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Adultery [zina] of the limbs


Please provide the reference for the following narration:

“Adultery of the eyes is when it looks [at that which is haram], adultery of the ears is when it listens [to haram], adultery of the tongue is uttering [haram], adultery of the hand is touching [what is impermissible to touch], adultery of the feet is when it walks [towards haram]. The heart desires and hopes for [haram] and the private parts either succumb to these desires or resists the temptation”



Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) has recorded these words on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2657)


Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has recorded a shorter version.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 6243 and 6612)



And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar