What is ḥayā’ ?

A hadith worth pondering on….

It was narrated that Qurrah ibn Iyyās (may Allāh be pleased with him) said:

We were at the presence of the Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) when ḥayā’ (shyness from sin and bad conduct) was mentioned.

They asked: O Messenger of Allāh! Is ḥayā’ from the religion?

He said: Rather it is the whole religion!
Then Allāh’s Messenger (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) said:

Indeed ḥayā’, decency, impotence – of the tongue not the heart – and (fiqh) understanding of the religion are from (eeman) faith. Indeed they add to the hereafter and subtract from the worldly life; and what they add to the hereafter is more than what they subtract from the worldly life.

And indeed stinginess, abandoning obligations, and obscene language are from hypocrisy. Indeed they add to the worldly life and subtract from the hereafter; and what they subtract from the hereafter is more than what they add to the worldly life.”

Narrated by Tabaraani, Sheikh Albani graded it as Ṣaḥeeḥ li-ghayrih; Saheeh Targheeb: 2625

 

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