In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Admonition By Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [hafidhahullaah]
Lower The Gaze
Firstly: Allaah commanded (us) to lower the gaze because the eyes are a means among the means to fornication. [Allaah said: قُلْ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ – Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) 24:30]. Therefore, lowering the gaze is a means to protecting the private parts. And Allaah (جلال وعلا) said: [يَعْلَمُ خَائِنَةَ الْأَعْيُنِ وَمَا تُخْفِي الصُّدُورُ – Allah knows the fraud of the eyes, and all that the breasts conceal (40:19)]
What is fraud of the eyes? It is when one steals a glance at what Allaah has forbidden. When (a person) is with the people and the people are looking at him, he lowers his gaze; but when he sees that they are inattentive, he steals a glance at the unlawful. This is the fraud of the eyes and Allaah knows about it.
Hijaab is a means of protection against lewd behaviour. [Allaah said]: ”And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent and to draw their scarves over themselves and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful. [24:31] Therefore, Hijaab is among the greatest means of protecting the private parts and due to that Allaah commanded the female believers (saying): ”And when you ask (his wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen..” [33:53]
[Allaah said]: ”O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies. That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [33:59] Hijaab is among the greatest means of protection against fornication and lack of Hijaab is among the greatest means leading to the act of fornication.
Avoid Seclusion With Women Whom The Sharee’ah Does Not Allow You to Be With In Private
One of the means of protection against [lewd acts or fornication] is that it is prohibited for a man and woman to be in seclusion – that is a woman to whom the man is not a Mahram. The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said, “A man is not secluded with a woman (i.e. a woman whom the Islamic law does not allow him to be secluded with), except that shaytaan is the third of them.’’ Therefore, a man should not be in seclusion with a woman whom he is not allowed (to be in seclusion with) – neither in a house nor in an office; neither in car nor in a land, nor any place. There has to be someone present with them in order that they are not in a state of seclusion. But if no one else is in a place except a man and woman (i.e. a man and woman- both of whom the Islamic legislation does not allow them to be with each other in private), then it is not allowed, for indeed shaytaan is with them. And what does shaytaan do to these two people who are in seclusion? He makes them fall into immorality. [It’haaf At-Tullaab Bi-Sharhi Mandhommah Al’Aadaab pages 89- 90. paraphrased]
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