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    HIJAAB FOR WOMEN

    Question:

    Why does Islam degrade women by keeping them behind the veil?

    Answer:

    The status of women in Islam is often the target of attacks in the
    secular media. The ‘hijaab’ or the Islamic dress is cited by
    many as an example of the ‘subjugation’ of women under Islamic
    law. Before we analyze the reasoning behind the religiously mandated
    ‘hijaab’, let us first study the status of women in societies
    before the advent of Islam

    1. In the past women were degraded and used as objects of lust

    The following examples from history amply illustrate the fact that
    the status of women in earlier civilizations was very low to the
    extent that they were denied basic human dignity:

    1. Babylonian Civilization:
    The women were degraded and were denied all rights under the
    Babylonian law. If a man murdered a woman, instead of him being
    punished, his wife was put to death.

    2. Greek Civilization:
    Greek Civilization is considered the most glorious of all ancient
    civilizations. Under this very ‘glorious’ system, women were
    deprived of all rights and were looked down upon. In Greek
    mythology, an ‘imaginary woman’ called ‘Pandora’ is the root
    cause of misfortune of human beings. The Greeks considered women to
    be subhuman and inferior to men. Though chastity of women was
    precious, and women were held in high esteem, the Greeks were later
    overwhelmed by ego and sexual perversions. Prostitution became a
    regular practice amongst all classes of Greek society.

    3. Roman Civilization:
    When Roman Civilization was at the zenith of its ‘glory’, a man
    even had the right to take the life of his wife. Prostitution and
    nudity were common amongst the Romans.

    4. Egyptian Civilization:
    The Egyptian considered women evil and as a sign of a devil.

    5. Pre-Islamic Arabia:
    Before Islam spread in Arabia, the Arabs looked down upon women and
    very often when a female child was born, she was buried alive.

    2. Islam uplifted women and gave them equality and expects them to
    maintain their status.

    Islam uplifted the status of women and granted them their just
    rights 1400 years ago. Islam expects women to maintain their status.

    Hijaab for men

    People usually only discuss ‘hijaab’ in the context of women.
    However, in the Glorious Qur’an, Allah (swt) first mentions
    ‘hijaab’ for men before ‘hijaab’ for the women. The Qur’an
    mentions in Surah Noor:

    "Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and
    guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and
    Allah is well acquainted with all that they do."
    [Al-Qur’an 24:30]

    The moment a man looks at a woman and if any brazen or unashamed
    thought comes to his mind, he should lower his gaze.

    Hijaab for women.

    The next verse of Surah Noor, says:

    " 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 (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that
    they should draw veils over their bosoms and not display their
    beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’
    fathers, their sons..."
    [Al-Qur’an 24:31]

    3. Six criteria for Hijaab.

    According to Qur’an and Sunnah there are basically six criteria
    for observing hijaab:

    1. Extent:

    The first criterion is the extent of the body that should be
    covered. This is different for men and women. The extent of covering
    obligatory on the male is to cover the body at least from the navel
    to the knees. For women, the extent of covering obligatory is to
    cover the complete body except the face and the hands upto the
    wrist. If they wish to, they can cover even these parts of the body.
    Some scholars of Islam insist that the face and the hands are part
    of the obligatory extent of ‘hijaab’.

    All the remaining five criteria are the same for men and women.

    2. The clothes worn should be loose and should not reveal the
    figure.

    3. The clothes worn should not be transparent such that one
    can see through them.

    4. The clothes worn should not be so glamorous as to attract
    the opposite sex.

    5. The clothes worn should not resemble that of the opposite
    sex.

    6. The clothes worn should not resemble that of the
    unbelievers i.e. they should not wear clothes that are specifically
    identities or symbols of the unbelievers’ religions.

    4. Hijaab includes conduct and behaviour among other things

    Complete ‘hijaab’, besides the six criteria of clothing, also
    includes the moral conduct, behaviour, attitude and intention of the
    individual. A person only fulfilling the criteria of ‘hijaab’ of
    the clothes is observing ‘hijaab’ in a limited sense.
    ‘Hijaab’ of the clothes should be accompanied by ‘hijaab’ of
    the eyes, ‘hijaab’ of the heart, ‘hijaab’ of thought and
    ‘hijaab’ of intention. It also includes the way a person walks,
    the way a person talks, the way he behaves, etc.

    5. Hijaab prevents molestation

    The reason why Hijaab is prescribed for women is mentioned in the
    Qur’an in the following verses of Surah Al-Ahzab:

    "O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women
    that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when
    abroad); that is most convenient, that they should be known (as
    such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
    [Al-Qur’an 33:59]

    The Qur’an says that Hijaab has been prescribed for the women so
    that they are recognized as modest women and this will also prevent
    them from being molested.

    6. Example of twin sisters

    Suppose two sisters who are twins, and who are equally beautiful,
    walk down the street. One of them is attired in the Islamic hijaab
    i.e. the complete body is covered, except for the face and the hands
    up to the wrists. The other sister is wearing western clothes, a
    mini skirt or shorts. Just around the corner there is a hooligan or
    ruffian who is waiting for a catch, to tease a girl. Whom will he
    tease? The girl wearing the Islamic Hijaab or the girl wearing the
    skirt or the mini? Naturally he will tease the girl wearing the
    skirt or the mini. Such dresses are an indirect invitation to the
    opposite sex for teasing and molestation. The Qur’an rightly says
    that hijaab prevents women from being molested.

    7. Capital punishment for the rapists

    Under the Islamic shariah, a man convicted of having raped a woman,
    is given capital punishment. Many are astonished at this ‘harsh’
    sentence. Some even say that Islam is a ruthless, barbaric religion!
    I have asked a simple question to hundreds of non-Muslim men.
    Suppose, God forbid, someone rapes your wife, your mother or your
    sister. You are made the judge and the rapist is brought in front of
    you. What punishment would you give him? All of them said they would
    put him to death. Some went to the extent of saying they would
    torture him to death. To them I ask, if someone rapes your wife or
    your mother you want to put him to death. But if the same crime is
    committed on somebody else’s wife or daughter you say capital
    punishment is barbaric. Why should there be double standards?

    8. Western society falsely claims to have uplifted women

    Western talk of women’s liberalization is nothing but a disguised
    form of exploitation of her body, degradation of her soul, and
    deprivation of her honour. Western society claims to have
    ‘uplifted’ women. On the contrary it has actually degraded them
    to the status of concubines, mistresses and society butterflies who
    are mere tools in the hands of pleasure seekers and sex marketeers,
    hidden behind the colourful screen of ‘art’ and ‘culture’.

    9. USA has one of the highest rates of rape

    United States of America is supposed to be one of the most advanced
    countries of the world. It also has one of the highest rates of rape
    in any country in the world. According to a FBI report, in the year
    1990, every day on an average 1756 cases of rape were committed in
    U.S.A alone. Later another report said that on an average everyday
    1900 cases of rapes are committed in USA. The year was not
    mentioned. May be it was 1992 or 1993. May be the Americans got
    ‘bolder’ in the following years.

    Consider a scenario where the Islamic hijaab is followed in America.
    Whenever a man looks at a woman and any brazen or unashamed thought
    comes to his mind, he lowers his gaze. Every woman wears the Islamic
    hijaab, that is the complete body is covered except the face and the
    hands upto the wrist. After this if any man commits rape he is given
    capital punishment. I ask you, in such a scenario, will the rate of
    rape in America increase, will it remain the same, or will it
    decrease?

    10. Implementation of Islamic Shariah will reduce the rate of rapes

    Naturally as soon as Islamic Shariah is implemented positive results
    will be inevitable. If Islamic Shariah is implemented in any part of
    the world, whether it is America or Europe, society will breathe
    easier. Hijaab does not degrade a woman but uplifts a woman and
    protects her modesty and chastity.

    Hijaab for women............

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    Re: Hijaab for women............

    Salam,

    Islam respects women by hijab, just the way they deserve to be respected.

    Islam is class apart.

    Yes, many of our Muslim sisters feel Hijab very tough to wear and feel less attractive to guys. Only if they knew good guys like decent and simple girls, not the provocative ones{they almost invariably attract the wrong guys}

    May Allah guide them.

    Wassalam.

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    Re: Hijaab for women............

    good post

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    Re: Hijaab for women............

    If I had £1 for every hijab-related post in this forum, I could possibly give up my day job!

    Although I have to admit that at times it makes me roll my eyes, it has made me realise just how defensive muslimahs feel about this issue. Not really surprising, given the present political climate ...

    Peace, sisters
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    May God help me.
    Amen.

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    Re: Hijaab for women............

    Quote Originally Posted by glo View Post
    If I had £1 for every hijab-related post in this forum, I could possibly give up my day job!

    Although I have to admit that at times it makes me roll my eyes, it has made me realise just how defensive muslimahs feel about this issue. Not really surprising, given the present political climate ...

    Peace, sisters
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