An Act of Obedience
The hijaab is an act of obedience to Allah and to his prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, 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
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 over their 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.
The Hijaab is IFFAH (Modesty)
Allah (subhana wa'atala) made the adherence to the hijaab a manifestation for chastity and modesty. Allah
'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.'
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.
The Hijaab is Tahara (Purity)
Allah (swt) had shown us the hikma (wisdom) behind the legislation of the hijaab:
'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 hijaab makes for greater purity for the hearts of believing men and women because it screens against
the desire of the heart. Without the hijaab, the heart may or may not desire. That is why the heart is more pure when the
sight is blocked (by hijaab) and thus the prevention of fitna (evil actions is very much manifested. The hijaab 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)
The Hijaab is a Shield
The prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam said: "Allah, Most High, is Heaven, is Ha'yeii (Bashful),
Sit'teer (Shielder). He loves Haya' (Bashfulness) and Sitr (Shielding; Covering)." The Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa
sallam 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 Hadeeth demonstrates that depending upon the kind of action committed there will
be either reward (if good) or punishment (if bad).
The Hijaab 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).
The Hijaab is Eeman (Belief or Faith)
Allah (swt) did not address His words about the hijaab 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 sallallaahu 'alayhi
wa sallam, 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."
The Hijaab is Haya' (Bashfulness)
There are two authentic Hadeeth 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 hijaab fits the natural
bashfulness which is a part of the nature of women.
The Hijaab 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 hijaab 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.