The Disease of the Idiots

February 8, 2009

Living many years in Florida, I have to admit, I’ve become quite a bit desensitized to the fitnah that comes into my view.  This is extremely unfortunately because, well, let’s face it, to look at the haraam is still haraam.  Lowering one’s gaze is one of the hardest things to do while living in the West.  I remember when I was living in Egypt, coming in contact with the opposite gender was something that was scarce.  I would come in contact with the opposite gender at like restaurants when ordering food or something similar.  However, in the West, avoiding contact with the opposite gender is nearly impossible .  To help us get past this obstacle I thought I’d share the following quote by a South Asian scholar of the past:

To cast lustful glances is the disease of idiots. You neither give, nor receive. All you do is put your own heart in turmoil. You can stare at a girl forever, but you will never get her. You will only get the person that Allah has decreed for you as halal. Since this is a matter which has already been decided by Allah, that is why this is the disease of idiots

Therefore, let us remember next time we look at a grl (or at a boy if it is a sister looking) that we are indulging in the disease of the idiot.

11 Responses to “The Disease of the Idiots”

  1. hiddensouls Says:

    MashaAllah..This is probably one of the best reminders I have heard about lowering the gaze!

  2. Roberta Says:

    That’s both hilarious and super true. jazak Allah khayr for sharing!

  3. MashaAllah…. very well said! As always, another great post.

  4. Umm Salihah Says:

    I really like the quote.
    It can’t be easy to avoid this fitnah. At least here in the UK it’s so cold, everyone is dressed like an eskimo (for now anyway, give it a few months and it won’t even be that hot and everyone will be falling out of their clothes)

  5. […] recently read this quote on this blog and I thought I would share […]

  6. Saba Yousaf Says:

    Im not so sure about this disease, but I know there is a cure for a related disease, of Love. You can get the medicine directly from the doctor, it’s called marriage.

  7. Saba Yousaf Says:

    I forgot to add…if Allah wills.

  8. nadia Says:

    You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
    -Matthew 5:27-28 (The Bible – New King James Version)

    Pornography = adultery = disease of the idiots


  9. jainblu Says:

    Hey Cool Guy Muslim, Salamu Walaykum Warahmatullah!!!!

    can I cross post this on my personal blog? It’s been ages since I last read any of your posts, and this one actually brought a smile to my face, especially after my last desperate rant about finding a husband (which I’m too embarrassed to link to in the comment).

    Obviously I always pray that my Sabr is increased ten fold, and what better way to learn I guess 😛

    • walaikumasalaam wa rahmatullah sister,

      of course you can take this quote, no problem, after all, it’s not even mine, heh.

      and jazakAllahkhair for your nice words, that’s very kind of you.


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