Lowering The Gaze

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

Looking is the origin of most problems that befall man because looking generates thoughts, then thoughts generate ideas, ideas generate desires, desires generate will, which then becomes stronger and becomes a firm resolve, in which case the deed will inevitably be done unless there is something to prevent it.

Hence it was said that patience in lowering the gaze is easier than patience in bearing the pain that comes afterwards.

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