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    Why do Sisters wear Hijab?

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    WHY DO SISTERS WEAR HIJAB????
    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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    The Prophet said, "Nobody who enters Paradise likes to go back to the world even if he got everything on the earth, except a Mujahid who wishes to return to the world so that he may be martyred ten times because of the dignity he receives (from Allah)."
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    An important point to be noted is that hijaab is an attitude and it is prescribed for men BEFORE WOMEN in the Qur'an

    Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allaah is All-Aware of what they do. 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 only that which is apparent (like palms of hands or one eye or both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husband's sons, their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sister's sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful. (Al -Qur'ân, ch.24:30-31)

    By Fawzia Malik

    Wearing the Hijaab isn't just a matter of simply putting a piece of cloth on your head, it is an attitude, a way of thinking and behaving, and accepting yourself for who and what you are. Basically it constitutes an Islaamic way of life, it is a statement which indeed should portray a certain attitude.

    A woman may indeed wear a long skirt and a scarf, but if she flirts constantly, then she can't be really described as wearing the Hijaab (Indeed clothes should be long, loose and not see through, after which any style of clothing is applicable). The whole idea involves conducting oneself with dignity at all times (that means running*for the bus and boisterous behaviour in public is not a good idea!!). As previously mentioned, the Hijaab depicts a statement, and that is something one should be continually aware of. It identifies you as a Muslim, and ultimately people will judge Islaam by you, and that is a heavy responsibility!! Yet sisters, we must also be thankful that by wearing the Hijaab, we go a long way in fulfilling our duties of Da'wah. Curiosity prompts people to question us, giving us the opportunity to show the non-Muslims the beauty of our religion. O.k., so we may get the stares at times (to which one rapidly becomes immune), but it is amazing how many are sincerely interested, oh and not to forget the redoubtable old British ladies on the Tube ("Oh I do like your headdress, my dear!!!").

    Hijaab isn't meant to restrict you from doing the kind of things you want to do, it is a blessing because it makes us check our behaviour continuously, preventing us from doing the things that Muslims shouldn't be doing anyway. Anything (with the blessings of the Almighty, is possible) -studying, working etc. etc. -provided it is within*the bounds of Islaam (Halaal).

    Sometimes, however the decision to wear the Hijaab can become extra complicated through external pressures, notably family and friends. Unfortunately, even some Muslims nowadays look upon the Hijaab as being too "extreme", and the like and when these attitudes come from members of your family then the decision becomes all the more difficult. Speaking from experience, things do change, because ultimately, you are doing this for Allaah (s.w.t), and he will make it easy for you, by "softening" the hearts of those that may not be all that encouraging. Eventually they themselves will want to*follow you because deep down they know that it is the right thing to do. If that doesn't help, then this should convince you:

    On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said : Allaah the Almighty says: " I am as my servant thinks I am...If he draws near to Me a hand's span, I draw near to him an arms length; and if he draws near to Me an arm's length, I draw near to him a fathom's length. And if he comes walking, I go to him at speed."

    On the other side, it is important to ascertain the motive for wearing the Hijaab. If you are thinking of wearing it to please your husband, to impress people at the mosque, or just as a change, then please think again. Hijaab (as with everything else) is to please Allaah (s.w.t) only, any other motive will not sustain that conviction.

    A word also to our brothers; Hijaab may seem to be merely a woman's issue, but that is not so. Muslim men have to follow a dress code too, no matter if it isn't as extensive as for women it still exists! The men, like women, should also wear loose clothes -so no tight fitting jeans please!! Their attitude to all women should also always remain respectful and business like, as the women's attitude to men should be.

    Finally, all of the above pales in significance to the words of our Creator (s.w.t): Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allaah is All-Aware of what they do. 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 only that which is apparent (like palms of hands or one eye or both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husband's sons, their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sister's sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful. (Al -Qur'ân, ch.24:30-31)
    Why does Islam degrade women by keeping them behind the veil?
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    The status of women in Islam is often the target of attacks in the secular media. The ‘hijab’ 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 ‘hijab’, 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. *


    Hijab for men *
    People usually only discuss ‘hijab’ in the context of women. However, in the Glorious Qur’an, Allah (swt) first mentions ‘hijab’ for men before ‘hijab’ 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. *


    Hijab 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 Hijab. *
    According to Qur’an and Sunnah there are basically six criteria for observing hijab: *


    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 ‘hijab’. *
    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. Hijab includes conduct and behaviour among other things *
    Complete ‘hijab’, 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 ‘hijab’ of the clothes is observing ‘hijab’ in a limited sense. ‘Hijab’ of the clothes should be accompanied by ‘hijab’ of the eyes, ‘hijab’ of the heart, ‘hijab’ of thought and ‘hijab’ of intention. It also includes the way a person walks, the way a person talks, the way he behaves, etc. *


    5. Hijab prevents molestation *
    The reason why Hijab 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 Hijab 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 hijab 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 Hijab 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 hijab 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 hijab 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 hijab, that is the complete body is covered except the face and the hands up to 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 Sharee'ah will reduce the rate of rapes *


    Naturally as soon as Islamic Sharee'ah is implemented positive results will be inevitable. If Islamic Sharee'ah is implemented in any part of the world, whether it is America or Europe, society will breathe easier. Hijab does not degrade a woman but uplifts a woman and protects her modesty and chastity.
    For more information:
    http://www.allaahuakbar.net/womens/index.htm

    Salaam
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    Assalamu Alykum

    MAshAllah very nice article sister, Allahs has certainly elevated the status of women through islam, as brother Ansar Al Haq shows JazzakumulAllah Khair both of u
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    Mashallah! So hijaab is not compulsory for men?:confused:
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    Mashallah! So hijaab is not compulsory for men?:confused:
    do MEn Have HIjab ???
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    remember that here the word "Hijab" is not used with its normal connataion, rather it refers to the "attitude" as brother Ansar Al Haq puts it.
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    Isn't the beard a form of Hijaab for men?
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    how do you mean brother?? I dont understand....
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    Assalam alaikum,

    Sorry brother. I've checked with the source and I said it wrong. I meant it's like a hijaab for men. It is recommended by the prophet and it is agreed upon that it is a great thing to keep. It isn't obligatory I've found out now but I meant it was like a hijaa for men because it is for the same purpose, no? Unless I'm mistaken of course. I'm not 100% sure.
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    It isn't obligatory I've found out now
    maybe its nt Obligatory,, but still we all shud try and do as mny of the sunnahs as possible....if sumone was to ask us... if we love our prophet Muhammad saw ... i m sure every single muslim brothers n sisters wud say yes ..but how many of us actually Aim to folow the sunnah ..
    Same way .. those who lOve the prophet, they shud make beard a MUST upon them.. coz i m sure in the day of qiyamah u wudnt want our Beloved Prophet saw to turn his face away from u...

    it is said, until u dnt love the prohet saw then the muslim is nt a full believer. wat i mean by love is ..they shud have HUBBE TAB'EE
    and HUBBE AQLI
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    Assalam alaikum,

    I agree totally. We should think about whether we want to please the prophet Muhammad (SAAS) or ourselves
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    It isn't obligatory I've found out now


    Although some ppl might disagree with that....but putting that aside, true we should all try to follow the way of the prophet (salalahu alayhi wassalam)

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    Subhanallah brother! Eek! Admin! *Ahem* Subhanallah brother (posh voice)
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    Asalaamu Alaykum wr wb

    You know i cant stand brothers who take the idea of growing the beard lightly!!!!! I hear them saying "its just sunnah"

    Subahanallah look to the sunnah and know that my dear brothers that you should grow your beard!

    Look to the rulings of the 4 imams and know that my dear brothers you should grow your beard!!

    Prophet grow his bear,

    the compians grow their beards,

    the rightly guided men grow their beards!

    So whats stopping you from growing your beards? Why take it lightly?


    If im mistaken then please correct me and along with you bring your proof.

    Before you jump for the gun take the time to read this insha Allah.

    http://www.al-sunnah.com/pdf/beard.pdf

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    lol sister have u ever grown a beard? or tried?

    it gets damn itchy sometimes lol but inshalla i will grow a proper one when im in uni (only 2 years hopefully :P)
    i think thats why we dont take it seriously - well its why i dont
    but im aware of the benefits of it and everything.
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    Brother, WHY do it lAter and not now.. n how can u be SO suree ull b alive after 2 years ... DEATH can knok ur door any second ... so ..inshAllah try keepin it from now .. imagine u were to die.. How wud u FAce our BELOVED Prophet saw .. HOw WOULD YOU FEEL if he turned his FAce away from you.. just the thought of it makes us weep...
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    i try not to imagine that i will die - its 2 depressing 4 me :P
    however, ur point is true. and i should really be growing it properly now. problem is that me beard dont grow properly. also i dont feel ready to actually take it on. i believe that i still have more to learn about this world and islam b4 i am to grow this beard - im not ready yet to take on that responsibility. thats what i meant by in 2 years time.
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    dont feel ready to actually take it on. i believe that i still have more to learn about this world and islam b4 i am to grow this beard - im not ready yet to take on that responsibility.
    errr.... growing beard would nt stop you from learning and seeking ilm.. but anyways .. May Allah swt give u Hidayah ..
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    lol i didnt mean that i would stop me from learning

    i meant that i needed to know more in general.
    u know find out my true purpose in life
    get my life started
    and with that comes my beard.
    thats what i meant
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