I know it is haram to commit sexual acts before you are married
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Dear respected brother,
I was wondering I know it is haram to commit sexual acts before you are married and to look at haram pictures and videos.
But what if you have a thought about a sexual desire, but you do not commit that act you just fantasize about that desire is that haram?
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Fantasize about evil
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Your Statement: I was wondering I know it is haram to commit sexual acts before you are married and to look at haram pictures and videos.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verse 32:
32 Do not even approach (or go near) zina: for it is indeed a shameful (deed), and an evil opening to the roads (of other evils).
Dear and beloved brother in Islam, not only has the Lord Most High declared all types of fahisha (shameful and indecent things and acts) as absolutely haraam and forbiddenbut the Command and Guidance of the Lord to His believing and repentant slaves is to no even go near or approach everything that is shameful and indecent!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 33:
33 Say: The things that my Lord hath indeed forbidden are: fahisha (shameful or indecent deeds) whether open or secret; sins and trespasses against truth or reason; assigning of partners to Allah for which He hath given no authority; and saying things about Allah of which ye have no knowledge.
Your Question: But what if you have a thought about a sexual desire, but you do not commit that act you just fantasize about that desire is that haram?
Sahih Muslim Hadith 235 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said that Allah Subhanah Says: When it occurs to My bondsman that he should do a good deed but he actually does not do it, I record one good deed for him, but if he puts it into practice, I make an entry of ten good acts in his favour. When it occurs to him to do evil, but he does not commit it, I forgive that. But if he commits it, I record one evil deed against his name. The Messenger of Allah (saws) said the Angels said: That bondsman of yours intends to commit evil, though His Lord is more Vigilant than he! Upon this He (the Lord) said: Watch him; if he commits (evil), write it against his name, but if he refrains from doing it, write one good deed for him, for he desisted from doing it for My sake. The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: He who amongst you is of good faith, all his good acts are multiplied from ten to seven hundred times (and are recorded in his name) and all the evils that he commits are recorded as such (i.e. without increase) until he meets Allah.
If an evil thought occurs unintentionally to mind and the person does not take his thought to action, in light of the above quoted hadith, there is no sin recorded against the person in his Book of Records. Allah Subhanahs Mercy is such that if it occurs to one to do an evil act, but he does not actually do it, Allah Subhanah forgives the person that thought and the Angels do not record it in the Book of Records. And if the person refrains from doing the evil only for the Sake and Fear of Allah, not only does the Lord Most Gracious forgive him his fault, but it is recorded as a good deed!
My dear and beloved brother, one should not take this Mercy of Allah Subhanah as a license to intentionally bring about and constantly fantasize about evil; for that would indeed be making a mockery of the Mercy and Grace of The Lord Most Merciful. This forgiveness only applies to random and unintentional thoughts that the Shaytaan whispers to ones hearts.
One should not put oneself into an environment of trial (like going to a bar, a disco, a gambling house, prostitution, evil movies, frequenting mixed gatherings, etc.), where evil is encouraged. If a person frequents places where evil is encouraged, then that going by itself is the action of a person, and he will be held accountable for his act of attending such evil gatherings. But if one strives his best to stay away from evil, avoids going to places or doing things which inspire evil, and inadvertently and unintentionally an evil thought occurs to his mind.these are the thoughts which are surely forgiven by Allah Subhanah.
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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,