Zina Of The Eye (Pornography)


What is the ruling concerning Zina of the eye if one is married (such as looking at pornography)? Is there a punishment for it and/or is there an atonement for it?


All perfect praise be to Allah.

It is confirmed that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Allah has written for the child of Aadam his/her share of Zina (fornication and adultery) which he/ she commits inevitably. The Zina of the eye is the sight (i.e. to gaze at what is forbidden), the Zina of the ears is the hearing (i.e. listening to what is forbidden), the Zina of the tongue is the speech (i.e. saying what is forbidden), the Zina of the hand is the touching (i.e. illicit touching), the Zina of the feet is the walking (i.e. to forbidden places) and the heart desires and wishes, while the private part ratifies that or denies it.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

This Hadeeth indicates that looking at what Allah has forbidden is Islamically considered as Zina and it is prohibited. This is why Allah ordained us to lower our gaze. Allah Says:

قُلْ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَزْكَىٰ لَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ

Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc...) that is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do. (Suratun-Nur verse 30)

وَقُلْ لِلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ ...

 And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts... (Suratun-Nur verse 31)

This order to lower the gaze applies to both married and single people. However, there is no punishment in this worldly life and no Hadd (i.e. the corporal punishment determined by the Islamic Law) for whoever commits this kind of Zina.

As regards the Hereafter, it is a sin and which Allah punishes whoever commits it and does not repent from it unless Allah forgives him.

Allah knows Best.

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