A trademark quality of our religion, haya encapsulates the very spirit of Islam. It is a means for all human beings to become acquainted with themselves and their Lord, allowing them to join the highest ranks of humanity.
The Arabic term haya, often translated simply as shyness, has a meaning that transcends modesty or shame; it is more than simply dignity or pride. It draws from the nectar of all these qualities, yet it is not blemished by even the slightest negative connotations that these terms may carry.
Haya is pristine and pure, and as flawless as faith, for haya and faith go together. The Prophet (sws) said: “Haya is from faith, and faith is in paradise.” (an authentic hadith recorded by Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Hibban).