Top Ten Excuses of Muslim Women regarding Hijab
and Its Responses
1. I'm not yet convinced of the necessity of the
We then ask this sister two questions.
One: Is she truly convinced of the correctness of the religion of Islam?
The natural answer is: Yes she is convinced for she responds "Laa ilaaha
illallah!" (There is no god but Allah), meaning she is convinced of the
aqeedah, and then she says: "Muhammadun rasoolullah!" (Muhammad is the
Messenger of Allah), meaning by that that she is convinced of its
legislation or law (sharee'ah). Therefore, she is convinced of Islam as a
belief system and a law by which one governs and rules their life.
Two: Is the hijaab then a part of Islamic Law (sharee'ah)
and an obligation?
If this sister is honest and sincere in her intention and has looked into
the issue as one who truly wants to know the truth her answer could only
be: Yes. For Allah ta'aala, Whose deity (Uloohiyyah) she believes in has
commanded wearing hijaab in His Book (Al-Qur'aan) and the nobleŭprophet ('alaihi
salaat wa salaam)whose message she believes in has commanded wearing the
hijaab in his sunnah.
What do we call a person who says they believe in and are content with the
correctness of Islam but who nonetheless does not do what Allah or His
Messenger have ordered? Certainly they can in no way be described as those
whom Allah speaks of in this aayah: The only saying of the faithful
believers when they are called to Allah and His Messenger to judge between
them is that they say 'we hear and obey' and such are the successful. [Soorah
In summary: If this sister is convinced of Islam, how then can she not be
convinced of its orders?
2. I am convinced of the Islamic dress but my
mother prevents me from wearing it and if I disobey her I will go to
The one who has answered this excuse is the most noble of
Allah's creation, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) in
concise and comprehensive words of wisdom: There is no obedience to the
created in the disobedience of Allah.[Ahmed]
The status of parents in Islam, especially the mother, is a high and
elevated one. Indeed Allah ta'aala has combined it with the greatest of
matters, worshipping Him and His tawheed, in many aayaat. He stated:
Worship Allah and join none with Him and do good to parents.[Soorah An-Nisaa
4:36] Obedience to parents is not limited except in one aspect, and that
is if they order to disobedience of Allah. Allah said: But if they strive
with you to make you join in worship with Me others that of which you have
no knowledge, then obey them not.[Soorah Luqmaan 31:15] The lack of
obedience to them in sinfulness does not prevent being good to them and
kind treatment of them. Allah said afterward in the same aayah: But behave
with them in the world kindly.
In summary: How can you obey your mother and disobey Allah Who created you
and your mother?
3. My position does not allow me to substitute my
dress for the Islamic dress..
This sister is either one or the other of two types: She is sincere and
honest, or she is a slippery liar who desires to make a showy display of
her "hijaab" clamoring with colors to be "in line with the times" and
We will begin with an answer to the honest and sincere sister. Are you
unaware my dear sister, that it is not permissible for the Muslim woman to
leave her home in any instance unless her clothing meets the conditions of
Islamic hijaab (Hijaab shar'ee) and it is a duty of every Muslim woman to
know what they are? If you have taken the time and effort to learn so many
matters of this world how then can you be neglectful of learning those
matters which will save you from the punishment of Allah and His anger
after death!!? Does Allah not say: Ask the people of remembrance (i.e.
knowledgeable scholars) if you do not know. [Soorah An-Nahl 16:43]. Learn
therefore, the requirements of proper hijaab.
If you must go out, then do not do so without the correct hijaab, seeking
the pleasure of Allah and the degradation of Shaitaan. That is because the
corruption brought about by your going out adorned and "beautified" is far
greater than the matter which you deem necessary to go out for.
My dear sister if you are really truthful in your intention and correctly
determined you will find a thousands hands of good assisting you and Allah
will make the matter easy for you! Is He not the One Who says:And whoever
fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get
out (from every difficulty) and He will provide him from sources he never
could imagine[Soorah At-Talaaq 65:2-3]?
With regards to the 'slippery' one we say: Honor and position is something
determined by Allah ta'aala and it is not due to embellishment of clothing
and show of colors and keeping up with the trendsetters. It is rather due
to obedience to Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) and
holding to the pure law of Allah and correct Islamic hijaab. Listen to the
words of Allah: Indeed, the most honorable amongst you are those who are
the most pious. [Soorah Al-Hujuraat 49:35]
In summary: Do things in the way of seeking Allah's pleasure and entering
His Jannah and give less value to the high priced and costly objects and
wealth of this world.
4. It is so hot in my country and I can't stand
it. How will it be if I wore Hijab..
Allah gives an example by saying: Say: The Fire of Hell is more intense in
heat if they only understand. [Soorah At-Taubah 9:81]
How can you compare the heat of your land to the heat of the Hellfire?
Know, my sister, that Shaitaan has trapped you in one of his feeble ropes
to drag you from the heat of this world to the heat of the Hellfire. Free
yourself from his net and view the heat of the sun as a favor and not an
affliction especially in that it reminds you of the intensity of the
punishment of Allah which is many times greater than the heat you now
feel. Return to the order of Allah and sacrifice this worldly comfort in
the way of following the path of salvation from the Hellfire about which
Allah says: They will neither feel coolness nor have any drink except that
of boiling water and the discharge of dirty wounds.[Soorah An-Naba'
In summary: The Jannah is surrounded by hardships and toil, while Hellfire
is surrounded by temptations, lusts and desires.
5. I'm afraid that if I wear the Hijab,I will put
it off at a later time because I have seen so many others do so..
To her I say: If everyone was to apply your logic then they would have
left the Deen in its entirety! They would have left off salaat because
some would be afraid of leaving it later. They would have left fasting in
Ramadhan because so many are afraid of not doing it later. etc. Haven't
you seen how Shaitaan has trapped you in his snare again and blocked you
Allah ta'aala loves continuous obedience even if it be small or
recommended. How about something that is an absolute obligation like
wearing hijaab?! The prophet (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: The most
beloved deed with Allah is the consistent one though it be little. Why
haven't you sought out the causes leading those people to leave off the
hijaab so that you can avoid them and work to keep away from them? Why
haven't you sought out reasons and causes to affirm truth and guidance
until you can hold firm to them?
Among these causes is much supplication to Allah (du'aa) to make the heart
firm upon the Deen as did the prophet (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam). Also
is making salaat and having mindfulness of it as Allah stated:And seek
helpin patience and the prayer and truly it is extremely heavy except for
the true believers in Allah who obey Allah with full submission and
believe in His promise of Jannah and in His warnings (Al-Khaashi'oon).[Soorah
Al-Baqarah 2:45] Other causes to put one upon guidance and truth is
adherence to the laws of Islam and one of them is indeed wearing the
hijaab. Allah said: If they had done what they were told, it would have
been better for them and would have strengthened their faith. [Soorah Al-Baqarah
In summary: If you hold tight to the causes of guidance and taste the
sweetness of faith you will not neglect the orders of Allah after having
held to them.
6. If I wear the Hijab, then no one will marry
me. So,I'm going to put it off till then..
Any husband, who desires that you be uncovered and adorned in public in
defiance of and in disobedience to Allah, is not a worthy husband in the
first place. He is a husband who has no feeling to protect what Allah has
made inviolable, most notably yourself, and he will not help you in any
way to enter Al-Jannah or escape from the Hellfire. A home which is
founded upon disobedience to Allah and provocation of His anger is fitting
that He decree misery and hardship for it in this life and in the
Hereafter. As Allah stated: But whosoever turns away from My reminder
(i.e. neither believes in the Qur'aan nor acts upon its teachings) verily
for him is a life of hardship and We shall raise him up blind on the Day
of Resurrection. [Soorah Ta Ha 20:124]
Marriage is a favor and blessing from Allah to whom He give whom He wills.
How many women who wear hijaab (mutahajibah) are in fact married while
many who don't aren't? If you were to say that '..my being made-up and
uncovered is a means to reach a pure end, namely marriage', a pure goal or
end is not attained through impure and corrupt means in Islam. If the goal
is honorable then it must necessarily be achieved by pure and clean
method. We say the rule in Islam is: The means are according to the rules
of the intended goals.
In summary: There is no blessing in a marriage established upon sinfulness
7. I don't wear hijaab based on what Allah says:
And proclaim the grace of your Rabb [Soorah Ad-Dhuhaa 93:11] How can I
cover what Allah has blessed me with of silky soft hair and captivating
So.this sister of ours adheres to the Book of Allah and its
commands as long as they coincide with her personal desires and
understanding! She leaves behind those matters when they don't please her.
If this was not the case, then why doesn't she follow the aayah:And do not
show off their adornment except only that which is apparent[Soorah An-Noor
24:31] and the statement of Allah subhaanah:Tell your wives and your
daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks all over
their bodies [Soorah Al-Ahzaab 33:59]?
With this statement my sister you have now made a shari'ah (law) for
yourself of what Allah ta'aala has strictly forbidden, namely
beautification (at-tabarruj) and uncovering (as-sufoor), and the reason:
Your lack of wanting to adhere to the order. The greatest blessing or
favor that Allah has bestowed upon us is that of Eemaan (faith) and
hidaayah (guidance) and among them is the Islamic hijaab. Why then do you
not manifest and talk about this greatest of blessings given to you?
In summary: Is there a greater blessing and favor upon the woman than
guidance and hijaab?
8. I know that hijaab is obligatory (waajib), but
I will wear it when Allah guides me to do so..
We ask this sister on what plans or steps she will undertake until she
accepts this divine guidance? We know that Allah has in His wisdom made a
cause or means for everything. That is why the sick take medicine to
regain health, and the traveler rides a vehicle or an animal to reach his
destination, and other limitless examples.
Has this sister of ours seriously endeavored to seek true guidance and
exerted the proper means to get it such as: Supplicating Allah sincerely
as He stated: Guide us to the Straight Path. [Soorah Al-Faatihah 1:6];
Keeping company with the righteous good sisters - for they are among the
best to assist her to guidance and to continue to point her to it until
Allah guides her and increases her guidance and inspires her to further
guidance and taqwaa. She would then adhere to the orders of Allah and wear
the hijaab that the believing women are commanded to wear.
In summary: If this sister was really serious about seeking guidance she
would have exerted herself by the proper means to get it.
9. It's not time for that yet. I'm still too
young for wearing hijaab.
I'll do it when I get older and after I make Hajj!
The Angel of Death my sister, is visiting and waiting at your door for the
order of Allah ta'aala to open it on you at any moment in your life. Allah
said: When their term comes, neither can they delay it nor can they
advance it and hour (or a moment). [Soorah Al-An'aam 7:34]. Death my
sister doesn't discriminate between the young or the old and it may come
while you are in this state of great sinfulness disobedience, fighting
against the Lord of Honor with your uncovering and shameless adornment. My
sister, you should race to obedience along with those others who race to
answer the call of Allah tabaaraka wa ta'aala:Race with one another in
hastening towards forgiveness from your Lord and Paradise the width
whereof is as the width of the heavens and the earth. [Soorah Al-Hadeed
Sister, don't forget Allah or He will forget you by turning His mercy away
from you in this life and the next. You are forgetting your own soul by
not fulfilling the right of your soul to obey Allah and proper worship of
Him. Allah stated about the hypocrites (Al-Munaafiqoon): And be not like
those who forgot Allah and He caused them to forget their own
selves.[Soorah Al-Hashr 59:19] My sister wear the hijaab in your young age
in opposition to the sinful deed because Allah is intense in punishment
and will ask you on the Day of Resurrection about your youth and every
moment of your life.
In summary: Stop presuming some future expectation in your life will
indeed occur!! How can you guarantee your own life until tomorrow?
10. I'm afraid that if I wear Islamic clothing
that I'll be labeled as belonging to some group or another and I hate
My sisters in Islam, there are only two parties in Islam, and they are
both mentioned by Allah Almighty in His Noble Book. The first party is the
party of Allah (hizbullah) that He gives victory to because of their
obedience to His commands and staying away from what He has forbidden. The
second party is the party of the accursed Shaitaan (hizbush-Shaitaan)
which disobeys the Most Merciful and increase corruption in the earth.
When you hold tight to and adhere to the commands of Allah, and among them
is wearing the hijaab - you then become a part of the successful party of
Allah. When you beautify and display your charms you are riding in the
boat of Shaitaan and his friends and partners from among the hypocrites
and the disbelievers and none worse could there be as friends.
Don't you see how you are running from Allah and to the Shaitaan, trading
filth for good? Run instead my sister to Allah and follow His way: So flee
to Allah (from His Torment to His mercy). Verily I (Muhammad) am a plain
Warner to you from Him.[Soorah Adh-Dhaariyaat 51:50] The hijaab is a high
form of worship that is not subject to the opinions of people and their
orientations and choices because the one who legislated it is the Most
In summary: In the way of seeking the pleasure of Allah and in hope of His
Mercy and success in His Jannah and throw the statements of the devils
among people and jinn against the wall! Hold tight to the legislation of
Allah by your molars and follow the example of the striving and
knowledgeable Mothers of the Believers and the female companions (radiallahu
Your body is on display in the market of Shaitaan seducing the hearts of
men. The hairstyles, the tight clothing showing every detail of your
figure, the short dresses showing off your legs and feet, the showy,
decorative and fragrant clothing all angers the Merciful and pleases the
Shaitaan. Every day that passes while you are in this condition, distances
you further from Allah and brings you closer to Shaitaan. Each day curses
and anger are directed toward you from the heavens until you repent. Every
day brings you closer to the grave and the Angel of Death is ready to
capture your soul.
Everyone shall taste death. And only on the Day of Resurrection shall you
be paid your wages in full. And whoever is removed away from the Hellfire
and admitted to Al-Jannah, is indeed successful. The life of this world is
only the enjoyment of deception (a deceiving thing).[Soorah Aale 'Imraan
Get on the train of repentance my sister, before it passes by your
station. Deeply consider my sister, what is happening today before
tomorrow comes. Think about it, my sister - Now, before it is too late!
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