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Monday 19 February 2024

Lowering Of Gaze In Islam (Quran & Hadith)

Lowering one's gaze is such comprehensive protection. And it doesn't just mean lowering your gaze from what is inappropriate. Also lower your gaze from what doesn't concern you, from the faults and privates matters of others.

Allaah The Most High says: "Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest. That is purer for them. Surely Allaah is All-Aware of what they do. ".
(Surah Al-nur 24:30)

"And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their own husbands or fathers or husbands' fathers, or their sons or their husbands' sons, or their brothers or their brothers' sons or sisters' sons, or their women, or their slaves, or male attendants who lack vigour, or children who know naught of women's nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allaah together, O believers, in order that ye may succeed".

(Surah Al Nur 24:31)

O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e.screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allaâh is Ever Oft¬Forgiving, Most Merciful.

(Surah Al Ahzab 33:59)

Narrated by Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (May Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Avoid sitting on roadsides.'' His Companions said: "O Messenger of Allaah (Pbuh), there is no other alternative but to sit there to talk.'' Thereupon the Messenger of Allaah (Pbuh) said, "If you have to sit at all, then fulfill the rights of the road.'' They asked: "What are their rights?'' Thereupon he said, "Lowering the gaze (so that you may not stare at unlawful things); refraining from doing some harm to others, responding to greeting (i.e., saying `Wa`alaikumu s-salam' to one another) and commanding the good and forbidding the evil.''

[Bukhari and Muslim].

Narrated by Abdullaah ibn Abbas (may Allaah be pleased with him): that "Al-Fadl bin Abbas rode behind Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) as his companion rider on the back portion of his she-camel on the day of Nahr (slaughtering of sacrifice, 10th Dhul-Hijja) and Al-Fadl was a handsome man. The Messenger of Allaah (Pbuh) stopped to give the people verdicts (regarding their matters) In the meantime, a beautiful woman from the tribe of Khatham came, asking the verdict of the Messenger of Allaah,.Al-Fadl started looking at her as her beauty attracted him. The Messenger of Allaah (Pbuh) looked behind while Al-Fadl was looking at her; so the Messenger of Allaah (Pbuh) held out his hand backwards and caught the chin of Al-Fadl and turned his face (to the other side) in order that he should not gaze at her. She said, 'O Messenger of Allaah, The obligation of performing Hajj enjoined by Allaah on his worshippers has become due (compulsory) on my father who is an old man and who cannot sit firmly on the riding animal. Will it be sufficient that I perform Hajj on his behalf?" He said, "Yes."

[Sahih Bukhari]

Narrated by Abdullah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that We were with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) while we were young and had no wealth whatever. So Messenger of Allaah (Pbuh) said, "O young people! Whoever among you can marry, should marry, because it helps him lower his gaze and guard his modesty (i.e. his private parts from committing illegal sexual intercourse, etc.) and whoever is not able to marry, should fast, as fasting diminishes his sexual power."


Narrated by Jarir b. 'Abdullah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that: I asked the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) about the sudden glance (that is cast) on the face (of a non-Mahram). He commanded me that I should turn away my eyes.

(Sahih Muslim)

Narrated by Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her) that I was with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) along with Maymunah when Ibn Umm Maktum (who was blind) came to visit him. (This incident took place after the order of Hijaab). The Messenger of Allaah (Pbuh) told us to hide ourselves from him (i.e., observe Hijaab). We said: "O Messenger of Allaah (Pbuh), he is blind and is unable to see us, nor does he know us.'' He replied; "Are you also blind and unable to see him?''

[Abu Dawud and Al-Tirmidhi]

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