“Leave him. Modesty is an ingredient of Iman (faith)”

There are many ahadith which tell us about the virtues of modesty. For example, ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Umar narrated that the Prophet (may Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) heard a man instructing his brother about modesty. Upon this the Prophet remarked: “Leave him. Modesty is an ingredient of Iman (faith)”. (Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

Shaykh Al-‘Uthaimin said in Sharh Riyadh Al-Salihin (4/29-30), “Modesty (haya): humility and shyness in the heart to do something which people think is not good. Modesty from Allah and His creation is part of Iman (faith). Modesty from Allah makes a person obedient to Allah and makes him refrain what Allah has forbidden. Modesty from people enables him to be chivalrous, have a good character and behavior; it enables him to act in a way which is pleasant and pleasing to the people and enables him to avoid what embellishes his character. Hence, modesty is part of Iman.”

Despite the virtues and importance of modesty, it should not be a reason for one to leave what Islam enjoins and encourages. This is because modesty is desirable and praiseworthy only if it helps one act upon the commandments of Allah and His Prophet (may Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him).

Shaikh ‘Abdul Rahman Al-Si’di said when explaining the verse of the Qur’an, “…but Allah is not shy of (telling you) the truth.” (Surah Al-Ahzab 33:54):
“A commandment of the Shari’ah (Islamic Law), even if it seems that leaving it is good manners and modesty, be extremely careful: always follow the Shari’ah’s commandment and rest assured that whatever opposes the Shari’ah cannot be good manners.”

(Taiseer Al-Karim Al-Rahman, page 670)

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