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!
Narrated Thumama bin ‘Abdullah bin Anas:
Anas (radiallaahu `anhu) performed the Hajj on a pack-saddle and he was not a miser. Anas (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) performed Hajj on a pack-saddle and the same Mount was carrying his baggage too.”
Among the purposes of Hajj, as outlined by Shaykh Yahya ibn Ibraheem, is:
It trains him to be content with modest clothing and accommodation, when he wears two pieces of cloth and it is sufficient for him, and his accommodation gives him just enough room to sleep.
Seeking comfort isn’t wrong, but traveling in simplicity and modesty isn’t bad either. It’s a training for the body and soul because of the hardships that come with it. And it’s a Sunnah as well – Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) had one animal (camel) which carried him and his baggage for the whole journey (multiple nights and days of traveling – not a joke!).
Simplicity is cool. B)
“Dil ka parda* is more important”, they say;
Do not let their judgements sway
Your resolve and your faith,
For good comes to those who wait
This world is not the real deal,
Don’t let it from your conscience, steal
When it guides you to what is right;
There’s more to strength than physical might.
This covering up is really hard,
While society continuously whispers, “discard!”
Tell them it’s not for them to decide,
Allah is your Companion, your Guide.
They say, “you’re beautiful, can’t you see?”
But what of humility and modesty?
There’s more to beauty than what meets the eye,
That is a fact which no one can deny!
* an Urdu phrase – when literally translated means “veil of the heart” but actually refers to the concept of modesty being in the heart. It’s a phrase often used to say that it’s more important to be modest in your heart than covering yourself outwardly.
This is a very cute incident. Note that the Prophet (SAW) was very young at this time.
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:
Remember, no amount of haya is enough. The more the better. :)