On modesty and its excellence, and encouraging people to affect it

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

84. Chapter: On modesty and its excellence, and encouraging people to affect it

681. Ibn 'Umar reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, passed by one of the men of the Ansar who was admonishing his brother for being too modest. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Let him be. Modesty is part of belief." [Agreed upon]

682. 'Imran ibn Husayn reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Modesty only brings good." [Agreed upon]

In a variant of Muslim, "Modesty is all good."

683. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Belief has over seventy – or over sixty – branches. The best of which is the words, 'There is no god but Allah,' and the least of which is removing an obstruction from the road. Modesty is a branch of belief." [Agreed upon]

684. Abu Sa'id al-Khudri said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was more modest than a virgin in her tent. When he saw something he disliked, we could see it in his face." [Agreed upon]