Shyness from Allah

Since 2012-11-18

The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, “If you do not feel ashamed, then do whatever you like.” [Reported by al-Bukhari 6120]

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 
The Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, “Be truly shy from Allah. The companions said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, praise and thanks be to Allah, we are shy from Him.’ upon which he replied, ‘it is not that I mean. Being truly shy from Allah means that you preserve your head and what it comprehends (your thoughts, ideas, creed, religion…) and preserve your belly and what it contains (your source of livelihood should be lawful). Moreover, you should remember death and rottenness. He who seeks the Hereafter should abandon the adornments of this worldly life. Whoever does that is shy, i.e., truly shy from Allah.” [Reported by at-Tirmidhi 2458 and deemed good by al-Albani]
 
«استحيوا من الله حق الحياء. قلنا: يا رسول الله إنَّا لنستحي والحمد لله، قال: ليس ذاك ولكن الاستحياء من الله حقّ الحياء أن تحفظ الرَّأس وما وعى، وتحفظ البطن وما حوى، ولتذكر الموت والبلى، ومن أراد الآخرة ترك زينة الدُّنيا، فمن فعل ذلك فقد استحيا يعني: من الله حق الحياء» رواه الترمذي 2458 وحسنه الألباني
 
The shyness of the Lord from His slave is the shyness of generosity, bounty, goodness, munificence, and exaltedness. Allah, Blessed and Exalted, is Shy and Generous, He is shy of His slave when he raises his hands (in supplication) to send them back empty. He is shy to torture an old man whose hair turned grey in Islam.
 
The shyness of worshipping, fear and submission to Allah Glorified and Exalted, is the shyness that is acquired through knowing Allah, His Greatness, His closeness to His slaves. He knows the fraud of the eyes, and all that the breasts conceal. This type of shyness is the most supreme characteristic of faith; rather, it is the highest degree of ihsân [i.e. to be patient in performing your duties to Allâh, totally for Allâh’s sake and in accordance with the Sunnah (legal ways) of the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, in a perfect manner].
 
The Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, “Ihsân is to worship Allah as if you (truly) see Him; however, if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.” [Reported by al-Bukhari 4777]
 
«الإحسان: أن تعبد الله كأنَّك تراه، فإن لم تكن تراه فإنَّه يراك» رواه البخاري 4777
 
The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, “If you do not feel ashamed, then do whatever you like.” [Reported by al-Bukhari 6120]
 
«إذا لم تستح فاصنع ما شئت» رواه البخاري 6120
 
The Hadith means that if one is not bashful from anyone or anything, he can commit whatever ugly blemish acts he wishes. What hinders him from that is shyness, which does not exist. In fact, this who has no shyness can engage in all acts of fornication and evil.
 
Salman al-Fârissi (the Persian), may Allah be pleased with him, said, “When Allah wishes to doom His slave, He takes away shyness from him. When shyness is taken away you will not find him but repulsive and abominable.”
 
Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him and his father, said, “shyness and faith are fastened together, if shyness is taken away, faith follows.”
 
 
One of the manifestations of the absence of shyness nowadays in women is that:
 
Many women have abandoned lawful Islamic veil, they go out to the market places while wearing perfume, and putting on adornment and jewelry. They do not mind men looking at them, on the contrary, they may boast about that. Some of them may cover her face in the streets; however, when she enters the shop she uncovers her face and arms. She jokes with the shop owner. She becomes soft in speech with him that he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy, or evil desire for adultery) should be moved with desire towards her. O slave woman of Allah, where is your shyness from Allah?
 
 
One of the manifestations of the absence of shyness nowadays in men and women is that:
 
They have a passion towards listening to songs and music, whether from the radio, TV, CD’s, or others. Where is the shyness of this who buys indecent movies and show them in front of his wife and children; such movies that contain licentious ethic murdering scenes, inciting lustrous desires and calling for fornication and evil.
 
Where is the shyness of those who wasted their children in the streets, leaving them to mingle with whomever they want, and accompany every Yom, Dick, and harry with bad moralities.
 
 
Prepared by the scholarly division of Al-Ansar Islamic Recordings

 

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