Fiqh Al-Haya’: Understanding the Islamic Concept of Modesty
A trademark quality of our religion, haya encapsulates the very spirit of Islam. It is a means for all human beings to become acquainted with themselves and their Lord, allowing them to join the highest ranks of humanity. The Arabic term haya, often translated simply as shyness, has a meaning that transcends modesty or shame; it is more than simply dignity or pride. It draws from the nectar of all these qualities, yet it is not blemished by even the slightest negative connotations that these terms may carry.