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By Dr. Emdad Khan
We are human beings honored by our creator Allah swt.
He has prescribed a special designed process for human procreation.
He provided love and respect between a man and woman and a family environment.
To protect the dignity of each human being, in the Quran, He swt ordered men to lower their gazes and protect chastity.
In Surah AlNoor Ay 30,
قُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا۟ مِنْ أَبْصَـٰرِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا۟ فُرُوجَهُمْ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَزْكَىٰ لَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ خَبِيرٌۢ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ ٣٠
˹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.
— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran
We all know Shaitan is our open enemy.
He uses our vision Hearing to deviate us from the straight path.
Here Allah swt orders us to lower our gaze and not to look at forbidden things.
As we are in movement for work, shopping and different events and gatherings, we can be careful about our gaze.
It is the first step to guard our eyes and of course we must protect ourselves by keeping our character integrity.
It is applicable to brothers as well as sisters, in fact, the next verse, 24.31 focuses on the women.
On the day of judgement our eyes, ears, our hands, our legs, and our other limbs will bear witness for us or against us.
May Allah protect us from provocation of shaitan and our own bad desires.
Let us focus as parents for proper upbringing of our children and when our boys and girls become adults,
help them to select their wife/husband as per Islamic principles.
Our short life in this dunya will be happy and peaceful and Allah swt will reward us in the life hereafter. Ameen
With Salaam and Regards