Hazrat Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه has narrated that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم said that faith or belief consists of more than sixty branches or parts, and Hayaa is a (big) part of faith. There is no English definition for the word ‘Hayaa’ but the closest one can get to it is modesty, bashfulness and shame. Hayaa is an integral component of being a Muslim; it has to be sought after and attained because Īmān (faith) & Hayaa (modesty) are companions.

Undoubtedly, refinement in character is determined by the degree of modesty which resides in the heart. When a person adopts humility and modesty, he will stay away from sins and be an embodiment of morality.

We are witnessing a rapid decline in modesty throughout the world. The adverse effects are quite catastrophic in that what was regarded as immodest before is now accepted as being part of society. The quality of Hayaa is being compromised daily and we are now experiencing a generation that is morally and spiritually diseased. The lack of values makes one shudder as to what to expect in the coming generations.

Hayaa is not an option but rather a compulsion; it is the basis of our Īmān. Hazrat Abdullāh bin Umar رضي الله عنهما has narrated that Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم said; “Indeed Hayaa and Īmān are companions. When one of them is lifted, the other leaves as well.”

May Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله guide and protect us towards true chastity.
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