Fiqh Al-Haya: Understanding Islamic Concept of ModestyInternational Islamic Publishing House (IIPH) - KSA
A hallmark characteristic of our religion, haya encapsulates the very spirit of Islam. It is a means for all human beings to become acquainted with themselves and their Lord, allowing them to join the highest ranks of humanity.
The Arabic term haya, often translated simply as shyness, has a meaning that transcends modesty or shame; it is more than simply dignity or pride. It draws from the nectar of all these qualities, yet it is not blemished by even the slightest negative connotations that these terms may carry.
Haya is pristine and pure, and as flawless as faith; for haya and faith go together.
The Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said: “Haya is from faith, and faith is in paradise.”
(an authentic hadith recorded by Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Hibban).
This in-depth study describes the various categories of haya, provides examples of those who exemplified it and warns of the consequences for those who neglect it.
A distinguished scholar and psychiatrist from Egypt, Dr. Muhammad Ismail al-Muqaddim's resume in Islamic work speaks for itself. As the author of over twenty pioneering books in Arabic, the founder in 1977 of the Salafi Da'wah of Alexandria (Egypt) and a speaker who has delivered more than two thousand lectures (which are available online), his role in educating and reviving authentic Islamic thought has been profound.