Muslim women and their Hijab
I have noticed alot in the media and on here the attention that the Muslim woman is recieving on her wearing of Hijab.
This has compelled me to write a piece directed at Muslims and non- Muslims alike to show the real meaning of Hijab and Inshallah(god willing) eradicate the missconceptions surrounding it.
Firstly I would like as a female Muslim revert to say any truth in this article is from Allah alone anything false is from myself and Shaitan.(satan)
Some information about myself,
I am 26 years of age and have been studying Islam for about 2 years now. I have very recently taken my Shahada, wich for non-muslims is the declaration of faith witch on its basic level is saying openly "there is no god but god, and prophet mohammad(pbuh) is a messenger of god"
For each story I have read I become more and more upset, both with the lack of knowledge and opinions of non-muslims with regard to Hijab, but more so with my Muslim sisters and their unobservance and lack of knowledge of Hijab and its true meanings.
In one way I can not blame non-muslims for not understanding such fundamental aspects of the Islamic faith as us sisters are not making enough effort to explain to them the beauty and importance of our Hijab.
I have noticed many non-muslims believe that Hijab is cultural, that it is oppressive to woman, that she is forced to wear it, that the veil over the face(niqab) is a mask, that Hijab is their to hide her femininity and beauty. I would like to tackle these opinions one at a time
1. Hijab is cultural so why is it worn? Hijab is a religious requirement placed upon women from Allah. When a girl child reaches puberty she has to observe Hijab when she leaves the house.
Allah prescribed this in Al-Quran, he said, " and put on your outer garment(cloke) when you go abroad(outside) so as you be known and not be molested(bothered) as you can see it was prescribed for the benifit of women.
2. Oppressive to woman? On the contrary Hijab is so liberating if only you knew, when spoken to in daily life, in a taxi, the supermarket, anywhere, if it is a man he will talk to you and not your chest, you are approached on intellect not appearance, you can walk down the road without being bothered no car horns or whistleing or unwanted advances of any kind. You are given the respect that a woman is due by decree of almighty Allah
3. Forced to wear Hijab Now here I will say that sadly this does happen, some brothers and sisters with not enough Islamic knowledge who fail to teach the benifits of Hijab to their young daughters end up having to force them to wear it when they reach the correct age, However, this is very very few. All Muslim sisters I have ever spoken to wore it through choice, they wear it proudly because they know it is a symbol of their faith and submission to Allah
4. The veil on the face(niqab) This is not obligatory in Islam. The Prophet Mohammad(pbuh) told us for woman everything except the face and hands up unto the wrist must be covered. But these dear sisters who choose to cover their face and some even their hands it is their choice if they wish only their husbands to see their beauty. The Niqab should never be called a mask this is unfair and unjust.
5. Hijab hides a womans femininity and beauty? When put to Muslim woman this question is met with many responses the main one being that she feels more feminine and beautiful with her Hijab than without it in fact without it she feels uncomfortable, almost naked. The reason for this is when she wears Hijab she feels happy that Allah is pleased with her, she is doing what Allah commanded of her, she realises that the blessing of beauty that Allah bestowed upon her is not for the enjoyment of everyone but only for the one who is hers(husband) the one who is her life partner who gives her respect and provides for her, she is not a fancy object or a plaything to be used and put to the side she has rights in the sight of Allah. I can tell you my own experiance of wearing Hijab the peace I felt is incomparrable I felt a direct link to Allah in the observance of his command upon me.
At this point I would like to highlight the enfasis in western society on outer beauty and our opinion on what is beautiful and the devastating effects this is having on our young girl childeren, girls are suffering with anorexia at the age of 7 because of what they see in the media. The stick thin models showing everything they have our children emulate this, it is terrifing.
May Allah save us all from this evil.
To my Muslim sisters,
Assalamu alaikom wa rahmatul-lah
I have noticed a growing phenomina that is very disturbing to me it involves our Muslim sisters who either through lack of knowledge or blatant refusal do not observe Hijab.
I have read one such story where a dear sister was of the opinion that being modest was good enough and their was no need for Hijab.
I explianed to her this was not so based on the teachings of Quran and Prophet Mohammad(pbuh)
Inshallah she will realise this is not so and ask Allah for his forgivness
I would ask of my sisters to reply to this story with their thoughts on matters regarding Hijab and Inshallah any advice for me as a new Muslim.
We Muslimah need to get together and support each other, encourage our sisters in the wearing of Hijab in a society that views it as strange or frightening.
Many of our sisters face attacks both verbal and physical in our streets because of the issue of Hijab, this is unacceptable and must be stopped. We must bring the wider community to an greater understanding of Islam this is our responsibility as Muslims.
So my dear sisters I ask of you any oppertunity Allah provides you with to explain to a fellow human being about Islam do not waste it for surly you will be questioned on it on the last day.
To all my Muslim sisters, be proud of your Hijab it is a symbol of our submission to almighty Allah only through complete submission to the creator will we secure our Imaan, Hijab is beautiful sisters, it makes us stand out as slaves of Allah which is surely pleasing to him.
May Allah guide us all in matters of Imaan
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar.
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