Monday, September 27, 2010

Why Hijab? It’s Virtues, Beauty and Obligation

In The name of Allah,The Most Merciful,The Most gracious

Some Sisters do not truly know the excellence and virtue of Hijab, they feel envious of non-Muslim women. Because they see them looking ‘beautiful’ for all to see. Hence, the Muslim woman then compares herself with them and feels ‘ashamed’ of her own Hijab.

This is, therefore, a reminder to our sisters about the superiority of Hijab. It is a reminder that Hijab will always reign supreme and that a true Muslim man will forever be dazzled by the beauty of the Muhijabah (woman who wears the Hijab).

Allah SWT said

And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what ordinarily appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms….” (Qur’an 24:30-31)

Hijab is:

1. Act of obedience

The Hijab is an act of obedience to Allah and to his Prophet (peace be upon him), Allah says in the Qur’an:

“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, has indeed strayed in a plain error.” (Qur’an, 33:36)

After commanding men to lower their gaze, Allah said:

“And 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 Juyubihinna.” (Qur’an, 24:31)

2. 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.” (Qur’an, 33:59).

In this verse there is an evidence that public display of a woman’s beauty 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 reminding, however, that is still better for them to keep their modesty.

O’ My sisters in faith!

Hijab is Allah’s protection of your natural beauty. You are too precious to be “on display” for each man to see. It is Allaah’s preservation of your chastity.Allah purifies your heart and mind through the hijaab. Allah beautifies your inner and outer countenance with hijaab.

3. Purity and honor

Hijaab reflects innocence, purity, modesty, shyness, serenity, contentment and obedience to your Lord.

O’ Muslimah !Hijab defines your femininity You are a woman who respects her womanhood. Allah wants you to be respected by others, and for you to respect yourself.

Hijab raises your dignity. When a strange man looks at you, he respects you because he sees that you respect yourself.

Allah revealed us the Hikma (wisdom) behind the legislation of the Hijab:

“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.” (Qur’an, 33:53)

The Hijab seeks greater purity for the hearts of believing men and women, because it screens the desires. Hijab blocks the sight, prevents Fitna and minimizes the chances of any ill thoughts and greed of sickened 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.” (Qur’an, 33:32)

4. Shield

Hijab protects your honour. Men do not gaze at you in a sensual way, they do not approach you in a sensual way, and neither do they speak to you in a sensual way. Rather, a man holds you in high esteem and that is just by one glance at you!

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Allah, Most High, is Ha’yeii (Bashful), Sit’teer (Shielder). He loves Haya’ (Bashfulness) and Sitr (Shielding; Covering).” The Prophet (peace 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.”

Moreover, the Hijab fits the natural bashfulness as part of the nature of women.

5. Piety

Allah says in the Qur’an:

“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.” (Qur’an, 7:26)

The widespread forms of dresses in the world today are hardly a cover and shield for the woman’s body. For Muslims dress is also an act of Taqwa (righteousness) .

6. Sense of honor

Hijab also protects a man’s Gheerah. A normal man will not like others to gaze at his wife or daughter, because he is protective about them and has that feeling of protective jealousy. Gheerah is the emotion that drives a man to safeguard his womenfolk from strangers. A Muslim man has Gheerah for all Muslim women. But free intermingling 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.

Hijab proves you Independent

Hijab expresses your independence. You are stating clearly that you are an obedient servant of the Greatest Master. You will obey no one else and follow no other way. You are not a slave to any man, nor a slave to any nation. You are free and independent from all man-made systems.

Hijab never oppress

Rather, Hijab gives you the freedom of movement and expression. You are able to move about and communicate without fear of harassment. Your hijaab gives you a unique confidence.

Allah wants others to treat you – a Muslim woman – with kindness. And the hijaab brings about the best treatment of men towards you.Hijab preserve and save your beauty for just one man to enjoy i.e; your husband.

Hijab helps you to enjoy a successful marriage. Because you reserve your beauty for one man alone, your husband’s love for you increases, he cherishes you more, he respects you more and he honours you more. So your hijaab contributes to a successful and lasting marriage relationship.

Hijab covers the head and NOT the brain, It never abstains you to free and open thinking..

Hijab brings about peace and stability in the society Yes this is true! Men do not cause corruption by forming illegal relationships because you – the Muslim woman – calm their passions. When a man looks at you, he feels at ease, not tempted to fornicate…

So a Muslim woman in hijaab is dignified, not dishonoured, noble, not degraded, liberated, not subjugated, purified, not sullied, independent, not a slave, protected, not exposed, respected, not laughed at, confident, not insecure, obedient, not a sinner, a guarded pearl, not a prostitute…

O Dear Muslim sister!

Come towards the gates of Paradise with us! Fulfill your duties towards Allaah, put on your adornment – put on your hijaab, and race towards Jannah (Paradise) by doing all good actions. You should agree by now that wearing hijaab is extremely beneficial – it must be – because Allaah only commands what is good…

“Their reward is with their Lord: Gardens of Eden underneath which rivers flow wherein they will dwell for ever; Allaah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him; this is (in store) for whoever fears his Lord.”[Noble Qur’an 98:8]

May Allah guide all to true path! Ameen!

JazakAllahu Khair for Reading

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