Modesty: A Rare Commodity

Our beloved Hazratwala (DB) speaks about the virtues of being modest in every facet of one’s life and the lack of blessings that will befall a person lacking modesty.  The following is just to show how intelligent minds think alike.

“In Beirut’s Palm Beach Hotel, I luxuriated in my first long sleep since I had left America. Then, I went walking—fresh from weeks in the Holy Land (Mekkah): immediately my attention was struck by the mannerisms and attire of the Lebanese women. In the Holy land, there had been very modest, very feminine Arabian women—and there was this sudden contrast of the half-French, half-Lebanese women who projected in their dress and street manners more liberty, more boldness. I saw clearly the obvious European influence upon the Lebanese culture. It showed me how any country’s moral strength, or its moral weakness, is quickly measurable by the street attire and attitude of its women—especially its young women. Wherever the spiritual values have been submerged, invariably, the women reflect it. Witness the women, both young and old, in America—where scarcely any moral values are left. There seems in most countries to be either one extreme or the other. Truly a paradise could exist wherever material progress and spiritual values could be properly balanced.”

 

— El-Hajj Malik Shabazz, formerly known as Malcom X

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