Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:22
Every human being is born with several basic needs. Among the basic needs is the need for clothing. Allah Ta‘ala declares: “O children of Aadam (‘alaihis aalaam)! We have sent down to you clothing to cover your nudity as well as adornment for you, and the garment of piety is the best (surah A’raaf v26).” By mentioning the aspect of covering before the aspect of adornment, the Quraan Kareem impresses upon us that the primary object of clothing (i.e. to cover one’s satr) is more important than its secondary benefits (i.e. adornment). Hence, if the clothing does not adequately cover one’s body, causing part of the satr to remain visible, then such a person, though clothed, will be regarded as naked in the eyes of sharee‘ah. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has prophesized the coming of such crucial and critical times in the Ummah where women will be clothed yet naked.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 09:40
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 gradually becoming rare and extinct. While there could be many factors which cause this lamentable situation coming about, one of the main factors is definitely the erosion of hayaa (modesty and shame). This is clearly understood from the hadeeth: “If you have no shame, do as you wish” (Bukhaari #3483).
It is often witnessed that one who lacks shame is prepared to stoop to any level – no matter how low – in order to achieve what he wishes. He will shamelessly lie, shamelessly disrespect elders and seniors, shamelessly abuse his own parents, behave shamelessly, dress shamelessly, etc. In fact, if hayaa (shame and respect) is totally eradicated, one’s imaan is in grave danger. One will be prepared to even forego his imaan in order to acquire his goal. The reality of this is clearly evident in the many cases where, after becoming involved in illicit relationships, people have given up their imaan merely to marry the non-Muslim they have fallen in love with. Thus we find shamelessness, which led to the illicit relationship taking place, eventually resulted in the loss of imaan!!! Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has declared in his mubaarak hadeeth: “Imaan and hayaa are companions. When one leaves, the other follows.” (Baihaqi #7331)
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:57
The mubaarak lifestyle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was an embodiment of hayaa (shame and modesty). From his ‘ibaadat to his eating, sleeping, interacting and even attending the call of nature, every action portrayed the highest levels of shame and modesty. In every dimension of his mubaarak life, he ensured that the desired degree of hayaa was never compromised. On one occasion Hazrat Asmaa (radhiyallahu ‘anha), the respected sister of Hazrat ‘Aaisha (radhiyallahu ‘anha), entered the home wearing a thin garment. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) disapproved of this type of clothing for the women of his Ummah and immediately corrected her. He explained to her that the entire body of a woman should be covered in a manner that together with the cloth being non-transparent, even the shape of the body should not be discernible. (Sunan Abi Dawood #4106)
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 06:57
Islam is the perfect code of life. It provides complete guidance in all spheres of life and teaches man how to conduct and how to fulfil his worldly and deeni needs. Islam advocates respecting human rights and promotes sublime conduct when interacting with the creation. In aspects of honesty, trustworthiness, kindness to parents, respect to elders, and decency in manner, speech and dressing, Islam is second to none. From among the core values that Islam encourages one to adopt is the quality of hayaa (shame and respect).
In essence, hayaa (shame and respect) is the stepping stone to acquiring the true morals, values and ethics of Islam. After examining the various laws and injunctions of Islam, whether relating to the domestic, social or economic aspects of one’s life, one will reach the conclusion that the element of hayaa (shame and respect) forms an integral part of all practices.
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has said: