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PostSubject: The Virtues of Hijab   Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:34 pm

The Virtues of Hijab


1. An act of obedience.
The hijab is an act of obedience to Allah and to his prophet (pbuh), Allah says in the Qur'an:
`It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His messenger
have decreed a matter that they should have an option in their
decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, has indeed
strayed in a plain error.' (S33:36).


Allah also 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 adornment except what must (ordinarily) appear thereof,
that they should draw their veils overtheir Juyubihinna.'(S24:31).

Juyubihinna: The respected scholars from As-Salaf As-Saleh (righteous
predecessors) differed whether the veil cover of the body must include
the hands and face or not. Today, respected scholars say that the hands
and face must be covered. Other respected scholars say it is preferable
for women to cover their whole bodies.



2.The Hijab is IFFAH (Modesty).



Allah (subhana wa'atala) made the adherence to the hijab a manifestation for chastity and modesty.
Allah says:
'O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the
believers to draw their cloaks (veils) over their bodies (when
outdoors). That is most convenient that they should be known and not
molested.' (S33:59).

In the above Ayaah there is an evidence that the recognition of the
apparent beauty of the woman is harmful to her. When the cause of
attraction ends, the restriction is removed. This is illustrated in the
case of elderly women who may have lost every aspect of attraction.
Allah (swt) made it permissible for them to lay aside their outer
garments and expose their faces and hands reminding, however, that is
still better for them to keep their modesty.



3. The hijab is Tahara (Purity)



Allah (swt) had shown us the hikma (wisdom) behind the legislation of the hijab:
`And when you ask them (the Prophet's wives) for anything you want, ask
them from behind a screen, that is purer for your hearts and their
hearts.' (S33:53).

The hijab makes for greater purity for the hearts of believing men and
women because it screens against the desire of the heart. Without the
hijab, the heart may or may not desire. That is why the heart is more
pure when the sight is blocked (by hijab) and thus the prevention of
fitna (evil actions is very much manifested. The hijab cuts off the ill
thoughts and the greed of the sick hearts:
`Be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of
hypocrisy or evil desire for adultery, etc) should be moved with
desire, but speak in an honourable manner.' (S33:32)




4. The hijab is a Shield



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




The Prophet (pbuh) also said:
"Any woman who takes off her clothes in other than her husband's house
(to show off for unlawful purposes), has broken Allah's shield upon
her. "

The hadith demonstrates that depending upon the kind of action
committed there will be either reward (if good) or punishment (if bad).




5. The hijab is Taqwah (Righteousness)



Allah (swt) says in the Qur'an:
O children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover
yourselves (screen your private parts, etc) and as an adornment. But
the raiment of righteousness, that is better.'(S7:26).

The widespread forms of dresses in the world today are mostly for show
off and hardly taken as a cover and shield of the woman's body. To the
believing women, however the purpose is to safeguard their bodies and
cover their private parts as a manifestation of the order of Allah. It
is an act of Taqwah (righteousness).



6. The hijab is Eemaan (Belief or Faith)

Allah (swt) did not address His words about the hijab except to the believing women, Al-Mo'minat. In many cases in the Qur'an Allah refers
to the "the believing women". Aisha (RA), the wife of the prophet
(pbuh), addressed some women from the tribe of Banu Tameem who came to
visit her and had light clothes on them, they were improperly dressed:
"If indeed you are believing women, then truly this is not the dress of
the believing women, and if you are not believing women, then enjoy
it."




7. The hijab is Haya' (Bashfulness)

There are two authentic hadith which state: "Each religion has a morality and the morality of Islam is haya'" AND "Bashfulness is from belief, and
belief is in Al-Jannah (paradise)". The hijab fits the natural bashfulness which is a part of the nature of women.



8. The hijab is Gheerah

The hijab fits the natural feeling of Gheerah, which is intrinsic in the straight man who does not like people to look at his wife or daughters. Gheerah is a driving emotion that drives the straight man to safeguard women who are related to him from strangers. The straight MUSLIM man has Gheerah for ALL MUSLIM women In response to lust and desire, men look (with desire) at other women while they do not mind that other men do the same to their wives or daughters. The mixing of sexes and absence of hijab destroys the Gheera in men. Islam considers Gheerah an integral part of faith. The dignity of the wife or daughter or any other Muslim woman
must be highly respected and defended.
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