Honourable Brothers and Sisters!
As Muslims, our purpose in life is no doubt to gain Allah’s good pleasure. In order to be deserving of this good pleasure, the level of our Iman, worship and good manners is imperative. There is n important relation between these three things. Just as our level of worship is related to our level of iman, our good manners and character is a reflection of our iman. This is because Akhlaaq is a branch of our iman.
Our Prophet (SAW) has stated in a narration that shame or Haya is a branch of iman. Haya grants its owner a level of shame and care before undertaking an act regardless of whether it is a good action or an evil one. With this in mind, the scholars have stated that one without Haya is like the one without life. The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) is narrated to have warned us in this matter stating, “If you have no shame then do as you please”.
Honourable believers!
The verse from the Qur’an recited at the beginning of this Khutbah relates to an incident during the time of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) and highlights the importance of maintaining Haya as well as sets some important rulings and guidelines. It is as follows: After the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) married Zainab a food offering was given at their home. Following the meal, the Prophet’s guests became indulged in the conversations and discussion afterwards and stayed for a long time. Despite being uncomfortable with his guests long stay, the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) demonstrated exemplary Haya by not ordering his companions to leave. After trying to give hints to his guests to make their way to their own homes and following the departure of his last three guests, the above verse was revealed to the Prophet on his way to his bedroom: O you who have believed, do not enter the houses of the Prophet except when you are permitted for a meal, without awaiting its readiness. But when you are invited, then enter; and when you have eaten, disperse without seeking to remain for conversation. Indeed, that behaviour was troubling the Prophet, and he is shy of dismissing you. But Allah is not shy of the truth.
Dearest brothers and Sisters!
We understand from these verses and narrations that Haya needs to be a quintessential part of our being. In terms of Haya, we need to be regularly assessing ourselves and ask, “Am I behaving with Haya to those around me and my family? Am I exhibiting sufficient Haya to my Lord or am I overstepping my boundaries?” After we have asked ourselves this question, we should then think about how we are changing our lives and state accordingly.
Juneyd’i Baghdadi (RA) described Haya in an excellent way; it is the state we are in after Allah (SWT) has bestowed His blessings upon us and after we have looked at our own shortcomings. From this we understand that Haya is to reflect on our own shortcomings and insufficient acts of worship in relation to all the blessings that Allah (SWT) has granted us. This will remind us of our own weakness and dependence on our Lord and ensure we behave with Haya towards Allah and His servants.
I pray that Allah (SWT) allows us to resemble the Messenger in his exemplary level of Haya. Amin!

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