The Manners and Haya of the Prophet of Allah (SalAllahu Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wassallam).
Bismillah’hir Rahman’nir Raheem
The Noble Prophet (SalAllahu Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wassallam) never spoke at the top of his voice. In public, he would walk composedly, always with a smile on his face. Given someone uttered a coarse, offensive word next to him, the Blessed Prophet (SalAllahu Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wassallam) would never put him down in public; besides, since his facial expressions persistently reflected his inner state, people would be tentative in what they did or spoke next to him. Owing to his haya, he is never known to have laughed loudly, always content instead with a warm smile. On the words of the Companions, he was shier than a maiden enshrouded in her veil.
He (SalAllahu Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wassallam) has expressed in a hadith:
“Haya is from iman (faith in Allah), and whosoever has it is in Paradise. Lack of it is from a hardness of the heart; and a heart of stone is in Hellfire.” (Bukhari, Iman, 16).
“Haya and iman go hand in hand…when one leaves, the other follows!” (Tabarani, Awsat, VIII, 174; Bayhaqi, Shuab, VI, 140)
“Vulgar words incur nothing but shame, while haya and manners adorn wherever they enter.” (Muslim, Birr, 78; Abu Dawud, Jihad, 1).
The Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wassallam) would never stare inquisitively at anyone in the face. His gaze spent greater time fixed on the ground than it did at the skies. Stemming from a supreme character endowed with such haya, never would he use people’s mistakes against them.
Having imbibed such Prophetic morals, Mawlana Rumi (Alaihi Rehma), that illustrious friend of the Truth, swathes abstract realities in
concrete words when he says:
“‘What is Iman?’ asked my reason to my heart. Whispering into the ear of my reason, my heart replied, ‘Iman is but manners (adab).”