Allah swt commands: Lower Your Gaze
What does it mean?
"There was a companion
of ours in Glasgow who became ill and was hospitalized. He was admitted for
three days and on the fourth day the attendant nurse said, "Marry me".
By Tariq Jamil
It goes without saying that every Muslim should spare no pains in lowering his/her gaze and preserving his/her modesty. This should occur in compliance with the Divine command given in Surah An-Nur: "Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest. That is purer for them. Lo! Allah is Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest." (An-Nur: 30-31)
hadith, the Prophet (saww)
is reported as having said: "And the
commanded Ali (as) said:
"Ali! Do not look once after
another, for the first look is for you (since it happens accidentally) while
the second is against you."
How To Lower
"A big curtain is not my intention, but a big iman and befitting Islamic manners is "
in Sura Nur about
lowering our gazes doesn't affect me anymore," expressed another youth,
talking about the intense temptations felt by today's young. Difficulty in
lowering the gaze by both the young and old is readily perceived on the
street, weddings, parties and even in the mosques. What has gone wrong? How
can Muslims, called by Allah, our Creator the model community, the
custodians of Truth and the upholders of morality behave this way? Why are
we adopting the attitudes and routes of the kuffar?
How can we rectify ourselves? What follows is a series of practical, though
graphic advises which can work for us and set us free from Satan's
When Allah created humans with all our desires and urges, he also revealed to us sufficient and complete guidance to properly channel these desires, both in the midst of Dar-ul-Kufr or Dar-ul-Islam. All we need to do is seek it, contemplate on it and pursue it. "This day I have perfected your deen for you, completed my favours upon you and chosen Islam as your deen." (Maida).
When confronted with an alluring
situation like passing by a non-mahram on the
street, office or school, Satan is constantly tempting us to glare at
her/him with evil thoughts. Satan is probably excitingly saying, with a big
smile, 'yes, yes, yes,' when we steer into the bait he is setting. During
these situations, immediately and consciously realize that when we give
a second or following glances, we are obeying
Satan. "O you
who believe, follow not the footsteps of the devil". (24:21).
By immediately averting our gazes and disobeying Satan, we are giving him a
one-two punch in the face and leaving him frustrated and accursed.
Satan rebelled and was expelled
by Allah, so let's all rebel against Satan and expel him from our hearts.
Satan intends to fight a war against Muslims, so let's gather our forces
behind the Qur`an
and the Sunnah and defeat him. Remember
that even if no human eye is watching us, the Ever-Watchful Allah is
constantly monitoring the innermost regions of our hearts. Our eyes, limbs,
tongue and private parts will be witnesses on the Judgment Day and not an
atom's worth of deed will remain unexamined.
Our minds are conditioned to
associate thoughts of stealing clothes from a store to being in handcuffs
and hauled into a police van. Likewise we should condition our minds to
bring the verses of Surah
Nur in front of our eyes during any tempting situations and imagine
that Allah is speaking to us directly
"Say to the believing, men that they should lower their gaze and guard their
modesty. O you believers! Turn you all together towards Allah that you may
attain success" (24:30-31). If the Qur`an
contained only these two ayats, it would be
enough to convince me that it is the book of Allah.
With practice, these
associations and the remembrance of Allah during tempting situations will
prevent us from getting stuck by devilish arrows. Successfully controlling
our gazes also deadens our avoidance of sinful situations. An Islamic idiom
says, "Anything that leads to
haram is haram in
itself." To do a pious deed is a reward; to avoid a sin
is a reward too.
One of the biggest culprits in this class is movies. In the name of
entertainment, to please our peers and children and an excuse to do
something together as a family, we astonishingly allow un-Islamic pictures
and dialogues in front of our eyes and ears. Can we ever imagine the Prophet
or our Imams (aozubillah) renting the latest hit
from Blockbuster Videos, or listening to music with alluring lyrics at high
wedding ceremonies and parties and even in many Islamic fundraising dinners,
there is heavy free-mixing between brothers and sisters. Often the chairs of
males and females are arranged facing each other,
knowing that about 90 percent of our sisters do no
wear proper Islamic hijab.
Perfume, make-up, tight fitting clothes and much more is always around. It
is often noticeable to see males and females peeking glances at each other
from the opposite ends of the hall.
A big curtain is not my intention, but a big and befitting Islamic
Let us contemplate the above humble advices and constantly make the
supplication, "O Allah help us control our sensual desires until we get
married, and even after we marry, let our desires be only towards our
By Sabeel Ahmed