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Passion Islam I November 2008 SPECIAL FEATURE I 25
direction. possible that some day he may marry the “Had it not been for the grace and
One way for a person indulged in woman, but when two males are involved, mercy for Allah upon you, none of you
evil gazing is that he makes a habit of no such possibility exists. would have ever been purified, but Allah
performing a particular deed for a certain When the nafs begins to take a fancy purifies whomsoever he desires to.”
amount. No matter how small that deed to a certain form of figure, Satan grasps (24:21)
is, it will still show its effect. For example the opportunity and amplifies the beauty
one should make an oath that every time of the desired object manifold in the From this aayah it becomes apparent
my eyes fall upon a ghair mahram (one imagination of the fancier. Eventually the that together with striving to attain spiritual
with whom marriage is permitted) with lust evil deed is committed and it is only then purification, it is also essential to attain
I shall say ‘Astaghfirullah’ ten times. Now the balloon of amplified beauty is burst. the grace and mercy of Allah. We have to
do not decrease or increase this amount. Now what seemed to be extreme beauty constantly entreat and implore Him for His
Just practice it for a few times and see for is nothing but an illusion. Gazing at the mercy and beg Him to include us amongst
yourself. object now evokes feelings of contempt those whom he has purified.
“Tell the believing men and women to and nausea. Hazrat Moulana Rumi rahmatullahi
lower their gazes and protect their private Hazrat Thanwi rahmatullahi alaihe alaihe writes, “O’ Allah! If a thousand
parts. That is purer for them.” (24:30) further states, “When man inclines chains of carnal desires and satanic
In this verse Allah, has mentioned towards a form, it becomes embedded deceptions have shackled our feet, we
the controlling of the private parts in in his mind and heart. He may thereafter, have nothing to fear if your grace is upon
conjunction with the protection of the gaze, recite as many ‘La Hawla’ as he desires us.”
illustrating thereby that the controlling and blow on his chest, he will not attain Hazrat Ukaaf radiyallahu anhu
of the private parts is based upon the salvation from this malady since his reports that Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe
protection of the gaze. He who does not reading is bereft of sincerity and a firm wasallam said, “Karfas was an aabid
protect his gaze is bound to lose control resolve to abstain from this evil.” (devout worshipper) who lived on the
over his sexual desires. seashore and remained engaged in
Wherefore then, are we to go? Are we “And come not near unto adultery, verily! worship (ibadah) for three hundred years;
committed irrevocably to following up on It is an obscenity and an evil way.” fasting during the day and worshipping
the sins of our nafs and eyes? Or is there (17:32) during the night. Once he became
still hope of redeeming ourselves? The infatuated with a woman as a result of
testosterone and adrenaline is pumping In this verse Allah has prohibited us from which he eventually became a kaafir and
away, there is a beautiful woman before even approaching zina (adultery); thus discarded all his ibaadah. Allah saved him
us, what do we do? The Prophet sallallahu educating us to the fact that: any cause from this misfortune through some of his
alaihe wasallam through his wisdom and that leads up to a haraam act is also good deeds and forgave him.”
the guidance of Allah shows us how to haraam, and thus is to be totally avoided. Thereafter addressing me (Ukaaf) he
counter-parry the stealthy attack of Satan Human instinct is such that no sooner said: “O’ Ukaaf! Marry or else you will be
with these enlightening words: does a strange man and woman meet at a loss.”
“When any of you happened to look in privacy that a sensation of mutual As a result of not marrying, Rasoolullah
at a beautiful woman that attracted him, attraction develops from stage to stage, sallallahu alaihe wasallam termed Hazrat
he should resort to his wife and fulfill his from mere affection to uncontrollable Ukaaf as ‘The brother of Satan.’ And then
desire with her, for they both possess passion and ultimately into the irreversible he said, “The greatest weapon of Satan
the same object of fulfilling his desire.” stage, where it is almost impossible to against the pious is women.”
(Mishkat) control the nafs, and finally the shameful Thereafter Hazrat Ukaaf married.
Hazrat Moulana Nanotwi rahmatullahi deed of zina(adultery) is perpetrated. (Jam’ul-Fawaid p.571)
alaihe states, “The gaze should only be Thus Allah has made easy upon In one Hadith, he said, “The worst of
utilised to the extent of necessity and us the beautiful pathway to chastity, you are those who are unmarried (Despite
never to attain unlawful pleasure, for purity and piety (taqwa), by declaring possessing the means to marry), the
pleasure has no limitation and he that unlawful all those factors that contribute worst of those that die amongst you are
craves for it, will never attain satisfaction to the commission of zina. The solution the unmarried.”
and contentment. is simple; marriage, a fortress against all Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam
Only the person that fulfils his desires evils of the loins. said, “A destitute is he, who has no wife.”
within the limitations of necessity can attain Ibn Haban has narrated from Anas The Sahaabah radiyallahu anhum
true contentment. Thus the endowments radiyallahu anhu and he has narrated enquired, “Even though he may
of a strange women are no different from from the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe possess much wealth?” He replied in
that of a one’s own wife, to differentiate wasallam that: “On a child’s seventh the affirmative. Thereafter he said, “A
between the two is but the deception and day, his aqiqah will be performed, he will destitute is she who has no husband.” The
trickery of Satan.” (At-Tasharruf Vol.3) be named and his hair will be removed. Sahaabah radiyallahu anhum enquired,
Hazrat Thanwi rahmatullahi alaihe Then, when he reaches six years of age, “Even though she may possess much
advises that, an illicit love affair is in reality he will be trained in etiquette. When he wealth?” He replied, “Even though she
an affliction and calamity from Allah, as a reaches the age of nine, his bedding may possess much wealth.” (Targheeb)
result of which the rooh (soul) becomes will be separated and when he reaches Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam
greatly agitated and tormented, sleep the age of thirteen, he will be struck on said, “The whole world is an object of use
becomes haraam, the thought of the missing salaah and saum. When he and benefit, and the best means of benefit
beloved constantly haunts the mind and a reaches the age of sixteen, the father is a pious woman.”
state between life and death prevails over should get him married and then should Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam
the heart - a condition that can veritably take his hand and say, ‘I have taught you said, “Do not marry women solely for
be compared to that of the people of etiquette, I have educated you, I have their beauty or wealth, because beauty
Jahannam. got you married. I seek refuge with Allah may lead her towards evil (Infidelity) and
Also he mentions, falling in love with from your calamities in the world and your wealth will cause her to rebel and disobey.
a handsome lad is much more severe punishment in the Hereafter.” Thus make deen the criterion and marry
than an illicit love affair with a woman. It is religious (pious) women.”
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