“Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their private parts; that will make for greater purity for them. Indeed Allah is totally acquainted with all the crafty ways that they construct to disobey Allah.”
- Allah knows the appearance of Shaitaan, and I’m not promoting that Shaitaan is as depicted in the Christian art (red-skinned, two-horns, a tail, etc.). However, this is a common perception of the devil in the West, and thus to communicate the message effectively, I pray Allah [SWT] does not hold the representation of Shaitaan as done in the video as anything against those who produced & propagated it. After all, Allah [SWT] did send messengers from their own people, speaking their own languages.
- Lowering the gaze is a great indicator of ikhlas (sincerity). No one (or hardly anyone) will notice that glance towards that gorgeous girl in class…except Allah [SWT]. If one can’t be obedient to Allah when no one is watching, then there is a problem with that person’s sincerity. I’ve personally felt like a hypocrite at times when I’m around friends and I lower my gaze, yet when I’m alone…I don’t do so. May Allah forgive me.
- Lowering the gaze is also a great indicator of a person’s level of taqwa. How many brothers can walk around a university campus without checking out a girl here or there? Very, very few. And usually, their level of taqwa is very high. I’ve noticed myself that when my emaan is high (e.g. on a day that I’m fasting or on a day when I prayed Fajr in the masjid), lowering the gaze is easier. And when it is low, lowering my gaze is one of the toughest challenges.
Allahummastur ‘auratee, wa aamin rawaatee. Allahummagfirlee war hamnee. Ameen.