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Ibn al-Qayyim writes, “The heart commissions its guide to go and look to see what is there”, the guide being the eye. “When the eye informs it of a beautiful image, it shudders out of love and desire for it… such inter-relations tire and wear down both the heart and the eye….”

Ibn al-Qayyim continues, “when the sight is prevented from looking and investigating, the heart finds relief from having to go through the arduous task of (vainly) seeking and desiring”. Once the gaze has been lowered, the hearts admits, “It has been oppressed by the eye and it complains to it upon which the eye replies: ‘I am your guide and messenger and it was you who sent me in the first place!’”

– ‘The Great Virtue of Lowering the Sight’ by Imam Ibn al-Qayyim

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