Saturday, 1 June 2019

Ramadan 2019/1440: Thought of the Day 27

The quote for Day 27 of Ramadan from my box of things to think about is:

“A woman’s best jewellery is her shyness.” ~ Sayyidah Fatimah (radiallahu anha)

With everyone trying to slay, live their best life and be a boss, shyness seems to be an underrated and undervalued characteristic these days.  In fact it is portrayed as something to be overcome and set aside if we are to be successful in life.

Yet shyness or hayah (modesty), are such valued and liked qualities in Islam – being closely associated with faith:

Narrated by Abu Huraira (radhiallahu ‘anh): The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Faith (Belief) consists of more than sixty branches (i.e. parts). And Haya is a part of faith." (Bukhari)

Abdullah ibn Umar (radhiallahu ‘anh) narrated that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Indeed haya (modesty) and Iman are Companions. When one of them is lifted, the other leaves as well." (Baihaqi)

Our modesty or shyness is considered to save us from many sins, both for men and women.

Narrated on the authority of Anas bin Malik (radhiallahu ‘anh), the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)  said: When lewdness is a part of anything, it becomes defective; and when haya is a part of anything it becomes beautiful. (Tirmidhi)

There is an interesting point made here about modesty:

“Scholars have said that the word (حياء) shyness in the Arabic language is derived from the word (حياة) life, therefore shyness gives life to a person’s heart, and without it, our hearts would be dead”

I find this statement so eye-opening.  What does it say about the world we live in and what it aspires to?


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