Looking at the opposite sex on television

Reference: Fataawa an-Nadthar wal-Khulwah wal-Ikhtilaat – Page 7

Question: What is the ruling regarding looking at a woman (ajnabiyyah – someone who he is not a mahram to) and [similarly] a woman (ajnabiyyah) looking at a man whilst watching television?

Response: It is not permissible because generally that which one sees of women on the television are without hijaab and revealing some of their ‘awrah; and regarding the men, that they too are beautified and the effect of this is a fitnah, leading to evil in general.

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad (sal-Allaahu `alayhi wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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