop. When you’re fully addicted, it will seem like porn is a natural part of your life, not a destructive element that is causing problems.
For those who are committed to their faith and Allah, porn addiction can still be a challenging ordeal. The path to recovery is never easy, but it requires a strong constitution and support from both your family and Allah if you hope to beat it.
But what if you’re spiritually compromised?
While explicit material is one of the most prevalent temptations that modern Muslims face, it’s far from the only one. Today’s society is fraught with perilous circumstances that can threaten to undermine your faith and make you question it.
Unfortunately, if you’re unable to find the answers and the support you need, then it can be all too easy to turn away from Allah and Islam as a whole. When you feel isolated and alone, it can cause you to act out in more aggressive ways.
Today we want to help you find out what’s really going on inside, as well as help you find the path toward recovery. You know that your sexually addictive behaviors can spiral out of control, so it’s imperative that you do something about it.
The Dangers of Spiritual Wounds
Everyone responds to their faith differently. For some, it’s a way to make sure that you’re living your life to the best of your ability. For others, it’s more of a guideline that may or may not apply to everyday situations.
If you’re spiritually wounded, and you’re having a crisis of faith, then it can compound on itself and force you to make decisions that can diminish your quality of life. When that happens, porn addiction may only be the beginning of your descent into destructive behavior.
If you decide to turn away from Islam, you may be tempted to engage in sexual activity that would otherwise be abhorrent. Watching porn regularly can make you feel like acting out. This could manifest in the form of cheating on your spouse or engaging in risky sexual encounters.
If unchecked, your decisions can quickly grow beyond your control. Once you’ve experienced the lifestyle, it will only become more difficult to turn back to Allah. This is why it’s imperative that you confront your spiritual wounds and repair the damage as soon as possible.
Understanding the Cause
As we mentioned, faith affects us all differently, so we can’t say for sure what happened that caused you to turn away from Islam. However, because you know yourself better than anyone, now is the time for self-reflection to see if you can pinpoint the root of the issue.
- Perhaps you feel as if Allah is not listening to you when you pray
- Maybe you’re angry or frustrated at the loss of someone close to you
- You may have been cheated on by your partner or spouse
Regardless of the situation, the most crucial thing to understand is the why. When we are satisfied with our faith, we don’t hesitate to incorporate it into our lives, particularly when we are tempted to stray. But why is this not the case for you?
Once you know the why then you can begin to address the problem and confront your wounds head-on. Here are some ways that you can get yourself back on the path toward recovery.
Share Your Struggle
All too often, Muslims take a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to their personal problems. While we’re not suggesting that you go on social media to air your grievances, it can be liberating to talk with someone close to you about what’s happening. Whether it’s a friend, a family member, or a spiritual leader, opening up can relieve much of the tension going on inside.
Commit to Change
At first, exposing your spiritual wounds can be painful, but it’s the only way that you can heal. Until you confront what’s driving your destructive behavior, you cannot hope to change it, which is why it’s so critical to share your struggle.
Once you’ve found the source of your problem, the next step is admitting that you have to make a change. However, it’s not enough to tell this to yourself. You must commit to God if you hope to make a full recovery.
Prepare for the Long-Term
Recovering from addiction is not something that can be achieved in a day or two. Sexual addiction is particularly challenging as it can bring a lot of shame and guilt along with it. However, you must acknowledge that it will take time to recover.
You will face challenges every step of the way. You will repeat negative behaviors from time to time. However, that’s part of the process. Understanding this and accepting it will ensure your success.