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Sunday, September 19, 2004

Having Shame

On the authority of Abu Mas'ud, Uqbah bin 'Amr al-Ansari al-Badri, who said: The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him said:
"Among that which people know from the words of former prophecy is: When you feel no shame, then do whatever you wish."
(Al Bhukhari)

The scholars have interpreted the words quoted in this hadith as:

A statement of fact - a person who feels no shame will disregard everyone including his Lord and do whatever he pleases.
A permission - if that which a person considers doing will not cause him embarrassment before other Muslims and particularly before His Lord, then he may proceed.
A threat - if you feel no shame over your evil deeds and intentions, then do whatever you will, for Allah will take you to account for it and punish you accordingly.
Source:
"The Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi: Text with Explanatory Notes" - Abrigded By Umm Muhammad, p. 72-73

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