Shyness: Do you really know what it means?

Assalamu Alaykum,

Last saturday Sheikh Abdul-3adheem at Preston Mosque gave a talk on Shyness and what it means in islam. The talk was very insightful and gave a clearer and broader understanding of what the term Haya2 or Shyness actually means.

Al-Mawardi says: shyness in a human being has three forms.

1-Being shy of Allah 

2- Being shy of people

3- Being shy of oneself.

Now what does it mean to be shy of Allah?

Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him stated:

Hayaa` is a part of life, and depending on how much Hayaa` the heart possesses, actually reflects how much moral character the individual have. The smaller the amount of Hayaa` the individual shows, the greater the deficiency of spiritual life and ineffectiveness his ability and competence reflects.

Hayaa` may be practised between a servant and his Rabb (Lord), when the servant shows shyness for his Rabb, especially in committing a disobedience.

In a Hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) detailed the meaning of being shy of Allah:

“Be shy of Allah as you should truly be shy. They said: We are shy (of Allah), O Prophet. He said, It is much more than that. He who is truly shy of Allah, let him preserve his head and what it perceives, let him preserve his stomach and what it desires, let him remember death and afflictions, and he who desires the Hereafter abandons the adornments of this world. He who performs all these, is the one who is shy of Allah as he should be”. (Naratted by Abdullah bin Masóod)

Insha Allah i will continue this topic at another time


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