That the women are going naked is no longer news for they are under the yoke of world fashion and its savagery otherwise called civilization. There appears to be a fierce competition for 'Miss Naked of the century". Perhaps the 'Winner wili emerge when these women begin to sow together and wear transparent nylon sheets [similar to the ones used for bread packaging] I We seek Allaah's refuge from them.
Allaah has created the man and the woman differently from themselves to fulfill complementary roles and not competitive functions. This He ret1ected in their physique and their general body make up such as emotion, care and kindness.
As for the Muslim woman, Allaah has legislated the wearing of the hijab for them to preserve their honour and prestige. The ltijab literally means a cover, a screen or a partition, When used in reference to the women in Islam, it is their dress code, which becomes a duty on them as soon as they attain puberty, Allah says:
“O Prophet! Tell your wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when out of doors): That is most convenient, that they should not be molested And Allaah is Ofl- Forgiving, Most Merciful. "(Q33 59)
Also, He says:
“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze [from looking at forbidden things] and protect their private parts [from illegal sexual acts] and not show off their adornment except only that which is apparent thereof and to draw their veils all over their bodies, necks and bosoms .... "(Q2-131).
Aisha (RA) reported that Asinaa, the daughter of Abu Bakr, entered into the presence of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him.) wearing thin transparent clothing, so the Messenger of Allaah turned away from her saying'
"0 Asnian. when a woman reaches the age of menstruation, it is not allowed that any of her should be, seen except this-and lie (Peace and blessing be upon him) pointed to lt is face and hands."(Bayhaqi).
The dress of taqwaa (piety) is that which the Muslim women wears fearing her Lord, to cover her awrah (nakedness). Allah says:
"O children of Adam! We have sent down to you clothing to cover your nakedness and as an. adornment; and the best clothing is the clothing of, righteousness" (Q7:26).
The hijab being referred to must cover the entire body of the woman. It is established that covering the entire body including the face and the hands is the complete form of hijab. Ibn Jareer noted in his tafseer of the ayah of hijab (Q33:59) that:
"Allah has enjoined upon all Muslim Women that when they go out of their homes under necessity, they should cover their faces by drawing a part of their outer garments over their heads." (Ibn Jarir," Vol. 22 pg.29).
Is it compulsory to cover the face and the hands') Some of the pious scholars state that it is preferred to cover the face and the hands, but it is not compulsory to do so. Part of their evidences is that Aisha (RA) reported that Asmaa, the daughter of Abu Bakr, entered into the presence ofthe Messenger ofAllaah (peace and blessing be upon him.) wearing thin transparent clothing, so the Messenger of Allaah turned away from her saying:
''O Asman, when a woman reaches rite age of menstruation, it is not allowed that mil' of her should be seen except this and he (Peace and blessing be upon him) pointed to his face mid hands .. , (Bayhaqi).
Other pious scholars state that it is compulsory to cover both the hands and the face as stated by Ibn Jareer, They also state that covering the face is the meaning of the hadith where Umm Salama (RA) one of the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him.) said:
"When the verse (Q33: 59) that they should cast their outer garments over their bodies' was revealed, the women of Ansar came out as if they had crows over their heads by wearing outer garments." (Abu Dawud).
Hence it should be clearly understood that covering all the body [including the neck arms, hair and feet] except the face and the hands is the absolute minimum extent of the hijab. It should be noted that the use of the [ace veil by the pious women from amongst our pious predecessors is well established in our religion and it's traceable to the time of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him.)
Qualities of the hijab
1. Not an adornment:
In wearing the hijab, it is required that the clothing used should not be in itself all adornment as to be a cause of attraction of men's attention. Dazzling bright colours, glittering decorations and materials interwoven with shiny threads should be avoided. The purpose of the hijab is to conceal the beauty of the women and reduce the fitna (temptations) of gazing and its attendant evil consequence (illegal sexual intercourse), tills is why Allaah says, addressing tile wives ofthe Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him.) as the examples for all Muslim women:
"And do not display yourselves like the display of the time of ignorance, "(Q33:36).
The hijab should not be thin and transparent as to reveal the skin colour and the hair. The purpose of wearing it is to cover the body in reality, not just in name. The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said:
"In the latest part of my Unnuah (nation of Muslims) there shall be women who would be naked ill spite of being dressed thev have their hair high like the humps of the Bukht camel, curse, them, for they are cursed. They will not enter - aun I and would not even perceive its odour; although it's fragrance can be perceived from such and such distance (from great distance)" (Muslim).
The threat of Hell-Fire means that it is a grave sin for a woman to be dressed in a thin or transparent garment.
The hijab is a safeguard against fihza (temptation and lust). It's essence is to cover tile whole body. This aim is defeated if it is tight fitting, or it clings to the body. Thus tile similitude ofthe woman wearing a tight hijab is like that of dressed but naked woman. Her body shape is fully described by the cloth and this violates and defeats tile purpose of the hijab.
4. Distinct Islamic style:
The ltijab should not be similar in design to tile head covers of the Kuffars and other non-Muslims such as the Hindu women and the catholic nuns. This is because Muslims are encouraged to have a distinct personality and our ways and practices should differ from that of the unbelievers. The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him.) said:
"Whoever imitates a people is surely one of them."(Abu Dawud).
5. Not for fame, pride and vanity:
Being famous for wearing the hijab is not what is sought rather it is the taqwa (piety) and eeiuaan (faith) associated with it. Wearing excessively fancy hijabs as a status symbol or excessively ragged ones to gain tile admiration of others are blameworthy motives. The hijab should be a reflection of your submission and obedience to Allaah The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him.) said:
"Whoever wears a dress of fame in this world, Allaah will clothe him with a dress of humiliation on the day of Resurrection, then set it on fire, "(as-Saheehah).
6. The hijab must not be perfumed:
On the authority of Ad'Diya Al-Maqdisi, the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said:
“Any woman who perfumes herself and passes by some people that they smell her scent, then she is a ZaIuyah adulteress).”
The benefits of the hijab
Wearing tile hijab is a display of submission and obedience to your creator even if the people detest it. The Prophet (Peace and blessing be upon him.) said: "
He who please the people by angering Allah, Allah will entrust him to the people (Tirmidhi)
Imagine the skimpily dressed ones complaining about sexual assault by the unruly men. They invited them and of course they responded to the invitation. Consequently rape and other immoral vices have become prevalent in society.
The hijab protects the obedient Muslim women from any assault and molestation and gives her a sense of security from the evils of tile hands of men jinns. Allaah, The. All-Knowing says:
"O Prophet! Tell your wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when out of doors); That is most convenient, that they should not be molested: Atul Allaab is Oft- Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Q33:59)
Lowering the gaze
Accompanying the divine verses of the hijab are clear instructions from Allaah to restrain our eyes from committing evils. These commands apply to both the male and female servants of His (Exalted and Glorified is He).
"Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from Looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts). That is purer for them ... .And tell the believing women 10 lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), ami protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and do no! show their adornment except only that which is apparent .... "(Q2I: 30-11)
The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him demonstrated this with Ius companions. Narrated Ibn Abbass (RA) 'Al-Fadl bin 'Abbas rode behind the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) as his companion rider on tile back portion of his she camel on the Day of Nahr (slaughtering of sacrifice. 10th Dhul-Hijja) and AI-Fadl was a handsome man. The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) stopped to give the people verdicts. In the meantime, a beautiful woman from the tribe of Khath'am came, asking the verdict of Allah's Messenger. AI-Fadl started looking at her as her beauty attracted him The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) looked behind while AI-Fadl was looking at her; so tile Prophet held out his hand backwards and caught tile chin of Al-Fadl and turned his face (to the other side) in order that he should not gaze at her." (Bukhari).
The eyes are one of tile senses through which information get passed to the rest of the body, if we allow ourselves to be looking at forbidden things, it affects our hearts and eventually may lead us to committing those act that we have seen with our eyes by our limbs. The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said:
'The adultery of the eyes is the sight (to gaze at a forbidden thing), the adultery of the tongue is the talk, and the inner self wishes and desires and the private parts testify all this or deny it." (Bukhari)
So we should not deceive ourselves and think fornication is only associated with tile private parts The eyes and the tongue also commit adultery, when they look at what is forbidden or they say what is forbidden. The evil effect of not lowering one's gaze can be seen all around us today. What people see in magazines, television (even in what they call news) and other medium have attached itself to the hearts and the people are trying to imitate those things they see.
May Allah protect us from all these evils.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited