Features of self-control (patience) in sexual health from a religious perspective

Seyyed Mahmood Tabatabaee


Marriage in Islam is categorized as part of the Prophet’s tradition; however, it is also rooted in human creation. Human marriage is a sample of general coupling in nature; nevertheless, unlike other creatures whose mating is instinctive, human marriage is performed based on his will.

Different functions of marriage can be explained by considering coupling. One of the main functions of coupling is providing a suitable response to sexual desire. And this will improve sexual health. Religion aims at responding to the sexual desire within marriage in order to form a family with the purpose of reproduction, not just taking pleasure.

In religious teachings, controlling sexual desire is mentioned in the form and context of patience when caught in sinful situations. Patience is the recommended mechanism for controlling lust and sexual desire. Patience is a cognitive and internal skill used for controlling lust free from external interference. Indeed, this can be called self-control. According to religious teachings, patience is not an inactive concept, but rather a dynamic response the intensity of which is tightly related to one’s level of knowledge, cognition and awareness. This article aims at explaining the cognitive features of patience, as the most significant recommendation to control the sexual desire. In fact, in this way, sexual desire is not suppressed and its arousal does not cause corruption within man’s social relations. And consequently, his health in various dimensions is guaranteed. 


patience, self-control, sexual desire, lust, sexual health

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