Harms of Casting Evil Glances and Its Remedy

[Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar D.B]

In  this  time  and  age,  due  to  the  shamelessness  and immodesty,  which  has  spread  through  pornography, television,  videos,  internet,  cell  phones,  cinema,  novels, etc.,  so  many  people’s  lives  have  been  destroyed.  Young people  have  ruined  their  youth  in  illicit  sexual  intercourse and  masturbation.  Life-long  marriages  have  been  broken due  to  unlawful  love  affairs.  On  a  social  level,  society  is plagued  with  problems  such  as  rape,  prostitution,  child molestation  and  pedophile,  homosexuality,  AIDS  and other  sexually  transmitted  diseases.

The  question  arises  as  to  what  is  the  root  of  all  these problems.  May  Allah  Ta’ala  reward  our  Masha’ikh  and pious  predecessors,  who  look  at  the  world  with  the  eye  of the  heart,  enlightened  by  the  light  of  the  Qur’an,  Hadith and  the  burning  love  of  Allah  Ta’ala.  They  have  diagnosed all  these  sickness  to  be  brought  about  by  one  deadly disease.  The  root  of  all  these  problems  is  the  SIN  OF THE  EYES,  casting  evil  glances,  looking  at  the  opposite or  same  sex  with  lustful  gazes.  Unfortunately,  today, people  do  not  even  consider  casting  evil  glances  to  be  a sin,  when  in  actuality  it  is  the  root  of  innumerable  vices and  sins.

Another  reality  which  people  are  totally  unaware  of  is  that by  protecting  one’s  eyes  from  lustful  glances,  one  is promised  the  taste  of  the  sweetness  of  Imaan. Once  the  sweetness  of  Imaan  enters  the  heart,  it  will never  be  taken  back.  Thus  by  protecting  the  eyes,  one  is given  glad  tidings  of  a  good  death.  Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)  said:

“Verily the evil glance is a poisonous arrow from the arrows of Iblees. He who abstains from casting evil glances, I will grant him such Imaan, that he will feel the sweetness of it in his heart”. (Narrated by Ibn Mas’ud in Tabarani and Kanzul-Ummaal; Vol. 5, pg. 228),

Hafiz ibn Katheer (rahimahullah) mentions in his Tafseer:

“He who protects his eyes from unlawful gazes, Allah Ta’ala will grant him the light of the heart.” 
(Tafseer Ibn Katheer; Surah Nur, Ayat 30)

We ask Allah Ta’ala that He makes this article a means of exposing the reality of this destructive disease and that He guides the entire Ummah from the darknesses of sin into the light of piety and obedience to Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).

Harm No. 1: Disobedience of Allah 

Casting evil glances is clearly forbidden by the clear and explicit text of the Qur’aan. Allah Ta’ala says:

“O Nabi  Tell the believing men to lower some of their gazes.” (Sura Nur ; Ayat 30, Juz 18)  (Meaning, do not look at ghair mahram women and handsome boys).

Therefore, he who casts evil glances is opposing the clear and explicit command of Qur’aan, and one who opposes the clear and explicit command of Qur’an is guilty of committing a HARAAM act. Thus, to save oneself from this sin, it is sufficient to meditate upon the fact that the one who casts evil glances is opposing a commandment of the Qur’aan. In other words, he is disobeying Allah Ta’ala.  

Harm No. 2: Breach of Trust 

The one who casts evil glances is breaching the trust of Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala says:

“He knows the mistrust of the eyes and that which the hearts conceal.” (Sura Mu’min; Ayat 18, Juz 24)

Allah Ta’ala uses the word “khiyaanah”, which means to commit mistrust. This indicates that we are not the owners of our eyes rather we have been entrusted with them. This is the reason why suicide is forbidden, because we are not owners of our bodies. Allah Ta’ala has entrusted us with our bodies. Since they are a trust from Allah Ta’ala, to use it against His pleasure, to harm it or to put an end to it is forbidden. If we were owners of our bodies then perhaps we would have the right to use them the way we desire. By not giving us the choice and freedom to utilize our bodies, the way we desire is the proof that this is a trust from Allah Ta’ala. To embezzle this trust of Allah Ta’ala is a great crime. The one who casts evil glances is breaching and embezzling the trust of sight which Allah Ta’ala has granted him. The breacher of this trust cannot become the friend of Allah Ta’ala. How beautifully a poet has said:

The “thief of sight” can never have the crown of friendship placed upon his head
He who is not a Muttaqi, is not a Wali  

Harm No. 3: Curses From Nabi 

The one who casts evil glances is cursed by Nabi (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).

Nabi (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) says in a Hadith mentioned in Mishkaat Shareef

“May the curse of Allah be upon the one who casts evil glances and upon the one who presents him/herself to be looked at.” (Mishkaat; Pg. 270)

If casting evil glances was a minor sin, then Nabi (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), being a mercy to mankind would not have cursed its perpetrator. The curse of Nabi  is clear proof that this is a very despicable crime. The meaning of curse is to become distant from the mercy of Allah. Imam Raghib Isfahani mentions in Mufradaatul Qur’aan that the definition of La’anat (curse) is:  “To become distant from mercy.”  Thus, he who has become distant from the mercy of Allah Ta’ala, cannot gain salvation from the evils of his Nafs. Only he who is under the shade of Allah’s mercy can attain salvation from the evils of the Nafs.

Allah Ta’ala says: “The Nafs abundantly commands evil.”  (Surah Yousuf; Ayat 53, Juz 13) 

So how is it possible to be saved from the evils of Nafs?? Allah Ta’ala further says:   “Expect by the mercy of my Lord.”  From this, we understand that the only way to be saved from the evils of the Nafs is to come under the shade of Allah’s mercy. Allah Ta’ala who is the Creator of this Nafs Himself has proclaimed that those who are in His mercy will be saved.

Therefore, the one who has come under the shade of his Nafs did not remain excessively commanding evil) rather it became (abundantly  commanding  good).  This  is  why  after  the command  of  guarding  the  eyes,   Allah Ta’ala  mentions,  “Guard  the  private  parts.” Because  through  the  blessings  of  fulfilling  the  divine command  of  Allah  Ta’ala  and  saving  oneself  from  the curse  of  Nabi (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)   one  comes  under  the  shade  of  Allah’s mercy.  Now  his  private  parts  will  also  be  safeguarded.

From  this  we  conclude  that  the  reward  of  guarding  the eyes  is  that  the  private  parts  become  safeguarded.  On  the contrary,  if  a  person  does  not  guard  his  eyes  then  he cannot  guard  his  private  parts  either  and  curses  which descends upon him is a separate punishment on its own.

Harm No 4: An Action of Stupidity

Hazrat  Hakeem  ul  Ummnat  Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahimahullah) said: “Every  sin  is  a  sign  of  stupidity  and  foolishness.  Anyone who  commits  sin,  then  this  is  a  sign  that  there  is  some deficiency  in  his  intellect.  He  is  disobeying  such  a  Being in  whose  hands  is  our  life  and  death,  our  health  and sickness,  peace  and  comfort,  good  and  evil  end.  If  his intellect  was  sound  he  would  never  commit  sin.  As  for  the one  who  casts  evil  glances,  Hazrat  says  that  he  is extremely  foolish.  By  casting  glances,  he  attains  nothing other  than  restlessness  in  his  heart.  By  looking  at  a beauty,  one  never  attains  him/her,  rather  one  gets uneasiness  and  the  heart  becomes  restless  when  one remembers  him/her.  Allah  Ta’ala  has  granted  me  a  new aspect  of  knowledge.  To  cause  inconvenience  to  any Muslim  or  to  bother  him  in  any  way  is  HARAAM.  Now that person  who  is  casting  evil  glances,  is  he  not  a  Muslim?  Is he  not  causing  pain  to  himself  and  making  his  own  heart restless?  Therefore,  the  same  way  it  is  forbidden  to  cause pain  and  harm  to  any  Muslim,  it  is  likewise  forbidden  to cause  pain  to  one’s  own  heart  by  making  it  restless  and uneasy.

Harm No. 5: Causes Pain to the Heart

If someone  says  that  we  accept  that  the  heart experiences  grief  and  sorrow  when  looking  at  beauties, but  grief  and  sorrow  is  also  felt  when  protecting  the  eyes. A  person  feels  regret  in  his  heart  saying,  “O  how  pretty that  face  may  have  been.”  So  what  is  the  difference?  One will  be  causing  pain  to  the  heart  either  way,  by  looking and  not  looking.  The  answer  to  this  is  that  the  pain experienced  by  looking  at  the  beauty  is  more  severe  than the  pain  felt  when  guarding  the  eyes.  When  a  person casts  evil  glances  at  any  beauty  then  one  comes  to  know of  her  shapes  and  features.  “Her  eyes  are  like  this,  her nose  is  like  that  and  she  has  a  model  face…”  This  grief  is termed  as  “grief  of  known  and  recognized  beauty”  which is  more  severe  and  causes  more  restlessness  and uneasiness  in  the  heart.  However,  if  one  guards  his  eyes then  this  will  be  “regret  of  unknown  and  unrecognized beauty.”  When  a  person  does  not  look,  then  the  regret, pain  and  grief  will  also  be  light  and  minimal.  The  effect  of this  pain  and  grief  will  fade  away  quickly.  The  sweetness of  faith  which  one  attains  from  the  regret  of  not  attaining the  “unknown  and  unrecognized  beauty”  will  be  so enjoyable  that  it  will  surpass  all  the  combined  enjoyments of  the  world.  On  the  other  hand,  by  casting  evil  glances and  making  oneself  go  through  regret  and  grief  of  “known and  recognized  beauty,”  the  anger  and  wrath  of  Allah Ta’ala  descends.  As  a  result  of  this,  the  heart  becomes restless  and  uneasy.  One  does  not  have  a  moment  of
contentment  in  the  heart  and  life  also  becomes  bitter.

Therefore,  there  is  a  world  of  difference  between  the  two pains.  One  is  a  world  of  mercy  and  the  other  is  a  world  of curses  and  wrath.  The  difference  between  the  two  griefs and  pains  is  like  the  difference  between  Paradise  and Hell-fire.  Hence,  the  command  of  lowering  the  gaze  is  a great  favour  of  Allah  Ta’ala  upon  the  believers.  By  making us  go  through  the  pain  of  “unknown  and  unrecognized beauty,”  He  saved  us  from  the  pain  of  “known  and recognized  beauty.”  Just  like  the  example  of  a  person who  gets  stung  by  a  mosquito  and  another  gets  bitten  by a  snake.  The  one  who  got  stung  by  the  mosquito  thanks Allah  Ta’ala  that  he  did  not  get  bit  by  the  snake.  Similarly, the  pain  and  regret  of  guarding  the  eyes  from “unrecognized  beauty”  is  like  the  stinging  of  a  mosquito, And  the  pain  and  regret  of  “known  and  recognized beauty” is like the biting of snake.

Harm No. 6: Weakness of the Heart
By  casting  evil  glances,  the  thought  of  that  beauty continuously  comes  into  the  heart  and  mind.  Through  this, the  heart  is  in  a  continuous  struggle  and  conflict  which causes  the  heart  to  become  weak  and  sickly.  The  curse  of casting  evil  glances  is  that  along  with  the  eyes,  the  five senses  and  the  entire  body  becomes  agitated. In the commentary of the verse: 

“Indeed Allah is fully aware of what they do.”

Allama  Alusi  explains  this  verse  in  his  Tafseer Ruhul  Ma’ani  under  four  headings:

1.  Allah  is  aware  of  how  you  turn  your eyes around to cast evil glances.

2. The  one  who  casts  evil glances  uses  all  five  senses.  By  using  the sight,  he  tries  to  look  at  the  unlawful  beauty, he  uses  his  hearing  to  listen  to  her  an  unlawful voice,  he  uses  his  lips  to  try  to  get  an  unlawful kiss,  through  his  touch  he  desires  to  caress the  beloved,  through  his  sense  of  smell  he wishes to smell the beloved’s fragrance.

3.  Allah  is  fully  aware  of  the movements  of  all  the  limbs.  Allah  is  watching how  he  uses  his  hands,  legs  and  other  limbs in  order  to  obtain  his  beloved.  Whereas  the perpetrator  is  totally  unaware  that  Allah  Ta’ala is watching his every move.

4.   Allah  Ta’ala  is  fully  aware  of  his final  aim  and  that  is  fornication.  This  is  actually an  informative  sentence  that  has  a  warning concealed in it, that is:

“I  AM  FULLY  AWARE  OF  YOUR  EVERY MOVE.  IF  YOU  DO  NOT  ABSTAIN,  THEN THERE WILL BE SEVERE PUNISHMENT!”

Thus,  in  this  verse  there  is  an  indication  that  he  will  be punished  if  he  does  not  repent.  Casting  evil  glances  is  the first stage  towards  fornication  and  illicit  sexual intercourse,  in  which  a  person  becomes  shameless, makes  himself  naked  and  then  humiliates  and  degrades himself in both worlds. This is why Allah Ta’ala forbade the very beginning stage of casting evil glances. The example of this sin is like an escalator which automatically takes a person to the final stage, as soon as he puts his foot on the first step. That action whose beginning is evil, what can be expected of the end result? I have a couplet concerning this:

All the stages of the love of idols, end in sin How can that thing, which begins with evil,  ever end in goodness?

Due to the fact that all the limbs and five senses of the one committing evil glances becomes agitated, and the heart becomes involved in a continuous struggle for filthy and evil motives, the body and heart of such a person becomes weak and sickly. 

Harm No. 7: Medical Harm

One physical harm of casting evil glances is that the urinary bladder becomes swollen due to which a person is compelled to repeatedly urinate.  

Harm No. 8: Premature Ejaculation
 
By casting evil glances the sexual desires increase due to which  the  heat  and  temperature  of  the  body  rises.  This  in turn,  makes  the  semen  thin  and  watery  by  which  a  person gets  the  sickness  of  premature  ejaculation.  Such  a  person is  unable  to  properly  fulfil  the  rights  of  his  wife  due  to which  their  marital  relations  and  eventually  their  family  life is destroyed.

Harm No. 9: Ungratefulness

Casting  evil  glances  brings  about  ingratitude  within  the heart.  When  a  person  is  looking  at  so  many  faces  and features  then  his  own  wife  does  not  remain  attractive  to him.  Hence,  he  becomes  ungrateful  thinking  to  himself that  he  did  not  get  a  good-looking  wife.  And  if  she  is  goodlooking,  then  he  thinks  to  himself  that  she  could  have been  more  beautiful.  That  woman  which  appears  more attractive  to  him  than  his  own  wife,  then  even  if  his  own wife  is  beautiful,  she  is  still  not  as  attractive  as  the  other woman.  In  this  way,  he  is  becoming  ungrateful  of  Allah’s favors.  As  for  the  one  who  guards  his  eyes  out  of  Allah’s fear,  and  does  not  look  at  other  women,  than  even  if  his wife  is  not  so  beautiful,  she  is  still  attractive  to  him  and  in this manner he remains grateful to Allah for this favors.

Harm No. 10: Weakness of Eyesight
By  casting  evil  glances,  a  person’s  eyesight  becomes weak.  This  is  because  by  guarding  one’s  gaze,  one  is fulfilling  gratitude  for  the  blessing  of  sight  and  the  reward of  gratefulness  is  the  increase  of  blessings  as  it  is mentioned in the Qur’aan Shareef:

“If you are grateful then We will most definitely increase you in blessings.” (Surah Ibrahim; Ayat 7, Juz 13) 

Casting evil glances on the other hand is ingratitude and the punishment of ingratitude is severe, as is mentioned in the Qur’aan Shareef:  

“And if you are ungrateful then know that My punishment is severe.” 

Harm No. 11: Distance from Allah Ta’ala

The greatest reward one attains by guarding the eyes is the special closeness of Allah Ta’ala. Guarding the eyes from Layla is a means of attaining Maula. This is because guarding the eyes makes the evil desires of the heart to bleed and when all four corners of the heart become red by shedding the blood of regret, then from every horizon of the heart the sun of the closeness of Allah will rise. I have a couplet concerning this:      

The redness of the blood of unlawful desires,
Becomes a horizon from which the sun of closeness to Allah Ta’ala rises.

I have some more couplets on this subject:  

Through the wound of regret have I adorned the heart,
Only after this have I attained Him.     

By guarding my heart from these beauties,
I have gone through much pain and grief.    

The station of closeness to Allah cannot be attained so easily, Only after a thousand wounds of regret is it attained.  If a person would realize how distant he becomes from Allah Ta’ala by casting evil glances then he would never cast evil glances. The example of this is like that heart which is directed towards Allah Ta’ala at 90 degrees and then casts evil glances. That very same heart turns 180 degrees away from Allah Ta’ala. The heart which was directed towards Allah Ta’ala turns away from Him and becomes directed towards that beauty. Every moment the heart becomes occupied with thoughts of that rotting and decaying corpse. The heart is destroyed by these thoughts and many people have even died an evil death.

Harm No. 12: Heart Attack

Casting  evil  glances  could  eventually  lead  to  a  heart attack.  This  is  because  the  heart  becomes  occupied  in  a continuous  struggle.  The  beauty  pulls  the  heart  to  him/her and  Allah’s  fear  pulls  the  heart  in  its  direction.  Through this  struggle  and  pain,  a  person  eventually  gets  a  heart attack  because  this  internal  conflict  causes  the  heart  to increase  in  size.  If  he  would  have  protected  his  gaze  then he  would  not  have  been  caught  up  in  this  internal  struggle and he would not have had a heart attack.

Salman  wants  for  himself  a  Salma ,
One should not give his heart to any stranger

By  giving  one’s  heart  to  just  any  stranger  leads  to  having a  heart  attack.  However,  one  should  take  note  of  the  fact that  there  are  many  causes  of  a  heart  attack.  Therefore,  a person  should  not  have  the  misunderstanding  that anyone  who  has  had  a  heart  attack  was  involved  in casting  evil  glances.  One  should  take  special  care  and  be cautious  of  this  in  the  case  of  pious  people.  One  should have  a  good  opinion  of  them.  We  have  been  commanded to  have  a  good  thought  and  opinion  of  every  Muslim.

In  short,  one  should  not  have  an  evil  thought  and  opinion concerning  anyone.  Rather  one  should  worry  about oneself.  Ponder  over  this  harm  that  if  I  cast  evil  glances then it will eventually lead to a heart attack.

Harm No.  13:  Sexual  Desires  are Aroused

By  casting  evil  glances,  the  sexual  desires  are  inflamed and  incited.  If  a  person  does  not  attain  the  beauty  whom he  was  casting  evil  glances  at,  then  he  will  fulfil  his inflamed  desires  by  committing  illicit  sexual  intercourse with  anyone  he  gets  a  hold  of,  even  if  he/she  is  ugly.  He inflamed  his  desires  by  looking  at  a  beautiful  face  and satisfies  this  desire  by  having  illicit  sexual  intercourse  with someone  with  an  ugly  face.  He  casted  evil  glances  out  of greed  for  beauty  and  ended  up  degrading  himself  with such  an  ugly  person  that  one  cannot  stand  to  even  look  at her/him.  Casting  evil  glances  is  such  an  evil  act  that  does not  leave  you  until  it  takes  you  to  the  final  stage  of  sin wherein  a  person  does  not  even  see  beauty  anymore. Guarding  one’s  private  parts  after  casting  evil  becomes impossible.  This  is  why  after  (the command of lowering the gazes) Allah Ta’ala reveals (to  guard  the  private  parts).

From  this  we  see  that  by  protecting  the  gaze  the  private parts  also  become  protected,  and  if  the  gaze  is  not guarded  then  the  private  parts  also  do  not  remain  secure from sin.

Harm No. 14: Leads to Masturbation

Casting  evil  glancing  causes  the  seminal  fluid  to  come  out of  its  place.  And  once  the  semen  leaves  its  place  then  it cannot  go  back.  The  semen  cannot  reverse  like  a  car. Just  as  in  the  case  of  a  goat  or  cow’s  udder  it  cannot  go back,  because  the  udder  is  a  place  of  discharge  not  intake.  Similarly  semen  cannot  go  back  into  its  place  after being  released.  It  has  to  be  discharged  one  way  or  the other,  whether  it  be  lawful  or  forbidden.  The  curse  of casting  evil  glances  is  such  that  a  person  does  not  remain conscious  of  lawful  or  unlawful.  He  will  either  fulfill  his  lust by  having  illicit  sexual  intercourse  with  some  women  or degrade  himself  by  committing  sodomy  with  some  man  or young  lad. 

If  he  does  not  get  any  man  or  woman  then  he  will  fulfill  his lust  by  masturbating.  Just  as  it  is  unlawful  and  forbidden to  commit  sexual  intercourse  with  a  strange  man  or woman,  it  is  likewise  forbidden  to  masturbate.   Unfortunately,  this  sin  has  become  widespread  in  this  day and  age.  In  some  narrations  of  Hadith  there  are  severe warnings  against  this  sin.  It  has  been  mentioned  that  the person  who  masturbates  shall  be  resurrected  on  the  Day of  Judgment  with  a  pregnant  hand.  It  has  also  been mentioned  that  the  (the  one  who  masturbates)  is under  the  curse  of  Allah.  Fulfilling  one’s  sexual  desires  in an  unlawful  manner  is  obviously  impermissible.  But  one should  also  be  cautious  of  excessive  permissible  sex.  Too much  sexual  intercourse  spoils  the  health  and  drains one’s  strength.  Spiritually,  one  does  not  get  enjoyment  in worship  and  Zikr.  If  also  causes  the  child  to  be  born  weak and  frail.  It  is  for  this  very  reason  that  our  pious  elders have  advised  to  preserve  the  semen.  After  15  to  30  days when  there  is  a  strong  urge  to  have  sex,  only  then  should one  fulfill  one’s  desire.  The  lion  copulates  once  a  year  and from  that  it  breeds  offspring.  Similarly,  those  people  who have  intercourse  after  long  intervals  of  time  produce strong  and  healthy  children.  Therefore,  moderation  is necessary  in  sexual  relations  with  one’s  wife,  otherwise excessive  sex  can  even  lead  to  death.  My  Shaikh,  Hazrat Phoulpoori   narrated  to  us  the  incident  of  an Alim who had a very beautiful wife. Whenever he would come home from running errands and would see his wife, then he would not be able to control himself. He used have so much sexual relations that after six months, instead of discharging semen, blood started to ejaculate from his penis. This eventually led to a severe fever after which he died. Beauty was the cause of his death. This is why I advise to have moderation in permissible things as well. As for the unlawful, then my advice is not to even go near Haraam. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the ability to practice upon what has been said.   Aameen                   

We regard as cursed those joys Due to which O friends, my Sustainer is displeased.

THE CURE TO CASTING EVIL GLANCES

By Hazrat-e-Aqdas  Moulana  Shah Abrarul-Haq Saheb (rahimahullah)

My  Shaikh  and  mentor,  Moulana  Shah  Abrarul-Haq Saheb   has  formulated  some  very  important guidelines  for  protecting  the  gaze.  I  will  present  them here.  Read  them  once  daily  with  the  intention  of reformation.

The  harms  of  evil  glances  are  so  numerous  that sometimes  one’s  Deen  and  worldly  life  are  both destroyed.  The  evil  effects  of  this  spiritual  disease  are spreading  rapidly  nowadays. 

Accordingly,  it  seems appropriate  to  mention  the  cure  and  remedy  to  all  the harms  which  have  been  mentioned.  Consequently,  one can  protect  one’s  gaze  by  adhering  to  the  following practices:

1.  When  women  are  passing  by,  keep  the  gaze low  no  matter  how  much  one  has  an  urge  to look.  If  your  gaze  accidentally  falls  on someone,  immediately  lower  it  no  matter  how difficult  it  is,  even  if  there  is  fear  of  losing  your life.

2.  Perform  a  minimum  of  two  Rakaats for  every evil  glance  and  also  give  some  money  in charity  according  to  your  means.  Repent excessively.

3.  Completely  abstain  from  intermingling  with  the opposite  sex  or  anyone  to  whom  one  is
sexually attracted to.

4. Do not read love poems or novels. Abstain completely from cinema, television, videos, unnecessary “surfing” on the Internet and all pornography. 

5. Stay away from the environment of nudity and disobedience. Do not adopt the company of those who are involved in the disobedience of Allah. 

By practicing the above mentioned guidelines, In sha Allah, your Nafs will come under control. In this way you will be cured of the love of all beings other than Allah.

Your heart and soul will perceive such rewards that will bring ecstasy to your soul all the time. The heart will experience such tranquillity that even the kings do not dream of. It will seem as if a life of hell has been changed into a heavenly life.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us the ability to practice upon what has been mentioned.  Aameen     

Harm to Deen will be caused,
do not allow the gaze to be raised,
Bow your head when you enter the street of the beloved.

Hafiz Ibn Katheer (rahimahullah) quotes a Hadith regarding the virtue of guarding the eyes from lustful glances in his Tafseer: Ibn Abi Dunya narrates on the authority of Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallaahu aoayhi wasallam) said: “Every eye shall weep on the Day of Judgment expect for the eye which was lowered from unlawful glances and that eye which stayed awake in the path of Allah and that eye which shed tears in the fear of Allah  (even if tear be as small as the head of a fly).” (Tafseer Ibn Katheer: Sura Nur, Ayat 30)

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