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Unlawful Gaze

“A man who gazes at a non-mahram woman is just like a pauper who stares through a shop window and desires items that he cannot afford. The pauper will get nothing by staring through the window. Likewise, a person involved in lustful glances gets nothing but frustration, for he is unable to acquire what he sees and desires.

So why stare at something that you cannot obtain? Every time you look at a forbidden thing, your desire will grow, and its thought will haunt you even when it is out of sight. When this is the consequence of the unlawful gaze, is it not better to control the gaze at the very outset?”

Istikhārah-Its Method and Some Misconceptions

by Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh

Istikhārah means to turn to Allāh ta‘ālā and seek goodness from Him. This is because Allāh ta‘ālā knows what we do not know. As Allāh ta‘ālā is fully aware of the end result and consequence of every matter and we merely speculate, we should ask Allāh ta‘ālā to guide us towards goodness in our endeavours or tasks that we are about to embark on. It should be understood that istikhārah is simply a du‘ā like any other du‘ā. However, it has more chance of acceptance in the Court of Allāh ta‘ālā as it has been specifically taught by Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam to his Ummah. It is a prayer offered to Allāh  ta‘ālā before embarking on a particular course of action or choosing from a number of options, asking Him to guide us towards goodness and the correct and better choice, and to save us from that course of action or choice if goodness lies elsewhere.

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Words of Wisdom

It is rare to find a person who is pious and unintelligent, but people who are non-pious and unintelligent are common.

Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh

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