I get a lot of anonymous e-mails sent to me that contain pictures of undressed women. When these pictures come up, I try to avoid looking at them… but I can’t help myself. I always take a second look and stare at them before I can muster up enough willpower to delete them. Al-Hamdu Lillah, I never save them to my hard drive. What can I do?
The forbidden view is one of the poisoned arrows in Satan’s arsenal. It goes straight to the heart and fires up base desires.
This is why a Muslim should always be vigilant to lower his gaze. If he sees something enticing, he should not take a second look. We are forgiven the first glance at something, since we really cannot avoid that, and trying to do so would cause us great hardships in our daily lives. However, we are not allowed to keep looking.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “O `Alî, do not take a second look. As for the first sight of something, that is all that’s allowed. The second glance is not.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhî (2777) and Sunan Abî Dâwûd (2149) – It is a good (hasan) hadîth on account of its supporting narrations]
We might not take the matter seriously enough. We might think: “Certainly, looking at a picture on the screen is only a minor sin. It’s the kind of sin that gets erased by our prayers and our seeking Allah’s forgiveness.”
This is true from the perspective of Islamic Law. Taking a second look at a picture cannot be counted as anything more than a minor sin. However, we should not be so short-sighted as to underestimate the danger of this sin. We must measure the danger of looking at these pictures against their long-term consequences.
These pictures can have a pronounced effect on a person’s heart and mind. Once someone gives in to looking at them, his heart starts pining. This leads to addiction. Many people are addicted to pornography in this way.
Once this happens, there is no more talking about “minor sins”. Once a person persists in a minor sin long enough to make it a habit, it becomes a major sin. It is no longer something that our daily good deeds wipe away. It becomes a serious problem.
Worse still, looking at pornography leads a person to want more than pictures. It leads a person to want the real thing. This is a way that many good young people have fallen into fornication.
You need to be vigilant and determined. Make a decision not to fall into this trap again. You need to confront the pictures that are sent to your inbox with a lot more resolve, and delete them as soon as you realize what they are. Do not even give them a chance to tempt you.
To my knowledge, most e-mail providers, even free ones, give you the option of filers to screen out a lot of that junk. You should, as soon as possible, apply these filters to block as much of these messages as you can. Whatever makes it to your inbox, you should delete immediately. Do not let those pictures become your master.
Dear brother, all of us make mistakes – but the best of those who make mistakes are the ones who sincerely repent.
Then take heed of what our Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Follow up an evil dead with a good deed and it will blot it out.” [Sûnan al-Tirmidhî (1987)]
Source: Islam Today
-- Al Arabiya Digital