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Is it also forbidden in the Islam for women to gaze upon men?

Question: What is the verdict of the Islamic scholars in this matter that it is likewise forbidden for a man [haram] to stare at an unrelated woman, is the same illicit for a woman to stare at an unrelated man? Or is there a difference? State and be rewarded.
Both aspects have the same judgment, there is no difference. Since it is irrefutably forbidden for one another to stare at women, and likewise it is also forbidden to stare at the body parts [satr] of a stranger, whenever there is no persistence of desire, this is the very sound position in both aspects. It is mentioned in Durr al-Mukhtar1 from al-Tatar Khaniyyah with reference to al-Mudammarat; If there is no fear of desire, there is still the prohibition because of schism [fitna]. And this because of the time of tribulations, and there is also the fact that both aspects are similar, therefore this must be considered. And Allah knows best.
al-Imam Ahmad Raza Khan al-Qadiri al-Barelvi
al-‘Ataya al-Nabawiyyah fi’l-Fatawa al-Ridawiyyah: vol. 22, p. 201, #57
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