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Assalamu alaykum,
Hadhrat, I am a bit confused about the issue of men looking at non mahram women.
I had heard that for a Muslim man,to look at a non-mehram woman is totally Haraam.
However, I recently listened to a lecture by a Mufti sahib, in which he said that if there is a need and he doesn’t have bad intentions, then a man can look at a woman.The Mufti sahab said that if the heart of a person is completely free of lust, then it is permissible to look at a woman, if there is a need.
The examples he presented is that if a man has a shop and women customers come then it is permissible for the shopkeeper to look at women.
Another example he presented was that if a man goes for a job interview and the interviewer is a woman then he can look at her.
Please tell me if what the Mufti sahab has said and the examples he has given correct or not?

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Asked on February 3, 2014 11:12 pm
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The Mufti has erred. He is ruling totally against what Allaah has stated in the Qur'aan concerning lowering the gaze. In both examples given this has to be done.
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Answered on February 3, 2014 11:12 pm