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The Virtues of The Hijab


With the name of Allah the most gracious the most merciful

1. The Hijab is an act of Obedience

Wearing hijab is an act of obedience to Allah (swt). Obedience manifests as worship to Allah (swt) which is part of our Tawheed. ıAllah says in the ıQur'an:

It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His messenger have ıdecreed a matter that they should have an option in their decision. And whoever disobeys ıAllah and His Messenger has indeed strayed in a plain error. [Surah Al Ahzab 33:36]

2.  The Hijab is Modesty

Allah (swt) made the adherence to the hijab a manifestation for chastity and ımodesty. Allah says:

O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of ıthe believers to draw their cloaks (veils) over their bodies (when outdoors). That is most ıconvenient that they should be known and not molested. [Surah Al Ahzab 33:59]

In the above verse ıthere Allah (swt) gives the hijab as a preventative action to safeguard their chastity.

Abu Dawud related that `Aiesha (ra) ısaid:

"After this Ayah was revealed the women of the Ansar appeared like crows (because of ıthe color and shape of the cloaks they wore).

3. The Hijab is Tahara (Purity)

Allah (swt) had shown us the hikmah (wisdom) behind the legislation of the hijab:

And ıwhen you ask them (the Prophet's wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a ıscreen; that is purer for your hearts and their hearts. [Surah Al Ahzab 33:53]

The hijab makes for greater purity for the hearts of believing men and women because it ıscreens against the desire of the heart. Without the hijab, the heart may or may not desire. ıThat is why the heart is more pure when the sight is blocked (by hijab) and thus the ıprevention of fitna (evil actions is very much manifested. The hijab cuts off the ill ıthoughts and the greed of the sick hearts: ı

Be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy or evil desire for ıadultery, etc) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honourable manner. [Surah Al Ahzab 33:32]

4. The Hijab is a Shield

The prophet (saw) said:

"Allah, Most High, is Heaven, is Ha'yeii (Bashful), Sit'teer ıı(Shielder). He loves Haya' (Bashfulness) and Sitr (Shielding; Covering)."

The Prophet ıı(saw) also said:

"Any woman who takes off her clothes in other than her husband's ıhouse (to show off for unlawful purposes), has broken Allah's shield upon her. "

5. The Hijab is Taqwah (Piety)

Allah (swt) says in the Qur'an:

O children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon ıyou to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc) and as an adornment. But the ıraiment of righteousness, that is better. [Surah Al A'raf 7:26]

The widespread forms of dresses in the ıworld today are mostly for showing off and hardly taken as a cover and shield of the ıwoman's body. To the believing women, however the purpose is to safeguard their body ıand cover their private parts as a manifestation of the order of Allah. It is an act of ıTaqwah (piety). ı

6. The Hijab is Iman (Belief or Faith)

Allah (swt) did not address His words about the hijab except to the believing women, Al-ıMu'minat. In many cases in the Qur'an Allah refers to the "the believing women".

Aiesha ıı(ra), the wife of the Prophet (saw), addressed some women from the tribe of Banu ıTameem who came to visit her and had light clothes on them, they were improperly ıdressed:

"If indeed you are believing women, then truly this is not the dress of the ıbelieving women, and if you are not believing women, then enjoy it." ı

7. The Hijab is Haya' (Bashfulness)

There are two authentic hadith which state, the Messenger (saw) said:

"Each religion has a morality and the ımorality of Islam is haya'" and "Bashfulness is from belief, and belief is in Al-Jannah ıı(paradise)."

The hijab fits the natural bashfulness which is a part of the nature of women. ı

8. The Hijab is Gheerah

Gheerah is a driving emotion that ıdrives the straight man to safeguard women who are related to him from strangers. The hijab fits the natural feeling of Gheerah, which is intrinsic in the straight man who ıdoes not like people to look at his wife or daughters.

The ıMuslim man should have gheerah for all Muslim women in response to lust and ıdesire, men look (with desire) at other women while they do not mind that other men do ıthe same to their wives or daughters. The mixing of sexes and absence of hijab destroys ıthe Gheera in men.

Islam considers Gheerah an integral part of faith. The dignity of the ıwife or daughter or any other Muslim woman must be highly respected and defended. ı

Submitted by a Mujahid

Interesting I am a Muslim but I know very little of this.

Posted on Jun. 21st, 2008 at 02:04 pm


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