Modesty is half faith

Salam,

Bismillah.

‘Modesty is half faith’.

Ever came across this sentence? I’m sure you have!

Question: What is modesty? To be very shy and conservative? To restrict yourself from certain things?

Question: Why is modesty important? Why should I even try to practice it?

Today’s Hadith will tell us..

Volume 1, Book 2, Number 8:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “Faith (Belief) consists of more than sixty branches (i.e. parts). And Haya is a part of faith.”

Haya and Faith are a package deal. Either you have them both, or you have none. And I think the importance of Faith is clear on everyone. =)

This term “Haya” covers a large number of concepts which are to be taken together; amongst them are self respect, modesty, bashfulness, and scruple, etc.

It’s not only about our physical gestures, actions or reactions; it’s about our thoughts as well. See, our actions and reactions are noticeable, so we can alter them anytime, depending upon the situation and audience. For example, L is watching a movie. A PG-18 scene comes up and he continues to watch. Suddenly, when he hears his sister coming in, he switches the channel. Neat, right?

It’d be so easy to make a ‘modest’ impression of yourself among people. But it’s not just people whom we need to do Haya from. We’re supposed to do Haya from Allah as well.

This sentence struck me the most. Doing Haya from Allah. Really? How? And the answer is: by keeping our thoughts clean and being careful about the food that goes into our stomachs.

Crux of the matter is, that we need to exercise physical and mental Haya. Abstain from hearing/seeing/reading the wrong stuff to stop ourselves from thinking about it.

This is my driving factor: ALLAH KNOWS!

Wassalam.

via Hadith No. 8 – Sahih al-Bukhari.

Edited by the Call

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