Attaching the Heart to Temporary Beauty
Our Shaikh said,
“Just as the stars are spread out in the sky, so are the stars of beauty spread out on earth. They will all perish. Refrain from your foolishness. If someone wants to see an international fool, he should look at the one who stares at temporary beauty. I am not saying this. Hazrat Thanwi (Rahimahullah) says that every sinner is a fool but the sinner of the gaze is the leader of all the fools. He is the leader of the fools because he will not achieve anything except a burning sensation in his heart and making it uneasy. He is committing adultery of the eyes. If he spoke, then he has committed adultery of the tongue. He is speaking unnecessarily with her by saying, “Madam, where is your house? What part of town do you live in?” What is the need to speak like this to the lady? While you are committing haram, your carnal self is destroying you. Think of the fact that Allah is watching you. How can the one who is consciously aware that Allah is watching him, ever cast a haram glance?
One should be aware all the time that Allah is watching me, and that Allah is watching my watching i.e. my gaze. It should not be so that at the airport you completely neglect an old woman while you carry the bag of an attractive lady and even complete her paperwork and forms. You tell her that you an expert at serving passengers. Is she the only passenger? There are other passengers as well. In whatever work you do, realize that Allah is watching you. He knows the secrets of the heart.
Remember that Allah is not in need of an x-ray.”
Taken from a lecture titled, Maqsad-e-Hayat (The Purpose of Life)