Zina of the Eye

Zina is a topic we are all aware of and try our best to stay away from. But focus is put on the more discussed act of fornication and engaging in sexual acts; we thus tend to forget the little fact that our eyes can lead us to committing zina. It has become increasing difficult to avoid such sights and the best bet includes lowering our gaze and avoiding places we feel would expose us to things that will lead to zina of the eyes. During the month of ramadan, we try to stay away from such things and today's post is one which enlightens us on this overlooked aspect of zina. When we see something which is not good for us, we must avert our glance immediately. Doing so means there is no sin upon you. We must also be aware that our deeds are being recorded.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: ‘The eye commits ‘zina’ and the palm of the hand, the foot, the body, the tongue and private part of the body will confirm it or deny it.’ - Al-Bukhari

Narrated by Ibn Abbas: I have not seen a thing resembling 'lamam' (minor sins) than what Abu Huraira narrated from the Prophet (SAW) who said "Allah has written for the children of Adam their share of zina which he commits inevitably. The zina of the eyes is the sight (to gaze at a forbidden thing), the zina of the tongue is the talk, and the inner self wishes and desires and the private parts testify all this or deny it."

It was narrated that Jareer ibn ‘Abd-Allah said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah (SAW) about a sudden glance, and he commended me to avert my gaze.” - Muslim