قُلْ إِنَّمَا حَرَّمَ رَبِّيَ الْفَوَاحِشَ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ وَالإِثْمَ وَالْبَغْيَ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ وَأَن تُشْرِكُواْ بِاللّهِ مَا لَمْ يُنَزِّلْ بِهِ سُلْطَانًا وَأَن تَقُولُواْ عَلَى اللّهِ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ ﴿٣٣﴾

Honorable Believers!

In the verse I have recited, Allah Almighty wills: “Say, ‘My Lord has only forbidden immoralities – what is apparent of them and what is concealed – and sin, and oppression without right.’”[i]

In the hadith I have recited, the Prophet (s.a.w.) says, “One of the sayings of the early Prophets which the people have got is: If you don’t feel ashamed from Haya’, do whatever you like.”[ii]

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

Chastity and modesty are the two indispensable fundamental values of Islamic moral values. They are the core of all virtues and ethical beauties. Because for human beings, modesty is life. It is a must for being human and living like a believer. Chastity and modesty characterize the comprehension and awareness of a human being’s responsibilities towards Allah, nature, and the world. They constitute life and existence as well as achieving grace and abundance. Chastity and modesty signify keeping away from any evil and ugliness and making no fault in giving credit.

On the other hand, shamelessness signifies deterioration, dehumanization, and forgetting the purpose and wisdom of one’s existence. It is the spiritual death of an individual. It indicates rebellion, denial, crossing lines, destruction, and injustice.

Brothers and Sisters!

There is another value that is complementary to chastity and modesty. We call it “privacy.” Privacy is reverence; it is dignity, honor, and respectability. Privacy is the special and private areas and boundaries of the individual and the family. It means maintaining those boundaries and areas above all under any circumstance.

Brothers and Sisters!

Privacy stems from the forbidden. Forbidden refers to the bans imposed by the Great Lord upon us. Some things are forbidden for they are evil and ugly. Drinking alcohol, gambling are forbidden because they are evil and harmful deeds. And somethings are forbidden out of reverence and respect. As parents are revered in a family, it is forbidden to even complain at them. The privacy of family, our paradise on earth, also stems from the reverence that Allah bestows upon this blessed institution. Great evil and deterioration erupt in a society when the privacy of family is violated and exposed. For that reason, our Lord first taught humanity about the privacy of human beings and family through Adam and Eve and ordered them to preserve it.

Friday Prayer - Jumuah Khutba 「Those Who Forgot Allah Will Be Forgotten」
Friday Prayer – Jumuah Khutba 「Loss Of Privacy is Deprivation」

Brothers and Sisters!

We live in an age of communication and technology. Tools of communication make our lives harder in a way while they make it easier in another. The excessive and unlimited use of mass communication and social media with no regard for privacy brings along many personal, family, and social problems. Therefore, we need education for privacy and mercy to protect our family, our children, and our youth from all the evil. There is much-needed awareness for the course of events that has been taking our children away from the real world every day and confining them in the virtual world. We all have crucial duties and responsibilities on preserving values like fondness, mercy, love, loyalty, and privacy that constitute the basis of family and passing them on to future generations. May our Almighty Lord grant us to be among his servants who are aware of their responsibilities.

[i] Al-A’raf, 7/33.

[ii] Bukhari, Adab, 78.