Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah) mentioned:
In a hadeeth qudsi, Allah Ta‘ala says:
“Verily evil glancing is an arrow from the poisonous arrows of shaitaan. Whosoever fears Me (Allah Ta‘ala) and refrains from it, will receive from Me such imaan, the sweetness of which he will taste (feel) in his heart.”
Our respected Shaikh, Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar (rahimahullah) had mentioned that if a person is a lover of sweets and he is informed that in a certain district, there are many sweet shops, the person will feel happy, thinking that when he has to go there, he will be able to enjoy sweetness any time he wishes to.
Moulana (rahimahullah) then explained that when we are in public areas and other venues, where there will be strange women present, we should consider these as opportunities to lower the gaze and enjoy the sweetness of imaan, as Allah Ta’ala has promised.
Of course, this should not be misconstrued to mean that we frequent places of fitnah and temptation. If there is a raging inferno or wildfire, it consumes everything in its path. A person avoids the fire, he does not want to get close to the fire. If he is near, he adopts all strategies to safeguard himself from harm and distances himself as quickly as possible. The same should be done when it comes to sin and temptation.
The prize of sweetness of imaan is for the taking. The condition is self-restraint. It is left to us to secure… And it is not difficult. We have the courage to stare at strange women (or vice versa) and commit other sins, in the presence of Allah Ta‘ala. That type of courage and boldness, to commit sins… to deliberately disobey Allah Ta’ala… is insolence and invites punishment. That same courage should be used against the carnal self and shaitaan. Oppose nafs and shaitaan. They are enemies.
(Understanding True Love pg.13)