All of modesty is goodness and only goodness. This hadith gives a lot of hope and encouragement to adopt modesty in our lives. In the times that we live in, shyness/modesty is sometimes interpreted as apprehension, weakness or low self-esteem, whereas, arrogance, immodesty, brashness are often lauded and praised. But the standards near Allah (swt) are different: honour near Allah is in modesty and humility. This is why one should never feel that being modest would hamper and impede their progress in this world.
Because we see that the prevalent social vices today - such as indecency, vulgar language, obscenity - make it all the more difficult to hold on to the quality of hayaa. It's almost as though hayaa has become an endangered virtue! But we have to strive to protect it.
A believer, despite all social vices, strives to hold firm to his imaan and its branches. The believer is strong yet humble, firm yet polite, modest yet content!
May Allah enable us to adopt the virtue of hayaa.
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