Al-Hayiyy (The Modest)


Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) saw a man taking a bath in the open area without a waist -wrapper. Disapproving of this act, he ascended the pulpit and, after praising Allah, said:

“Verily Allah is Modest and Concealing, and He loves modesty and concealment. So, when any of you bathes, let him cover himself.”

[Narrated by Abu Dāwūd; Sahīh (authentic)]

“Verily Allah is Modest and Concealing, and He loves modesty and concealment. So, when any of you bathes, l et him cover him self.”

[Narrated by Abu Dāwūd; Sahīh (authentic)]

Our Lord is the Modest. He possesses complete modesty that befits His perfection, majesty, and exaltedness. This is not like the modesty of people, which denotes weakness.

The modesty of the Almighty Lord is of a different kind that can not be grasped by our minds. It is modesty that is based on generosity, kindness, and majesty.

Out of Allah’s majesty, His modesty is to refrain from such things that do not befit His vast mercy, complete bounty, and great pardon and forbearance. For example, He is so Modest that He does not turn down a servant who raises his hands to Him in supplication.

The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“Verily, Allah is Modest , Generous. He is to o Modest to turn down His servant empty - handed when he raises his hands (in supplication) to Him.”

[Narrated by Al - Tirmidhi; Sahīh (authentic)]

“Verily, Allah is Modest, Generous. He is too Modest to turn down His servant empty-handed when he raises his hands (in supplicat ion) to Him.”

[Narrated by Al - Tirmidhi; Sahīh (authentic)]

Out of Allah’s majesty, despite His complete self-sufficiency and ability, He is too Modest to expose His servants and cause their concealment to unravel.

Allah is the Modest and He does not expose His servants when they engage in sins.

Rather, He conceals their faults for He is the Concealing and the Forgiver.

Out of His Justice, Allah Almighty is not shy about the truth. In the Qur’an, He says:

{...But Allah is not shy of [telling] the truth...}

[Surat al - Ahzāb: 53]

The more a believer heeds Allah Almighty, the greater his sense of modesty will be.

{...But Allah is not shy of [telling] the truth...}

[Surat al - Ahzāb: 53]

The more a believer heeds Allah Almighty, the greater his sense of modesty will be.



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