The 14 Harms Of Casting Evil Glances: Introduction
In this day and age, due to the shamelessness and immodesty which has been spread through Pornography, TV, VCR, Internet, Cell Phone, Cinema, etc., so many people's lives have been destroyed. Young people have ruined their youth in illicit sexual intercourse and masturbation. Life-life marriages have been broken due to unlawful love affairs. On a social level, society is plagued with problems such as rape, prostitution, child molestation and pedophile, homosexuality, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
The question arises as to what is the root of all these problems. May Allah Ta'ala reward our Masha'ikh and pious predecessors, who look at the world with the eye of the heart, enlightened by the light of the Qur’aan, Hadith and the burning love of Allah Ta’ala. They have diagnosed all these sickness to be brought about by one deadly disease. The root of all these problems is the SIN OF THE EYES, casting evil glances, looking at the opposite or same sex with lustful gazes. Unfortunately today, people do not even consider casting evil glances to be a sin, when in actuality it is the root of innumerable vices and sins.
Another reality which people are totally unaware of is that by protecting one's eyes from lustful glances, one is promised the taste of the sweetness of Imaan.
Once the sweetness of Imaan enters the heart, it will never be taken back. Thus by protecting the eyes, one is given grad tidings of a good death. Rasulullah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said:
ان النظرة سھم من سھام ابلیس مسموم من تر کھا مخافتی ابدلتہ ایمانا یجد حلاوتہ فی قلبہ
"Verily the evil glance is a poisonous arrow from the arrows of Iblees. He who abstains from casting evil glances, I will grant him such Imaan, that he will feel the sweetness of it in his heart". [Narrated by Ibn Mas’ud in Tabarani and Kanzul-Ummaal; Vol. 5, pg. 228],
Hafiz ibn Katheer (رحمۃ اللہ علیہ) mentions in his Tafseer:
من حفظ بصرہ اورثہ اللہ نورا فی بصیرتہ
"He who protects his eyes from unlawful gazes, Allah Ta'ala will grant him the light of the heart." [Ibn Katheer; Surra Nur, Ayat 30]
We ask Allah Ta'ala that He makes this booklet a means of exposing the reality of this destructive disease and that He guides the entire Ummah from the darknesses of sin into the light of piety and obedience to Allah Ta'ala and Rasulullah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم). May He make it a means of eternal reward for our Shaikh, Hazrat-e-Aqdas Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (دامت برکاتہم), who has devoted his entire life to purification of the Nafs, امر با المعروف ونہی عن المنکر (enjoining good and forbidding evil). May He accept it out of His sheer Mercy. Ameen