The Cure to Casting Evil Glances
By Hazrat-e-Aqdas Moulana Shah Abrarul-Haq Saheb (رحمۃ اللہ علیہ)
My Shaikh and mentor, Moulana Shah Abrarul-Haq Saheb (رحمۃ اللہ علیہ) has formulated some very important guidelines for protecting the gaze. I will present them here. Read them once daily with the intention of reformation.
The harms of evil glances are so numerous that sometimes one's Deen دین and worldly life are both destroyed. The evil effects of this spiritual disease are spreading rapidly nowadays.
Accordingly, it seems appropriate to mention the cure and remedy to all the harms which have been mentioned. Consequently, one can protect one's gaze by adhering to the following practices:
When women are passing by, keep the gaze low no matter how much one has an urge to look. If your gaze accidentally falls on someone, immediately lower it no matter how difficult it is, even if there is fear of losing your life.
Perform a minimum of two rakaats رکعت for every evil glance and also give some money in charity according to your means. Repent excessively.
Completely abstain from intermingling with the opposite sex or anyone To whom one is sexually attracted to.
Do not read love poems or novels. Abstain completely from cinema, television, videos, unnecessary "surfing" on the Internet and all pornography.
Stay away from the environment of nudity and disobedience. Do not adopt the company of those who are involved in the disobedience of Allah.
By practicing the above mentioned guidelines, Insha-Allah, your Nafs will come under control. In this way you will be cured of the love of all beings other than Allah. Your heart and soul will perceive such rewards that will bring ecstasy to your soul all the time. The heart will experience such tranquility that even the kings do not dream of. It will seem as if a life of hell has been changed into a heavenly life.
May Allah Ta'ala grant us the ability to practice upon what has been mentioned. Ameen
دیں کا دیکھ ہے خطر اٹھنے نہ پائے ہاں نظر
کوئے بتاں میں تو اگر جائے تو سر جھکائے جا
Harm to Deen will be caused, do not allow the gaze to b raised,
Bow your head when you enter the street of the beloved.
Hafiz Ibn Katheer quotes a Hadith regarding the virtue of guarding the eyes from lustful glances in his Tafseer: Ibn Abi Dunya narrates on the authority of Abu Hurairah (رضی اللہ تعالیٰ عنہ) that Rasulullah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said:
قال ابن ابی الدنیا بسندہ: عن ابی ھریرة رضی اللہ عنہ
قال قال رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم
کل عین باکیة یوم القیامة الا عینا غضت عن محارم اللہ وعینا سھرت فی سبیل اللہ وعینا یخرج منھا مثل راس الذباب من خشیة اللہ
“Every eye shall weep on the Day of Judgment expect for the eye which was lowered from unlawful glances and that eye which stayed awake in the path of Allah and that eye which shed tears in the fear of Allah (even if tear be as small as the head of a fly).” [Tafseer Ibn Katheer: Sura Nur, Ayat 30]