One of the most basic and vexing problems in moral education is how to make virtue more attractive than vice. In this regard, modesty plays a key role.
Goodness should not be invisible. It should not be colorless. On the other hand, it should not dazzle or overpower. It should compel, not impel; attract, not attack. Continue reading “The Virtue of Modesty”
Standards of modesty (also called demureness or reticence) are aspects of the culture of a country or people, at a given point in time, and is a measure against which an individual in society may be judged. Continue reading “Modesty from Wikipedia”
Muhammad and the Rebuilding of the Kaaba
The modesty of the Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, was the most prominent trait of his personality. Even from an early age, his sense of shame in an open society of the Arabs prior to Islam was remarkable. In one instance, after the treasures had been stolen from inside, the people were rebuilding the the Kaaba with a roof in order to prevent thieves from entering it again. Continue reading “Modesty (part 3 of 3): Stories on Modesty II”
Muhammad and Modesty before God
The Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said:
“Every religion has its characteristic, and the characteristic of Islam is modesty.” (al-Muwatta) Continue reading “Modesty (part 2 of 3): Stories on Modesty I”
Modesty and shyness play a special part between the affairs of the Creator and the created. All prophets and Messengers encouraged modesty, as the Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said:
“Indeed from the teachings of the first prophets which has reached you is, ‘If you do not have shyness, then do as you please.”(Al-Bukhari) Continue reading “Modesty (part 1 of 3): An Overview”
“A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue” by Wendy Shalit, is a bombshell.
Despite its modest title, this book is a bombshell. In a manner both courageous and passionate, Wendy Shalit challenges the bored, desensitized masses of American women to use their female intuition in finding a way out of the emotional wilderness created by the sexual revolution. And Shalit leaves the reader with no doubts: they need to find a way out. Continue reading “A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue”