19 February 2014 CE | 17 Rabbi al-Thanni 1435 AH

Hadith Explanation

Allah's Curse on Lookers and Exhibiters

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Be very clear that Allah curses the person who looks at non-Mahrams and exhibits himself/herself in front of them.” [Mishkat]

It has become the required mode of conduct to look at people. Looking them in the eye is considered to be a sign of confidence. People don’t think twice about looking at those of the opposite gender, in real life, in print, or on screen; nor do they guard their gaze from falling on the Satr of people of the same gender. This is a sign of our distance from Islam.

Unless we want Allah’s curse on us, we need to be very careful about what we look at and who we are seen by. Am I trying to look good for my spouse (in which case Allah Most High will reward me), or is it the approval of others I seek?

I must develop new habits that are more in keeping with the behavior of Mumineen.

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