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Valentine’s Day celebration in Islam– Accepted or Not (Let’s find out now.)

After the zeal of many Muslims trying to figure out whether it is lawful in Islam to take part in Christmas, celebrating birthdays and others, here comes another, Valentine’s Day celebration.

Basically known as the celebration of love and romance among friends and loved once.

After I Googled this Valentine thing, I found out that it is something Muslims shouldn’t think about.

In actual fact, considering the background and history of this celebration, and the way people go about it now, there is no need to hesitate in saying NO to it.

Some people will always deny the truth without any valid proof, they will rather claim that some of these practices like birthdays, Valentine and the likes no longer have any religious significance (despite the fact that it is most of the ancient rituals that are being disguised in today’s celebrations)

Can Muslim couples who are legally married celebrate Valentine’s Day?

As a matter of fact, Valentine’s celebration can never be something Islam can tolerate even if you are a couple.

If you really need a very short answer to this question, then it is NO.

However, if you want to learn more detail then keep gliding down the page.

Let’s see what the World Book Encyclopedia tells us regarding Valentine’s Day:

“The customs connected with the day …probably come from an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia which took place every February 15. The festival honored Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage, and Pan, the god of nature” (1973, vol. 20, p. 204).

Actually, there are many different stories concerning this particular topic, but still, the primary concept is firm.

Let’s continue with what the research got for us. From a site called United Church of God with URL ucg.org, I obtained the following commentaries on valentine.

“For the people of ancient Rome, the festival of Lupercalia was an annual ritual believed to ward off evil spirits and increase fertility. Lupercalia (also known as Februatio, from which comes the month name February) was popular among many of the new converts to the fast-rising Catholic Church.

As the book Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays notes, “Everywhere that [mainstream] Christians came into power they immediately adapted the holidays and customs of the people to their own creed” (Robert Myers and Hallmark Cards editors, 1972, pp. 50-51).

Such was their course of action with this festival of Lupercalia at the end of the fifth century. While Pope Gelasius officially condemned the pagan Roman festival and banned its observance, many of its accompanying practices quickly appeared in a newly established holiday added by him to the official church list of feast days in A.D. 496—St. Valentine’s Day.

Soon, people were no longer looking to obtain fertility by being beaten with strips of animal skin called februa. Instead, they turned their focus to St. Valentine, the patron saint of “engaged couples and anyone wishing to marry” (Celebrations, pp. 48-49), whose actual identity is even murkier than what connection he bore to romance.

What amounted to a renamed, refurbished Lupercalia then picked up steam, gradually adapting itself into the Valentine’s Day we know today, which included the added elements of Valentine cards and Cupid, the Roman god of erotic love.

We now have a basic concept of the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Friendship and sending cards to our legal loved ones have never been something bad in Islam, in fact, they are wonderful if done in the right way.

Allah did not oppose romance either, provided it is at the right time and in the right way.

But does the pagan religious history of Valentine’s Day taint our practice as Muslims?

What does Allah say about observing pagan traditions, disguised or not?

Surah al-Kafirun, Chapter 109 verse 1 to 6

  1. Say: “O disbelievers!”
  2. “I worship not that which you worship.”
  3. “Nor will you worship whom I worship.”
  4. “And I shall not worship that which you are worshipping.”
  5. “Nor will you worship that which I worship.”
  6. “To you be your religion, and to me my religion.”

I really like the way this surah was revealed.

Our beloved Prophet (pbuh) in fact was sent as a mercy for mankind. He lived such an exemplary lifestyle that we can follow even till now, even till the end of time.

This verse was revealed as a result of similar issues we are discussing today.

It has been said that in their ignorance (ie disbelievers), they invited the Messenger of Allah to worship their idols for a year and they would (in turn) worship his God for a year. Therefore, Allah revealed this Surah.

Allah sent Prophets to this world to guide us on the right path.

This means that there is no (true) object of worship except Allah and there is no path to Him (i.e., way of worshipping Him) other than that which the Messenger came with.

He commanded His Messenger to disavow himself from their religion

It is also narrated in so many Hadiths, some of which says:

“Whoever imitates a people is from them” (Sunan Abu Dawud)

Also:

Abu Sa’id al−Khudri reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying:

You would tread the same path as was trodden by those before you inch by inch and step by step so much so that if they had entered into the hole of the lizard, you would follow them in this also.

We said: Allah’s Messenger, do you mean Jews and Christians (by your words)” those before you”?

He said: Who else (than those two religious groups)?

[Sahih Muslim Book 33, Number 6448:]

In the actual fact, the above verses and hadiths indicate that this practice and its type remain just as detestable as they have been in the side of Allah.

Instead of pagan practices and activities like Valentine’s Day, Christmas celebration, new year celebration and all you can think of, our focus should be on the two main festivals Allah has given us in the Quran which point us toward His amazing and incomparable plan for all humanity.

Yes, from the background and history of Valentine’s Day, we could clearly see that this satanic practice of Lupercalia has been repackaged and disguises as a normal activity, making it seem as if there is nothing evil about showing love to your spouse during valentine.

And also, there is no place in the bible that mentioned such thing like a valentine. This was practiced already until Romans become Christians.

Let’s listen to what is stated in the Bible concerning the celebration of pagan tradition:

When the Lord, your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess …do not inquire after their gods, ‘saying, How did these nations served their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods … Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it [Deuteronomy 12:29-23]

It is very clear from the above verses that the Bible also forbids practices of the tradition of the disbelievers.

But as a matter of fact, they (Christians) practiced this Valentine the most. They see to it as something normal to an extent they make that day a holiday for themselves.

Dear Muslims, we are completely different.

We are the Ummah of the Man who brought light to this world, the man who was sent as a Mercy for the whole of humanity.

He said He is proud of us so let’s show to the world that we are indeed the best among them.

Let’s do away with their activities, let’s not follow their footsteps as the Prophet mentioned.

Let’s live as good Muslims and die as good Muslims, I think that’s the only way you and I can be saved.

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Dangers of Sins

Punishment for not lowering your gaze

In today’s time and age, due to the shamelessness and immodesty, which has spread through pornography, television, videos, internet, cell phones, cinema, novels, etc., so many people’s lives have been destroyed.

The young ones have ruined their youth in illicit sexual intercourse and masturbation. Life-long marriages have been broken, caused by unlawful love affairs. On a social level, society is plagued with problems such as rape, prostitution, child molestation and paedophile, homosexuality, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

The question arises as to what is the root of all these problems. And a convincing answer to this important question is the eyes. 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.

You can peruse this guide on how to Lower your gaze.

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 Iman. Once the sweetness of Iman enters the heart, it will never be taken back. Thus by protecting the eyes, one is given glad tidings of a good death.

Rasulullah said:

“Verily the evil glance is a poisonous arrow from the arrows of Iblees. He who abstains from casting evil glances will be granted with such Iman that he will feel the sweetness of it in his heart”. (Narrated by Ibn Mas’ud in Tabarani and Kanzul-Ummaal)

What about the heedless ones who pay no attention to protecting their eyes from evil glances? Listed below are 14 solid harms for those who fail to lower their gaze.

  1. Disobedience of Allah

Casting evil glances is clearly forbidden by the clear and explicit text of the Holy Quran that says: “O Nabi, Tell the believing men to lower some of their gazes.” (Quran 30:18)

(Meaning, do not look at  women and handsome boys). Therefore, he who casts evil glances is opposing the clear and explicit command of the Qur’an, and one who opposes the clear and explicit command of the Holy Quran is guilty of disobeying Allah’s commands.

Thus, to save oneself from this sin, it is sufficient to meditate upon the fact that the one who casts evil glances is opposing a commandment of the Holy Qur’an. In other words, he is disobeying Allah Ta’ala.

  1. Breach of Trust

The one who casts evil glances is breaching the trust between him and Allah. Allah says: “He knows the mistrust of the eyes and that which the hearts conceal.” (Quran 18:24)

This indicates that we are not the owners of our eyes rather we have been entrusted with them. This is the same reason why suicide is forbidden because we are not owners of our bodies.

If we were owners of our bodies then perhaps we would have the right to use them the way we desire. Allah trusts me and you, and he gave us free will to either obey or disobey his commands. To embezzle this trust of Allah is a great offence. The one who casts evil glances is breaching and embezzling the trust of sight which Allah has granted him. This person cannot become the friend of Allah.

To embezzle this trust of Allah is a great offence. The one who casts evil glances is breaching and embezzling the trust of sight which Allah has granted him. This person cannot become the friend of Allah.

How beautifully a poet has said:

The “thief of sight” can never have the crown of friendship placed upon his head He who is not a Muttaqi, is not a Wali.

  1. Curses From Nabi

The one who casts evil glances is cursed by the Holy Prophet. Hadith Reports have stated that the messenger of Allah said; “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 the Holy Prophet is a mercy to mankind would not have cursed its perpetrator. The curse of Nabi is clear proof that this is a very despicable crime.

The meaning of curse is to become distant from the mercy of Allah. And he who has become distant from the mercy of Allah, 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.

  1. Causes Pain to the Heart

If someone says that we accept that the heart experiences grief and sorrow when looking at beauties, but grief and sorrow are also felt when protecting the eyes.

A person feels regret in his heart saying, “O how pretty that face may have been.” So what is the difference? One will be causing pain to the heart either way, by looking and not looking.

The answer to this is that the pain experienced by looking at the beauty is more severe than the pain felt when guarding the eyes.

When a person does not look, then the regret, pain, and grief will also be light and minimal. The effect of this pain and grief will fade away quickly. The sweetness of faith which one attains from the regret of not attaining the “unknown and unrecognized beauty” will be so enjoyable that it will surpass all the combined enjoyments of the world.

On the other hand, by casting evil glances and making oneself go through regret and grief the anger and wrath of Allah descend. As a result of this, the heart becomes restless and uneasy. One does not have a moment of contentment in the heart and life also becomes bitter. May Allah save us!

  1. Weakness of the Heart

By casting evil glances, the thought of that beauty continuously comes into the heart and mind. Through this, the heart is in a continuous struggle and conflict which causes the heart to become weak and sickly.

  1. Medical Harm

One physical harm of casting evil glances is that the urinary bladder becomes swollen due to which a person is compelled to repeatedly urinate.

  1. Premature Ejaculation

By casting evil glances the sexual desires increase due to which the heat and temperature of the body rise. This, in turn, makes the semen thin and watery by which a person gets the sickness of premature ejaculation. Such a person is unable to properly fulfil the rights of his wife due to which their marital relations and eventually, their family life is destroyed.

  1. Ungratefulness

Casting evil glances bring about ingratitude within the heart. When a person is looking at so many faces and features then his own wife does not remain attractive to him or vice versa in the case of a woman. Hence, he becomes ungrateful thinking to himself that he did not get a good-looking wife. And if she is good-looking, then he thinks to himself that she could have been more beautiful.

That woman which appears more attractive to him than his own wife, then even if his own wife is beautiful, she is still not as attractive as the other woman. In this way, he is becoming ungrateful of Allah’s favours.

As for the one who guards his eyes out of Allah’s fear, and does not look at other women, then even if his wife is not so beautiful, she is still attractive to him and in this manner, he remains grateful to Allah for his favours.

  1. Weakness of Eyesight

By casting evil glances, a person’s eyesight becomes weak. This is because by guarding one’s gaze, one is fulfilling gratitude for the blessing of sight and the reward of gratefulness is the increase of blessings as it is mentioned in the Qur’an:

“If you are grateful then We will most definitely increase you in blessings.” (Quran 13:7)

Casting evil glances, on the other hand, is ingratitude and the punishment of ingratitude is severe.

  1. Distance from Allah

The greatest reward one attains by guarding the eyes is the special closeness of Allah. Guarding the eyes is a means of attaining Barakah. This is because guarding the eyes makes the evil desires of the heart to bleed and when all four corners of the heart become red by shedding the blood of regret, then from every horizon of the heart the sun of the closeness of Allah will rise.

  1. Heart Attack

Casting evil glances could eventually lead to a heart attack. This is because the heart becomes occupied in a continuous struggle. The beauty pulls the heart to him/her and Allah’s fear pulls the heart in its direction. Through this struggle and pain, a person eventually gets a heart attack because this internal conflict causes the heart to increase in size. If he would have protected his gaze then he would not have been caught up in this internal struggle and he would not have had a heart attack.

  1. Sexual Desires are Aroused

By casting evil glances, the sexual desires are inflamed and incited. If a person does not attain the beauty whom he was casting evil glances at, then he will fulfil his inflamed desires by committing illicit sexual intercourse with anyone he gets a hold of.

He inflamed his desires by looking at a beautiful face and satisfies this desire by having illicit sexual intercourse with someone with an ugly face. He cast evil glances out of greed for beauty and ended up degrading himself with such a person.

Casting evil glances is such an evil act that does not leave you until it takes you to the final stage of sin wherein a person does not even see beauty anymore. Guarding one’s private parts after casting evil becomes impossible.

  1. Leads to Masturbation

Casting evil glancing causes the seminal fluid to come out of its place. And once the semen leaves its place then it cannot go back. The semen cannot reverse like a car. Just as in the case of a goat or cow’s udder it cannot go back because the udder is a place of discharge not intake.

Similarly, semen cannot go back into its place after being released. It has to be discharged one way or the other, whether it be lawful or forbidden. The curse of casting evil glances is such that a person does not remain conscious of lawful or unlawful. He will either fulfill his lust by having illicit sexual Intercourse with some women or degrade himself by committing sodomy with some man or young lad.

If he does not get any man or woman then he will fulfil his lust by masturbating. Just as it is unlawful and forbidden to commit sexual intercourse with a strange man or woman, it is likewise forbidden to masturbate.

If you haven’t had the chance to read this, see it now on why masturbation is haram for you.

Unfortunately, this sin has become widespread in this day and age. In some narrations of Hadith, there are severe warnings against this sin. It has been mentioned that the person who masturbates shall be resurrected on the Day of Judgment with a pregnant hand.

It has also been mentioned that one who masturbates is under the curse of Allah. Fulfilling one’s sexual desires in an unlawful manner is obviously impermissible.

May Allah Ta’ala grant us the ability to practice upon what has been said.

Amen

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10+ Common Signs of weak Iman

The phenomenon of weak Iman has become very widespread among Muslims, and many people complain about the hardness of their hearts.

So often we hear words like, I feel the hardness in my heart, I do not find any joy in worship, Reading Quran does not move me, and I fall into sin so easily.

The effects of this affliction can be seen in many people and this problem is the cause of every disaster and adversity, as mentioned in the Glorious Quran:

He (Allah) does not change the state of anyone till we change our state of goodness ourselves (Quran 13:11).

So it’s time for every believer to check his heart, find out the nature and cause of the problem, and start treating it straight away, before it overwhelms him and destroys him.

The matter is of the utmost seriousness, for Allah has warned us against the heart that is hardened, closed, sick, blind and sealed.

Below follows some of the symptoms of a weak Iman, what causes it and how it may be dealt with.

Falling into sins is a Sign of weak Iman

There are some sinners who commit a particular sin and prevail in it. And some who commit many kinds of sin. When you commit a sin or sins, it becomes a habit which you get used to, and then you no longer feel that it is Offensive to the mind. You gradually reach a stage at which you commit the sin openly, and thus, becomes one of those referred to in the hadith that:

All of my Ummah will be fine except for those who commit sin openly, an example of which is a man who does something at night, and when morning comes and Allah has concealed his sin, he says, ‘O so and so, I did such and such yesterday.’ His Lord had covered his sin all night, but he has uncovered what Allah had concealed.” (Bukhari)

Not worshipping Allah properly

Signs of weak Iman

Is your mind wondering and fails to concentrate properly in Salah, reading the Quran, making du’a, or other acts of worship? This is a sign of a weak Iman.

When someone with a weak Iman worships, he doesn’t think or ponder about what is being said, he does everything as a matter of boring habit. Even if he worships at all, he does it with empty movement, devoid of any real feeling.

All that which is considered worship needs much attention. Are you praying a particular du’a at some particular times? Be serious about it; think about the meaning of what you are saying because the prophet says, “Allah does not accept the du’a of one whose heart is heedless of Him” (al-Tirmidhi)

This also includes neglecting to participate in special Islamic occasions and worships. This shows clearly that the person has no interest in earning rewards, so he may delay going for Hajj even though he is able to do so, or failing to go for congregational prayers or even Salaat al-Jumu’ah.

The Holy Prophet of Allah mentioned that “People will keep holding back from being in the first row of (congregational prayers) until Allah throws them into the Fire”. (Abu Dawood).

Did you find yourself missing obligatory prayers or Sunnah prayer that is strongly encouraged without feeling any guilt? If so, then it’s time to revise your faith.

Lack of patience

Signs of weak Iman

A little tiredness or depression makes the weak Muslim quick to complain about the slightest thing. He easily gets angry or upset with the people around him and no longer has any tolerance.

The Holy Prophet (pbuh) described faith when he said, “Eeman is patience and tolerance”, and he described the believer as being “one who makes friends and with whom others feel comfortable. There is no goodness in one who does not make friends and with whom others do not feel comfortable.”

Hard-hearted when it comes to the Holy Quran

Signs of weak Iman

Your Eeman is weak if you are not being moved by the Aayaats of the Holy Qur’an, by its promises of Paradise or its warnings of Hel, by its commands or by its prohibitions. Those who are weak in faith gets board when they hear the recitation of the Holy Quran.

Lack of focus in dhikr

Signs of weak Iman

Those with weak Eeman fail to focus on Allah when remembering Him (dhikr) or making du’a. The remembrance of Allah becomes difficult for such people, and when they raise their hands to make du’a, they quickly lower them again. Allah has described the hypocrites in the Holy Quran, He says: “… and they do not remember Allah but little.” (Quran 4:142)

Not feeling angry when sins are committed

The one with a weak Eeman doesn’t feel any anger when the limits set by Allah are violated because the flame of zeal has been extinguished in his heart, so he no longer takes action to stop any evil, or enjoins evildoers to do good, or denounces wrongdoing.

The weak Muslim never gets angry for the sake of Allah. Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) described this by saying: “The heart will be subjected to trial after trial, and there will appear a black stain on any heart that is affected, which will spread until the heart is completely black and sealed, as it were, so that it will not recognize any good deed or denounce any evil, except whatever suits its own desires” (Muslim)

Love of good and hatred of evil have disappeared from a heart of the weak Muslim; all things are equal to such a person, and he has no motive to enjoin good or forbid evil.

Not practising what one preaches

Signs of weak Iman

Allah says: “O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful is it with Allah that you say that which you do not do.. (Quran 61:2-3].

No doubt this is a kind of hypocrisy, and the person whose deeds do not match his words is blameworthy before Allah and despicable in the eyes of his fellow man. The people of Hellfire will soon discover the reality of the one who enjoins good but does not do it, and forbids evil but does it himself.

Happy to see others down

Signs of weak Iman

Malicious enjoyment of the failures, losses or disasters suffered by one’s brothers in Islam, when the blessings that they had enjoyed are taken away, or when the thing that made another person appear more distinguished than him is gone.

Fear and panic when disaster strikes or problems arise.

So you will see such a person shaking and losing his equilibrium, with no focus, staring wild-eyed and having no idea what to do when faced with calamity. He is ruled by his fears and can see no way out; he cannot face reality with a strong and steady heart. All of this is the result of weak faith, or if his faith was strong he would be steadfast and he would face the worst disasters with calmness and strength.

Love of fame and prominence

Signs of weak Iman

The desire for leadership without understanding the responsibility involved. This is what the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) warned us against when he said, “You will be very keen to be leaders, but you will regret it on the Day of Resurrection, for although it seems easy in the beginning, it becomes a hardship later on. (The meaning is that at the beginning, leadership brings wealth, power and enjoyment, but later it brings the risk of being assassinated or deposed, and one will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection).” (Reported by al-Bukhari, no. 6729).

The Prophet (pbuh) also said: If you wish, I could tell you about leadership and what it is. Firstly, it is blame; secondly, it is regret; and thirdly, it is punishment on the Day of Resurrection. Except for one who is just… (Reported by al- Tabaraani in al-Kabeer, 18/72; Saheeh al-Jaami., 1420).

If it was the case that a man wanted to carry out duties and responsibilities, where there is no one better for the job than him, with the intention of doing his best and being sincere and just, as Yusuf (peace be upon him) did, then we could say that this is fair enough. But in most cases it is the matter of a strong desire to lead and put oneself forward although there is a better person, denying the opportunity of leadership to those who are qualified and want to be the only one to issue instructions and prohibitions.

Excessive arguing and disputing.

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The Prophet (pbuh) said in a Sahih hadith: “No people will go astray after having being guided except that they become argumentative… (Reported by Ahmad in al-Musnad, 5/252; Saheeh al-Jaami., 5633).

Arguing with no proof and for no good reason leads one far away from the Straight Path, and most people’s futile arguments nowadays are conducted without knowledge or guidance or (reference to) a Book giving light (i.e., the Qur’an). We have sufficient motive to avoid futile arguments in the words of the Prophet (pbuh): “I guarantee a house in the outskirts of Paradise to the one who forsakes argument even when he is on the right.” (Reported by Abu Dawood, 5/150; Sahih al-Jami., 1464).

Attachment to this world and rejoicing in it

weak Iman

A person may be so attached to this world that he feels pain if he misses out on some share of it, such as money, power, authority, or housing. He feels that he is unfairly treated because he has not got what others have. He feels more stress when he sees a brother in Islam who has something of this world that he does not have, so he envies him (hasad) and wishes that he will lose that blessing.

See Also: Love for Dunya and Neglect of Aakhirah

This goes against Eeman, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Eeman and hasad do not exist together in the heart of the true slave.. (Reported by Abu Dawood, 5/150; Sahih al-Jami., 1464).

Alhamdulillah, the above are some of the sings of a weak Iman. If you know of any, please share it in the comments below.

And Allah knows best.

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Dangers of Sins

10 dangers of lust in Islam

So you wonder whether there is a problem with lust in Islam!

Well, don’t get me wrong. It is Allah who created lust, and He created it for a reason. Using your lust to disobey Allah is a great offense that comes with a great torment. So what you are about to read are the dangers of lust that will let you disobey what Allah has ordained.

Lust in Islam

The blessed heart does not find true pleasure or happiness in anything besides the love of Allah Almighty, getting closer to Him, and shunning everything beloved beside Him.

This blessed heart is tempted with several killer diseases, and one of them is the disease of lust. It most of the time goes no further than Zina (fornication/adultery)

It cast the person into distraction and drives him insanely away from the best of deeds, causes him to succumb to temptations, and misguides them unnoticed from the straight path.

People who have fallen into lust claim that it raises one’s self, and transcends one’s soul. They are praising lust to be a positive thing.  However, I think lust has severe negative effects on a human than its positive aspect.

It is a humiliation in the soul, a stain on the blessed heart, worthless in this world, and a punishment in the Hereafter. It is an ocean with a risky tide, and whoever sails on it drowns, as it has no shore.

Among the harms and negative aspects of lust are as follows:

  • Lust can cause a person to disobey Allah

Some Sheikhs used to say: ‘To be tested with an immoral action is more beloved to me than to be tested with being lustful, causing my heart to show servitude to it, and busying my heart from Allah.’”

Once upon a time, there was a man who was called Saalih the Muazin, who was a caller to prayer for forty good years. Saalih was known to be pious.

It was narrated that one day, he ascended the minaret to call to prayer, and saw the beautiful daughter of a Christian man whose home was next to the mosque.

He was tested by this lady.

His lust was triggered and he finally went to her, knocked at her door, and she said: “Who is it?” He said: “I am Saalih the Muazin.”  Then the lady opened the door for him.

When he entered he hugged her in no time. The lady then said to him: “You are someone who is trustworthy. What kind of shameful behaviour is this?”

She said this because the man was trusted with the honour of others as a Muazin, since they climb on the minaret and the roofs of the mosque, enabling them to see the homes around.

The Mu’azin out of lust quickly the said: “I am free from Islam and from whatever Muhammad has brought,” and got closer to her.

See Also: Reasons why you should never Masturbate!

She said: “You only said that to satisfy your desire since you will go back to your religion. If you are truthful and will leave Islam, then eat some pork.” So he ate some pork. She again said: “Drink some alcohol.” So he drank.

When the alcohol flowed through his body, he approached her. She entered the house and closed the door, then said, “Go to the roof, so that when my father comes he can marry me to you.”

He went to the roof, and on the way, his foot slipped, and he fell and died.

The lady then went out and wrapped him in a torn casket. When her father came, she told him the whole story, so at nightfall, he went and threw him in the street.

His story became well-known among the people, and he was then thrown in a garbage bin.

This is the kind of danger lust can bring!

Lust in Islam

  • Lust can lead to Kufr

Just like the Mu’azin, the one who lusts after someone will strive to reach the peak of their lust by all available means. Perhaps they would even resort to win the one they lust immorally.

This is a huge calamity!

  • It makes one forget Allah

Among the dangers of lust is that it makes one to fully get involved with the creation in neglect of the creator.

The love one has for Allah Almighty should overcome any other love. It means abandon whatever will make you go against Allah. But lust won’t allow you. It is already driving a lot of people so mad that they think of their desires to be superior to that of Allah’s own.

May Allah protect us!

  • Lust is also self-distracting

Lust is so distracting that people tend to lose their religion and joy of life.

Because there will be separation from Allah, hence no time to please Him, leading to distraction. As you won’t even have time for your wellbeing as well.

Lust is self-distractive!

  • Lust is a good destroyer of reputation

The one who is lustful harms his own status among people. Such a person’s story will be mentioned by everyone and the people will transmit the story to one another with pleasure and perhaps rejoice at his misfortune.

Further, perhaps they would fabricate things against him in order to beautify the story and make it more scandalous. They might even accuse the person of illicit acts

  • Lust might lead to murder and other grievous crimes

How many lives has lust taken already? People go to extremes of killing just due to their lustful desires.

How many blessings have lust carried away? How many individuals of high statuses had their statuses lowered? How many people have been corrupted by it?

There is no strength or might except through Allah.

  • Lust makes one’s life a sour one without good ending

A lustful person might not receive divine aid to have a good ending.

Among the evils of lust is that the lustful person might not be given divine aid to have a good ending unless Allah the Exalted forgive the person in His mercy.

May Allah the Exalted forgive us!

  • Lust might ruin one’s intellect.

The lustful person is always thinking about their lover and they cannot benefit from their intellect, and cannot benefit anyone else.

Lust is more dangerous than we thought. You look at someone with lustful intent. You assume that what you are thinking is only known to you alone. Your spouse has no idea; people around you don’t know either. Allah is always watching.

If you look at people of the opposite sex with lustful intention, please stop. It’s dangerous.

May Allah The Exalted protect us from the dangers of lust.