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    The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze
    ~Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah



    Allah, the Exalted said,

    "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 well acquainted with all that they do."
    [an-Nur (24):30]

    So Allah made purification and spiritual growth to be the outcome of lowering the gaze and guarding the private parts. It is for this reason that lowering ones gaze from (seeing) the prohibited things necessarily leads to three benefits that carry tremendous value and are of great significance.



    The First: Experiencing the Delight and Sweetness of Faith


    This delight and sweetness is far greater and more desirable that which might have been attained from the object that one lowered his gaze from for the sake of Allah. Indeed, "whosoever leaves something for the sake of Allah then Allah, the Mighty and Magnificent, will replace it with something better than it."[1]

    The soul is a temptress and loves to look at beautiful forms and the eye is the guide of the heart. The heart commissions its guide to go and look to see what is there and when the eye informs it of a beautiful image it shudders out of love and desire for it. Frequently such inter-relations tire and wear down both the heart and the eye as is said:

    When you sent your eye as a guide
    For your heart one day, the object of sight fatigued you
    For you saw one over whom you had no power
    Neither a portion or in totality, instead you had to be patient.


    Therefore when the sight is prevented from looking and investigating the heart finds relief from having to go through the arduous task of (vainly) seeking and desiring.

    Whosoever lets his sight roam free will find that he is in a perpetual state of loss and anguish for sight gives birth to love (mahabbah) the starting point of which is the heart being devoted and dependant upon that which it beholds. This then intensifies to become fervent longing (sabubah) whereby the heart becomes totally dependant and devoted to the (object of its desire). Then this further intensifies and becomes infatuation (gharamah) which clings to the heart like the one seeking repayment of a debt clings firmly to the one who has to pay the debt. Then this intensifies and becomes passionate love (ishk) and this is a love that transgresses all bounds. Then this further intensifies and becomes crazed passion (shaghafa) and this is a love that encompasses every tiny part of the heart. Then this intensifies and becomes worshipful love (tatayyuma). Tatayyum means worship and it is said: tayyama Allah i.e. he worshipped Allah.

    Hence the heart begins to worship that which is not correct for it to worship and the reason behind all of this was an illegal glance. The heart is now bound in chains whereas before it used to be the master, it is now imprisoned whereas before it was free. It has been oppressed by the eye and it complains to it upon which the eye replies: I am your guide and messenger and it was you who sent me in the first place!

    All that has been mentioned applies to the heart that has relinquished the love of Allah and being sincere to Him for indeed the heart must have an object of love that it devotes itself to. Therefore when the heart does not love Allah Alone and does not take Him as its God then it must worship something else.

    Allah said concerning Yusuf as-Siddiq (AS),

    "Thus (did We order) so that We might turn away from him all evil and indecent actions for he was one of Our sincere servants."
    [Yusuf (12): 24]

    It was because the wife of al-Aziz was a polytheist that (the passionate love) entered her heart despite her being married. It was because Yusuf (AS) was sincere to Allah that he was saved from it despite his being a young man, unmarried and a servant.



    The Second: The Illumination of the Heart, Clear Perception and Penetrating Insight

    Ibn Shuja al-Kirmani said, "whosoever builds his outward form upon following the Sunnah, his internal form upon perpetual contemplation and awareness of Allah, he restrains his soul from following desires, he lowers his gaze from the forbidden things and he always eats the lawful things then his perception and insight shall never be wrong."

    Allah mentioned the people of Lut and what they were afflicted with and then He went on to say,

    "Indeed in this are signs for the Mutawassimin."
    [al-Hijr (15): 75]

    The Mutwassimin are those who have clear perception and penetrating insight, those who are secure from looking at the unlawful and performing indecent acts.

    Allah said after mentioning the verse concerning lowering the gaze,

    "Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.
    " [an-Nur (24): 35]

    The reason behind this is that the reward is of the same type as the action. So whosoever lowers his gaze from the unlawful for the sake of Allah, the Mighty and Magnificent, He will replace it with something better than it of the same type. So just as the servant restrained the light of his eye from falling upon the unlawful, Allah blesses the light of his sight and heart thereby making him perceive what he would not have seen and understood had he not lowered his gaze.

    This is a matter that the person can physically sense in himself for the heart is like a mirror and the base desires are like rust upon it. When the mirror is polished and cleaned of the rust then it will reflect the realities (haqaaiq) as they actually are. However if it remains rusty then it will not reflect properly and therefore its knowledge and speech will arise from conjecture and doubt.



    The Third: The Heart Becoming Strong, Firm and Courageous

    Allah will give it the might of aid for its strength just as He gave it the might of clear proofs for its light. Hence the heart shall combine both of these factors and as a result, Shaytan shall flee from it. It is mentioned in the narration, "whosoever opposes his base desires, the Shaytan shall flee in terror from his shade."[2]

    This is why the one who follows his base desires shall find in himself the ignominy of the soul, its being weak, feeble and contemptible. Indeed Allah places nobility for the one who obeys Him and disgrace for the one who disobeys Him,

    "So do not lose heart nor fall into despair; for you must gain mastery if you are true in faith."
    [Ali Imran (3): 139]

    "If any do seek for nobility and power then to Allah belongs all nobility and power."
    [Faatir (35): 10]

    Meaning that whosoever seeks after disobedience and sin then Allah, the Might and Magnificent, will humiliate the one who disobeys Him.

    Some of the salaf said, "the people seek nobility and power at the door of the Kings and they will not find it except through the obedience of Allah."

    This is because the one who obeys Allah has taken Allah as his friend and protector and Allah will never humiliate the one who takes his Lord as friend and patron. In the Du`a Qunoot their occurs, "the one who You take as a friend is not humiliated and the one who You take as an enemy is not ennobled."[3]





    Notes:
    [1] Reported by Ahmad [5/363], al-Marwazi in "Zawaid az-Zuhd" [no. 412], an-Nasa'i in "al-Kubra" as mentioned in "Tuhfah al-Ashra" [11/199] from one of the Companions that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "indeed you will not leave anything for the sake of Allah except that Allah will replace it with something better than it." The isnad is saheeh.
    [2] This is not established as a hadeeth of the Prophet .
    [3] Reported by Abu Dawood [Eng. Trans. 1/374 no. 1420], an-Nasa'i [3/248], at-Tirmidhi[no. 464], ibn Majah [no. 1178], ad-Darimi [1/311], Ahmad [1/199], ibn Khuzaymah [2/151] from al Hasan from Ali (RA).
    The hadith is sahih. The isnad has been criticised by many, however none of the criticisms hold. Refer to: "Nasb ar-Rayah"[2/125] and "Talkhis al-Habi" [1/247]

  • #2
    Re: The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze

    jakahallah! really a good lesson for me & for us!

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    • #3
      Re: The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze

      haha i dont have 2 lower my gaze since i dont c girls much cuz me buzy working and after work it sleeptime and than work again .:D i can hardly get time to pray :(
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      • #4
        Re: The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze

        Originally posted by faishaan View Post
        haha i dont have 2 lower my gaze since i dont c girls much cuz me buzy working and after work it sleeptime and than work again .:D i can hardly get time to pray :(
        Akhumdulillah! :D
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        • #5
          Re: The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze

          What if your a doctor and you have to examine female patients?????

          It's so hard in the summer to lower your gaze honestly especially where i live, i try my best though. It's an art muslim men have to master if you really think about it.
          Everyone thinks their a scholar because they know how to copy and paste, you get your ummah face on and the second you log out, you know your reality. Anyone can attain knowledge, how many can implement it?

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          • #6
            Re: The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze

            Originally posted by $HugoBoss$ View Post
            What if your a doctor and you have to examine female patients?????
            Ask them to consult a Lady Doctor or else put a Notice Saying: "Only Male patients will be consulted"!

            else if the Doctors' wife is also a DR then she can consult only female patients!

            if its urgent: then have to consult;

            WE can learn lessons from the story of Nabi Looth (alayhiwasallam) regarding lowering of gaze.

            __________________________________________________ ___________________________________

            var patient as Human;
            var Doctor as Doctor=Male;
            var Doctors'Wife as Doctors'Wife="";

            Doctors'Wife =DR;

            if (Doctor=Male Or Doctors'Wife=DR){
            if (patient = lady or women){
            MsgBox("Sorry: DR.MR will consult only MALES");
            or
            MsgBox("Ladies will be consulted by DR. MRS");
            else{
            MsgBox("No Problem");
            }
            }
            }

            dude dont angry with me!
            Last edited by ammarcool; 09-02-07, 10:32 AM. Reason: :-)

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            • #7
              Re: The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze

              Originally posted by $HugoBoss$ View Post
              What if your a doctor and you have to examine female patients?????

              ur a doc?

              that above statement kinda makes me nervous
              The Prophet SAW said, "(There are2words which R dear 2 the most gracious (Allah SWT)&very easy4the tongue2say but very heavy in the balance.They are:Subhan Allahi Wa Bihamdihi - Subhan Allahil-Azim

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              • #8
                Re: The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze

                Originally posted by ammarcool View Post
                Ask them to consult a Lady Doctor or else put a Notice Saying: "Only Male patients will be consulted"!

                else if the Doctors' wife is also a DR then she can consult only female patients!

                if its urgent: then have to consult;

                WE can learn lessons from the story of Nabi Looth (alayhiwasallam) regarding lowering of gaze.

                __________________________________________________ ___________________________________

                var patient as Human;
                var Doctor as Doctor=Male;
                var Doctors'Wife as Doctors'Wife="";

                Doctors'Wife =DR;

                if (Doctor=Male Or Doctors'Wife=DR){
                if (patient = lady or women){
                MsgBox("Sorry: DR.MR will consult only MALES");
                or
                MsgBox("Ladies will be consulted by DR. MRS");
                else{
                MsgBox("No Problem");
                }
                }
                }

                dude dont angry with me!

                lol why would i be mad. I'm still in med school bro first year so i got some time my fiance is also in med school her first year as well. My uncle who is a doctor told me that when examining female patients he has a nurse present and/or husband because he asked some scholor so he says and also he made a good point that it also protects you from false sexual harassment claims.

                You've stated a very good point that if both husband and wife are doctors they can examine the same sex. I'm not an 100% sure if i want to be a family physican or specialist but my fiance has her mind set on becoming an pediatrician (childrens doctor) so she doesn't have to worry about anything. Right now it's 70-30 in favour of family physician because becoming a specialist is no joke you need the passion to do something like that and it's very very tough.

                I'm going to have a chat with my local imam regarding this issue. I don't think you can write only male patients consulted but you can advise the patient to consider seeing a female doctor and females in Canada have a right to ask for being treated by female physicians.

                I'm still going to double check with a imam though, thanx for input though :up:
                Everyone thinks their a scholar because they know how to copy and paste, you get your ummah face on and the second you log out, you know your reality. Anyone can attain knowledge, how many can implement it?

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                • #9
                  Re: The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze

                  My Dear Brother,

                  May Allah (ajjwajal) give both of you to become an expert in the field of medicine helping our Ummah! What i explained you is based on my experience coz one of our Aunt & uncle consults as the way i have mentioned above according to Islamic Shariah!

                  wassalam!

                  Ammar.
                  Last edited by ammarcool; 09-02-07, 11:18 AM. Reason: :-)

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                  • #10
                    Re: The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze

                    i think unless you are a GP there are very few times a doctor will be alone with a patient, you usually work with your team and in general patients turn up with someone else for support/to help kill the time

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                    • #11
                      Re: The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze

                      Originally posted by ammarcool View Post
                      My Dear Brother,

                      May Allah (ajjwajal) give both of you to become an expert in the field of medicine helping our Ummah!

                      wassalam!

                      Ammar.
                      Ameen.
                      Everyone thinks their a scholar because they know how to copy and paste, you get your ummah face on and the second you log out, you know your reality. Anyone can attain knowledge, how many can implement it?

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                      • #12
                        Re: The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze

                        Originally posted by Hafsah View Post
                        i think unless you are a GP there are very few times a doctor will be alone with a patient, you usually work with your team and in general patients turn up with someone else for support/to help kill the time
                        Thats only if your working in a hospital, after i graduate i'm going to go to Chicago to work at my uncle's clinic for a few years to gain experiance and come back home and open my own clinic Inshallah along side with my wife. He has a excellent clinic all setup and i can't wait till i graduate. Still got lotz of time though :D.
                        Everyone thinks their a scholar because they know how to copy and paste, you get your ummah face on and the second you log out, you know your reality. Anyone can attain knowledge, how many can implement it?

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                        • #13
                          Re: The Great Virtue of Lowering the Gaze

                          this lowering of the gaze is for both male and females.....
                          we should try our level best at all times to keep the eyes away from that which is haraam for it.

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