Looking a non-mahram – Major or Minor sin?

Q: Shaykh last time spoke about vision that eyes are the windows to the heart, now when a person’s sight falls on a woman unintentionally or intentionally would this be regarded as a minor sin or a major sin

Gist of the answer:The questioner has asked two separate things – unintentionally and intentionally

1. Unintentionally would be the notion of that first gaze that is not punishable as a sin but again can have a spiritually harmful effect therefore a person should make isteghfaar (seek forgiveness) not because they did an intentional sin but isteghfaar (seek forgiveness) to wipe away any effect of it. Just like when we accidentally spill something on our clothes, you still have to wash off the stain.

2. If somebody intentionally looks at an unlawful image or picture or something in real life – then obviously that is a greater sin – that needs to be also wiped off and it can be wiped off through true taubah (repent) and  isteghfaar (seek forgiveness).

Taken from CII Tazkiya talk QnA, 01-04-2010


  1. Jazakumullah khayr for sharing this. These small excerpts of talks are so beneficial for reinforcement.

  2. Abdullah says:


  3. sana says:

    jazakAllah i had been questioning my self about this

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