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    Looking at the Prohibitions

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    The Muslim Creed - Vol. 9, No. 2.

    Among the evil calamities that are widespread amongst Muslims nowadays, especially young men, is looking at the various types of ‘Haram. The Muslim encounters these prohibitions in newspapers, magazines, television, in the street, etc. This is a major problem in Muslim countries, and it is even worse in the lands of the Kuffar, who have no moral code to govern their conduct or religion to regulate their lives. Allah has prohibited us from looking at what is impermissible, such as naked women and women dressed indecently, and has commanded us to lower our gaze. These are the means with which the Muslim can protect his honor from what might harm it and protect the eyes from breaching what will bring about destruction. Allah has said, what translated means,

    Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze, and protect their private parts. [24:39-31].

    Since lowering the gaze is the basis for protecting the private parts, Allah has mentioned it first and emphasized its significance. The Messenger of Allah Salla Allahu Alayhi Wasallam said, what translated means, "It has been decreed that the son of Adam will indeed fall into Zina (fornication). The Zina of the eyes is looking, the Zina of the ears is hearing, the Zina of the tongue is talking, the Zina of the hand is aggression, the Zina of the leg is walking (to do what is impermissible), and the heart desires and fantasizes. The private part will either oblige or reject all that." [Muslim]. Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim said, "Allah started with the Zina of the eye because it is the basis of the Zina of the hand, the leg, the heart and the private part. He also emphasized the Zina of the tongue, which is done by talking, instead of mentioning the Zina of the mouth, which is kissing. As for the private part, it will either accept all the above and fall into Zina, or reject it all by staying away from sin. This Hadith is one of the most clear proofs that the eye falls into disobedience by looking at the impermissible, and this is its Zina."

    Also, Imam Muslim reported that Jabir, may Allah be please with him, narrated that Al-Fadhl, the Prophet’s cousin, was accompanying the Prophet on his camel on their way from Muzdalifah to Mina. Some women riding on camels passed by and Al-Fadhl started to stare at them. The Prophet saw him doing this, so he put his hand on Al-Fadhl’s face blocking his view so he would not look at them. Al-Fadhl moved his head away and continued to stare at the women, so the Prophet moved his hand again blocking his view. This Hadith indicates that looking at women is impermissible, since the Prophet stopped Al-Fadhl from doing so. Had this been a permissible act, the Prophet would not have stopped him but he would have not objected to his action.

    Furthermore, it was reported by Imams Ahmad, Abu Dawood and At-Tirmithi that the Prophet Salla Allahu Alayhi Wasallam said to his cousin, Ali bin Abi Taleb, "O Ali! Do not follow the first look with a second look. The first is allowed for you but not the latter." Imam Al-Khattabi said regarding this Hadith, "The first look is not counted against the person if it was done coincidentally or accidentally. It is not permissible to take the second look, nor is it permissible to take the first or latter looks intentionally." In addition, Jarir, may Allah be pleased with him, said, "I asked the Messenger of Allah about the first accidental look, and he ordered me to turn my face away." As for the person who is tested and inflicted with this first permissible look, the cure is for him is to go to his wife and fulfill his need with her. Imam Muslim reported that the Prophet once saw a woman, so he went to his wife, Zaynab, and he fulfilled his desire with her. He then came out of his house and said to his companions, "The woman comes in the shape of a devil and departs in the shape of the devil. So if any of you looked at a woman, then let him go to his wife and fulfill his desire with her, for this will repel the evil thoughts in his heart."

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    #2
    "The woman comes in the shape of a devil and departs in the shape of the devil. So if any of you looked at a woman, then let him go to his wife and fulfill his desire with her, for this will repel the evil thoughts in his heart."

    That is not very nice or complimentary to women.

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      #3
      Why are women so so prejudiced against in Islam?
      I'm cold seed, I'm your sweetest leaf
      I'll ease your mind, I'll set you free

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        #4
        How will the men feel, if God called them "Devils in disguise" ???

        Tali dono hathon say bajtee hai

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          #5
          Tanhaa: read it CAREFULLY and try pondering upon it.

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            #6
            Since looking at women strengthens the desires, Allah ordered men to do what would calm these desires down, by having intercourse with the wife. Therefore, it is clear that looking is the basis of all evils. This is also supported by the Hadith that states, "I have not left a Fitnah (calamity or trial) worse on men than women." [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]. Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim was once asked, "What do you say regarding a man who looked at a woman, desired her and kept thinking about her. Then his heart said to him, ‘All this had happened to you because of the first look, so why don’t you look again so you would see that she is not that beautiful, and this will ease your pain.’ Would he be allowed to look at her again?" Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim answered, saying, "This is impermissible for the following reasons:

            First, Allah has ordered us to lower our gaze, and therefore He could not have made the cure for the heart in something that He has forbidden.

            Second, the Prophet, Salla Allahu Alayhi Wasallam, was asked about the accidental look, and he knew that this affects the heart, so he ordered us to cure this by looking away, not looking again.

            Third, the Prophet Salla Allahu Alayhi Wasallam stated that the first look is allowed for the man but not the second. So it is impossible that the disease can be in what is allowed while the cure in what is disallowed.

            Fourth, it is clear that the second look will not decrease the feelings, something affirmed by experience. What the man saw the first time will be the same the second time. Therefore, taking a risk and looking again is not wise nor recommended.

            Fifth, if he looks again, he then may see something greater than what he saw in the first time, so his pain and suffering will increase.

            Sixth, if Satan convinces the man to look again at the woman, he will then beautify for him what is not beautiful in the first place, and thus the calamity will be even worse.

            Seventh, Allah will not aid the person in dealing with this test and calamity if he disobeys Him and takes a second look. Rather, this person deserves to be abandoned and let down than be helped.

            Eighth, the first look is a poisonous arrow of Satan the cursed and the second look is even more poisonous. So how can one cure himself from poison using poison?"

            Benefits of Lowering the Gaze

            Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allah bestow His mercy upon him, has an excellent research on this topic, and he lists some benefits of lowering the gaze, as follows:

            First, this will help the man minimize his pain and sorrow, since he will be looking at something that he desires but cannot have. So the more he looks, the greater his pain will become. Looking does to the heart what the arrow does to the game: if it does not kill, it will wound. Looking is also like a spark to dry grass, if it does not ignite it all, it will ignite a part of it.

            Second, lowering the gaze will give the heart a sparkle of light that will show in the eyes, face and limbs, just as looking at the impermissible will cast darkness on the heart that will be seen in the face and limbs.

            Third, this will brighten the heart and stimulate the mind, thus the man’s head will be clear and not clut-tered with evil thoughts and fantasies.

            Fourth, this will open the doors of knowledge to the person and he will be able to acquire it with ease. This is because of the light that will be present in the heart, and this light will clarify the aspects of knowl-edge to the person and his problem solving abilities will enhance. However, he who gazes at the ‘Haram, his heart will darken and the path of knowledge will be closed shut in his face.

            Fifth, this will give the heart strength and courage, and this will make the person effective in his speech and compelling in his arguments. As for the one who follows his desires, his heart will be weak and his soul will be humiliated.

            Sixth, this will give the heart pleasure and happiness far greater than that felt by looking at the ‘Haram. This is because the person conquers his enemy and controls his desires. Also, when the person controls his desires and deprives himself for Allah’s sake, Allah will reward him with a far greater pleasure and happiness that He places in his heart.

            Seventh, by lowering the gaze, the person will release himself from the captivity of desires, for the real captive is the captive of desires. And when the person is held captive by his desires, his enemy will dominate him and exert painful torment on him.

            Eighth, lowering the gaze will close a door leading to Hellfire and will be a barrier between the person and Allah’s punishment. The person who repeatedly breaks this barrier will be more accustomed to transgressing Allah’s limits, and will thus continue doing so and pushing the envelope to explore new desires or sins in reality. All this will lead the person deeper in Hellfire and will guarantee his destruction.

            It is clear that the benefits of lowering the gaze are far greater than what we have listed above. This is only a short summary to remind the reader with the sin of looking at the ‘Haram and its destructive effect on the Muslim. We ask Allah to strengthen our hearts and help us stay away from what He has prohibited, for He is the One Who hears the supplication and the only One Who can answer it.

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              #7
              See, all these explanations are once again from a "man's" point of view: his pain, his sorrow, his desires...So this world is only for men...and women are...well...the devil.

              So in simple words, women should be shunned forever. Why were they created in first place? Oh! for a man's desires of course...I forgot.

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              Poisoned Hearts, Poisoned Minds// Join In Hate
              We're Like Machines// Dead, Do Not Create
              Sitting Docile// While All around is Rot
              We Point Fingers// But Destruction Never Stops
              I'm cold seed, I'm your sweetest leaf
              I'll ease your mind, I'll set you free

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                #8
                I tbink its not right to consider 'fitnah' and 'devil' as equivalent. Woman may be cause of 'fitnah' in someone's mind but not necessarily that woman would be 'devil' or 'devilish'. I think we should demarcate the difference between 'fitnah' and 'devil'.

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                  #9
                  besides my comment above, the article is VERY GOOD in the sense that it tells men to keep their eyes away from looking at women whether they are 'pious' or not, its not only women's responsibility to 'cover up' entirely, its also men's responsibility to keep their gaze low.

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                    #10
                    can women fantasise about men or just physical act is prohibited? or you should be pure in thought and action?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by rvikz:
                      can women fantasise about men or just physical act is prohibited? or you should be pure in thought and action?
                      fantacizing is prohibited for both men and women. and both mental and physical purity is demanded.

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