Repeatedly looking at a woman is prohibited
Fatwa No: 19631

  • Fatwa Date:3-5-2011 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 30, 1432
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Question

When I check my email while working, sometimes pictures of women appear. What is the Sharee‘ah (Islamic law) ruling on looking at these pictures?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His Slave and Messenger.

 

A Muslim is required to lower his gaze when a picture of a woman or any prohibited thing appears before him in order to avoid temptation. Jareer  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that he asked the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, about the sudden glance (that is cast) on the face (of a non-Mahram i.e., marriageable woman) and he ordered him to turn his eyes away. [Muslim]

Taking a second look at these pictures or searching for them deliberately is prohibited.

Allaah Knows best.

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