Spiritual Diseases April 22nd, 2012
This content is extracted from the book of Shaikh ul Arab wal Ajam Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (db) – The 14 Harms Of Casting Evil Glances
Harm #3 – Curses From Nabi ﷺ
The one who casts evil glances is cursed by Nabi ﷺ. Nabi ﷺ says in a Hadith mentioned in Mishkaat Shareef:
لعن اللہ الناظر والمنظور الیھ
“May the curse of Allah be upon the one who casts evil glances and upon the one who presents him/herself to be looked at.”
(Mishkaat; Pg. 270)
If casting evil glances was a minor sin, then Nabi ﷺ, being a mercy to mankind would not have cursed its perpetrator. The curse of Nabi ﷺ is clear proof that this is a very despicable crime. The meaning of curse is to become distant from the mercy of Allah. Imam Raghib Isfahani mentions in Mufradaatul Qur’aan that the definition of لعنة (curse) is:
البعد عن الرحمة
“To become distant from mercy.”
Thus, he who has become distant from the mercy of Allah Ta’ala, cannot gain salvation from the evils of his Nafs. Only he who is under the shade of Allah’s mercy can attain salvation from the evils of the Nafs. Allah Ta’ala says:
ان النفس لامارة بالسوء
The Nafs abundantly commands evil.
(Sura Yousuf; Ayat 53, Juz 13)
So how is it possible to be saved from the evils of Nafs? Allah Ta’ala further says:
الا مار حم ربی
“Except by the mercy of my Lord.”
From this, we understand that the only way to be saved from the evils of the Nafs is to come under the shade of Allah’s mercy. Allah Ta’ala who is the Creator of this Nafs Himself has proclaimed that those who are in His mercy will be saved. Therefore, the one who has come under the shade of الا مارحم ربی his Nafs did not remain امارة بالسوء (excessively commanding evil) rather it became امارة بالخیر (abundantly commanding good). This is why after the command of guarding the eyes, یغضوا من ابصارھم , Allah Ta’ala mentions, ویحفظوا فروجھم “Guard the private parts.” Because through the blessings of fulfilling the divine command of Allah Ta’ala and saving oneself from the curse of Nabi ﷺ one comes under the shade of Allah’s mercy. Now his private parts will also be safeguarded. Form this we conclude that the reward of guarding the eyes is that the private parts become safeguarded. On the contrary, if a person does not guard his eyes then he cannot guard his private parts either and curses which descends upon him is a separate punishment on its own.
Complete Section: The 14 Harms Of Casting Evil Glances
In this day and age, due to the shamelessness and immodesty which has been spread through Pornography, TV, VCR, Internet, Cell Phone, Cinema, Signboards, etc., so many people’s lives have been destroyed. Young people have ruined their youth in illicit sexual intercourse and masturbation. Life-life marriages have been broken due to unlawful love affairs. On a social level, society is plagued with problems such as rape, prostitution, child molestation and pedophile, homosexuality, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
The question arises as to what is the root of all these problems. May Allah Ta’ala reward our Masha’ikh and pious predecessors, who look at the world with the eye of the heart, enlightened by the light of the Qur’aan, Hadith and the burning love of Allah Ta’ala. They have diagnosed all these sickness to be brought about by one deadly disease. The root of all these problems is the SIN OF THE EYES, casting evil glances, looking at the opposite or same sex with lustful gazes. Unfortunately today, people do not even consider casting evil glances to be a sin, when in actuality it is the root of innumerable vices and sins.
Another reality which people are totally unaware of is that by protecting one’s eyes from lustful glances, one is promised the taste of the sweetness of Imaan.
Rasulullah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said: (Hadith Qudsi, meaning Allah Tala says:)
ان النظرة سھم من سھام ابلیس مسموم من تر کھا مخافتی ابدلتہ ایمانا یجد حلاوتہ فی قلبہ
“Verily the evil glance is a poisonous arrow from the arrows of Iblees. He who abstains from casting evil glances, I will grant him such Imaan, that he will feel the sweetness of it in his heart”.
(Narrated by Ibn Mas’ud in Tabarani and Kanzul-Ummaal; Vol. 5, pg. 228),
(Ibn Katheer; Surra Nur, Ayat 30)
Hafiz ibn Katheer (رحمۃ اللہ علیہ) mentions in his Tafseer:
من حفظ بصرہ اورثہ اللہ نورا فی بصیرتہ
“He who protects his eyes from unlawful gazes, Allah Ta’ala will grant him the light of the heart.”
We ask Allah Ta’ala that He makes this booklet a means of exposing the reality of this destructive disease and that He guides the entire Ummah from the darknesses of sin into the light of piety and obedience to Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم). May He make it a means of eternal reward for our Shaikh, Hazrat-e-Aqdas Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (دامت برکاتہم), who has devoted his entire life to purification of the Nafs, امر با المعروف ونہی عن المنکر (enjoining good and forbidding evil). May He accept it out of His sheer Mercy.
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