Chastity in Islam


Valuable sayings of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam regarding Chastity
In the books of Traditions, many events have been mentioned when the Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam reprimanded young persons to avoid any approach to fornication and learn to appreciate their, valuable honour and chastity. Once he Sallallahu alaihi wasallam said: “0 young men of Quraish! Guard and protect your organs. Do not commit adultery. Listen! Whoso guards his organs, he shall have his abode in Paradise.”
Haracluss, the Emperor of Rome asked Abu Sufyan Radiallahu anhu (when he visited him):”What are the teachings of the man you are so ruthlessly opposing? Abu Sufyan Radiallahu anhu said: “He enjoins prayers, charity, chastity and love and regard for close relations.”

The Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam said that a man who isinvited by a most beautiful, dignified woman of high status to have sexual relation with him but he refuses to commit the sin for fear of Allah, he shall be among those who enjoys the shade of the Throne of God on the Day of Judgment when there will be no other shade against scorching heat. A chaste person has been given guarantee of entry into Paradise by the Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam who said; “that a person who assures me of guarding his tongue and his sexual organs, he is assured of entry into Paradise.” That chastity can attract the mercy and help of Allah is proved by a story mentioned by the Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam who said: “Three men were on a journey. On the way they took asylum against inclement weather in a cave. A very heavy stone fell down and closed the opening of the cave, and imprisoning the three fellow travellers. The three travellers agreed to beseach Allah for help by inviting His attention with reference to some extra¬ordinary good deed performed by each in his life. One of them narrated that he had, for fear of Allah and for no other reason, desisted his evil desire to co-habit with his cousin girl who was extremely beautiful and attractive. His prayer was heard and the stone slipped away from the mouth of the cave and gave them an exit for escape.

The Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam said: “whoever wishes to meet his Lord Creator in a state of purity (from sins), let him marry a gentlewoman of good character” He also said: “To co-habit with one’s  lawful wife for maintenance of chastity was an act of charity.” The companions asked with wonder: “Does satisfaction of one’s desire call for a reward as charity?” The Holy Prophet replied: “Had he sought satisfaction through illegal means, would that not be a punishable sin? An act which saved a man from sin was certainly a deed of virtue and was worthy of reward.”

The Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam said, ‘There will be three persons, with whom Allah, the Exalted, will not (even) speak nor will He purify them nor look on their faces with kindness. One of them will be an old man who committed adultery in old age; the second one will be a king who (despite his authority) told lies; and the third one will be a beggar who (despite his low social status) was boastful.”

 

 

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