Shyness

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Shyness does not bring anything except good.”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

In a narration of Muslim: “All of shyness is good.”

Commentary:

This Hadith enlightens us on the excellence of modesty and shyness, which serves the good purpose of preventing man from the disobedience of Allah and from immoral and evil pursuits.

Evidently, it will then have a valuable and productive impact on society.

At the same time, the scholars (may Allah have mercy upon them) have said that the Muslim should not allow Shyness to prevent him from seeking knowledge and asking questions.

One of the Salaf (pious predecessors) said, “No shy or arrogant person will ever seek knowledge.” Therefore, shyness should not prevent a person from asking questions about Islam.

Arrogance is harmful in this world and in the Hereafter; one of its harmful effects in this world is that it keeps a person from asking and learning.

And Allah knows best!

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