In the light of the Holy Hadith
Haya’ (Pious Shyness): The Essence of Islamic Morality.
The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said “Haya’ does not bring anything except good.” (Bukhari, Adab, 77)
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
The religion of Islam aims at directing the emotions in the essence of human towards better in line with the principles determined by Allah the Almighty. It puts universal principles in place for human to avoid evil and ugly words and deeds, abandon evil, and embrace good deeds. Haya’, which also reflects conscience, compassion, and a sense of shame that motivates human to avoid of misconduct.Haya’ is an inherent human emotion making human observe the boundaries of privacy and pursue good deeds. It is the most robust shield that protects believers against sins. The emotion of haya’ fills the hearts of believers with love, respect, and trust; prevents extremisms, thereby forming a peaceful society.
Our Lord Almighty (swt) mentions living a chaste life among the most valuable qualities to lead human to eternal salvation, as expressed in the Holy Qur’an, “And they who guard their private parts”. Right after the command of “Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do” , He commands, “And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision, guard their private parts, and not exposes their adornment…”. . In presence of Allah, all believing men and women are liable to avoid haram, and pursue a chaste life.
In an environment where societies lost moral and spiritual values in the darkness of the Jahiliyyah, our beloved Prophet (saw) insistently encouraged people to live a chaste life. In addition, after taking on the duty of prophethood, he (saw) drew attention to the unbreakable bond between faith and haya’ by stating, “The essence of Islamic morality is haya’.” He further stated, “Haya’ does not bring anything except good.”
Let us be meticulous in remaining within the boundaries set by our religion and distancing ourselves from the sins. Let us strive not to make even the slightest of a mistake that may lead to moral corruption.
Jobayer Al Mahmud