Control Your Eyes

When seeking permission to enter the home of someone, avoid glancing at its interior or within its privacy. This is shameful and detrimental.

Sayyiduná Sa’d Ibn ‘Ubádah [Radiallahu anhu] said, “A man came to seek permission to enter the door of Rasulullah [Sallallahu álayhi wa sallam] while facing the door way. Rasulullah [Sallallahu álayhi wa sallam] said, ‘Turn this way.” Rasulullah [Sallallahu álayhi wa sallam] then turned him away and ordered him to move further away from the door, saying, “The act of seeking permission has actually been ordained to prevent intrusion.” [Sunan Abí Dáwud and Tabaráni]

Sayyiduná Thaubán [Radiallahu anhu] recounted that Rasulullah [Sallallahu álayhi wa sallam] said, “A person is not allowed to look inside a house without being permitted. If he does so (looks inside without being permitted), it is as though he has entered (intruded),  which is forbidden.” [Al-Adabul Mufrad]

Sayyiduná Abu Hurairah [Radiallahu anhu] reports that Rasulullah [Sallallahu álayhi wa sallam] said, “Once the gaze enters (the home), there remains no use for permission thereafter.” (Al-Adabul Mufrad, Sunan Tirmidhí & Sunan Abí Dáwud]

‘Ammar Ibn Sa’id Al-Tujíbí [Rahimahullah] stated that Sayyiduná ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattáb [Radiallahu anhu] said, “Whoever fills his eyes with the sight of the interior of a house, before being permitted, is a wrongdoer.” [Al-Adabul Mufrad]

Sayyiduná Sahl Ibn Sa’d [Radiallahu anhu] said that a man peeped through a hole into the room of Rasulullah [Sallallahu álayhi wa sallam] while he was scratching his head with a small comb. When Rasulullah [Sallallahu álayhi wa sallam] saw the intruder, he told him, “Had I known you were looking, I would have poked your eyes with this. Seeking permission was actually prescribed to prevent intrusion.” [Sahih Bukhari & Sahih Muslim]

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