Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Qur'anic Advices - Proper Hijab

I begin with the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the All Merciful.

وَقُل لِّلۡمُؤۡمِنَـٰتِ يَغۡضُضۡنَ مِنۡ أَبۡصَـٰرِهِنَّ وَيَحۡفَظۡنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبۡدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنۡهَا‌ۖ وَلۡيَضۡرِبۡنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَىٰ جُيُوبِہِنَّ‌ۖ
"And say to the believing women that they must lower their gazes and guard their private parts, and must not expose their adornment, except that which appears thereof, and must wrap their bosoms with their shawls."(Surah An-Nur, Ayah 31)

The concept of Hijab is often misunderstood among some of the young sisters today. The common idea of hijab is that the girl is supposed to ensure that only her head is covered. However, Hijab holds much deeper meaning than just a piece of cloth. Hijab is a concept of manners, humility, and modesty. Lowering our gaze in order to avoid fitnah and acting with humility around men is Hijab. Guarding our private parts is Hijab. Behaving with good manners is Hijab, etc. Thus, every believing woman should realize that Hijab is a woman's guard, it is her reminder to do good and abstain from bad and she should always try to wear it in its correct form, and act according to the teachings of her Hijab. And of course, once we understand the beauty of hijab and awknowledge the reasons we wear it, we will begin to wear it correctly and with full reward, InshaAllah.

That being said, there are a total of seven conditions for proper hijab:

1). The clothes a Muslimah wears must cover her entire body with leeway given with regards to the hands and face.

2). The clothing must not be revealing, in other words thin and see-through.

3). In order to conceal the shape of the body, the clothing must be loose-fitting.

4). The woman's clothing shouldn't resemble that of a man's in anyway.

5). Style in clothing shouldn't look like the clothes of the disbelievers. Supported by the Hadith: "It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم "Whoever imitates a nation, then he is one of them." (Recorded by Abu Dawud and Ahmad).

6). The clothing shouldn't attract attention. Meaning that the designs should not be excessive or bold.

7). Last, and I think this is extremely important: Hijab should be worn for the right reason. Wear it for your Creator, never for the sake of His Creation.

Wasalaamu Alaykum

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

very good reminder