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What are the effects of casting lustful look at immodest women and girls and how is one's life affected by it?
: I start feeling angry at girls who are not wearing proper hijab from the time I enter through the gate of the University until I come out. The girls' dresses, behaviors, manner of talking etc. are very bad. Sometimes, they make me fall into a sin. When I come out of the university, I am dejected and sad asking why an Islamic university should be as such! Thereupon, I start thinking about the sins I have committed. All these dirty things get repeated over and again. I want to know whether or not the sins I have committed have any impacts on my relationship with my future spouse. Considering that my sins have been taking place one after another and they have been related to each other, I want to know whether or not they have any effects on my political stances.
Concise answer

Generally speaking, your detesting and despising of the girls' wearing immodest dress are very good and praiseworthy. Every mature and sane individual is answerable to his own deeds because he has been created free. The girls' wearing immodest dress does not become a license for people to look at them with the intention of seeking sexual pleasure, otherwise both the women who are not observing Islamic dress code and those who cast lustful look at them have committed sins.

You must note that every sin entails special negative effects for the sinner. Casting lustful look at non-mahram women have negative impacts on man's individual and social life.


Detailed Answer

An answer to the said question is as under:

1. Generally speaking, it is a very good of a person to despise and abhor immodesty and sins from the core of his heart. Immodesty of women is not only a sin by itself but it also leads others to sins. The girls' wearing immodest dress, however, does not become a license for people to look at them with the intention of seeking sexual pleasure. In fact, every mature and sane individual is answerable to his own deeds because he has been created free; he can control himself and avoid sinning despite having the chances of sinning. Many faithful people specially the youth come across such sinful scenes but they guard themselves and do not commit any sins.

2. Every sin entails special negative effects. Casting lustful look at non-mahram women have negative impacts on man's individual and social life. We shall point out some examples of those impacts as below:

Imam Ali (a) says: "Whoever lets his eye free, always has an uneasy temper."[i]

Imam Sadiq (a) also says in this regard, "Looking at a non-mahram is one of the poisonous arrows of the Satan; it is a look that may lead to a long regret."[ii]

Also, the Imam said: "Continuous look (at a non-mahram) will sow the seed of lust in the heart and it will be sufficient for the destruction of the looker."[iii]

3. If a person has been looking at non-mahram women with the intention of seeking pleasure and he has not repented, it is possible that he might continue looking at non-mahram women even after marriage, and it might increase, and its effects on the relationship between him and his wife are undeniable. It might lead to differences, separation and divorce.

For further details, see the following indexes:

-          Sins and their Effects; question 204 (site: 1073)

-          Islam and Healthy Boy-Girl Relationship; question 1044 (site: 1110)

-          Co-Education in Universities; question 4969 (site:5225)

-          The Law of Hijab and the Reason behind its Mandatoriness; question 1174 (site:1177)

-          Also for further information about the evil consequences of looking at non-mahram women, go to

[i] - Theqatul Islam Kulayni, al-Kafi, vol.8, pg.23, Dar al-Kutub al-Islamiyah, Tehran, 1986.

[ii] - Majlisi, Muhammad Baqir, Behar al-Anwar, Vol.101, pg.40, Al-Wafa Institute, Beirut, Lebanon, 1404 A.H.

[iii] - Shaykh Saduq, Man La Yahzuruhul Faqih, vol.4, pg.18, hadith No.497, Publication of the Society of Teachers, Qom 1413 A.H.

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