Harm No. 11: Distance from Allah Ta’ala
The greatest reward one attains by guarding the eyes is the special closeness of Allah Ta’ala. Guarding the eyes from Layla is a means of attaining Maula. This is because guarding the eyes makes the evil desires of the heart to bleed and when all four corners of the heart become red by shedding the blood of regret, then from every horizon of the heart the sun of the closeness of Allah will rise. I have a couplet concerning this:
وہ سرخیاں کہ خون تمنا کہیں جسے
The redness of the blood of unlawful desires,
بنتی شفق میں مطلع خورشید قرب کی
Becomes a horizon from which the sun of closeness to Allah Ta'ala rises.
I have some more couplets on this subject:
داغ حسرت سے دل سجائے ہیں
Through the wound of regret have I adorned the heart,
تب کہیں جاکے ان کو پائے ہیں
Only after this have I attained Him.
ان حسینوں سے دل بچانے میں
By guarding my heart from these beauties,
میں نے غم بھی بڑے اٹھائے ہیں
I have gone through much pain and grief.
منزل قرب یوں نہیں ملتی
The station of closeness to Allah cannot be attained so easily,
زخم حسرت ہزار کھائے ہیں
Only after a thousand wounds of regret is it attained.
If a person would realize how distant he becomes from Allah Ta'ala by casting evil glances then he would never cast evil glances. The example of this is like that heart which is directed towards Allah Ta'ala at 90 degrees and then casts evil glances. That very same heart turns 180 degrees away from Allah Ta'ala. The heart which was directed towards Allah Ta'ala turns away from Him and becomes directed towards that beauty. Every moment the heart becomes occupied with thoughts of that rotting and decaying corpse. The heart is destroyed by these thoughts and many people have even died an evil death.