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Lowering the Gaze



Lowering the Gaze

It is reported that Salmân Al-Fârsî – Allâh be pleased with him – said:


I would rather die and be resurrected, die and be resurrected, and again die and be resurrected than to see the private part of a Muslim’s body or for a Muslim to see mine.


Imâm Ahmad, Al-Zuhd p192. 1st ed. 1983. Dâr Al-Kutub Al-’Ilmîyah. Beirut, Lebanon.




It is reported that ‘Abdullâh b, ‘Umar – Allâh have mercy on him – said:


Verily, part of disregarding the trust upon you is to look inside [other people's] apartments and houses.


Ibn Abî Al-Dunyâ, Kitâb Al-Wara’ article 71.




It is reported that Anas b. Mâlik – Allâh be pleased with him – said:


If a woman passes in front of you, lower your eyes until she has passed by.


Ibid. article 72.




It is reported that Al-’Alâ b. Ziyâd – Allâh have mercy on him – said:


Let not your sight follow the nice looking back of a woman [as she passed], for indeed the look causes the desire in the heart.


Ibid. article 77.




It is reported on the authority of Al-Wakî’ b. Al-Jarrâh:


We went out one Eid with Sufyân Al-Thawrî and he said, “The first thing we will do on this day of ours is to lower our gaze.”


Ibid. article 66.




It is reported that Hassân b. Abî Sinân – Allâh have mercy on him – went out one Eid and when he returned home his wife said, “How many beautiful women have you looked at today?” After she kept asking him, he said, “Woe to you! I have looked at nothing but my toe from when I went out to when I returned to you.”


Ibid. article 68.



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