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    >>by Shariffa Carlo Al Andalusia
    >>In the last few years, I have seen Muslims, become so ignorant of our
    >>religion, as our beloved Prophet warned us, that many of us are being
    >>by those who would have us worship our desires and abandon the correct
    >>worship of Allah.
    >>Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr bin Al' As: I heard Allah's Apostle saying,
    >>"Allah does not take away the knowledge, by taking it away from (the
    >>of) the people, but takes it away by the death of the religious learned
    >>till when none of the (religious learned men) remains, people will take as
    >>their leaders ignorant persons who when consulted will give their verdict
    >>without knowledge. So they will go astray and will lead the people
    >>Sahih Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 3, Number 100.
    >>We tend to indulge ourselves in "sheikh" hunting when we don't like what
    >>hear, until we find the "sheikh" who tells us what we want to hear. It
    >>not matter sometimes who this "sheikh" is or where he/shs learned or even
    >>what level his/her understanding has reached. If we heard someone call him
    >>sheikh or her sheikha, we follow what they teach. We would never do this
    >>our life matters, yet for our deen, which extends beyond the limited
    >>of our life, we find it easy. We are supposed to verify that everything
    >>we learn is supported by the Quraan and the authentic hadiths of our
    >>Narrated Abu Huraira: I said: "O Allah's Apostle! Who will be the luckiest
    >>person, who will gain your intercession on the Day of Resurrection?"
    >>Apostle said: O Abu Huraira! "I have thought that none will ask me about
    >>before you as I know your longing for the (learning of) Hadiths. The
    >>person who will have my intercession on the Day of Resurrection will be
    >>one who said sincerely from the bottom of his heart "None has the right to
    >>worshipped but Allah."
    >>And 'Umar bin 'Abdul 'Aziz wrote to Abu Bakr bin Hazm, "Look for the
    >>knowledge of Hadith and get it written, as I am afraid that religious
    >>knowledge will vanish and the religious learned men will pass away (die).
    >>not accept anything save the Hadiths of the Prophet. Circulate knowledge
    >>teach the ignorant, for knowledge does not vanish except when it is kept
    >>secretly (to oneself)." Sahih Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 3, Number 98.
    >>Think about this. In explanation of this hadith, Umar bin Abdul Aziz told
    >>to seek the knowledge of the hadith. Why? Its obvious, because it is here
    >>that we can truely understand the verses of Allah and stay away from
    >>by applying them as they were implemented by our beloved Prophet. Any
    >>way is denying the truth of La ilaha il Allah!
    >>The prophet warned us that there would emerge people, teaching from their
    >>ignorance. And those people are alive and thriving today. This is
    >>sad when we know that knowledge of what is truly Islam is so easy for us
    >>find. We do not have to travel hundreds of miles on foot, or by steed to
    >>acquire knowledge of one hadith. They are all collected, authenticated and
    >>analyzed for us now. May Allah guide us to the true knowledge.
    >>The latest trend to hit the streets as they say, is the invention of new
    >>interpretations for the verses on hijab. They have discovered, it seems,
    >>something the Prophet, himself, had not discovered. Audhu billah! At first
    >>they claim that the word, "hijab" does not appear in the Quraan. Which is
    >>true. Hijab is there, in relation to the mothers of the believers. who are
    >>our examples. Also, jilbab and Khymar, two far more specific terms are
    >>and they are specifically directed towards us, the Muslim women, and in
    >>observing these two, we are essentially observing hijab. Since this is so
    >>easily disputed, they have to invent a new loophole. They go on to say
    >>the verse for the khymar does not say hair. They have taken a verse and
    >>ignored the implementation of this verse as found in the authentic sunnah
    >>the teachings of the scholars.
    >>Those who are teaching this lunacy have committed two great violations.
    >>they are denying the verses of Allah, which in itself is outright shirk.
    >>Second, they are saying that our beloved Prophet did not understand these
    >>verses, because when the women began to cover themselves completely, he
    >>not correct them. Which he ALWAYS did when they were wrong!
    >>Narrated Umm Salamah, Ummul Mu'minin: When the verse "That they should
    >>their outer garments over their persons" was revealed, the women of Ansar
    >>came out as if they had crows over their heads. Sunan Abu Dawud: Book 32,
    >>Number 4090.
    >>Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin: Safiyyah, daughter of Shaybah, said that
    >>Aisha mentioned the women of Ansar, praised them and said good words about
    >>them. She then said: When Surat an-Nur came down, they took the curtains,
    >>tore them and made head covers (veils) of them. Sunan Abu Dawud: Book 32,
    >>Number 4089.
    >>Narrated Anas ibn Malik: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) brought Fatimah a
    >>slave which he donated to her. Fatimah wore a garment which, when she
    >>her head, did not reach her feet, and when she covered her feet by it,
    >>garment did not reach her head. When the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) saw
    >>struggle, he said: There is no harm to you: Here is only your father and
    >>slave. Sunan Abu Dawud: Book 32, Number 4094.
    >>Here, the Prophet was waiting for his daughter to cover from her head to
    >>feet, the mother of the believers was praising the women for their
    >>understanding and implementation of this verse. If they were wrong, it
    >>have been correction, not praise. Did our great Prophet, himself, not
    >>understand? Did his beloved daughter not understand? Did Aisha, the mother
    >>the Believers, who is undisputedly one of the greatest scholars of al
    >>not understand? It is inconceivable that the Prophet and these great woman
    >>who lived with and learned from the Prophet himself, would understand
    >>less than these Modern self-appointed scholars of Islam. May Allah guide
    >>and protect us from them!
    >>Having said this, let me give you the verses relating to the woman's
    >>and try to explain them. Allah says:
    >>O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that
    >>should cast their outer garments (Jalbab) over their persons (when abroad
    >>ie in the public arena): that is most convenient, that they should be
    >>(as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
    >>And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard
    >>their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments
    >>what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils
    >>(khymar) over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their
    >>husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their
    >>sons, their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or
    >>their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male
    >>free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame
    >>sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention
    >>their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards
    >>Allah, that ye may attain Bliss. 24:31
    >>O ye who believe! Enter not the Prophet's houses,- until leave is given
    >>for a meal, (and then) not (so early as) to wait for its preparation: but
    >>when ye are invited, enter; and when ye have taken your meal, disperse,
    >>without seeking familiar talk. Such (behavior) annoys the Prophet: he is
    >>ashamed to dismiss you, but Allah is not ashamed (to tell you) the truth.
    >>when ye ask (his ladies) for anything ye want, ask them from before a
    >>that makes for greater purity for your hearts and for theirs. Nor is it
    >>for you that ye should annoy Allah's Messenger, or that ye should marry
    >>widows after him at any time. Truly such a thing is in Allah's sight an
    >>enormity. 33:53
    >>In these verses, we see that we have been commands to wear the jalbab and
    >>Khymar. What are these things? For a technical explanation, we find that
    >>jalabib, which is used in the verse is the plural of Jalbab. "Jalbab, is
    >>actually the outer sheet or coverlet which a woman wraps around on top of
    >>garments to cover herself from head to toe. It hides her body completely."
    >>Lisan ul Arab vol 1 p. 273. The best explanation is that it is what we
    >>today call a burqa or an abiya.
    >>In explanation of this word, Allamah ibin Al Hazam writes:
    >>"In the Arabic language of the Prophet, Jalbab is the outer sheet which
    >>covers the entire body. A piece of cloth which is too small to cover the
    >>entire body could not be called Jalbab." Al Muhalla, vol. 3, p. 217.
    >>The second piece, the Khymar is from the root Khmr which means something
    >>which veils. As we can see from the term Khamir (alcohol or any substance
    >>which veils the mind). The Khymar was a piece which covers the head and
    >>breast area as instructed in the verse.
    >>Sheikh Al Albaani was asked about this verse in relation to its
    >>He explained that it means a covering that goes over the head, shoulder
    >>breast area, excluding the face. Here is the exchange in a question/answer
    >>"What is the ruling regarding a woman's wearing a scarf on her head?
    >>Ans. That is not enough - she has to wear a 'khimaar' which covers the
    >>and chest. The scarf is not loose fitting and does not cover enough.
    >>Should not the shoulders also be covered by it?
    >>Yes, that is the 'khimaar'. It is a wide cover covering the head and
    >>shoulders. When we say that it covers the chest, then it covers the
    >>since it is wide. But as regards the head-scarf we often see a woman
    >>it revealing a part of the neck due to it, but the 'khimaar' covers the
    >>and shoulder, and Allaah ta'aala orders that saying:
    >>The head-scarf is as they say these days a compromise, and there is no
    >>thing in Islaam!
    >>Many people hold that the khimaar' is a covering for the face.
    >>Ans. That is ignorance with regard to the language. The 'khimaar' is a
    >>covering for the head and the man also wears the khimaar - putting it upon
    >>his head - the same as for the woman. He ta'aala said:
    >>If the khimaar covered the face then He ta'aala would not say WALYADRIBNA
    >>meaning pull/draw together, but he would have said "let fall" [ using the
    >>verb 'sadala' ]. This is ignorance regarding the language."
    >>Here we can clearly see the limitations of the piece that covers our
    >>It must bo over the shoulders and the breast to fit what is described in
    >>When we put the two pieces together, what we have is a long dress jilbab
    >>a head/shoulder/breast cover: khymar. These two pieces were commanded by
    >>Allah. Together they comprise the cover of the Muslim woman. Now, how do
    >>know how serious it is to not cover? We find this in the explanations of
    >>verses. We have one particularly strong hadith which pretty much covers it
    >>The Prophet said, "The worst among women are those who freely leave their
    >>homes without hijab. They are hypocrites and few of those will enter
    >>paradise." (Sunan Baihaqi)
    >>Also, In al Qurtubi, Aisha is narrated as having said to some women from
    >>tribe of the Bani Tamim who were wearing dresses made of thin material
    >>they were visiting her, "If you are mumin this is not the type of dress
    >>suitable for mumin women. But if you are not mumin, then do as you
    >>Also, narrated in Al Qurtubi is a statement from the mother of the
    >>Aisha, that the woman who does not cover does not believe in surat al
    >>These are very strong words, for the one who disbelieves in any part of
    >>Quraan is not a believer and has committed shirk!
    >>So strong is the importance of covering, that we can not even reveal to
    >>others that which is hidden. Abdullah Ibin Masud narrated that the Prophet
    >>said, "A woman should not look at or touch another woman so that she may
    >>describe this woman to her husband in such a way as if he were actually
    >>looking at her." (Bukhari, Abu Dawud)
    >>The covering of the Muslim woman is not an option, it is a privilege and a
    >>commandment from Allah. It is the duty of every Muslim woman and the
    >>responsibility of every Muslim man. For the man was commanded to:
    >>O ye who believe! save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel
    >>Men and Stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who
    >>flinch not (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do
    >>(precisely) what they are commanded. 66:6
    >>Now, the words of Allah in commanding us to wear khymar and jalbab should
    >>enough. Added to that the words of our Prophet and the explanations from
    >>wives, should be more than enough. Let's add to that that it is the
    >>of the scholars (ijimaa) that the "hijab" is mandatory, and there should
    >>remain no woman who does not observe it, if she believes in Allah and the
    >>last day.
    >>So, knowing this, what is the believing woman to do, except submit to
    >>And how exactly do we do this. The cover of the Muslim woman is two
    >>An overgarment (jilbab) and a head/shoulder/bosom scarf (khymar). It is
    >>pants, skirts, or other... The word in the Quraan is clear -- jalbab
    >>is clearly a one piece garment). Also, the teachings and examples of the
    >>mothers of the believers, the family of the Prophet and the female
    >>of the Prophet are enough to show us that these are the only acceptable
    >>alternatives. While pants and skirts were available and known, there is
    >>one single example of them being utilized as appropriate covering
    >>This means they can not be utilized as such today. The covering has
    >>limitations and those limitations came from Allah's commandments, not man
    >>woman's) desires or rationalizations.
    >>Second, the dress must be loose, and touching (even dragging ) on the
    >>We know this from the following two hadiths.
    >>When the Prophet was talking about Allah not gazing upon the one who
    >>his garments in pride,
    >>Narrated Umm Salamah, Ummul Mu'minin: Safiyyah, daughter of AbuUbayd,
    >>When the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) mentioned lower garment, Umm
    >>Salamah, wife of the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him), asked him: And
    >>woman, Apostle of Allah? He replied: She may hang down a span. Umm Salamah
    >>said: Still it (foot) will be uncovered. He said: Then a forearm's length,
    >>nor exceeding it. Sunan Abu Dawud: Book 32, Number 4105.
    >>Narrated Dihyah ibn Khalifah al-Kalbi: The Apostle of Allah
    >>(peace_be_upon_him) was brought some pieces of fine Egyptian linen and he
    >>gave me one and said: Divide it into two; cut one of the pieces into a
    >>and give the other to your wife for veil. Then when he turned away, he
    >>And order your wife to wear a garment below it and not show her figure.
    >>Abu Dawud: Book 32, Number 4104.
    >>These two hadiths show that the dress must touch the ground and must be
    >>loose. Since we know that they had shoes and socks, and they were not
    >>as options, then we also know that they can not be taken as options today.
    >>The dress had to cover the feet and the legs. The commandments of covering
    >>never spoke of just covering the skin. They gave a specific UNIFORM for
    >>Muslim woman. Remember, in the verse about Jalbab, one of the reasons for
    >>was so that the Muslim woman should be known as such. This is important
    >>us to remember. We need to be able to recognize each other, and to be able
    >>be easily recognized by others. This is one of the primary purposes of the
    >>Also, the dress should not be decorated, making it more beautiful than
    >>is covered. Allah commands the believing woman to "not display their
    >>(24:31). and he orders us to " not strike their feet in order to draw
    >>attention to their hidden ornaments" (24:31). We are not to show the
    >>decorations we place on ourselves or even to allude to that which we hide.
    >>Therefore, the things which do show, the jilbab and the khymar should be
    >>devoid of decoration or ornamentation.
    >>Now we have a dress which is plain, long and wide and a plain scarf which
    >>covers the head, shoulders and bossom. The only things showing should be
    >>face and the hands. now what is face. It is the part we have to clean in
    >>--the circle from the hairline (not including any hair), to the ears but
    >>including the ears as they are considered part of the head, to the chin.
    >>hands are from the wrist down. All else is considered aura (that which is
    >>be hidden) including the feet which we were told to cover with our dress,
    >>with socks or shoes. To strengthen this, we have a hadith from Sunan Abu
    >>Dawud. A woman asks Um salama, " I am a woman who drags her dress and I
    >>in the dirty places, what shall I do? Um Salama answered, "Rasool Allah
    >>'What is after it purifies it. '" Therefore, if the dress could be
    >>and socks or shoes serve in their place as sufficient covering, this
    >>right, that the dress becomes clean for salat by dragging over clean dirt
    >>would not have been necessary or even acceptable. And Allah knows Best.
    >>Last, but not least, because the woman and man are forbidden to imitate
    >>other and because we can not imitate the Kufar, the dress also can not
    >>imitate the dress of a man (like pants or a thob or dishdasha) nor can it
    >>imitate the kufar, like trying to make it match the latest kafir fashions
    >>dressing like a nun. And the dress should never be a dress of pride.
    >>May Allah guide us all to the best for this life and the next. May Allah
    >>guide our women to the proper dress of the Muslim woman, to the uniform of
    >>the Muslim, to the dress of dignity and piousness. May Allah keep us from
    >>worshipping our desires and guide us all to the sirat al mustaqeem. Ameen.

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