23rd Shaw’wal 1442 A.H
(4th June,2021 C.E)

BEING THE FOURTH SERMON FOR THE MONTH OF SHAAWWAL DATED 23RD SHAAWWAL 1442 AH (4TH JUNE, 2021 CE) THE VIRTUE OF LOWERING THE GAZE FROM WHAT IS FORBIDDEN
All Praises belong to Allah. We praise Him, We seek His help, and seek His forgiveness, and we seek refuge in Allah from the evils of our souls and our bad deeds. Whoever Allah guides, there is none that can mislead him, and whoever is misled, there is none that can be his guide. I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah alone. He has no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is his servant and his Messenger..

Servants of Allah, I advise you and myself to fear Allah Almighty secretly and openly, as it is the intended purpose of all acts of worship the things Allah has commanded and forbidden. He says: O you people worship your Lord who created you and those before you, that you may attain piety (Al-Baqarah: 21)
Brothers and sisters in faith, Allah – Glory be to Him – has blessed His servants with many blessings. Among them is the blessing of sight, which may lead the servant to two paths: either to gain Allah’s approval by using it in what Allah has commanded as well as being thankful for it, or becoming deserving of His wrath by looking at what is forbidden and immoralities. And it is good for the Muslim to thank Allah Almighty for what He has bestowed upon him, and to take advantage of those blessings in the discharge of the affairs and endeavors of life.
Lowering the gaze in the Shari’ah ( Islamic law) has to do with three things:
First: A person diverts his eyes from looking at two things; The first: looking at what appears of other people’s faults.
The second: Disregarding the non-mahram woman, and what she shows of her adornment, and other desires that must be overlooked.
Second: Not to look at what is in people’s homes and their private parts, so it is not permissible to look inside the houses without the permission of their owners.
Third: Not looking at people’s conditions, what they have of money, and what they have of the needs that Allah – the Most High – has provided them with such as food, drink, clothing, a home and others, or what He- the Most High – has provided them with of children and wives, for all these things are provision from Allaah. The Almighty said: “Do not extend your eyes to that which We have given of wives from among them, and do not grieve over them, and lower your wing to the believers.” (Al-Hijr: 88)
Among the evidence related concerning the lowering of gaze is the verse: O Prophet!˺ Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and guard their chastity. That is purer for them. Surely Allah is All-Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their chastity, and not to reveal their adornments1 except what normally appears.2 Let them draw their veils over their chests, and not reveal their ˹hidden˺ adornments3 except to their husbands, their fathers, their fathers-in-law, their sons, their stepsons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons or sisters’ sons, their fellow women, those ˹bondwomen˺ in their possession, male attendants with no desire, or children who are still unaware of women’s nakedness. "(Surat Al-Nur 30-31)
The verse is interpreted as follows: “to lower their gaze”: that is, they turn their eyes away from things that are not right for them to look at, including the nakedness and women. and guard their chastity: that is, they protect them from what Allah – the Most High – has forbidden, and from committing immoralities. That is purer for them: that is, lowering the gaze is purer for the souls. And not to reveal their adornments: that is, it is obligatory for women not to display their adornment, which contains a bit of sedition, and not to show the places which they usually take as adornment. Except what normally appears: what appears from this is an exception to that which appears due to a necessity without intention and a desire to manifest itself. like the clothes that usually appear; like a cloak. Let them draw their veils over their chests: that is, they cover their chests and their necks. Except to their husbands: their spouses. Or their fellow women: that is, Muslim women. Or those ˹bondwomen˺ in their possession: that is, the slaves the possesses. Or male attendants with no desire: that is, the men who have no desire for women, and they were called the Taabi’een because they follow the people of the house for food and drink. Or children who are still unaware of women’s nakedness: that is, the children who have no reason to look at the women, as they have no desire.

The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) has made it clear that the places in which a person must lower his gaze are many, and they have been mentioned in some noble prophetic hadiths, some of which are mentioned here:
– What Imam Muslim narrated in his Saheeh on the authority of the companion Jarir ibn Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) that he said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah, (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) about the sudden (unintended) look, and he commanded me to turn away”.
What Imam al-Bukhari narrated on the authority of Abu Saeed al-Khudri – may Allah be pleased with him – on the authority of the Messenger (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him): “Beware of sitting in the way, and they said: Oh Messenger of Allah, we have no gatherings in which we need to talk. And what is the right of the way, Oh Messenger of Allah? He said: lower your gaze, refrain from harm, answer the tasleem greeting, enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong.” (Bukhari)
Some of the virtues of lowering the gaze are the following:
1 – The safety of the heart and its purification from the impurities and evils that may lead the servant to fall into what Allah – the Most High – has forbidden, and from those impurities the Feeling of sadness or grief that arises in the servant as a result of looking at what other servants possess.
2- Feeling of happiness, joy, contentment, and comfort in life; This is the result of violating the desires of the soul by not looking at what Allah – the Most High – has forbidden.
3- Obedience of man to God – the Most High – in what He commands.
4- Preserving family relationships and protecting them from the factors that may work to break them up, and the psychological or social damage that may befall them.
5- Forgiveness of the sins of the servants, replacing them with good deeds, admitting them into the gardens of bliss, and enjoying what Allah – the Most High – has prepared for them in there. Ibn Abbas – may Allah be pleased with him – narrated that one of the companion of the Messenger – may God bless him and grant him peace – on the day of Arafat, and the young man looked at Women, and the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said to him: “My nephew, this is a day when he who guards his hearing, his sight and his tongue will be forgiven.”
6 – Obtaining a great reward; One of those reward is to rise to the highest status; It is the status of the righteous.
7- Illuminating the heart and insight with faith and righteous deeds.
8- Following the example of the action of the Messenger of God – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – and those who followed his path.
9- Evidence of feeling that Allah – the Most High – watches over him, and thus feeling ashamed of Him.
10- Staying away from lusts and temptations, and the immoralities they reach.
11- Protection from entering the Fire on the Day of Resurrection.
12- Preserving lineages and dignities
13- Feeling satisfied beecause one does what pleases Allah, the Almighty
14- Keeping away from Satan and what he whispers.
15- Improving marital relations, strengthening ties, and consolidating the bonds of love between a man and his wife, through the completion of the image of chastity between them, and good relations.
16- Preserving women and preserving their dignity

SECOND SERMON
All Praises belong to Allah. We praise Him, We seek His help, and seek His forgiveness, and we seek refuge in Allah from the evils of our souls and our bad deeds. Whoever Allah guides, there is none that can mislead him, and whoever is misled, there is none that can be his guide. I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah alone. He has no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is his servant and his Messenger..
Aids for lowering the gaze: There are many things that help the person lower his gaze, and the following is a mention of some of these aids:
– Preoccupation with useful matters and good deeds; The soul needs someone to occupy it with correct deeds, as it is by nature inclined to take action, strive and persevere in work, so the more a person rises with it to occupy it with the truth, it rises with him, or else it takes it little by little towards falsehood,

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