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The Sunnah Hijab; a living or forgotten legacy

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Bismillahir-rahmanir raheem. This article is firstly for all the good sisters out there trying to help others sisters wear the hijab in ways that would suit their needs and also for every muslim who wants to learn about the hijab of the sunnah.

Promiscuity, prostitution and sexual harassment of women used to be rampant in the pre-islamic era. Islam came and reformed these and inculcated decency in both muslim men and women. Then came a time in madina when the hypocrites started creating problems for them. They began spreading rumours and slander about muslims as well as using using vulgar, flirtatious words seeking adultery with their women.

Allah (swt) then sent down these verses:

“O prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That will be better for them,  that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is ever forgiving, Most Merciful. If the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease and those who spread rumours in al-Madina do not cease, we will certainly incite you against them, then they will not remain therein except for a little. (Q33:59-60)

‘So as not to be annoyed’ meaning if they do that (cover up themselves), they will be known as free respectable women and not prostitutes or slaves (Tafsir Ibn khatir)

And those in whose hearts is a disease’: this instance means the adulteres in madina (i.e those seeking adultery)” (Tafsir ibn khatir)

These verses reveals the main reason hijab was commanded during the golden era of the prophet  (saw) i.e in the sunnah. Our hijab came to uphold the dignity of women and liberate them from being thought of as sex objects (a punch in the face to those who say muslim women are not liberated). How then did the women of the times of the prophet (saw) cover themselves?

A part of the previous verse read: “to bring down over themselves of their outer garments (their jalaabib)” then what is a “jalaabib”. Jalabib is plural for jilbab. ‘which is defined as a cloak covering the head and reaching the ground, thereby covering the woman’s entire body’. (Commentary,  sahih international Qur’an translation).

In the other verse that spoke about hijab in the qur’an, Allah (swt) said:

“And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision their gaze (looking only at what is lawful) and guard their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) and not to expose their adornment (except that which (necessarily) appears thereof, and to draw down (a portion) of their headcovers over their chests and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers, their brother’s sons, their sister’s sons, or their women  that which their right hands possess (i.e slaves) or those male attendants  having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women…..(Q24: 31).

And not to show off your adornments except that which is apparent’  meaning both natural beauty such as hair or body shape, and that with which a woman beautifies herself of clothing, jewelry e.t.c (Commentary of verse, sahih international Qur’an translation)

‘To draw their  headcovers (khumur) all over their juyub (necks, chest e.t.c)’. Khumur is the plural of khimar which means something that covers and is what is used to cover the head. This is what is known amongst the people as veil.  This means they should wear the khimar in such a way as to cover their chests and ribs so that they will be different from the women of jahiliyyah (pre-islamic era) who did not do so but would pass in front of men with their chest uncovered and with their necks, forelocks, hair and earrings uncovered(Tafsir ibn khatir).

Aisha (RA) said: may Allah (swt) have mercy on the women of the early emigrants, when Allah (swt) revealed the ayah ‘to draw their veils all over their juyub’ they tore their aprons and covered all over themselves with them (Al-Bukhari).

Subhanallah, that was the hijab the sunnah. That was the hijab that was worn by the most noble of women to have ever walked the surface of this earth. This was the hijab of Khadeejah, A’isha and Hafsah, the mothers of the believers.

These descriptions tells us that the sunnah hijab was either a jilbab which is an outer garment (i.e jilbab) that covers from head to toe, or an outer garment (e.g abaya)to cover the body plus a veil (khimar) which covers the head upto the chest area. Though no one type of hijab is a status quo in islam, especially since what is available differs from place to place, but in essence, it has to fulfill the conditions of hijab, and who will fulfill them better than the best women on this earth.

And most iymportantluy, these  descriptions clears alot of misconceptions about the hijab;

The hijab is just a head cover: the hijab doesn’t cover the head only but rather that which covers the head and the whole body as well.

Our fitting clothing can serve as hijaab: The hijab is supposed to drape all over our body while clothes our size sits on our body. A hijab that reveals the body curves and or is just plain tight is therefore not a hijab.

The hijab cannot be a source of  attraction in of itself: The reason for the  hijab as we’ve seen in the first verse is to divert attention from muslim women while in the second Allah (swt) commanded us to hide our adornments. So beautifying the hijab with bright colours, patterns and stones is therefore not right.

Hence, i want to use this medium to call my sisters who have fallen into the fitnah of  wearing the hijab as is suitable for them and not that of the sunnah, and calling others to do the same to please desist. We wear the hijab for Allah’s sake, so let’s do it as He (swt) commanded. Remeber, as an underlying principle in our deen; deeds are only accepted when done according to the sunnah and for Allahs sake alone. It is okay to struggle to wear the correct hijab, as many people go through that phase at first (myself included), but justifying it for others to copy is very wrong. For every bad deed one calls to, he has an equivalent sin as the one who performs it. So let’s not create websites, fashion houses and runways, and skin tight burkinis in the name of hijab. The hijab already came to liberate us, so why we do have to compete with other women of textgram_1491772881different religion to show that we are liberated.

“….And whosoever initiates an evil practice (sunnah sayyi’ah) in Islam and is emulated by others will bear the sin of it and the sin of all those who act on it without their burden being diminished in the least. ” [Sahîh Muslim: (1017) Book 34, Hadith 6466 ]

[It will be said], “Read your record”. Sufficient is yourself against you this day (Q17:14).

Try the sunnah hijab today, together me and you can make it a living legacy in shaa Allah.

1st february & The World Hijab Day frenzy.

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In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficial.

February 1st of every year is now marked world hijab day. This was created to raise awareness about hijab and clear misconceptions regarding it. The question now is whether that aim is really being met? or is it just doing more harm than good?

Every deed in islam has to be done in accordance with the shari’ah and sunnah in order for it to be accepted, and the hijab is no exception. It also isn’t any coincidence that in both the two places the command of hijab was mentioned in the qur’an, they were coupled with its conditions. And the same goes for the many ahadiths about the hijab. Allah (swt) said:

-And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.)  And not to show off their adornments except only that which is apparent (outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, 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 vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of 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(Q24:31)

-O 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 OftForgiving, Most Merciful. (33:59)

We wear the hijab because its a command from Allah so therefore it has to be in accordance with how He (swt) said it should be it. In the first verse, it is said not to show off your adornments. We all know adornments are those things that beautify &decorate us. This includes  our beautiful clothes, jewelries, make-up e.t.c   The second condition which appeared in both verses was ‘to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, necks and bosoms, etc.)’ This refers to the outer covering, which is not adorned, to be drawn all over our bodies.

The hijab we see all over the net in the name of ‘creating awareness” and encouraging women to wear it” by world hijab day event has nothing to do with this.  I wonder where on earth they got their definition of hijab. Apparently what they consider to be  a hijab is a scarf over the head, and for some, a scarf plus some beautifully decorated body fitting long clothing which is considered the ‘covering’. Subhanallah!  How is it that a man-made definition of hijab is created just so we can suit our desires? Who are we wearing the hijab for in the first place?

If it isn’t obvious, just the action of wearing a covering with big bold and beautiful eye-catching patterns in different colours is in of itself ridiculous. The main purpose of the hijab is not to draw attention to ourselves as Allah (swt) said:  ‘That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed’ (annoyed by people staring and flirting with them, the reason why the verse was revealed). And likewise, a covering that is body clinging cannot cover our bosoms, thighs, figures e.tc but can only reveal them the more.

Now, not only does world hijab day advocates this wrong type of hijab to the world, it also promotes the the act of women displaying themselves.

Muslim women take pictures of themselves wearing the supposed hijab and show it to the world in order to prove to others they are not oppressed. As muslim women, displaying ourselves totally goes against the teachings of islam. How is it that we actually call people to look at us (i.e by displaying our pictures) and we say we wear the hijab to divert attention from us? How can we help men to lower their gazes by displaying ourselves to them? Allah (swt) referred to such people as those copying the women of the time of ‘jahiliyyah’!
“and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance”  (Q33:33).

Futhermore, lets be true to ourselves when answering this question: does the hijab really need any more awareness? What more awareness does it need since it has been the subject of controversy all over the media and the world at large for many years? And for goodness sake, the hijab is a command of Allah not something we choose to do or not. The main event on that day is that women, both muslims and non-muslims try the hijab and experience how it feels for a day. Subhanallah! Duhh? its a command of Allah? How is it that we call muslim women to try wearing the hijab for a day? We should only consistently  remind them to fear Allah and judgement day and abide by its command. In another ayah, Allah (swt) says:
It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error ” (Q33:36)

The whole concept of world hijab day as we have now seen is of no signifance but rather doing“more harm than good”  as quoted earlier.  Lets call our sisters that have already fallen into this trap before its ill effects spread beyond our control.  The mere act of insisting to wear the hijab despite all the odds is enough to clear any misconception people have about it such as women been oppressed, no need of going about displaying ourselves.

We don’t need any special day to celebrate our hijab. Its a command of Allah, and that’s enough for it to be special.

Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu reported Allah’s messenger sallallahu alaihe wasallam having said this, “Their are two groups of people destined for the fire of hell. First, those officials who would carry with them whips looking like the tails of cows and they would use them for whipping people. Secondly, those women who would be naked despite being apparently clothed. They themselves will be inclined towards men and lure them as well. Their heads will be tall like the humps of Bukhti camels, bent onto one side (their hair will be styled in a bun). They will neither enter Paradise nor would they even smell the fragrance of Paradise which can be detected from great distances.” (Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth # 2128)

Umm muh’d,
Www.themuslimh.wordpress.com

1st february & The World Hijab Day frenzy.

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In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficial.

February 1st of every year is now marked world hijab day. This was created to raise awareness about hijab and clear misconceptions regarding it. The question now is whether that aim is really being met? or is it just doing more harm than good?

Every deed in islam has to be done in accordance with the shari’ah and sunnah in order for it to be accepted, and the hijab is no exception. It also isn’t any coincidence that in both the two places the command of hijab was mentioned in the qur’an, they were coupled with its conditions. And the same goes for the many ahadiths about the hijab. Allah (swt) said:

-And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.)  And not to show off their adornments except only that which is apparent (outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, 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 vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of 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(Q24:31)

-O 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 OftForgiving, Most Merciful. (33:59)

We wear the hijab because its a command from Allah so therefore it has to be in accordance with how He (swt) said it should be it. In the first verse, it is said not to show off your adornments. We all know adornments are those things that beautify &decorate us. This includes  our beautiful clothes, jewelries, make-up e.t.c   The second condition which appeared in both verses was ‘to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, necks and bosoms, etc.)’ This refers to the outer covering, which is not adorned, to be drawn all over our bodies.

The hijab we see all over the net in the name of ‘creating awareness” and encouraging women to wear it” by world hijab day event has nothing to do with this.  I wonder where on earth they got their definition of hijab. Apparently what they consider to be  a hijab is a scarf over the head, and for some, a scarf plus some beautifully decorated body fitting long clothing which is considered the ‘covering’. Subhanallah!  How is it that a man-made definition of hijab is created just so we can suit our desires? Who are we wearing the hijab for in the first place?

If it isn’t obvious, just the action of wearing a covering with big bold and beautiful eye-catching patterns in different colours is in of itself ridiculous. The main purpose of the hijab is not to draw attention to ourselves as Allah (swt) said:  ‘That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed’ (annoyed by people staring and flirting with them, the reason why the verse was revealed). And likewise, a covering that is body clinging cannot cover our bosoms, thighs, figures e.tc but can only reveal them the more.

Now, not only does world hijab day advocates this wrong type of hijab to the world, it also promotes the the act of women displaying themselves.

Muslim women take pictures of themselves wearing the supposed hijab and show it to the world in order to prove to others they are not oppressed. As muslim women, displaying ourselves totally goes against the teachings of islam. How is it that we actually call people to look at us (i.e by displaying our pictures) and we say we wear the hijab to divert attention from us? How can we help men to lower their gazes by displaying ourselves to them? Allah (swt) referred to such people as those copying the women of the time of ‘jahiliyyah’!
“and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance”  (Q33:33).

Futhermore, lets be true to ourselves when answering this question: does the hijab really need any more awareness? What more awareness does it need since it has been the subject of controversy all over the media and the world at large for many years? And for goodness sake, the hijab is a command of Allah not something we choose to do or not. The main event on that day is that women, both muslims and non-muslims try the hijab and experience how it feels for a day. Subhanallah! Duhh? its a command of Allah? How is it that we call muslim women to try wearing the hijab for a day? We should only consistently  remind them to fear Allah and judgement day and abide by its command. In another ayah, Allah (swt) says:
It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error ” (Q33:36)

The whole concept of world hijab day as we have now seen is of no signifance but rather doing“more harm than good”  as quoted earlier.  Lets call our sisters that have already fallen into this trap before its ill effects spread beyond our control.  The mere act of insisting to wear the hijab despite all the odds is enough to clear any misconception people have about it such as women been oppressed, no need of going about displaying ourselves.

We don’t need any special day to celebrate our hijab. Its a command of Allah, and that’s enough for it to be special.

Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu reported Allah’s messenger sallallahu alaihe wasallam having said this, “Their are two groups of people destined for the fire of hell. First, those officials who would carry with them whips looking like the tails of cows and they would use them for whipping people. Secondly, those women who would be naked despite being apparently clothed. They themselves will be inclined towards men and lure them as well. Their heads will be tall like the humps of Bukhti camels, bent onto one side (their hair will be styled in a bun). They will neither enter Paradise nor would they even smell the fragrance of Paradise which can be detected from great distances.” (Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth # 2128)

Umm muh’d,
Www.themuslimh.wordpress.com

The Online Hijab

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Bismillah…
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It is really troubling what we see our sisters do on social network, its like a whole other person. Let me get straight to the point here. Hijab is Hijab! Online and in life! It’s not enough that in real life you’re covered head to toe but on the internet it’s a different thing. Make no distinction my dear, its the same thing. But what does it mean to wear hijab online? Does it mean to upload pictures with the hijab on or what? Actually my dear, its a much more than just that;

1.Pictures: First of all my dear sister, answer this question; why do you upload pictures? Is it for recognisability, then what’s your name for? The truth of the matter is you and I upload pictures because we want attention, because we like the attention, we all do. But what sort of attention do we really want? and whose? Do we really need some non-mahram guy to tell us we’re beautiful? or that we look like an angel? Allah(SWT) called the muslim woman beautiful, that’s why He ordered her to cover.
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You know how it’s said that when a muslimah goes out without hijab, for every eye that looks at her, she gets a share of the sin because she made it a possibility? Well its somewhat the same when she uploads pictures of hers. When you upload a picture, you’re obviously not going to choose one where you just woke up from bed, you’re going to choose one where you look nice, probably dressed up with make up on; and you know that non-mahram guys are going to view it or even save it. They get a sin for not lowering their gaze and you also get a sin for making that sin possible. If you went out with your hijab and he gazes at you, then it is his fault, but now you’re purposely posing for him to look at it.

Think about it, how many guys daily view your picture? Some may even use it as their profile pictures, you know what that means? More sins! Wallahi there are some evil men who have filthy thoughts when they view your picture and do evil things with your pictures.

If you don’t mind that the whole world should view your picture, then I’m sorry but your hayaa is not functioning properly my dear sister and hayaa is a branch of eeman.

 

2-INTERACTING WITH NON-MAHRAMS

Another issue that is of great concern is how our sisters interact so freely with guys over the internet. Highly inappropriate! This is one of the consequence of uploading pictures. A non-mahram starts making comments, saying inappropriate things, calling you ‘hot’ , ‘sexy’ , telling you how he can’t stop viewing your picture or how he’s been thinking of you all night long. Subhanallah, such foul talk, yet most of us would feel flattered at such comments.

Let me ask you, how would you feel if your parents were to view your facebook or twitter account? Or your Quran teacher? Or the prophet(SAW)? Then how do you forget that Allah(SWT) sees all?

Even the tone and language we use is inappropriate, we address some non-mahram guys as ‘dear’, ‘baby’, telling them how we miss them, using kiss and hug smileys with. In reality, would you call a guy that or use such words? Insha Allah you wouldn’t, so why would you do that on social networks? Allah(SWT)
commanded the believing woman.

‘….So do not be too soft in speech, lest someone having disease in his heart should develop fancies (about you);and speak with appropriate words’(Q33:32)

So you see, you’re provoking desires when you’re talking or chatting in such a manner.

My dear sister, I was once a victim of this, uploading pictures, enjoying the ‘oos’ and ‘aas’ ; but wallah I regret every minute of it and I’m still paying the price, having my pictures on random guys phone in far off places. It’s not pleasant at all and I can only hope that Allah(SWT) forgives me. So the earlier you repent the better!

My dear sister, you ARE beautiful! Allah has told you so and I’m also telling you. But this beauty of yours is a test, to see if you’ll guard it or flaunt it around. Don’t let the guys fool you with mere flattery, you’re much valuable than that. I think it’s a real dishonor to have random men viewing your beauty so easily like that.

I wrote this because I care about you and I don’t want you to make the same mistakes that I did .Think about the four greatest women; Khadija, Asiya, Maryam, Fatima, are we really following their footsteps? Would they put themselves on display like that?

My dear sister, fear Allah, remove those pictures,mind your language, don’t displease your maker for over a trivial matter. Remember that everything we do is recorded in our book of deeds. Practice the online hijab and may we all be together in jannah.