Is this narration reliable?
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“Whoever intentionally looks at the ‘awrah [private area] of a Muslim, Allah will not accept his Salah for forty (40) days”
The Muhaddithun have declared this narration a fabrication. It is therefore not suitable to quote.
(Refer: Dhaylul La-Alil Masnu’ah, vol. 2 pg. 516 and Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 2 pg. 214)
Although this particular Hadith is not suitable to quote, a person will be sinful for unlawfully looking at the ‘awrah of a Muslim. Kindly refer to a Mufti/Darul Ifta for further clarification.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar