Protecting the eyes from unlawful gazes

Question:

How can I protect myself from looking at unlawful things?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

Answer:

There are three important steps which should be taken to protect one's eyes from illicit gazes:

1. Du’aa: one should ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to protect his eyes from evil gazes, especially through prayers taught in the ahaadith such as:

 اللهمّ طهر قلبی من النفاق و عملی من الریاء ولسانی من الکذب وعینی من الخیانة فانک تعلم خائنة الأعین وما تخفی الصدور

 ‘O Allah! Purify my heart from hypocrisy, my deeds from ostentation, my tongue from lies, and my eyes from unfaithfulness (casting unlawful glances); for you are aware of the unfaithful eye and that which the hearts conceal’

In another hadith it has been narrated:

 اللهمّ انی اعوذبک من شر سمعی و من شر بصری و من شر لسانی و من شر قلبی ومن شر منیی

‘O Allah! Indeed I seek refuge in you from the evil of my ears, eyes, and tongue and the evil of my heart and the evil of my semen’

2. Determination: whenever one falls victim to an evil gaze, he/she should close his eyes immediately or turn his gaze the other way. At first, this can be difficult, but over time Allah will make it easy in sha Allah.

3. If one casts an evil gaze again, he should immediately repent to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and perform some good deeds such as nafl (optional) salah (prayer) or sadaqah (charity) etc. in return.   

والله اعلم

Allah Knows best.

Approved by: Mufti Husain Ahmad Madani