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 over their
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
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.
Source Reference: islamworld- University of Essex Islamic Society
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