In letters seized from his former compound in Abbottabad, it has been revealed that Osama bin Laden told a colleague in North Africa that it’s okay to masturbate in times of “extreme need”.
The letter was found in the weeks following the raid on the terrorist leader's compound, and have only been recently released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The former Al-Qaeda leader wrote:
Another very special and top secret matter … pertains to the problem of the brothers who are with you in their unfortunate celibacy and lack of availability of wives for them in the conditions that have been imposed on them. We pray to God to release them.
…God is not ashamed of the truth. As we see it, we have no objection to clarifying to the brothers that they may, in such conditions, masturbate, since this is an extreme case.
The ancestors approved this for the community. They advised the young men at the time of the conquest to do so. It has also been prescribed by the legists when needed, and there is no doubt that the brothers are in a state of extreme need.
The letter was written in December 2010, just five months before he was killed by American forces.
It was addressed to Abu Muhammad, a former senior leader of IS. He was killed by a US air strike in August last year.
Bin Laden’s advice isn’t so surprising, since officials released details of his extensive porn collection in 2015.