Is it halal to look at semi naked women without lust?
Most explanations I read prohibiting it say so with lust rather than leaving it as haram.
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It doesn't matter if it's lust or not, it's haram. If you're a male, you are told to lower your gaze.
"Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do."
Even if you don't look at her with desire, Satan can still tempt and arouse you to. There is no guarantee.