Hayaa Series 1 - Have Some Shame


Honesty, trustworthiness, kindness to parents, respect to elders, decency (in manner, speech, dressing, etc.) and a host of other basic values are cherished by one and all. The reality, however, is that such values are becoming rare. While this lamentable situation could be due to many factors, one of the main aspects that it can be attributed to is the erosion of Hayaa (modesty and shame). This is clearly understood from the Hadith: “If you have no shame, do as you wish” (Muslim).



A person without shame will do anything. He will shamelessly lie, shamelessly disrespect elders and seniors, shamelessly abuse his own parents, behave shamelessly, dress shamelessly, talk shamelessly and do everything that he should not be doing. In fact, if shame is totally eradicated, one’s Imaan is in grave danger. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has declared: “Imaan and hayaa are companions. When one leaves, the other follows.” The reality of this is evident in many cases where, after becoming involved in illicit relationships, people have given up their Imaan merely to get married to the non-muslim they are in love with. Thus shamelessness, which led to the illicit relationship, eventually resulted in the loss of Imaan!!!

In this era of fitna, almost everything is calculated to destroy hayaa. From the media to dressing styles, from chocolate wrappers to billboards, everything is vigorously promoting shamelessness. The only protection is to increase the level of hayaa. “Hayaa is from Imaan,” declared Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Therefore, maintaining hayaa is also vitally important for the maintaining of all the qualities of Imaan and of Imaan itself.

In a humble attempt to promote hayaa, this column in future will be dedicated to this topic. It is hoped that, Insha Allah, it will make us more conscious of the various aspects of shame and modesty. May Allah Ta’ala enable us to truly adopt hayaa in every facet of our lives. Aameen.

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