Islamic Date

16 Thu al-Hijjah

English Date

25 July

I'd Like Not to be Disgraced

A bedouin asked the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam): “I'd like Allah not to disgrace me on the Day of Judgment.” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied: “If you guard your chastity, Allah will not disgrace you on the Day of Judgment.” [Related by Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal]

In Jannah when our parents, Adam (alaihis salam) and Hawaa, mistakenly followed Shaitaan’s advice, his evil plotting caused them to become naked. The Quran tells us that they then covered themselves with leaves from Jannah. There were no people there from whose eyes they wished to hide their nakedness. There was no society there that had inculcated a sense of shame in them. Rather, what this tells us is that modesty is one of the beautifying features of human nature. It is inborn in us.

To expose one’s body and take off one’s clothes publicly one must strangle one’s instincts. Once the natural sense of modesty has died in a person, they will then feel no discomfort and disgrace in keeping themselves exposed.

Guarding of one’s chastity begins with the guarding of one’s body from the eyes that have no right to look at it. Maintaining of one’s chastity follows from this and to a large extent depends on it. Don’t disgrace yourself in this world and Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will not disgrace you on the Day of Judgement.