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How Important Is the Hijab?

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Saskia
2014/02/01
I am searching for women who would answer me some questions about the hijab? My theme of my graduation is "the veil of Muslim women". I have difficulties to find women in Arabic countries, who would like to answer my questions by e-mail. I would be glad to hear from you soon. Thank you and kind regards.
AAI Editorial Staff
Answer
As-salaamu alaykum dear Saskia,

Thank you for your trust and question and hoping that I can provide you with a suitable answer about hijab.

I also assure you that I am ready to interact with you about this topic through my e-mail, which I will provide you through a personal e-mail message.

Answering the following points will lead both of us to have a general and fulfilling idea about the subject:
  • What is Hijab?

    Hijab is the dress that covers the adornment of the Muslim woman, on one condition that it won't be adornment by itself. In other words, the Islamic definition of hijab is the dress that covers whatever might arouse instincts. It is what would keep a woman safe, not only in her own society but wherever she goes. It should be noticed that the way it’s worn does not arouse the sexual appeal for both men and women.

    Despite these points, hijab is not old fashioned as some might claim. On the contrary, a Muslim woman needs to be careful of her appearance. She needs not only to be neat, but very well dressed too.

    Yet, hijab as a dress, does not have the same rank of importance as manners and behaviors have. It is crucially important for a Muslim woman to behave well when wearing her hijab, because her behavior will give an impression to the dress she is wearing on the one hand, and to the religion itself on the other.

  • The Legislation of Hijab:

    The proof that would come to mind when talking about the obligation of hijab is the verses 30-31 in Surah 24 of the Holy Quran, which give the meaning of:

{Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest. That is purer for them. Lo! Allah is Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their own husbands or fathers or husbands’ fathers, or their sons or their husbands' sons, or their brothers or their brothers' sons or sisters’ sons, or their women, or their slaves, or male attendants who lack vigor, or children who know naught of women's nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allah together, O believers, in order that ye may succeed.}

These verses clearly reveal the idea that a Muslim woman should wear her hijab according to God’s commands. I need here to confirm a point that even that in the previous verses the word hijab was not spelled out in the first place, but Allah Almighty stated ‘good behaviors’ as a ‘prerequisite’ to hijab.

Christianity, as well as Islam, figured how important it is for a woman to wear hijab. We can easily see that the nuns are still wearing their own hijab and the society in large see this as a normal condition. Whereas, when it comes to Islam all voices come against the idea itself. It is quite obvious nowadays that hijab is been fought not only refused in some societies.
  • Why is it Heavenly Legislated to Wear Hijab?

    In other words: does it have any effect on the society as a Whole?

    When we are discussing hijab, it might come to one’s mind that it’s a kind of marginalization of women, who have to preserve their beauty away from the eyes of all the people except the woman’s husband or some chosen ones of her relatives. But is it really true that hijab causes women to be belittled or marginalized? To be able to answer this question we may look at the advantages of its wearing for both women and society.

    Research shows that one of its most important advantages is ‘the security of the society’ that clears it from crimes, rape, incest, harassment in daily life, etc. The other important advantage is for the woman herself who is used to sell her body as if she is a kind of goods that have particular price, not as a woman who has enormous feelings, dignity, and special social status. So, looking only at these two advantages affirms the idea that by taking off their hijab, women become belittled and marginalized, and social crimes are really caused removing it. In other simple words, women have got rid of the cause of their safety.

    This is in short an idea about the importance of hijab to both women and the society. You can read more in the links provided before and we can discuss it further through personal e-mails. Please do not hesitate to contact us again in case you feel you need to do so. Thank you again for your question and waiting for your feedback.

    As-salaamu alaykum.
     

Useful Links:

Hijab: What's is All About?

Is Hijab a Quranic Commandment?

Can I Remove My Hijab?

Hijab: Recommended or Mandatory?

Rulings of Hijab

Hijab: An Insult to Unveiled Women?

Hijab: Is it all About Appearance?


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