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Prohibition of gazing at women and Beardless Handsome Boys except inExigency

September 4, 2014
Chapter 290
Prohibition of gazing at women and Beardless Handsome Boys except in Exigency

Allah, the Exalted, says:

Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things).” (24:30)

Verily, the hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those ones will be questioned (by Allah).” (17:36)

Allah knows the fraud of the eyes, and all that the breasts conceal.” (40:19)

Verily, your Rubb is Ever Watchful (over them).” (89:14)

1622. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Allah has written the very portion of Zina which a man will indulge in. There will be no escape from it. The Zina of the eye is the (lustful) look, the Zina of the ears is the listening (to voluptuous songs or talk), the Zina of the tongue is (the licentious) speech, the Zina of the hand is the (lustful) grip, the Zina of the feet is the walking (to the place where he intends to commit Zina), the heart yearns and desires and the private parts approve all that or disapprove it.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

This is the wording in Muslim; Al-Bukhari wording is a bit short.

1623. Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Avoid sitting on roadsides.” His Companions said: “O Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam), there is no other alternative but to sit there to talk.” Thereupon the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) 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`alaikumus-salam’ to one another) and commanding the good and forbidding the evil.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

1624. Abu Talhah Zaid bin Sahl (May Allah be pleased with him) said: We were sitting and talking on a platform in front of our house when the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) stopped by us and said, “Why do you sit on roads? Avoid sitting in them.” We replied: “We sit there intending no harm. We only sit and discuss (religious) knowledge and talk.” He said, “If you have to sit, you should fulfill the rights of the road: Lower your gaze, respond to greetings and talk in a good manner.”
[Muslim].

1625. Jarir bin `Abdullah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: I asked the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) about (the Islamic ruling on) accidental glance (i.e., at a woman one is not Islamically allowed to look at) and he ordered me to turn my eyes away.
[Muslim].

1626. Umm Salamah (May Allah be pleased with her) said: I was with the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) along with Maimunah (May Allah be pleased with him) when Ibn Umm Maktum (May Allah be pleased with him) (who was blind) came to visit him. (This incident took place after the order of Hijab). The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) told us to hide ourselves from him (i.e., observe Hijab). We said: “O Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam), 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 At-Tirmidhi].

1627. Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “A man must not look at a man’s private parts nor must a woman look at a woman’s private parts; neither should two men lie naked under one cover, nor should two women lie naked under the same cover.”
[Muslim].

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