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    The Hijab

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    Wearing the Hijaab is not a matter of custom. Likewise one does not look at the covering of the ‘Awra from the viewpoint of beauty. Rather covering the ‘Awra, in terms of content and form, is one of the orders of Allah (swt) which is obligatory on us to act upon. Allah (swt) has legislated the Fard (duty) and obliged us to act upon it, and He has legislated the Haram and forbade us from it. Islam has clarified to the people the actions which they should do and must act upon just as Islam explained to them how they should perform them. The rule of covering the head and body of women is established in the Noble Qur’an. He (swt) said: ‘And let them draw their Khimaar (head scarves) over their bosoms.’[24:31] And He (swt) said:‘O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (Jilbaabs) all over their bodies.[33:59] Every woman should understand that adhering to the Hijaab in origin is not a democratic or constitutional right and nor a symbol of personal freedom. All of these angles are invalid. Thus, covering the ‘Awra is an order from Allah (swt). It is an order which Allah (swt) has made obligatory on the people and obliged that they act upon it. The Hijaab should only be worn in this manner. Muslim women have been applying the rule of covering their ‘Awra for hundreds of years and it has not been debated in any of the Islamic societies, defending this rule should only rely on the Islamic basis.



    [This message has been edited by -asim- (edited September 14, 2001).]

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      #3
      Asim has basically given you the verse from Quran and clearly explained it. Off course, if you do want to go in details then I could go there and give you alot more daleels from the hadith and also from stuff from the quran. Bottom line is, like all the faraids, this is also a fard on the women after they have reached the age of puberty.

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        It is compulsory for a muslim to practice hijab its not a 'misinterpretation'.The word "hijab" comes from the Arabic word "hajaba" meaning to hide from view or conceal. In the present time, the context of hijab is the modest covering of a Muslim woman.

        The Qur'an says: "Say to the believing man that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that will make for greater purity for them; and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.

        "And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; and that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands..." (Qur'an 24:30-31)


        These verses from the Qur'an contain two main injunctions: (1) A woman should not show her beauty or adornments except what appears by uncontrolled factors such as the wind blowing her clothes, and (2) the head covers should be drawn so as to cover the hair, the neck and the bosom.

        Islam has no fixed standard as to the style of dress or type of clothing that Muslims must wear. However, some requirements must be met. In Islam we have two sources for guidance and rulings: first, the Qur'an, and secondly, the Hadith--the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (saw)."Ayesha (R) reported that Asmaa the daughter of Abu Bakr (R) came to the Messenger of Allah (S) while wearing thin clothing. He approached her and said: 'O Asmaa! When a girl reaches the menstrual age, it is not proper that anything should remain exposed except this and this. He pointed to the face and hands." (Abu Dawood)

        Hijab is not just about clothes--about dressing modestly it also includes the way you act, your manners, your speech, your behaviour, and your appearance in public. Dress is only one facet of the total being, but it is still essential and the most crucial as it is the most visible aspect of practicing hijab.

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