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1. An act of
hijab is an act of obedience to Allah and to his prophet (peace and blessings
be upon him), Allah says in the Quran:
"It is not for a believer, man or
woman, when Allah and His messenger have decreed a matter that they should
have an option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger
(peace and blessings be upon him), has indeed strayed in a plain error."
tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden
things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc) and not
to show off their adornment except what must (ordinarily) appear thereof, that
they should draw their veils over their Juyubihinnah." [Noble Quran
respected scholars from As-Salaf As-Saleh (righteous predecessors) differed
whether the veil cover of the body must include the hands and face or not.
Today, respected scholars say that the hands and face must be covered. Other
respected scholars say it is preferable for women to cover their whole
2. The Hijab is IFFAH (Modesty).
Allah made the adherence to the hijab
a manifestation for chastity and modesty. Allah says:
"O Prophet! Tell
your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their
cloaks (veils) over their bodies (when outdoors). That is most convenient that
they should be known and not molested." [Noble Quran 33:59]
In the above Ayah there is an
evidence that the recognition of the apparent beauty of the woman is harmful to
her. When the cause of attraction ends, the restriction is removed. This is
illustrated in the case of elderly women who may have lost every aspect of
attraction. Allah made it permissible for them to lay aside their outer
garments and expose their faces and hands reminding, however, that is still
better for them to keep their modesty.
3. The hijab is Taharah (Purity)
Allah had shown us the hikmah (wisdom) behind the legislation of the
"And when you ask them (the Prophet's wives) for anything you
want, ask them from behind a screen, that is purer for your hearts and their
hearts." [Noble Quran 33:53]
The hijab makes for greater purity for the
hearts of believing men and women because it screens against the desire of the
heart. Without the hijab, the heart may or may not desire. That is why the heart
is more pure when the sight is blocked (by hijab) and thus the prevention of
fitnah (evil actions is very much manifested. The hijab cuts off the ill
thoughts and the greed of the sick hearts:
"Be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy or evil
desire for adultery, etc) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honorable
manner." [Noble Quran 33:32]
4. The hijab is a Shield
(peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Allah, Most High, is Hayie (Bashful),
Sittir (Shielder). He loves Haya' (Bashfulness) and Sitr (Shielding; Covering)."
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) also said: "Any woman who takes
off her clothes in other than her husband's house (to show off for unlawful
purposes), has broken Allah's shield upon her." The hadith demonstrates that
depending upon the kind of action committed there will be either reward (if
good) or punishment (if bad).
5. The hijab is Taqwah (Righteousness)
Allah says in the Quran:
"O children of Adam! We have
bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc)
and as an adornment. But the raiment of righteousness, that is better." [Noble
The widespread forms of dresses in the world today are mostly
for show off and hardly taken as a cover and shield of the woman's body. To the
believing women, however the purpose is to safeguard their bodies and cover
their private parts as a manifestation of the order of Allah. It is an act of
6. The hijab is Eeman
(Belief or Faith)
Allah did not address His words about the hijab except to the believing women, Al-Mo'minat. In many cases in the Quran Allah refers to the "the believing women". Aisha, the wife of the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), addressed some women from the tribe of Banu Tamim who came to visit her and had light clothes on them, they were improperly dressed: "If indeed you are believing women, then truly this is not the dress of the believing women, and if you are not believing women, then enjoy it."
7. The hijab is Hayah'
There are two authentic hadith which state: "Each religion has a morality and the morality of Islam is hayah'" AND "Bashfulness is from belief, and belief is in Al-Jannah (paradise)". The hijab fits the natural bashfulness which is a part of the nature of women.
8. The hijab is Gheerah
The hijab fits the natural feeling of Gheerah, which is intrinsic in the straight man who does not like people to look at his wife or daughters. Gheerah is a driving emotion that drives the straight man to safeguard women who are related to him from strangers. The straight MUSLIM man has Gheerah for ALL MUSLIM women In response to lust and desire, men look (with desire) at other women while they do not mind that other men do the same to their wives or daughters. The mixing of sexes and absence of hijab destroys the Gheerah in men. Islam considers Gheerah an integral part of faith. The dignity of the wife or daughter or any other Muslim woman must be highly respected and defended.