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GREETINGS OF PEACE & PROSPERITY,

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ARE WE MISSING THE FULL BENEFITS OF MODESTY?

MODESTY AS A METHOD

Greetings of Peace and Prosperity! My name is Bellamy and I am a personal wardrobe

stylist and professional organizer. I will be sharing my insight on a concept of modesty that

is often missed or over looked, in my opinion. First up, understanding what modesty really

means. The dictionary defines modesty as follows:

1. The quality of being modest; freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc.

2. Regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc.

3. Simplicity; moderation

As a community we are very familiar with the first 2 entries. Many controversies across

the globe stem from how modesty is primarily practiced in the form of hijab by Muslim

women. While the concept of hijab isn’t fully captured by a head-scarf (as most media

platforms have inferred) neither is the concept of modesty fully captured in hijab alone.

These two concepts extend beyond applying to women only; they apply to men as well in

Islam. The Beloved Prophet (SAWS) said: “Every religion has a distinctive characteristic

and the characteristic of Islam is modesty.” (Ibn Majah)

While the focus of modesty has primarily been on the outer appearance of women,

the inner characteristics have been mentioned but not nearly as much. We’re instructed to

be modest and to wear hijab but “the how to do that” isn’t discussed in depth as often. Yes,

we are told to wear certain types of clothes that don’t draw attention. Yes we’re told to

speak kind words and to do good deeds. Don’t brag or boast and definitely don’t use

profanity. These are great actions to get started but they do not engage the heart and the

mind. They don’t give us the bigger picture.

As our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) succinctly stated, the characteristic of Islam is modesty.

Let that statement marinate with your heart and mind for a moment while I share a brief story.

When I first began practicing Islam, I was super excited and overwhelmed about

implementing Islam as my way of life. Initially, what attracted me to Islam was that it is a

complete way of life. I was tired of trying to figure out if I was living “right”. I was relieved

that all I had to do was follow Islam like everyone else and I could possibly earn paradise. It

was a no brainer. I just dove right in and started praying, covering, fasting and even got

married within my first year. SubhanAllah! I truly underestimated how my choice to practice

Islam would truly impact me (mentally, spiritually, emotionally), my identity, my family (I’m

the only Muslim for now...smile insha’Allah), my friends and my livelihood. Now on top of all

of that, I had the audacity to become a wife and a mother before I really had a real clue

about just being Muslim. I was doing WAY TOO MUCH in a very short period of just 2 years.

Being raised as a Christian I basically had the Cliff’s Notes idea about Islam. Because

of this, I sort of glossed over the 5 pillars like a checklist and assumed that I got this! I mean,

I was already a good hearted and kind person. I strived for excellence and was known for

my character. I didn’t use any forms of intoxicants. I naturally dressed “modestly” so that

wasn’t an issue. I believed in Allah as the one and only G-d, His Angels, His Books and all the

Messengers sent before and including Prophet Muhammad (SAWS). I was like, BOOM! I am

practically a Muslim already! WRONG! As I began to study Islam more I learned that

guidance is deeper than externalities. In my first marriage alone, I learned even more about

myself. How I understood and practiced Islam. I was so overwhelmed by everything, I began

to lose hope and sink into despair. I began to question, if I was really living Islam because I

was so miserable. I knew I must be doing something wrong because this deen is perfect.

A few years later, after reading that quote again. It resonated with me differently.

The characteristic of Islam is MODESTY. It prompted me to look up the word modesty

again. This time I noticed the 3rd entry: Simplicity; Moderation. I was amazed by the clarity

and relief I experienced.

I thought THIS IS IT! This is how I can actually implement Islam in my life without being so overwhelmed.

Alhamdulilah! Allah (SWT) is so merciful and so kind.

Islam is truly for all of humanity. There is no part of it that a human being cannot benefit

from. I thought about how the Quran was revealed in stages and how Allah’s (SWT) infinite

wisdom of sharing the foundation of the Shahadah (how to worship Him alone with no

partners) took years before the rules of halal and haram were given. Islam was revealed

simply and in moderation as a progressive path so the companions had time to engage and

internalize the concepts with their hearts and their minds.

If it took years for the best of humanity to implement Islam into their lives, why do

we think we are any different? The characteristic of Islam is Modesty. This means to me

that every aspect of our faith can be implemented simply and with moderation. Even the

concepts of hijab and modesty for men have some relevancy. Looking back on how I began

my journey in Islam, I realize that I didn’t approach it with modesty. Now when I look at

different areas (finances, health, knowledge, relationships, etc.) of my life that I want to

improve, I use modesty as my method of approach. I filter my intentions, actions, desires

and habits by asking myself two initial questions: 1) what is the simplest way to handle or

implement this? 2) How can this be broken down into moderate steps?

The Modesty Method | Simplicity + Moderation = Modesty

I sincerely hope this little gem of insight, I was blessed to discover and share with you has

been of some benefit on your life’s journey. It is my hope to continue this dialogue about

how modesty as a method can help us practice and implement Islam in our daily lives,

insha’Allah. Give it a try. I would love to hear about your experience. Share it with me on

social media @iStyleModesty & #LiveLifeModest

Until next time, Live Life Modest!

Bellamy is the founding personal wardrobe stylist and certified professional organizer for the lifestyle agency,

iStyleModesty.com which specializes in showing busy moms and professional women how to:

STYLE YOUR LIFE WITH MODESTY