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26 June 2019 CE | 23 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Modesty before Allah

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Be modest before Allah as it is proper to be modest.” The Sahabah (radi Allahu anhum) said: “We are modest before Allah, and for this we thank Him.” The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “This is not modesty. The modesty that should be before Allah demands that you keep your head and all parts safe from falsehood, keep your belly and your food safe from forbidden things, and remember the condition of death and that of the grave; and he who wants to love the life of the Hereafter, should give up the embellishments and grandeur of worldly life, and should prefer the Hereafter to the world. He who has done so has as if fulfilled the right of being modest before Allah.” [Tirmidhi]

We try to display our best conduct and behaviour in the presence of those whom we consider great and whom we want to please. Before them we speak only as much as necessary. Every step that we take before them is with caution and fear of their disapproval.

A Muslim whose religion teaches him that he is never away from the sight of Allah, because he is in His presence day and night, is more awed by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) than he is by important people and more careful not to displease Him than he is cautious about displeasing important people. He is, therefore, more careful to obey Him than he is concerned about obeying the people important in his life.

If a person conducts his life with the consciousness that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is watching him, and if he hates to be lax and defective in matters concerning Allah, then he has fulfilled the right of being modest before Allah.

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