This will be devastating news to anyone who enjoys jerking the gherkin, choking the chicken, stroking the snake, spanking the monkey, yanking the chain, a little self-pleasure once in a while.

A Muslim televangelist has reportedly claimed that men who masturbate will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife.

Mucahid Cihad Han was answering questions on private television station 2000 TV when a viewer said that he “kept masturbating even though he was married”, reports the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News.

After repeating the question, Mr Han responded by saying masturbation is haram (forbidden) in Islam and the viewer should “resist Satan’s temptations”.

“Moreover, one hadith states that those who have sexual intercourse with their hands will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife, complaining against them to God over its rights”, Hurriyet quotes him as saying.

“If our viewer was single, I could recommend he marry, but what can I say now?”

Mr Han, who has 12,500 followers on Twitter, was mocked by some people on the social media site.

According to Hurriyet, Muslim scholars and schools differ on whether masturbation is permissible.

Now that you have heard, you should start counting how many children your hands will bear for you in the afterlife…lol