literally means 'to cover'. Hijab
In Islamic Shari'ah (Law)
means covering a woman's body.
It is an undeniable biological fact that both men and women
are attracted towards each other by their physical appearances.
Islam is fully aware of this human weakness
and as a result, it has laid down certain guidelines, which
if followed carefully, may create a healthy society where
crimes against women can easily be checked.
a decent dress code for women. They should cover their bodies
in such a way that no such area of their body is visible
which may arouse evil thoughts among men.
The Holy Qur-an commands:
tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from
looking at forbidden things), and protect their
private parts (from illegal sexual
acts) and not to show off their adornment except
only that which is apparent (like both
eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms
of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, head-cover,
apron etc.), and to draw their veils all over
their Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies,
faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal
their adornment except to their husbands, or their
fathers or their husband's fathers, or their husband's
sons, or 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 vigor, or small children
who have no sense of feminine 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."
(The Light) The Qur-an 24:31
another place the Qur-an specifically tells the women
to cover their entire body
they go out for any work:
Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the
women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils)
all over their bodies. That will be better, that they
should be known (as free respectable women) so as
not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving,
Most Merciful." Surah
(The Confederates) The Qur-an
advocated decency in dress.
you Children of Adam! We have bestowed on you
raiment to cover your shame as well as to be an adornment
to you. But the raiment of righteousness, that is
the best. Such are among the Signs of Allah,
that they may receive admonition.
(The Heights) The Qur-an
advocated modesty in dress and conduct, and
approve of intermingling of opposite sexes, for at times
it might lead to situations which might disturb the social
Since the prime concern of
is the establishment of decency in the society, it cannot
afford to bear the indecent exposure of women for unnecessarily
arousing the carnal passion among men. So it has prescribed
a decent dress code for women, which if they adhere to,
might check the growing crime rate against women.
is an attitude, and is neither a sign of backwardness nor
submission to men. Wearing the Hijab
isn't just a matter of simply putting a piece of cloth on
your head, is a way of thinking and behaving, and accepting
yourself for who and what you are. Hijab.
Basically it constitutes an Islamic way of life, it is a
statement which indeed should portray a certain attitude.
A woman may wear a long skirt and a scarf, but if she flirts,
then she can't be really described as wearing the
for Muslim women 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.
mentioned earlier, the Hijab
depicts a statement, and that is something one should be
continually aware of. It identifies one as a Muslim.
comes a big responsibility. People will judge Islam
through the person wearing Hijab
is an automatic means of Da'wah (Invitation).
Curiosity prompts people to ask question, generating opportunities
to show the non-Muslims the beauty of Islam.
A Muslimah may get strange stares at times, but amazingly
most people are sincerely interested.
does not restrict a Muslimah
from doing the kind
of lawful things one wants to do. it is a blessing because
it keeps acheck 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 Islam (Halal).
however the decision to wear the Hijab
can become extra complicated through external pressures,
notably family and friends. Unfortunately, even some Muslims
nowadays look upon the Hijab
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.
is to be done for Allah (God),
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.
that doesn't help, then this should convince you: On the
authority of Abu Hurayrah (R) who said that the Messenger
Muhammad (S) said : Allah 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."
the other side, it is important to ascertain the motive
for wearing the Hijab
If one is wearing it to please one's husband, to impress
people at the mosque, or just as a change, then please think
(as with everything else) is to please Allah
(God) only, any other motive will
not sustain that conviction.
is not only a woman's issue. 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. Their attitude to all women should also always
remain respectful, as the women's attitude to men should
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. 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 (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 brothers or their brothers' sons,
Or their sisters' sons, Or their women, or their slaves
Whom their right hands Possess, or male attendants
Free of sexual desires. Or small children who Have
no carnal knowledge of women; 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 in repentance that ye may
(The Light) The Qur-an