To know Him is to be shy..

A reminder from a great teacher…

We need to understand Allah (subhana wa ta’ala); We need to know Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

 In a hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is the Most Shy, and the Most Covering of others faults. 

 In another hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) said that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is the Most Shy and the Most Generous.  He is the Most Shy when His slave raises his hands, as He is shy to return them back empty handed. Normally it is the one who asks that is shy!  

How wonderful a situation we are in! Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says in the Quran:Surah Baqara (185): “If they ask about me, verily I am very close, and respond to all that ask.” Surah Ghaffir (60): “Keep asking me, and I will respond to you.” Surah Furqan (77): Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) encourages us to ask from Him. All of these ayahs should make us realize the Mercy upon us and make us feel shy from Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). We should be shy from Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) when thinking about the amount of blessings He has bestowed upon us, reflecting on the sins we have committed, and realizing the extent and level of our ibadah. 

In this regard, we see the greatness of the Saliheen.  Syedina Abu Bakr (radiallah anhu) said “Oh Muslims!  Be shy from Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).”  He was so shy from Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to even raise his head knowing he had to relieve himself. 

Fudhail ibn Iyad (rehmatullah alaih) said nothing on the day of Arafat out of his shyness; the only thing he did was cry and say that he was ashamed even if he had been forgiven. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) encouraged us to be shy.  

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) even mentioned that he was shy from Uthman (radiallah anhu), and when asked why, he said should I not be shy from someone that the malaika are shy from? (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) 

May we remember Syedina Zakariyya (alaih salam), who Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) reminds us of in Surah Mariam, when Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) mentions His Mercy upon Zakariyya (alaih salam), and then Zakariyya (alaih salam) asking Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) widely.  This is to know and understand Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) and His Mercy. May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) open the doors of knowing Him and show us the signs of His Beauty (subhana wa ta’ala).

 Allahumma salli alaa Syedina Muhammad wa alaa Ahli Syedina Muhammad


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