Nabi ﷺ Reprimands On The Day Of Arafaat

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال : كان فلان ردف رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يوم عرفة ، فجعل الفنى يلاحظ النساء ، وينظر إليهن ، فقال له رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : يابن أخي ، إن هذا يوم من ملك فيه سمعه وبصره ولسانه غفر له . ( رواه أحمد بإسناد صحيح ، كذا في الترغيب ، والقصة معروفة في كتب الحديث عن الفضل بن عيسى . رویت بطرق عديدة والقاط مختلفة )

Ibn Abbaas رضي الله عنه reports: “On the day of Arafah a young man was Rasoeloul-laah’s صلى الله عليه وسلم companion sharing his camel. The young man cast his eyes around staring at the women, whereupon
Rasoeloul-laah ﷺ said: ‘O son of my brother, this is such a day when whoever controls his hearing, his sight and his tongue shall certainly be forgiven by Allah”

On the day of Arafah the crowd is indeed a huge one consisting of both males and females. It is very necessary that a Haajiy should control his senses; particularly at such a gathering when one feels the desire to look at strange attractive women and to listen to their voices One should be careful that the eye does not see towards that which is improper, to hear that which is disallowed and that the tongue not be guilty of improper speech. Otherwise it may mean that all our deeds can be rejected.

Al-laah says in the Qur’aan:

فمن فرض فيهن الحج فلا رفت ولا فسوق ، ولا جدال في الحج – ( البقرة : ١٩٧ )

Translation: “And if anyone undertakes the Hajj, let
there be no obscenity, nor wickedness or wrangling in Haji.”

Rasoeloul-laah ﷺ said: “When a person sees a woman and he immediately turns away from her, Al-laah shall give that man strength and guidance for such worship that he shall indeed feel its pleasure and sweetness.” (Mieshkaat)

In one Hadieth it is related: “When a man shares a house with a strange woman, the third one present is Shay’taan.” (Mishkaat)

It very often happens that women travel to Hajj in the company of a ghair mahram, ie, those whom one is not prohibited by the Sharie-ah to marry. Many a time even when travelling with a mahram (from her next of kin) it does happen that she is left alone in the house with strangers (ghair mahrams).

Sheikhul Hadith Moulana Zakariyya Khandhluwiy رحمه الله – Fadhaail-e-Hajj

Lesson : The importance of protecting and turning the gaze while driving, away from billboards and females drivers, while scrolling your phone and at any given time is vital for the sweetness of Imaan! The ruling is equally applicable for women to protect their gaze from men. May Allah Ta’ala give us the ability to practice and remain steadfast. Aameen

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