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CHAPTER ON THE MODESTY OF SAYYIDINA RASULULLAH SALLA LAHU ALAYHI WA’ALE HI WASALLAM

Although this chapter includes the habits, and could have been incorporated in the previous chapter, but because of the extreme importance given to it, it has been mentioned separately. Modesty plays a special part between the affairs of the Creator and the creation.
It is mentioned in the hadith that when modesty vanishes, do as you please. Every excellence of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam reached its apex. Whatever chapter it is, there are no words that can truly describe Rasulullah’s salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam qualities. Not a few incidents, but thousands bear testimony to this fact. Hasrat Ibn 'Umar Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports, that Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam did not fix his eyesight on anyone due to his exceeding modesty. He did not look at a person in the eye while meeting him face to face.
 Imaam Tirmidhi (Rh) has mentioned two hadith as an example.
The 'Ulama- scholars have written that there are many types of modesty. One is the modesty of graciousness and kindness. For instance when Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam made the Walimah of Sayyidina Zaynab Radiyallahu 'Anha, after eating some people remained there and became busy in discussions. Their sitting made Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam feel uneasy. He sometimes went out and sometimes came inside, because of his modesty he did not ask them to get up. In the Noble Quraan, before the end of Surah Ahzaab, this incident is mentioned.
The second type of modesty is that the lover feels bashful for the beloved, even speaking becomes difficult.
The third type is the modesty of devotion, that in worship one feels humbled, and continues to go forward due to the modesty for the Creator.
The fourth type is to have modesty of one’s own soul. That is, for example one begins something with zeal, and when it remains incomplete one begins to feel ashamed of one's self that this small deed could not be completed. It is said that this is the highest form of modesty. The one that feels modest from one's self, will surely be modest before others.


(341) Hadith Number 1.


Hasrat Abu Sa'eed Khudari Radiyallahu 'Anhu says that Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam was more modest than a virgin girl in her veil. When Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam did not like something, it could be seen on his blessed face. (Because of his excessive modesty he did not mention it).   


Commentary

The 'ulama have given two meanings for the words 'a virgin girl in her veil (Purdah)'. One group among the 'ulama say that it means a ‘virgin girl in her veil’, has more modesty than that virgin girl who roams about without the veil. However every virgin has shame, therefore the shari'ah has recognised the silence of a virgin girl as her consent for her nikaah - marriage, as shame is natural for a virgin girl. Especially the girl who has a veil. Some 'ulama have said that by the ‘girl in a veil’, it is meant someone who is brought up like this and also has veil from other women. It is a custom in many families, where the veil is observed from those women who go about. It is clear from this, how modest such a girl will be? The second meaning that some of the 'ulama have given is that 'in veil' is taken metaphorically, that the modesty shown by a virgin girl (bride) on her first night is evident. (It is sad that this does not exist in many western orientated circles today). 


(342) Hadith Number 2.

Sayyidina 'Aayeshah Radiyallahu 'Anha reports: (because of the excessive modesty of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam) "I did not have the courage to see the private parts of Rasulullah Salla lahu' Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam, or that I never saw the private parts of Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Wasallam". 
  


Commentary

Due to the tremendous modesty of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam this was not possible, then how could Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam himself have done so? It is natural that in the presence of a modest person, one is compelled to act modestly. In another narration it is clearly stated that never did Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam see my private parts, nor did I see the private parts of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam. Although Sayyidina 'Aayeshah Radiyallahu 'Anha was the most informal among all the wives, she was also the most beloved. If this was his manner with her, what can be said of the others? Sayyiditina Ummi Salamah Radiyallahu 'Anha says that when Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam slept with his wife, he closed his eyes and bowed down his head, and also stressed to his wife to be calm and dignified. Hasrat Ibn 'Abbaas Radiyallahu 'Anhu narrates that Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam went behind the rooms to perform ghusl - bath. Nobody saw the private area of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu' Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam. Before the advent of nubuwwah - Prophethood, when the Ka'bah was rebuilt Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam also carried stones and brought them. According to 'Arab custom at that time, no importance was given to concealing the private parts. Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam (happen to) put his lower garment under the stone, and immediately became unconscious (due to modesty) and fell down, whereas, at that time the shar'ee injunctions were not even revealed.
 

Studying Ash-Shaam-il  

The Humility of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam)   

The quality of humility is disappearing due to the dis-placement of people. When you live in the same area as others for a long time there is embarrassment at committing mistakes. Sayyidina Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam was more shy then a virgin girl living behind a veil. In previous times, the virgin girls in a family would never leave their room and mix with others due to their modesty and shame. Sayyidina Ayesha (Ra) confirmed she never saw the private area of Sayyidina Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam. Looking at the nakedness of people reduces the eyesight, causing weakness of the eyes. To look at the blessed Kaaba and even the radiant faces of the Ulama, causes the eyesight to strengthen.   


Relations of husband and wife 

When the azaan is called, do not have relations with each other as this will cause the children who are conceived to be dis-obedient. If you are dis-obedient to Allah (swt), your children will be dis-obedient to you. This is part of the adab, it may not be haraam – forbidden but it is Makruh - undesirable as it is part of the Sunnah.