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ayan333
05-05-2009, 11:59 PM
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a friend of mine just asked me how she could explain why muslim women are required to ware Hijab....i know but i want to be firm with my reply..so can you help?

also they asked is it a cultural thing?

what heppens if you dont ware it?

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pvg8260
05-06-2009, 02:21 AM
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

The 30th and 31st verse of Surah an-Nur states,
“ And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants not having need (of women), or the children who have not attained knowledge of what is hidden of women; and let them not strike their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may be known; and turn to Allah all of you, O believers! so that you may be successful. .

watch this video and it should answer many things.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM-qU...layer_embedded

hope it helps
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Yanal
05-06-2009, 02:30 AM
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In simplier ways it is there so other men do not see the sisters face and head,that can cause fitnah which is also haaram in Islam,support that by saying One man and one women are never alone there's a third person and he's the shytaan (Devil),if you need me to expand just tell me and inshAllah I will reply to the best of my abilities and inshAllah you will accomplish your goal. Ameen.
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muslim soul
05-06-2009, 02:56 PM
Aslam alaykum
This is a good question and there is a beautiful answer! Allaah has
commanded us with every action that is good for us and prohibited us
from performing every action that is bad for us. Allaah orders the
Muslim woman to wear the hijaab when she steps out of the security of
her home or when in the presence of strange men. So to wear the
hijaab is a source of great good for you - the Muslim woman - for
many reasons. Among them:

1. You please Allaah. You are obeying the commands of your Lord when
you wear the hijaab and you can expect great rewards in return.

2. It is Allaah's protection of your natural beauty. You are too
precious to be "on display" for each man to see.

3. It is Allaah's preservation of your chastity.

4. Allaah purifies your heart and mind through the hijaab.

5. Allaah beautifies your inner and outer countenance with hijaab.
Outwardly your hijaab reflects innocence, purity, modesty, shyness,
serenity, contentment and obedience to your Lord. Inwardly you
cultivate the same.

6. Allaah defines your femininity through the hijaab. You are a woman
who respects her womanhood. Allaah wants you to be respected by
others, and for you to respect yourself.

7. Allaah raises your dignity through the hijaab. When a strange man
looks at you, he respects you because he sees that you respect
yourself.

8. Allaah protects your honour 100% through your hijaab. 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!

9. Allaah gives you nobility through the hijaab. You are noble not
degraded because you covered not naked.

10. Allaah demonstrates your equality as a Muslim woman through the
hijaab. Your Lord bestows upon you equal worth as your male
counterpart, and gives you a host of beautiful rights and liberties.
You express your acceptance of these unique rights by putting on the
hijaab.

11. Allaah defines your role as a Muslim woman through the hijaab.
You are a someone with important duties. You are a reflection of a
woman of action not idle pursuits. You display your sense of
direction and purpose through your hijaab. You are someone that
people take seriously.

12. Allaah expresses your independence through the hijaab. 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.

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

14. Allaah wants others to treat you - a Muslim woman - with
kindness. And the hijaab brings about the best treatment of men
towards you.

15. Allaah wants your beauty to be preserved and saved for just one
man to enjoy - your husband.

16. Allaah helps you to enjoy a successful marriage through wearing
hijaab. 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.

17. Allaah brings about peace and stability in the society through
the hijaab! 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.

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.
and believe me dear sister, it is good to obey the commands of your
Lord.

"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." [Sooratul-Bayyinah 98:8]
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1. An act of obedience. The hijab is an act of obedience to Allah and to his prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa salam), 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.' (S33:36).

Allah also 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.'(S24:31).
Juyubihinna: The 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 bodies.
2.The Hijab is IFFAH (Modesty).
Allah (subhannallah wa ta'ala) 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.' (S33:59).
In the above Ayaah 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 (subhannallah wa ta'ala) 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 Tahara (Purity)
Allah (swt) had shown 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.' (S33:53).
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 fitna (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 honourable manner.' (S33:32)
4. The hijab is a Shield
The prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa salam) said:
"Allah, Most High, is Heaven, is Ha'yeii (Bashful), Sit'teer (Shielder). He loves Haya' (Bashfulness) and Sitr (Shielding; Covering)."
The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa salam) 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 (subhannallah wa ta'ala) 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.'(S7:26).
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 Taqwah (righteousness).
6. The hijab is Eemaan (Belief or Faith)
Allah (subhannallah wa ta'ala) did not address His words about the hijab except to the believing women, Al-Mo'minat. In many cases in the Qur'an Allah refers to the "the believing women". Aisha (radiallah anha), the wife of the prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa salam), addressed some women from the tribe of Banu Tameem 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 Haya' (Bashfulness)
There are two authentic hadith which state: "Each religion has a morality and the morality of Islam is haya'" 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 Gheera 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.
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ayan333
05-06-2009, 03:06 PM
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Amazing replies


JazakALLAH Khair!!!!


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Woodrow
05-06-2009, 03:55 PM
Just adding an additional view.

The wearing of the Hijab has always been part of the worship of Allaah(swt) the people of the book who followed the original message given to them also wore/wear the Hijab. It was/is a major belief of the Jews, Christians and Sabians. Tha is at least it was so in the past and is still worn by some of the people of the book. The not wearing of the Hijab is fairly recent. As recently as 100 years ago it was required by nearly all Jewish and Christian denominations.

The question is not what is the reason for the Hijab, the real question should be "How do some women justify not wearing it?"
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yusuf18
05-06-2009, 04:06 PM
subanallah this is what happens to such people who dont know their deen just say to her its a command from the lord of the world you carnt question allah and also it is for your own good do you want to be seen as a peace of meat allah did it to protect you.muslim sisters should be thankful all you need to do is look at the western women and men treat them and you should thankfuln inshallah
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rpwelton
05-06-2009, 10:24 PM
I sense a deeper problem and the questioning of the hijab is just a symptom.

Does this sister truly believe that the Qur'an is the Word of Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger?
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pvg8260
05-07-2009, 03:35 AM
rpwelton is right, if the person isn't Muslim well than you have bigger issues to talk about. If she isn't Muslim she wouldn't understand that it's a Shield against bad things for women.
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Ummu Sufyaan
05-07-2009, 11:44 AM
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you could say: cos ya so drop dead gorgeous, no mans allowed to look at ya :p
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Re.TiReD
05-07-2009, 11:48 AM
AssalamuAlaykum

Islam respects it's women and doesnt like for them to be uncovered and under the lustful gaze of men, unlike christian women who interpret the verse, the womens hair is her crown, as meaning that they should show their hair off.

^ A christian just told me the above verse, I'm not sure where it appears though, unless its in the mormon book.

WassalamuAlaykum
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Fantasy Garden
05-07-2009, 11:58 AM
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I`d like to add that Hijab sets limits between your actions and thoughts

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Najm
05-07-2009, 06:45 PM
AsSalamOAlaikum WaRehamatuAllah WaBarkatuhu

You can fight with someone all day about the hijab, and win them over.... only to make them believe in the hijab.

OR

You can fight with someone all day about WHY and WHAT Islam teaches us including the hijab and win them over..... to not only agree on hijab but to make them believe in Islam.

FiAmaaniAllah
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Yanal
05-08-2009, 02:04 AM
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Introduction
This article is intended for my Muslim sisters who don't wear hijab and are not sure they want to. Sisters who have already decided to wear hijab but are nervous about actually doing it should read my article Tips for Beginning to Wear Hijab instead.

Islam: Submitting our will to the will of Allah SWT
The Arabic word islam simply means "surrender (to Allah)". The essence of our religion is this surrender or submission. It requires trust on our part. Trust that Allah SWT will be there for us, trust that He knows what is best for us.
Submission to Allah SWT requires that we put Him before ourselves. That we put our desires second to His desire for us. That we acknowledge that He knows better than we do what is right for us.
Very often, such submission is difficult. Sometimes it seems that everything that happens is bad, and we wonder how Allah SWT could desire this for us. And sometimes the things He asks of us are difficult to do, either because it seems too much to ask, or because it seems pointless or out of date. In times like this, submission becomes a struggle. We really have to work to find our trust in Allah SWT. We really have to do battle with our souls to admit that what we want or what we think doesn't seem to be what's right or best. Should we bother?
For me, the answer is yes, we should bother. Allah SWT tests us. He sends difficulties our way to see how we cope. He wants to see if we will keep trying even when it's a challenge. He wants to see if we will maintain our faith in Him, and trust in Him. If we do continue to have faith and to trust in Him, then He may reward us with Jannah for our sabr, inshallah. And Jannah is the everlasting reward. Any difficulty we face in the world will seem as fleeting as a nightmare when we look back from the Hereafter, and any ease we face in the world will also seem as fleeting as a dream. We shouldn't set these fleeting states as our goal; we should set the ultimate happiness as our goal. And the ultimate happiness is Jannah.
So if we have hope of Jannah, we should persevere even when it's a struggle for us, and we should keep on trying to perfect our submission to Allah SWT. This is what the religion is about: sabr, jihad, and islam.

Quran and Sunna: The way that Allah SWT has commanded
I mentioned above that part of Islam is trusting that Allah SWT knows what is best for us, and it is submitting to His judgment even if we don't think we agree. If Allah SWT has commanded something that we don't understand or don't like, we shouldn't reject that thing. Instead, we should try to seek its wisdom for ourselves and to change our own minds.
Now, the testimony of faith that we make to become Muslims, or when we assume adult status in the deen, has two parts: laa ilaha ill'Allah and Muhammadan rasul Allah. The first of these, none has the right to be worshiped except Allah, is a statement of our belief that Allah SWT is ruler of all, judge of all, all-knowing, all-powerful. It is He who must be obeyed, and obedience to anybody else is merely conditional and must not be done if they ask us to disobey Allah SWT. And Allah SWT has given us everything we have, our existence, our life, our capabilities, our goodness. If He took any of it away, there is no power that could help us get it back. And we could never repay Him to match what He has given us, or even begin to. However, in his infinite mercy, Allah SWT asks of us only that we obey Him. Isn't it the least that we can do for Him after all that He has done for us?
There is also the second testimony, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. The Prophet (sAas) would not be a messenger if he did not come with a message. And his message is the Quran. We are really also testifying that the Quran is a message from Allah SWT, and therefore, obedience to Allah SWT entails obedience to the Quran, because it is His word.
The Quran also tells us to obey the Prophet (sAas) as well as Allah SWT (see for example Surah an-Nisa ayah 59). It tells us that if we have faith we will take the Prophet (sAas) as the judge of any dispute (Surah an-Nisa ayah 65). It tells us that when both Allah SWT and the Prophet (sAas) have decided a matter it is not for a Muslim or Muslimah to have any further say in that matter (Surah al-Ahzab ayah 36). It tells us that what the Prophet (sAas) has given us, we should take and what he has prohibited to us, we should refrain from (Surah al-Hashr ayah 7). And it tells us that the Prophet (sAas) has been sent not just to deliver the Quran but also to explain it (Surah an-Nahl ayah 44).
How do we determine what the Prophet (sAas) has ordered, in order to obey it?
How do we find out what he judged in disputes so that we can abide by it?
How do we know what he has decided on matters, so that we can submit to it?
How do we discover what he has given, so that we can take it, or what he has prohibited, so we can abstain from it?
How do we learn how he has explained the Quran, so that we can follow that explanation and not other explanations?
The answer to all these questions is that we look at the Sunna. The Sunna is the Quran put into action by the Prophet (sAas). It shows what he ordered, judged, and decided. It shows what he has given us and what he has prohibited to us. It shows how he explained the Quran.
If we do not obey what the Prophet (sAas) has ordered, or abide by what he has judged, or submit to what he has decided, or take what he has given, or refrain from what he has prohibited, or follow his explanation of the Quran - then we have disobeyed Allah SWT.
That is why, if we are sincere about obeying Allah SWT and following His commandments, we should follow both the Quran and the Sunna.

Hijab: A commandment of the Quran and Sunna
In the first part of this article, I have argued that part of our commitment to Allah SWT is to trust that He knows what is best for us and that what He has commanded is what is right. I said that if we find ourselves disliking the way that He has set for us, our challenge is not to ignore or to try to change His command, but rather it is to seek for ourselves the wisdom in the command and to surrender to His will. If we don't like what He has commanded, we should try to change ourselves not Him. We should try to find reasons why His command is right and will be beneficial for us, and we should try to motivate ourselves through this to obey the command.
In the second part of the article, I have established why the Quran and Sunna are where we look to find what Allah SWT has commanded. Neither one can be taken alone but they both go together.
So, what do the Quran and Sunna say about hijab? There are two ayat of the Quran that deal with hijab. These are Surah an-Nur ayah 31 and Surah al-Ahzab ayah 59. Let's look at what these ayat say, and how the Prophet (sAas) has explained them.
Surah an-Nur ayah 31 says:
Wa qul li al-mu'minat yaghdudna min absarihinna wa yahfazna furujahunna wa laa yubdina zenatahunna illa maa zahara min haa wal-yadribna bi khumurihinna ala juyubihinna; wa laa yubdina zenatahunna illa li bu'ulatihinna aw aba'ihinna aw aba'i bu'ulatihinna aw abna'ihinna aw abna'i bu'ulatihinna aw ikhwanihinna aw bani ikhwanihinna aw bani akhawatihinna aw nisa'ihinna aw maa malakat aymanu hunna aw at-tabi'ina ghayri ulu'l-irbat min ar-rijal aw at-tifl alladhina lam yazharu ala awrat an-nisa wa laa yadribna bi arjulihinna li yu'lama maa yukhfina min zenatahinna. Wa tubu ilaAllahi jami'an, ayyuha al-mu'minun la'allakum tuflihun
And say to the faithful women to lower their gazes, and to guard their private parts, and not to display their beauty except what is apparent of it, and to extend their headcoverings (khimars) to cover their bosoms (jaybs), and not to display their beauty except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband's fathers, or their sons, or their husband's sons, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their womenfolk, or what their right hands rule (slaves), or the followers from the men who do not feel sexual desire, or the small children to whom the nakedness of women is not apparent, and not to strike their feet (on the ground) so as to make known what they hide of their adornments. And turn in repentance to Allah together, O you the faithful, in order that you are successful
Surah al-Ahzab ayah 59 says:
Ya ayyuha an-Nabiyy qul li azwajika wa banatika wa nisa al-mu'minin yudnina alayhinna min jalabib hinna; dhalika adna an yu'rafna fa laa yu'dhayn. Wa kana Allahu Ghafur Rahim
O Prophet! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the faithful to draw their outergarments (jilbabs) close around themselves; that is better that they will be recognized and not annoyed. And God is ever Forgiving, Gentle.
Together, these two ayat lay out seven commandments for Muslim sisters:
  1. "to lower their gazes"
  2. "to guard their private parts"
  3. "not to display their beauty except what is apparent of it"
  4. "to extend their headcoverings to cover their bosoms"
  5. "not to display their beauty except to their husbands or their fathers..."
  6. "not to strike their feet (on the ground) so as to make known what they hide"
  7. "to draw their outergarments close around themselves"
It can be seen that three of these commandments relate to behavior. These are:
  • lowering the gaze
  • guarding the private parts
  • not striking the feet on the ground so as to give knowledge of what is hidden
Lowering the gaze means not looking at what is forbidden to be seen of others. Guarding the private parts means that only the husband is allowed to see or touch them. Not giving knowledge of what is hidden means not posturing or strutting around so as to jangle hidden jewelry or make men think about hidden body parts. All of these are part of what Allah SWT has commanded in regard to hijab.
The other four commandments relate to dress, and can really be expressed as three rules:
  • not displaying the beauty beyond "what is apparent of it" except to the people listed in 24:31
  • extending the headcovering to cover the bosom
  • drawing the outergarment close around
What exactly is the meaning of each of these rules? For this, we need to look to the Sunna, because the Sunna shows us how the Prophet (sAas) explained the Quran.
The Prophet (sAas) explained to Asma bint Abu Bakr (rAa) that the phrase "what is apparent of it" refers to the face and hands. This is narrated by Aisha Umm al-Muminin (rAa), Qatada (rAa), and Asma bint Umais (rAa). This has been confirmed as the explanation of the phrase by the following scholars:
Sahaba: Aisha Umm al-Muminin (rAa), ibn Abbas (rAa), Anas ibn Malik (rAa), and Miswar ibn Makhrama (rAa)
Tabi'un: Ata (rAa), Qatada (rAa), Sa'id ibn Jubayr (rAa), Mujahid (rAa), al-Hasan (rAa), and al-Dahhak (rAa)
Commentators on the Quran: Imam Tabari, Imam Zamakhshari, Imam Razi, and Imam Qurtubi
In fact, the majority of scholars have agreed that the phrase "what is apparent of it" refers to the face and hands. For further information, please see Opinions of Scholars in Favor of Displaying the Face and Hands.
Therefore, the first rule can really be phrased as "do not display the beauty except for the face and hands around non-mahram men". This is the basic rule of hijab. You must recognize it. This is where it comes from. It is nothing other than the Prophet's (sAas) explanation of the Quran.
The second rule is to extend the headcovering (khimar) to cover the bosom. The commentators on the Quran have explained exactly what this command entails:
Imam Abu Abdullah Qurtubi: "Women in those days used to cover their heads with the khimar, throwing its ends upon their backs. This left the neck and the upper part of the chest bare, along with the ears, in the manner of the Christians. Then Allah commanded them to cover those parts with the khimar."
Imam Abu'l-Fida ibn Kathir: "'Extend their khimars to cover their bosoms' means that they should wear the khimar in such a way that they cover their chests so that they will be different from the women of the jahiliyyah who did not do that but would pass in front of men with their chests uncovered and with their necks, forelocks, and earrings uncovered."
From this we can see that the jahili women wore their khimars kaffiyah-style, with the ends tossed over their backs. This covered most of the hair, but left the forelock (front of the hair), the ears, the neck, and the upper chest uncovered. Then when the commandment, "Extend their khimars to cover their bosoms," was revealed, the women secured their khimars around the circles of their faces, fastened them at the chin, and let the ends drape down toward their bosoms. This would cover the forelock, the ears, the neck, and the upper chest, just as Imam Qurtubi and Imam ibn Kathir have indicated. And the end result is clearly a headscarf.
So what we have is that all of the body except the face and hands is commanded to be covered around non-mahram men (by the clause "not to display their beauty except what is apparent of it"), and the covering of the hair, ears, neck, and upper chest is specifically to be accomplished by the khimar (headscarf).
These are the two rules indicated by Surah an-Nur ayah 31, and once we understand how the Prophet (sAas) explained the meaning of the ayah, we can see that it clearly and explicitly sets out the dress of the Muslim sister around non-mahram men: a headscarf and conservative clothing that together cover everything but the face and the hands.
There is also the commandment in Surah al-Ahzab ayah 59 to wear a jilbab (outergarment). According to the majority of the scholars, this commandment applies when a sister is outdoors or in open public places (like the market or the masjid). The jilbab is thus the modest Islamic coat that goes over our modest Islamic clothes whenever we would wear a coat.
To learn more about the jilbab, please read my article Evidences for Jilbab. This sets out dalils from the Quran and Sunna, and the opinions of the scholars regarding the jilbab. To summarize the information in that document, the jilbab is any garment that meets the following conditions:
  • it is an outergarment, an extra layer, something worn over the clothes
  • it is thick and opaque and loosely cut so that it conceals what is underneath it
  • if it is worn with a khimar and with socks and shoes, it should cover from the shoulders to the ankles; if it is worn without these, it must cover everything but the face and hands, like a cloak
Again, the jilbab is to be worn outdoors and in open public places. The purpose of wearing the jilbab is to assert our Islamic identity and to provide protection from harassment for us. It is part of our hijab for these locations.
Summary
According to the Quran and Sunna, hijab consists of modest behavior in lowering the gaze, guarding the private parts, and avoiding showing off, and of modest dress. The modest dress includes a headscarf and must cover all of the body except the face and the hands. Outdoors and in open public places, a long coat (jilbab) should be worn in addition to the modest dress commanded by Surah an-Nur ayah 31. Each of these obligations is clearly set out in the Quran and has been explained by the Prophet (sAas).

My challenge to you
To me, the obligations of hijab are clear, explicit, and detailed when I look at both the Quran and the Sunna. There is no question in my mind; I am convinced that Allah SWT has indeed commanded hijab. Inshallah, I hope that after you have studied the dalils I have presented, you agree with me on this. Frankly, I don't see any other interpretation.
If we are agreed that the Quran and the Sunna do command hijab, then the real question is: how important is it to you to follow what Allah SWT has commanded in the Quran and Sunna?
It's your choice. Is it important for you to obey Allah SWT? Do you think you should submit your will to His? Do you believe that He knows what is best for you? Do you think that if you dislike what He has commanded, you should be the one to change, not Him? Are you willing to set aside your dislike and to try to seek the wisdom in what He has commanded? Are you motivated to try to surrender to Him even though it may be difficult for you? Is the promise of Jannah worth going through some hardship now?
Please consider each of these questions. If you are sincere in your commitment to Allah SWT, and in your choice of Islam as a religion, don't you think you should give hijab a try?

Afterword: If you're coming to think that hijab is part of the way that you want to serve Allah SWT, but you're not sure how to get there from here, please read my Tips for Beginning to Wear Hijab. Inshallah, it may help you find your way.
written by Al-Muhajabah
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Ibn Abi Ahmed
05-08-2009, 04:27 AM
Originally Posted by ayan333
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a friend of mine just asked me how she could explain why muslim women are required to ware Hijab....i know but i want to be firm with my reply..so can you help?

also they asked is it a cultural thing?

what heppens if you dont ware it?

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Be sure that you don't get sidetracked into a side issue. Generally when people ask questions like this, it's not a problem in their understanding of Hijaab, but of understanding Islaam and imaan. That needs to be worked on first, i.e. do you believe in Allaah? Do you believe that we are to follow what Allaah commands? etc. But once you give them general reasons and don't address the underlying issue which is more important by far, they'll simply move on to the next tabloid issue, like 'why do we need to pray?', etc.

I'm not saying don't give explanations, but what I am saying is that the first and most important reason that needs to be given is that Allaah has commanded it. After this, other reasons and benefits can be given.

This short talk explains the concept I'm trying to get across much better:

http://www.islamicboard.com/islamic-...messenger.html
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