Hijab. The hijab is one name for a variety of similar headscarves. It is the most popular veil worn in the West. These veils consist of one or two scarves that cover the head and neck. Outside the West, this traditional veil is worn by many Muslim women in the Arab world and beyond.
- 1 What is the true meaning of hijab?
- 2 What Quran says about hijab?
- 3 What does the word hijab mean in Islam?
- 4 What are the rules of wearing a hijab?
- 5 What does the Quran say about covering hair?
- 6 What religion wears a hijab?
- 7 Is it haram to not wear hijab?
- 8 At what age is hijab compulsory?
- 9 What are private parts in Islam?
- 10 Who can see your hair if you wear a hijab?
- 11 Where is hijab mandatory?
- 12 Why do Muslims don’t eat pork?
- 13 A Brief History of the Veil in Islam
- 13.1 Citations
- 13.2 So, what is hijab?
- 13.3 “And when you askfor something, ask them from behind a partition. That is purer for your hearts and their hearts”.
- 13.4 “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselvesof their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be recognised and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.”
- 13.5 The Six point criteria for Hijab
- 14 How does the Qur’an address the issue of Muslim woman’s veil or “Hijab”?
- 15 Why do Muslim women wear a hijab?
- 16 Is the veil an Islamic requirement?
- 17 Asserting identity
- 18 Different reasons for wearing a hijab
- 19 Perspective
- 20 Islamic Position on the Hijab
- 21 The Qur’an and Hijab
- 22 The First Verse
- 23 The Second Verse
- 24 Importance of Hijab in Islam
- 25 Hijab in Islam: Quranic verses about Hijab
- 26 Why hijab is important in Islam
What is the true meaning of hijab?
Hijab is an Islamic concept of modesty and privacy, most notably expressed in women’s clothing that covers most of the body. Although firmly rooted in Islamic tradition, hijab is not strictly defined in the Muslim holy book, the Quran. It is often a personal and cultural concept, not a religious one.
What Quran says about hijab?
The Quran ( Chapter 24, verse 31 ) instructs men to observe modesty: “Say to the believing men that they restrain their eyes and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Surely, Allah is well aware of what they do.”
What does the word hijab mean in Islam?
A girl studying the Qur’an. Hijab is an Arabic word meaning barrier or partition. In Islam, however, it has a broader meaning. It is the principle of modesty and includes behaviour as well as dress for both males and females. The most visible form of hijab is the head covering that many Muslim women wear.
What are the rules of wearing a hijab?
Simply put, the “rules” of wearing the hijab are:
- To not display your appearance (beauty) except what is already apparent (i.e., your face and hands, and possibly your feet).
- To avoid showing hair on your head.
- To refrain from wearing tight clothing, so your figure isn’t exposed.
What does the Quran say about covering hair?
First of all, there is no verse in the Quran that says a head covering per se is to protect women from being harassed (verse 33:59 mentions outer garments, not head covering, to avoid harassment). Women can also harass men.
What religion wears a hijab?
For some Muslim women today, wearing a hijab can be a religious act – a way of demonstrating their submission to God. The Quran instructs both men and women to observe modesty in their dress and behavior. However, Muslim women’s clothing isn’t entirely about adherence to faith.
Is it haram to not wear hijab?
Originally Answered: Is it haram to not wear a hijab? No, it is not haram not wear a hijab. The hijab was mandated for the wives of the prophet Muhammad in order to designate them as such. It was not mandated for all women.
At what age is hijab compulsory?
No age. After she gets her first period. If she can’t get her period due to health problems, she has to wear at 15.
What are private parts in Islam?
The intimate parts (Arabic: عورة ‘awrah, Arabic: ستر, satr) of the human body must, according to Islam, be covered by clothing. Exposing the intimate parts of the body is unlawful in Islam as the Quran instructs the covering of male and female genitals, and for adult females the breasts.
Who can see your hair if you wear a hijab?
The hijab, once worn as a scarf covering one’s hair and covering the body, can only be taken off in front of family members or women. A Muslim woman wearing the hijab will therefore usually refrain from showing her hair to any man not related to her by blood.
Where is hijab mandatory?
Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran are the only countries where the hijab is compulsory. The garment has different legal and cultural status in various countries.
Why do Muslims don’t eat pork?
Qur’an mentioned that Allah prohibits eating the flesh of swine, because it is a SIN and an IMPIETY (Rijss).
A Brief History of the Veil in Islam
Head coverings continue to play an important part in several religions, including Orthodox Judaism and Catholicism, even in modern times. Islam originated as a tiny religious group on the Arabian Peninsula. It spread throughout the world. The prophet Mohammed (c. 570–632 CE) founded the community in Medina, which is still in existence today. From then, it expanded throughout the Middle East, into Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa, into Central Asia, and into a variety of communities in the region surrounding the Arabian Sea.
Scarves and veils of various colors and patterns were used by women in innumerable civilizations even before Islam was established in the Arabian Peninsula in the seventh century (which includes present-day Saudi Arabia).
Islam has developed into one of the world’s main faiths since its inception in the seventh century.
However, it is only recently that some Islamic countries, such as Iran, have moved to impose the veil as a requirement for all women (in Iran it is called thechador, which covers the entire body).
However, many daughters of Muslim immigrants in the West believe that the veil represents commitment and piety, as well as that they have chosen to veil for their own reasons.
Headscarves are classified into the following categories:
- There are several different types of hijabis, all with the same name. It is the most often worn veil in the Western world. These veils are made out of one or two scarves that are wrapped around the head and neck. Outside of the West, this traditional veil is worn by many Muslim women throughout the Arab world and beyond
- The niqab covers the whole body, including the head and face, with an opening for the eyes left in the middle. The two most common types of niqab are the half-niqab, which is made up of a headscarf and a facial veil that leaves the eyes and a portion of the forehead visible, and the full, or Gulf, niqab, which leaves only a tiny slit for the eyes and no other visible features. Despite the fact that these coverings are popular throughout the Muslim world, they are particularly prevalent in the Gulf States. A great deal of controversy has erupted around the niqab in European countries. A number of lawmakers have called for its prohibition, while others believe that it interferes with communication or raises security issues. Thechadoris a shawl that covers the entire body and is tied at the neck with a hand or a pin. It totally conceals the head and torso, yet it leaves the face entirely exposed. Chadors are typically black in color and are most widespread in the Middle East, notably in Iran
- Theburqas are a full-body veil that is worn by women in Iran. It is possible to see through a mesh screen over the user’s eyes, as the entire face and torso of the wearer is covered. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the countries where it is most regularly seen. This weapon was mandated by law in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, while the Taliban ruled the country.
Which historical events spawned the need to wear the Islamic veil (orhijab, in Arabic)? Do all Muslim women cover their faces with a veil? Is it mandatory for them to do so? Also, are all veils the same, or do they come in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors? The third question is: what are the objections against women covering their faces in various Western countries? Caitlin Killian, a sociologist, says that, both historically and currently, the custom of veiling has been impacted by many theological interpretations as well as political ideologies.
- While there are several references to Mohammed’s wives wearing veils in the Quran and Hadith (passages ascribed to the prophet Mohammed), whether these statements apply just to Mohammed’s wives or to all Muslim women is up for debate.
- The veil serves as a technique of differentiating between women and men, as well as a means of exerting control over male sexual desires.
- An immodest lady casts disgrace upon herself and her male family members, as well as onto her male friends and acquaintances.
- The practice was also strongly associated with socioeconomic status: wealthy women could afford to totally cover their bodies, but impoverished women who had to work either reduced their veils or did not wear them at all.
- Muslim women in France, as a result, use a diverse spectrum of clothing and head coverings to express themselves.
- A lot of immigrant women adhere to modesty by dressing long-sleeved blouses and skirts that reach their ankles, rather than by adopting traditional garb (such as the North Africandjellaba).
- Maghrebian women’s attire has been a source of contention since long before their immigration to France in the 1970s.
- As a result, throughout Algeria’s independence and nationalist struggles, as well as in other North African and Middle Eastern nations, the veil became a symbol of national identity and defiance to Western imperialism and influence.
1 This is an excerpt from “The Other Side of the Veil: North African Women in France Respond to the Headscarf Affair,” which can be found on Amazon. Gender and Society was granted copyright in 2003. With permission, this article has been reprinted.
They were revealed during the fourth year of Hijrah and shortly after some of the most significant commandments in Islam, such as the ones listed below.
- Salah, the mandatory five daily prayers, are also known as Salat. Zakat, inheritance rules, fasting throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Zakat-ul-Fitr, and even prohibitions governing marriage and divorce are all covered in detail in the Quran.
So, what is hijab?
The term hijab is used in the Qur’an to allude to a divider or curtain, either in the literal or metaphorical sense. In some ways, it is a screen that separates one person from another one. In order to be clear, it must be stated that only the wives of the prophet (pbuh) were required to implement this sort of hijab. The hijab of the prophets’ wives was a special addition since they were the Prophet’s wives and so had a special status. Their clothing, as well as the area in which they were occupying, had to be adequately covered.
“And when you askfor something, ask them from behind a partition. That is purer for your hearts and their hearts”.
It is critical that we pay close attention to the original language employed in the Quran in order to avoid any misunderstandings or misunderstandings. Nowadays, we generally refer to the hijab as the scarf that Muslim women wear around their heads, although this is not always the same phrase that is used in the Qur’an to describe the hijab. Head coverings are referred to as ‘Khimar’ in the Quran, which is Arabic for “covering.” The word khimar comes from the trilateral verb ‘khamara,’ which literally translates as ‘ghatta,’ which means to conceal, hide, or cover anything.
We can infer from this verse that Allah SWT has directed the believing ladies to put on the Khimar and then drape it over their chests before entering the mosque.
It was a bandana-style head covering that was wrapped around the head and then tossed to the side.
Allah SWT, on the other hand, directed believing women to bring the fabric to their front by pulling their khimar over their chests, in order to avoid confusion between the two kinds of Khimar.
“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselvesof their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be recognised and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.”
It is interesting to note that the Quran does not address women first when discussing hijab. It is directed mostly towards guys. That is also not a typographical error! Men, not women, bear the primary obligation for adhering to the hijab, according to Islamic law. It is vital that you comprehend this idea. The wearing of a headscarf is one component of hijab, but many men are unaware that hijab encompasses much more. The Quran forbids men from staring at women or engaging in sexual promiscuity with them.
Allah, without a doubt, is perfectly aware of what they are doing.” When the Prophet travelled with his friend Al Fadl bin Abbas, for instance, this was a common occurrence.
Al Fadl became enamored with her because of her attractiveness, and he began to look at her.
To avoid seeing her in the eyes, he “stretch his hand behind, caught Al Fadl’s chin, and shifted his face to the other side so that he would not glance at her.” As a result, the Prophet Muhammad has once again established that males bear the major responsibility for wearing hijab.
The Six point criteria for Hijab
According to the Qur’an and Sunnah (the teachings of the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him), there are six points to consider while determining whether or not to wear hijab correctly:
- The first thing to consider is the length of time that should be spent covering the body. Men and women are treated differently in this regard. The male is required to cover his entire body, at the very least from his navel to his knees, according to Islamic law. Women are required to cover their whole body, with the exception of their faces and their hands up to their wrists, according to Islamic law. They have the ability to cover even these areas of the body if they so want.
The remaining five criteria are the same for both men and women in terms of relevance.
- The garments that are worn should be loose and not betray the wearer’s body. It is not acceptable to wear garments that are transparent to the point that one can see through them. Dressing in a way that attracts the opposite sex is not recommended.’ The garments that are worn should not be similar to those worn by the opposing sex. Garments worn should not be similar to those worn by non-Muslims, which means that they should not wear clothes that are especially identifiable as belonging to or symbolizing other religions.
Among other things, hijab encompasses one’s conduct and behavior. A complete ‘hijab,’ in addition to the six standards of clothing, encompasses the individual’s moral conduct, behavior, attitude, and intention, as well as their physical appearance. A person who simply adheres to the standards of ‘hijab’ of the clothing is only observing ‘hijab’ in a narrow meaning of the word. As well as wearing clothing, women must also wear a veil over their eyes, a veil over their heart, a veil over their thoughts, and a veil over their intentions, according to Islamic law.
- Finally, the hijab provides both men and women with a layer of protection.
- It is not something she wears specifically for her spouse, as is sometimes misunderstood nowadays.
- Is he able to appreciate her attractiveness once they are married?
- It is very safe for her to do so.
- Narcissistic ideologies are simply that: narcissistic ideologies, and they should be left in the hands of the uninformed and uninformed.
- It has absolutely nothing to do with male oppression of females.
- When the uninformed make remarks about oppression as a result of the hijab, a believing lady understands that this is just not true in her case.
- We don’t live exclusively for the sake of this world, and we don’t believe in the ‘YOLO’ mentality.
- (You only get one shot at life, so let’s make the most of it!
- The hijab rules are in place to protect us, not to oppress us in any way.
- You may also check out our blog at: UNCOVERED: WHY WE WILL ALWAYS BE TRANSPARENT WITH YOU IN THE AWRA
How does the Qur’an address the issue of Muslim woman’s veil or “Hijab”?
It is today one of the most contentious problems in both Muslim countries and the Western world, where it is causing widespread hysteria. Unquestionably, the topic of the “veil” is at the heart of a complicated subject that is related -in a rather confusing way- to a variety of notions such as tradition, modernity, freedom, the female body, tragedy of identity, and the challenge of coexisting in heterogeneous society. All of the talks on this subject have the advantage of bringing to light two important contemporary challenges.
- The second instance is in the Muslim community, where the “veil” controversy has shown the presence of a profound and significant identity problem, which has been exacerbated by widespread “emotional support” for the veil as a symbol of Muslim identity on social media.
- First and first, it is critical to emphasize that the term “Hijab,” which is widely used, does not necessarily refer to the scarf that is meant to be worn by Muslim women to cover their hair as is commonly assumed.
- The semantic and conceptual understanding of the Qur’anic word Hijab, on the other hand, indicates the polar opposite of what is intended to be true in reality.
- ‘Hijab’ is a term that may indicate anything that conceals, masks, or protects anything.
- However, the passage that has been cited the most frequently to support the point is “the “duty” of veiling for women and that makes use of the term Hijab is as follows: “O you who have believed, do not enter the Prophet’s households unless when you are authorized for a meal.
- As previously stated, the Hijab is solely applicable to the wives of the Prophet and is a purely contextual necessity in order to honor the Prophet’s personal life and property.
- The essence of this rule was to educate Arabs of that era on the need of respecting people’s privacy and good manners, among other things.
- The Hijab has absolutely nothing to do with any type of Islamic female attire.
- Its goal was to elevate the prophet’s wives to the status of Mothers of the Believers.
The following verse states: “Also, tell all of the believing women to reduce the scope of their vision and guard their private parts, and not to expose their adornment (zinatahuna) except that which appears thereon, and to wrap their headcovers (Khumurihina) over their chests (Juyubihina), and not to expose their adornment except to their husbands and fathers, and their husbands’ fathers’ children, and their brothers’ sons.” Quran 24:31 (Sahih Bukhari) As mentioned in this verse, the termKhumurihina (plural ofKhimar) refers to the scarf that ladies used to wear in the Arabian Peninsula and in all other civilizations at that period.
- When women are out in public, the Qur’an encourages them to wrap their scarves (Khimar) over their chests (Juyubihina) to conceal the top half of their busts, as instructed by Allah.
- In order to accommodate this, the Qur’an instructs the believing ladies to fold the sides of the Khimar over their busts (Khimar).
- In light of the fact that there is a distinction between Hijab and Khimar, we have the right to question why we continue to refer to what is known in the Qur’an as the scarf or the Khimar as Hijab.
- The semantic changes are frequently the consequence of inaccurate translations and interpretations, as well as socio-cultural elements, which were intended at one time in history to generate conceptions that were “made-to-measure” to satisfy political purposes.
Looking back to its roots, which mean “hide” or “separate,” and observing the evolution of the term Hijab to become known as a “scarf,” we have every reason to doubt if this notion was given this double meaning in order to religiously legitimize the segregation of Muslim women in the first place.
- In this way, by displacing the Khimar with the Hijab, we are conflating separate and competing semantic and conceptual areas, so approving, in the name of Islam, the exclusion of women from the sociopolitical arena behind a curtain.
- While the Khimar continues to be a symbol of women’s societal presence, according to the Qur’anic perspective, the Hijab unquestionably represents their relegation to the private sphere of life.
- This global perspective and holistic approach to the spiritual message of the Qur’an are vital, if not absolutely necessary, in order to comprehend the profound significance of these verses.
- Because the Khimar originally represented women’s liberty and their involvement alongside males in the socio-political realm, it was progressively supplanted by the other Qur’anic notion of hijab, which was intended to restrict women from engaging in the social realm.
- Women will lose all of the liberties they have gained since the birth of Islam if they choose to “veil” themselves.
The confusion between Khimar and Hijab is also politically delicate, as it serves the interests of various ideologies, including radical Islamists, supporters of official Islam in states, and modern Islamophobic groups that are enthusiastic in their criticism of what is considered today to be the banner of Islam (the “veil” or Hijab).
As a result, given that the Qur’an does not specify a specific type of clothes or look for women, it would be overly simple to study the few verses on dress without considering the overall spiritual message about universal body ethics for both men and women.
Although the Qur’an does not legislate a strictly religious “uniform,” as depicted here, and the first spiritual message did not intend to stipulate rigid or “fixed” dress standards once and for all, it did intend to “recommend” a “attitude” or a “ethic” toward one’s physical body and one’s spiritual body.
- This is in direct conflict with the ideals of the spiritual message and the spiritual ethics that it promotes.
- The religious faith is significant only when it is practiced in a relaxed and unpressured environment.
- It is counter-productive to reduce the entire global Qur’anic body ethics to the so-called “veil,” as this is a violation of the same message.
- As a result, throughout the Muslim world, this spiritual image has been transformed into a symbol of oppression.
- These ideas, which have recurred throughout the history of human civilization, are reflected in the verses.
- However, the garment of justice (libass a-Taquwa) is the finest.” Furthermore, this poem just draws attention to an idea that, in today’s chaotic world of ultraliberal spending and exuberance, should be taken into consideration.
The following verses include the term Hijab: 7; 46; 17;45; 19;17; 38;32; 41;5; 42; 51; 33;53; and 17;45 (in bold). Dr. Asma Lamrabet will be retiring in July 2019.
Why do Muslim women wear a hijab?
Nazma Khan, who moved to the United States from Bangladesh when she was 11 years old, endured years of humiliation as a result of her decision to wear a headscarf in New York. As a result, in 2013, she established World Hijab Day, which allows both Muslim and non-Muslim women to participate in the tradition of wearing a headscarf. The day, which is observed on February 1, is a show of solidarity with and support for religious freedom. As a daughter of Muslim immigrants, I’ve long pushed for women’s freedom to express their religious beliefs via their wardrobe choices as well.
Is the veil an Islamic requirement?
When it comes to the issue of veiling, Islamic holy literature aren’t totally clear. Several chapters in the Quran, the Muslim holy book, as well as the Hadiths, or utterances ascribed to the Prophet Mohammad, make mention to the Prophet’s wives wearing veils in various contexts. Despite this, academics are divided on whether these comments apply solely to the prophet’s wives or to all Muslim women in general. A veil may have been used as a means of keeping male sexual desire under control, according to certain sources.
The head covering has also been worn by Jewish, Christian, and Hindu women at various times and in various places of the world throughout history.
Many women who wear headscarves describe it as a method of displaying theirsubmission to God as well as a continuous reminder to adhere to Islamic principles such as being honest and giving to those in need of assistance.
When it comes to the issue of veiling, Islamic holy literature are ambiguous. Women who were married to Prophet Mohammad were required to wear veils, according to the Muslim holy book, the Quran, as well as in the Hadiths, which are utterances ascribed to him, according to the Quran. The question of whether these comments apply just to the prophet’s wives or to all Muslim women is debated among experts. Men’s sexual urge, according to some, has been subdued by the wearing of the veil. Although Islam predates the practice of covering the head and body, it is nevertheless popular today.
Without a doubt, the headscarf is associated with religious practices.
Different reasons for wearing a hijab
Ilhan Omar, the freshly elected Congresswoman from Minnesota, wears a hijab. (Photo courtesy of AP photographer Carolyn Kaster) Many other women have turned to the headscarf as a method of expressing their opposition to norms of feminine beauty that demand greater exposure. The proponents of this viewpoint say that removing garments for the advantage of the male gaze does not equate to emancipation in this context. Employers must deal with them on the basis of their qualifications, rather than their physical appearance, according to academics, who believe that the headscarf helps to level the playing field by obscuring their physical appearance.
Finally, for some women, wearing a headscarf is just a matter of convenience.
Despite the numerous and complex reasons for wearing a hijab, there are others who consistently declare that women who wear a headscarf are inherently oppressed by their culture or religion.
These misconceptions may be dispelled by examples of hijab-wearing women in government, such as newly elected Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, or athletes, such as Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who have broken through barriers in their sports.
The Muslim headscarf has become omnipresent, appearing in everything fromhijabi Barbie to thehijabi emoji. In the minds of some, a woman’s hair covering her face or her face being veiled conjures up images of vulnerability and a system of dominance, or even exoticism (think of the real-life and theatrical versions of “Not Without My Daughter”) This month, Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro fueled such anxieties by claiming that the “hee-jab” worn by Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is “antithetical” to the United States Constitution.
‘Hijab’ means ‘headscarf.’
A senior noncommissioned officer allegedly ordered an Army sergeant to remove her headscarf, despite the fact that the sergeant had “an official exemption from her brigade commander to wear a hijab in uniform,” according to a report published this month in Army Times. After first lady Melania Trump covered her head for a 2017 audience with Pope Francis but did not wear a scarf on her recent visit to Saudi Arabia, NBC News reported that “the Saudi government did not require that Mrs. Trump wear the traditional head covering known as a hijab, or headscarf.” “Hijab” is an Arabic word that meaning “curtain” or “partition,” not “headscarf.” When discussing women’s clothing, the Koran use variants of the phrases “khimar” and “jilbab,” rather than the word “hijab.” “Khimar” literally translates as “cover” and corresponds to what we would refer to as a scarf; “jilbab” literally translates as “outer garment.” The term “hijab” has become widely used to refer to a Muslim woman’s head covering, but sharia rules on modesty encompass much more than simply covering one’s hair; they cover a wide range of attire and behavior that is applicable to both men and women and is intended to protect interactions between men and women from sexual innuendo and other inappropriate behavior.
If you want to use “hijab” as a synonym for “headscarf,” that isn’t inherently insulting.
To focus on one item of clothing, however, is to lose sight of the overall guidelines for modest behavior laid down by the Islamic law.
Wearing hijab goes against American values.
“Think about it; Omar wears a hee-jab,” Pirros added after screaming against Omar’s political ideas, which was quite appropriate. According to the Koran, verse 33:59 instructs women to cover themselves in order to avoid being molested. Is her devotion to this Islamic concept symptomatic of her support for sharia law, which is inherently incompatible with the United States Constitution?” As part of his lamentation about a threat to the West, Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum pointed out that “fashion firms have adopted hijabs.” But, more importantly, they’re overlooking the fact that religious practices like wearing hijab are precisely the kinds of freedoms that our Constitution is supposed to protect.
Sharia, it should be noted, makes a distinction between rules of personal conduct and enacted laws to be enforced by the government.
So Islam is not more opposed to the Constitution than Christianity, in terms of its fundamental principles and practices The First Amendment also prohibits the passage of legislation that restricts the “free practice” of religion.
Wearing hijab oppresses women.
As Rita Panahi observed in Australia’s Daily Telegraph four years ago, “This is a symbol of tyranny.” “Please don’t make a big deal about it.” Lydia Guirous, a spokeswoman for the French political party Les Républicains, reacted angrily to Gap’s 2018 back-to-school campaign, which featured a girl wearing a hijab. She tweeted, “I have denounced several times the rise in power of the veil imposed on little girls, which is a form of abuse and a trampling of our values.” However, the concept that wearing a headscarf is necessarily repressive misses the fact that the individual who wears it has the ability to choose.
That, rather than an exposed head, is what it looks like to be free.
Around the world (including in Muslim-majority nations), secular governments have ordered women to cover their heads in order to attend school or hold public office, or even to just stroll down the street: Iranian indigenous dress patterns were prohibited near the conclusion of the monarchy’s reign, according to a history from the University of Central Florida, in an attempt to emulate Western society.
Wearing headscarves in government workplaces has been prohibited in Turkey for decades, in order to encourage secularization.
In light of this history, intentionally covering one’s body might be seen as a gesture of empowerment rather than enslavement.
Practicing Muslims wear hijab. Nonpracticing Muslims don’t.
According to the results of researcher Seren Karasu, “religiosity is connected with activities that are popularly identified with Islam, such as the wearing of the Hijab.” A statement on the website of the International Mission Board (IMB), a missionary arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, states that “for Muslim women, wearing a veil or head covering functions as a display of allegiance to the Qur’an and to Allah, as well as being a symbol of modesty.” However, whether or not a woman’s hair is covered is a poor indicator of her religious beliefs.
- Some Muslim women don’t fast or pray frequently throughout Ramadan, despite the fact that they wear the headscarf.
- “While the hijab is a woman’s responsibility in Islam, it is not a pillar of Islam,” according to Shayreen Izoli, who writes on the site MuslimGirl.com.
- Some Muslim women choose to have their hair covered because they believe it is required by their faith.
- Both methods have the potential to garner support among Muslims.
- One of us (Nadia) has her hair covered in public all of the time, whilst the other (Asifa) used to but now just covers her hair when necessary, depending on the situation.
- It is worn by certain ladies as a show of cultural togetherness.
- Some women find it to be an excellent method of protecting themselves from the self-esteem difficulties that come with working in the fashion business.
- The ” Nike Pro Women’s Hijab” is available for purchase through Nike.
- However, the term “hijab” refers to a collection of activities that promote a modest way of life.
- For example, when men dress in tight T-shirts to show off their muscles, they are violating the Islamic concept of modesty, according to an article published by Islamic Insights titled ” The Hijab of Men “.
Men are also forbidden from staring at women or being promiscuous, which is where the hijab debate began. Following us on Twitter: @[email protected]
Islamic Position on the Hijab
Lowered gaze is a directive provided by Allah the Almighty to both men and women in order to create a modest and dignified societal code of behaviour, according to Islam. Both males and females must demonstrate noble speech and moral manners, as well as dress in modest apparel. Hijab is a term used to refer to modest female apparel that has gained popular. If you believe in Allah, then you will believe in what He says in the Holy Quran (Quran 24:31). Hijab has become synonymous with the classic female head scarf, and when talked of in an English context, it is frequently interpreted as a’veil.’ As a result, it is possible to maintain comfort and modesty while attempting to keep immorality to a minimum in social situations.
- Hijab is a divine order given by Allah the Almighty to all believing Muslim women, and it is to be performed and observed by them.
- In other words, if a believer chooses not to keep a certain practice, they are regarded to have gone into sin.
- As a result, the Hijab is a notion founded in the desire to seek the pleasure of your Creator, Allah the Almighty, by obedience to His holy decree.
- A fundamental principle and notion of the Islamic belief system, hijab is widely practised as a mainstream Muslim practice around the world.
- Although Islam does not reject the inherent urge to see such beauty, it does not encourage it.
- One of the most powerful and liberating examples of personal strength and emancipation is to live one’s life in line with divine teaching.
- It is possible to persevere despite suffering, just as it is possible to complete a month of fasting with difficulty and effort.
- As the Most Just, Allah Almighty alone will repay and reward us for bearing the hardships we have endured for His service.
- It also encourages any women who are experiencing hardship or harassment as a result of their Hijab to seek assistance and advice from their local Islamic centers.
Apart from that, ANIC encourages everyone to be respectful, friendly, and supportive of individuals who are having difficulty with the Hijab.
The Qur’an and Hijab
Islamic teachings have placed a great emphasis on the concepts of decency and modesty in interactions between members of opposing sex groups. The dress code is a component of the broader instruction. According to the Qur’an, the problem of decency andhijabas is addressed twice by Almighty Allah in the verses that were quoted previously.
The First Verse
When Allah orders Prophet Muhammad in verse 30 of Chapter 24, which is known as an-Nur (the Light), he is said to be saying: “I command you, O Muhammad, to do what you have been told.” “Tell the believing males that they should keep their gazes down and their intimate parts under wraps” (by being chaste). “This is more beneficial to them.” (24:30). This is a directive to Muslim males that they should not stare at women (other than their own spouses) with carnal intent, and that they should cast their gaze downwards in order to avoid any risk of being tempted.
- 1 It is neither disrespectful or an indicator of lack of confidence to observe a Muslim cast his or her eyes downwards while he or she is conversing with someone of the opposing gender.
- * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * In addition to the ” hijab of the eyes,” the following edict was issued outlining the clothing code for women: If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected].
- Regarding this statement, there are two points to consider.
(1) What Is The Meaning Of “Khumur” Used In This Verse?
Khumur is the plural form of khimar, which is the veil that covers the head. See any Arabic dictionary, such asLisanu ‘l-Arab, Majma’u ‘l-Bahraynoral-Munjid, for further information. As defined by the most widely used Arabic dictionary in the world, al-khimara is “anything that a lady uses to veil her head” (, “something that conceals one’s head”). It is defined as “scarf” in the Majma’u l-Bahrayn by Fakhru ‘d-Din al-Turayhi (a dictionary of Qur’anic and hadith words), and it is called as “scarf” because it is worn to cover the head.
(2) Then What Does The Clause “Placing The Khumur Over The Bosoms” Mean?
According to the Qur’anic interpreters, women in Medina during the pre-Islamic era used to wrap their khumuraround their heads with the two ends tucked behind and fastened at the back of the neck, exposing their ears and neck in the process. As a result of saying, “put thekhumurover the bosoms,” Almighty Allah instructed all females to let the two ends of their headgear to extend onto their bosoms, so concealing their ears as well as the neck and upper portion of the bosom. 3 A testament to this is the manner in which Muslim women of the Prophet’s day comprehended this mandate of Almighty Allah (God).
4 Khamar’s meaning and the circumstance in which it was disclosed both plainly speak of covering the head and then utilizing the loose ends of the scarf to conceal the neck and the bosom of the person wearing it.
It would be like to telling someone to merely put their shirt on about their waist or around their belly button without covering their chest!
Finally, the verse continues with a list of themahram–male family members in whose presence thehijabis are not necessary, including the spouse, the father, the father-in-law, the son(s), and other male family members, among others.
The Second Verse
According to the verse 59 of Chapter 33, known as al-Ahzab, Allah provides the following directive to Prophet Muhammad: When I was growing up, I was told that I was going to be an artist. I was told that I was going to be an artist, and I was told that I was going to be an artist, and I was told that I was going to be an artist. “O Prophet!” says the audience. Disseminate the message to your wife, your daughters, and the ladies of the faith that they should “take down theirjalabib.” (33:59).
What Is The Meaning Of “Jalabib”?
Jalabibجَلاَبِيْبٌ is the plural form of the word jilbab, which refers to a loose outer garment. See any Arabic dictionary, such asLisanu ‘l-Arab, Majma’u ‘l-Bahraynoral-Munjid, for further information. jilbabas are defined as “a shirt or a broad dress— ” in the Arabic language, according to Al-Munjid, for example. However, according to al-Turayhi inMajma’u ‘l-Bahrayn, it is “a broad clothing, wider than a scarf and shorter than a robe, that a lady drapes on her head and lets it fall over her chest.” 5 So the Muslim woman’s attire is comprised of several elements, not only the headdress with a scarf that covers her head as well as her neck and bosom, but also the overall clothing, which should be long and loose.
A tight-fitting sweater and pants with a scarf over the head, for example, do not comply with the Islamic dress code standards since they are too tight and short.
Importance of Hijab in Islam
What exactly is a hijab? Hijab does not imply that you are hiding your attractiveness, nor does it imply that you are less attractive in any manner. It provides a woman with a sense of security, and it is not utilized to embarrass or dishonor her. While at the same time, it is strongly recommended that she begin clothing in a modest manner. Wearing a ‘black burka’ or headscarf is not mandatory in Islam, despite the fact that most people identify the ‘hijab’ with a black cloak covering. Some have even gone so far as to question why Muslim women dress in the manner of ninjas.
Clothing should be loose-fitting so that the body’s contour isn’t displayed.
A Muslim woman is allowed to dress in any type of modest clothes she chooses, as long as it complies with the requirements and is not too exposing.
It is, first and foremost, a divine edict issued by Allah himself.
It signifies that you have made the decision to protect yourself from other societal ills. A woman’s sense of security is enhanced by wearing a hijab. Having a good sense of security and the ability to move freely in locations where male peers congregate helps her to feel more confident in herself.
Identification of Muslim Women
In some ways, the hijab is the most distinguishing feature of a Muslim woman in Islam. Islam, on the other hand, recognizes women’s rights both at home and in society. These women also have the right to work for their own money, to purchase and own property, to be educated and receive family inheritance, as well as the right to vote, to maintain their maiden names, and to divorce. They are also allowed to pray in a mosque and to get a divorce. It has been noted that Muslim women are receiving the best education possible.
However, there are several alternatives, and the hijab may be customized to meet individual requirements as long as the fundamental rules are followed.
Why do Muslim women wear Hijab
In Islam, women are accorded the highest honor and respect, as well as the highest social rank. The hijab is more than simply a fashion statement; it represents much deeper. Consider the situation where a guy and a Muslim lady are separated by this barrier. In essence, the hijab gives the Muslim woman with spiritual and bodily serenity and harmony, as well as protection from the elements. This is an adaptation of muslims-life.
Hijab in Islam: Quranic verses about Hijab
The following are some of the most important passages in the Quran about hijab in Islam: “Woe to you, Children of Adam!” We have placed upon you raiment that will both hide your humiliation and serve as an ornament for you. But it is the raiment of righteousness that is the most beautiful of all. As such, they are among the Manifestations of Allah, from which people may learn a lesson.” (7:26) in the Quran The believing women should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear therein; they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display themselves except to their husbands, fathers, fathers’ father’s, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or brothers’ sons or sisters’ sons; they should not display themselves except to the women they employ or the servants they employ.” And, O you Believers, unite your efforts in the direction of Allah, so that you may achieve bliss.” According to the Quran (24:31).
The Prophet should instruct his wife and daughters, as well as the ladies of the believers, to draw their cloaks tightly about them (when they go abroad).
Allah is Forgiving and Merciful at all times.” According to the Quran (33:59).
Why hijab is important in Islam
When there is a conflict between truth and deceit, the hijab, or veil, is the focal point of the discussion. It has long been a contentious topic, but it has lately gotten a great lot of attention as a result of laws and planned legislation in various European nations (e.g., France and Germany) that prohibit its usage in government and educational institutions. For women who choose to cover their heads because of their religious beliefs, the reality is simple and unassailable. It might be perplexing for those who have just little information or comprehension of the hijab.
- The first thing to make is that, up until the latter half of the twentieth century, humility had been the rule rather than the exception.
- In addition, modesty appears in a number of global faiths, notably in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
- This was present in the rules of religions that were revealed before Islam, and remnants of it may still be seen in the revised texts of those religions.
- Due to the fact that all of those revelations come from the same source, Allah, this is a reality.
- (Which, of course, she proved to be true.) There are still some Jewish and Christian women who dress in a manner similar to that of Muslim women in today’s society.
- More than just a religious emblem Hijab reflects a woman’s devotion to her Creator and her relationship with the religion.
- This will be clarified more in the next sections on the purposes and functions of the hijab.
- The Qur’an and the Hadith make it very clear that wearing hijab is a religious responsibility that every Muslim woman must fulfill.
- Muslim women who wear the hijab are surrendering to Allah and fulfilling his commandments.
Likewise, come to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, so that you may be successful.” [Qur’an, verse 24:31] Allah also says: “O Prophet, instruct your wives and daughters, as well as the ladies of the believers, to remove their outer robes from over their heads.” That is more appropriate since they will be known and will not be abused in this manner.
(Qur’an, verse 59) Wearing a hijab frees a lady from the egotistical and selfish need to flaunt one’s physical attractiveness and to compete with other women in her environment.
With the hijab, a woman is no longer required to live up to society’s ideals of what is acceptable, and she is no longer need to rely on her physical attractiveness to get attention or approval from others in her immediate environment.
“That is more appropriate since they will be known and will not be mistreated.” As a result, one of the hijab’s primary duties is to shield women from abuse and damage.
Men frequently receive conflicting signals from women, leading them to feel that they desire their approaches based on the manner they expose their bodies.
Women who wear hijabs, on the other hand, convey a signal to males that they are modest and chaste women who should not be bothered by their presence. To be continued next week, thanks to the generosity of www.islamweb.net