She was at the station sitting politely waiting for the train, wearing her full loose Hijab. While she was sitting there, she saw a young Muslim man coming with his old mother. He was holding her kindly then he helped her to sit gently to wait for the train. He kept talking to his mom in an honorable way while she lowered her eyes, so happy that there are young Muslim like him who honor their mothers. When she raised her head, after few minutes, to see if the train came or not, she found that the same young Muslim man was looking at her smiling! She blushed and lowered her gaze..
When the train came finally, she rode it quickly. She realized that the young man rode in the same coach as her and stood in front of her with his mom. She felt his eyes were on her!
Why is he looking at her like that?
Isn’t he supposed to lower his gaze?!
A satanic voice whispered in her ears:
“Raise your head! Look at him don’t ignore him, he won’t eat you!! He is good Muslim man, didn’t you see how nice he is with his mother? Maybe he likes you and wants to marry a committed Muslim girl like you! Don’t lose this opportunity, just raise your head and take a look at him!”
She was so confused, should she raise her head to look at him?!
Suddenly, this Ayah from Quran came through her mind:
“Tell the believing women that they should lower their gaze.” [24:31]
And she remembered this Hadith:
“The furtive glance is one of the poisoned arrows of shaitan. Whoever forsakes it for fear of God will receive from Him, Great and Glorious is He, a faith the sweetness of which he will find within his heart. [Tabarani]
Ya Allah! She was about to disobey her Lord! How could she do it? Where is her Hayaa (shyness) in front of her Lord? Where is her fear of Him?
Many would say that it was just a quick glance, maybe he really wants to marry her, etc… But she knew that any blessing coming from Allah (like marriage for example) shouldn’t be obtained by His disobedience! So, she kept lowering her gaze during the whole trip. When she got off the train, she just kept walking away from it to go to her house.
She didn’t look behind her or turn around, because her Hayaa stopped her from doing it!