السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you.
So a lot of the time sisters, including myself are asked why we wear Hijaab (remember it is not only the headscarf but also abaya/jibaabs as well). The answers we usually give are because want to cover ourselves and protect ourselves from the desires of the opposite gender. Yes, it’s true but that’s not the real reason why we adorn the Hijaab. The ‘reasons’ mentioned above are not the actual reasons why we wear what we wear.
So what is it?
It is because Allah told us to in Surah Al-Noor, verse 31 “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 their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.” So here, Allah is making it clear to us what and how we should cover in front of those who are not mentioned in the ayah. Now tell me, if we truly love Allah and are ready to submit ourselves to Him out of awe and fear, would we then not cover our beauty for His sake? Allah does not tell us to do anything which will be harmful for us. In fact He hates it when we harm ourselves – that’s why he gifted us many cures in the Qur’aan in order to stop harming our bodies and ourselves, and one of those cures happens to be our hijab.
The benefits from wearing it, with the right intention award us many benefits in this world, of which some are:
- Appearing to be modest and warding off attention from the opposite gender
- Showing humility to Allah as these bodies do not belong to us. They belong to Allah and it is our duty to protect our bodies and our modesty as we will be questioned on how we treated ourselves.
- Encourages us to do more deeds as it is a physical reminder that we are Muslim and we follow the commandments of Allah, striving to meet His expectations rather than the expectations of the creation (who are never satisfied)
It is also important to remember that the material we wear is only hijab if we wear it correctly. If our headscarves and abayas are transparent or tight, we are not protecting our bodies and hiding our figures from the opposite gender. As stated in the ayah, we must cover our chests. Yes, that means we need to wear it in a way which makes the material go below our chest, it’s not hard Alhamdulillah! Hijaab is not for style, don’t wear the material if you want to stand out and look nice and attractive when you step outside the house, that ruins the whole point of wearing it. Allah tells us to adorn the Hijab for our own benefit, not for others or Himself. So don’t do it for display or praise from others as Allah SWT and only Allah SWT knows our intentions and gives us true praise for pleasing Him.
HIJAAB IS NOT ONLY WHAT WE WEAR BUT ALSO THE WAY WE DISPLAY OURSELVES IN TERMS OF OUR CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOUR. The way we speak and behave towards everyone is also Hijab, we need to make sure we are humble and don’t become arrogant as it ruins our deeds no matter how ‘good’ the action may be.
So why do some people find it hard then?
- Dunya – full of temptations and desires. It’s normal and natural to be tempted but it’s our duty to act upon our thoughts and desires and remind ourselves of our purpose in this life and Who we will stand in front of on the Day of Judgement.
- Some people just don’t understand that it is because Allah told us to. It’s as simple as that.
- Feelings – this is a strange one. Hijab is directly linked to Imaan. If one lacks, the other will lack as well. That’s why it’s important to work on both so we don’t become amongst those who start doubting and become arrogant. If we find it difficult to wear hijab and to cover ourselves, then it is clear that we need to work on our Iman.
I AM NOT SAYING THAT WE SHOULD START ATTACKING SISTERS WHO DON’T WEAR HIJAB/COVER THEMSELVES AND TELL THEM TO START WEARING LOOSE CLOTHES ETC! All these points go to myself first and foremost and then to you all. Everyone fights their own battles, wars within their hearts which stops them from following even the most basic commandments of Allah such as Salaah. It doesn’t mean that brothers and sisters who are practicing should jump to go and criticise those who are not practicing. NO! We DO NOT have the right to. If we really care, then we should approach them with kindness and be humble on how we speak to them about these matters. Let’s face it, it’s really personal and it can really get to people. If we feel uncomfortable to approach someone then just let it be and make du’a for Allah to give them hidayah (guidance); perhaps Allah will guide them through someone else. We should focus on bettering ourselves rather than telling others how to live their lives. A few reminders here and there and advising them is the Sunnah, but interrogating them and forcing them is not allowed.
Anyway my last point.. Always remember the hadith where the Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam told us that “Islam began as something strange and will revert to being strange as it began, so give glad tidings to the strangers.” [Muslim- Book of Faith- 145] So don’t worry if people don’t understand the reason why you cover yourself for the sake of Allah. As long as you’re doing it with the correct intention that’s all that matters. This life and this Dunya is not for us to feel comfortable, always look forward to the Akhirah, our destination.
May Allah reward you for reading this post ameen. I hope I have helped one way or another. I hope you are having a wonderful day in shaa Allah, please kindly keep the Muslim Ummah and I in your du’as.
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