Looking at opposite gender

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Askimam.org

Is it haram to look at the opposite gender at all?

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In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Allah Ta’ala says :

قُلْ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ ذَلِكَ أَزْكَى لَهُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ (30) وَقُلْ لِلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا


“Tell the believing men to lower their gazes and guard their chastity, this is more pure for them verily Allah is well informed of what they do. Tell the believing women to lower their gazes and guard their chastity. They must not expose their beauty except what is apparent from it” (Surah Noor verse 30-31)


If one mistakenly happens to glance at the opposite gender, one will be excused provided he does repeat the glance.


Hoors are damsels of jannah. Allah Ta’ala says:


وَحُورٌ عِينٌ (22) كَأَمْثَالِ اللُّؤْلُؤِ الْمَكْنُونِ (23) جَزَاءً بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ (24)



And fair looking, large eyed damsels, who are like preserved pearls. As a reward for what they used to do. (Surah Waaqi’ah verses 22-24)


Strengthen your Imaan and do righteous deeds to enter jannah to enjoy the bounties of Allah Ta’ala.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Saeed Ncane

Student Darul Iftaa
South Africa

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.