Tick tock, tick tock! Running fast is the Ramadan Clock! 😀 We are a few days away from bidding farewell to Ramadan! And if you still haven’t done much this Ramadan, now is the time to gear up. Don’t think that you didn’t do much in the past three weeks and leave these few days and nights of blessing just on that thought. No! Pick yourself up and get to work! Remember how in the last days of an exam approaching, we did nothing else but focus all our energy on studying for the coming paper. That is how you have to be right now. In sha Allah, you can do it! 🙂
Moving on to the ayah of the day,
Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do.
(An Nur 24:30)
This Ayah is an excellent reminder for men, to keep a check on their modesty. Unfortunately in our society, when it comes to modesty, and shyness, it is characterized as a valuable quality of a women with little or no regard, whatsoever to the men. To all those people, who think men have a freehand over matters like shyness, modesty, chastity and they can do whatever they like as long as they believe, this ayah is an answer to their absurdities.
Allah swt in this ayah commands the men, the believing men, men of faith, men who practice their deen in deeds and not in just words, men who fear Allah swt, to lower their gaze and guard their modesty. As believing men, dear brothers, you should always strive not to look at what has been forbidden for you to see. No matter how hard it is, strive to keep your gaze modest and shy from looking at haraam. It is of course going to be hard, no one said it is easy, but then, remind yourself, that it is a trial from Allah swt. The harder you strive against it, the more rewarding shall it be for you, in sha Allah.
We are living in times, when sinning is more easy than upholding the right. Like someone said, fornicating is more easy than getting married in our times. We put the blame on the changing times, on the society, on the modern world that we are living in, but whatever the reason may be, it should by no means become an excuse or worse a means of justification for our own shortcomings. No! It shouldn’t be like that. As Muslims, we should always seek help in patience and prayer. We as Muslims, should stand apart distinguished and strong charactered, humble and modest!
No one is perfect and falling every now and then in errors, is normal for humans, it is second nature to us. But then continuing on this path, is where the problem lies. Justifying your weaknesses for this unacceptable behavior is worse than actually committing the sin itself. Because that way you don’t see the need of repentance. When you know you have done something wrong, you will feel guilty about it, sooner or later will you turn to Allah in repentance. However, if in the first place, you don’t even think that you are doing something wrong, or are finding means to justify it, then you have little chance of seeking any repentance.
Just like modestly beautifies a woman, it beautifies the character of a man too. When you are modest, you can keep your gaze lowered from everything that is forbidden for your eyes. You know then, it is a trick of satan to get you into something that will be difficult to come out from. Many times, we fall into the ‘one time’ trap of satan. One look, just this one time, I will never repeat it again; with these thoughts you take the first step into the forbidden territory. And before you know it, you are half way in there, either lost and struggling to find a way back, or worse indulging into its deceptive charms all the more, thereby leading yourself to a bottomless pit.
Don’t give in to satan, don’t fall into his trap. Yes, it is very difficult at times, with so much immodesty sending open invitations on the roads, but it is not for you, not for the believer in you. You will get tempted, no doubt, but remember, that what is with Allah swt for you is far better than what is out there. Remember a strong believer is more lovable to Allah than a weak believer. Work up your way to become a strong believer by keeping away from such temptations, by turning away from these invitations, by lowering your gaze, be keeping away from what has been forbidden.
If you can’t do it now, at least have the intention of doing it, a sincere one, because Allah swt knows your heart. You will only be deceiving yourself. Seek Allah swt’s help, make duaa and you will see it is not as hard as you think. May Allah swt make it easy for you, for all of us to be among the pure, chaste and modest believers. Ameen 🙂
We ask Allah swt to beautify for us what is halaal, modest and chaste. Ya Allah, keep us away from temptations. Ya Allah, keep us safe from falling into immodesty and unchastity, keep us safe from falling into sins. Strengthen our imaan, strengthen our will to lower our gaze from all that is forbidden for us. Write us, Ya Rabb, among your humble, modest and chaste believers.