I was reading this article on Hayaa by Khalid Baig and thought that this excerpt was very interesting. Masha’Allah. There is so much we can learn from our pious predecessors. There is just soo much we can learn in aspects of our manners, character, and worship from the Prophet () alone yet people ignore thsi and jump straight to some scholar lived 500, 0r 600, or 700 years later. Allah Knows Best.
Imām Shu’bah ibn Hajjaj (d. 100 A.H) (rahīmullāh) was riding his horse when Abdullāh intercepted him. Abdullāh was a known street urchin. Not only he was given to a life of sin, he was also unabashed about it. Imām Shu’bah (rahīmullāh) knew that trouble was ahead when Abdullāh stopped him.
Shu’bah is known as the “Amīrul Mu’minīn fil hadīth.” He is one of the foremost scholars of the science of Hadīth Criticism. Abdullāh knew his stature as a great hadīth scholar, but he was bent on having some fun. “Shu’bah! Tell me a hadīth,” he said with mischief in his eyes. “This is not the way to learn hadīth,” Imām Shu’bah replied. “You are going to tell me a hadīth or else…” Abdullāh threatened. When Shu’bah realized that he could not talk his way out of this he said: “OK, I’ll tell you a hadīth.” He then narrated the isnad (a chain of narrators) and then the hadīth: “Prophet said: “If you have lost hayā‘ then do whatever you feel like.”
Abdullāh’s demeanor changed suddenly. It was as if the Prophet, , had himself caught him in his mischief and was speaking to him: “Abdullāh, if you have lost hayā‘ then do whatever you feel like.” He was totally shaken. “I just wanted to cause trouble for you,” he admitted, “but please extend your hand. I want to repent.”
This hadīth turned a life around. Abdullāh, the street urchin, became a student and then a great scholar of hadīth. Today he is known as Abdullāh ibn Maslamah Qan’awī. His name can be found repeatedly in Sahīh Sitta or the six most authentic collections of hadīth, especially in the collection of Imām Abū Dawūd who was his disciple.
May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon the Prophet, his family, and his companions.