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Hayaa’ (Hadith No. 1352)


Volume 2, Book 26, Number 652:

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu):

When the Ka’ba was built, the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu) went to bring stones (for its construction). Al Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu) said to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), “Take off your waist sheet and put it on your neck.” (When the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) took it off) he fell on the ground with his eyes open towards the sky and said, “Give me my waist sheet.” And he covered himself with it.

It’s sort of funny, and cute. Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was so modest and shy, SubhanAllah! Women even have so much to learn from him!

The Haya of the Prophet (SAW) (Hadith No. 360)


This is a very cute incident. Note that the Prophet (SAW) was very young at this time.

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 360:

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:

While Allah’s Apostle was carrying stones (along) with the people of Mecca for (the building of) the Ka’ba wearing an Izar (waist-sheet cover), his uncle Al-‘Abbas said to him, “O my nephew! (It would be better) if you take off your Izar and put it over your shoulders underneath the stones.” So he took off his Izar and put it over his shoulders, but he fell unconscious and since then he had never been seen naked.

Haya (modesty) has been an attribute of the Prophets. It is a part of Iman. I’ve covered this topic in the past. So read up:

Hadith no. 8 and Hadith no. 23.

Remember, no amount of haya is enough. The more the better. :)


SubhanAllah! Purify Yourself. (Hadith No. 311)


Volume 1, Book 6, Number 311:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

A woman asked the Prophet about the bath which is take after finishing from the menses. The Prophet told her what to do and said, “Purify yourself with a piece of cloth scented with musk.” The woman asked, “How shall I purify myself with it” He said, “Subhan Allah! Purify yourself (with it).” I pulled her to myself and said, “Rub the place soiled with blood with it.”

Prophet (SAW) had a lot of haya (modesty) when it came to such matters. He didn’t refuse to teach women such matters but refrained from being too explicit. That was his way (SAW)..


Hadith No. 23 – Sahih al-Bukhari



About checking and rechecking our Imaan.. remember modesty? Rather Haya? How successful am I in making myself modest. For me, that’s a tough question, and a very important one.

Volume 1, Book 2, Number 23:

Narrated ‘Abdullah (bin ‘Umar):

Once Allah’s Apostle passed by an Ansari (man) who was admonishing to his brother regarding Haya’. On that Allah’s Apostle said, “Leave him, as Haya’ is a part of Faith.” (See Hadith No. 8)

This person who was admonishing his brother regarding Haya was trying to tell his brother to be a little less modest. Maybe he thought it was against manhood.

The lesson here is, no amount of Haya is enough. The more, the better. Because it is directly proportional to Imaan. And Imaan knows no bounds.

I’m thinking of ways to increase Haya. Can you come up with something?


Hadith No. 8 – Sahih al-Bukhari



‘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 come in one package. 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 do physical and mental Haya. Abstain from hearing/seeing the wrong stuff to stop yourself from thinking the wrong stuff.

This is my motivation/driving factor: ALLAH KNOWS!


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