Back to basic’s ~ Hijab

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

When an action becomes something of the norm, it’s always healthy to revise or in some cases; go back to basic’s.

You’ll find teacher’s attending additional training courses, although qualified and sportsmen and women reviewing their latest game.

A great example is when Tiger Wood’s changed his swing even after winning the Master’s, in search of self improvement, something the Japanese call Kaizen

So when you think you are doing something great, remember that there’s always a chance you could be doing it even better! Revision also help’s you to realise unintentional mistake’s/habit’s that you may have picked up on the way so you can nip them in the bud as soon as possible.

This bring’s me to the topic of Hijab. In recent year’s it has become more common for women to wear hijab as a fashion statement, which is the wrong intention. Or severe cases where women remove the hijab as an act of feminism. The last is very confusing because if she understood the correct definition of feminism, they would be an advocate of Hijab. Worse still is when people take part’s of the Quran out of context in arguement against hijab e.g. “Allah is beautiful and Allah loves beauty” is a line i’ve heard for women to force themselves to believe that they can remove hijab or beautify themselves with hijab on, going against the command’s of Allah SWT. Deep down i’m sure these women know that their arguement is in fact invalid, it’s a clear sign of weak iman.

Here are a few thing’s to remember:

Intention – before leaving the house alway’s ask yourself who you are dressing for. Are you dressing to please your creator, or to please the created? Are you using the clothes Allah SWT blessed you with to worship him correctly?
You may feel great because you are wearing the latest trendy blouse, but if it’s see-through, there will be no barakah or reward in it. A fellow Muslimah once said “if you cannot pray in your outfit then you should not be leaving the house in it.” which i find so true!

{QURAN 24:31} ~ Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.). That is purer for them. Verily, Allâh is All-Aware of what they do.

{QURAN 24:31} ~ 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 only that which is apparent (like palms of hands or one eye or both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islâm), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allâh to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.

Hijab is obligatory for all Muslim’s: FACT. Did you notice that Men were told before women? Even though there is more focus on women’s hijab than men’s hijab these day’s. 

Interesting, isn’t it?

NOTE: the feet are not exempt from this requirement. If you are wearing a shoe where the foot is on show (ballet flats, sandal’s etc) remember to wear opaque socks/tights. Ladies, please also remember that that part of your arm from your elbow to your wrist is part of your awrah too, let’s keep it covered up! Modesty sleeves are great for Muslim women who wear short sleeves or have wide abaya sleeves, because if we are going to do it, let’s do it right inshallah, to gain the most reward’s.

Niqab is optional and entirely up to the woman if she chooses to wear it, the above refer’s to the part’s of the awrah that are obligatory to cover.

We have all seen the Muslimah Fashion Faux Pas of women in hijab out in public wearing the most tightest jeans in the world which leaves very little to the imagination. It isn’t pretty, and if the public can guess what dress size you are, it pretty much voids the whole point of hijab.

It also look’s desperate, like you are trying too hard to please some random person rather than Allah SWT. It send’s mixed signal’s to non Muslim’s also. Same goes for the chest area, let’s keep it loosely covered inshallah.

If you have to wear tight clothes, cover it up with a jilbab/abaya/long coat.

This is pretty straight forward, although there has been a recent surge in sheer fashion. Steer clear of it ladies, as it mean’s one of two things: you won’t be covered correctly demonstrating a slave to fashion rather than a slave of Allah SWT or you will have that many unnecessary layers on trying to cover up you will be on the verge of over-heating.

Not pretty.
Avoid.Avoid. Avoid.

The only way of using a sheer hijab is if (and it’s a big if) you can wrap it enough times for it to become opaque 🙂

This include’s the dreaded camel hump hijab *shudders*.

You have seen it in hadith with a strong warning, so why do you insist on stuffing your hijab with random knick-knack’s?? (flower clips on steroid’s, shower puff’s/ fleur de douche, loofah’s…seriously??). The weight really isn’t healthy on your hair or scalp. What a (literal) pain in the neck all that extra weight must be.

It was reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are two types of the people of Hell that I have not seen yet: men with whips like the tails of cattle, with which they strike the people, and women who are clothed yet naked, walking with an enticing gait, with something on their heads that looks like the humps of camels, leaning to one side. They will never enter Paradise or even smell its fragrance, although its fragrance can be detected from such and such a distance.” (Narrated by Ahmad and by Muslim in al-Saheeh).

This is a saheeh hadith which was narrated by Muslim. More info.

It’s really unnecessary, inconvenient (one girl couldn’t lie back in the dentist’s chair properly and had to remove her flower clip – how cringe worthy is that?) and look’s alien and ugly. Who want’s to go for the Professor Quirrell (Harry Potter reference) look?? as it looks like there’s another head under there(!)
If you know what’s good for you: Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

I wish I could help more Muslimah’s understand the last point. It might take a while for some as it’s about confidence and knowing your own self but Muslim women need to know that they have something no one else does, and that’s Islam. We are working for something far better than any fashion trend of the dunya, something much more worth while!

We have been informed about the best possible way to dress as Muslim women, who are we to say otherwise? The women around the Prophet (peace be upon him) dressed within these guideline’s so who are we to say that they are not for us?!

For every Muslimah who takes their step’s in wearing hijab correctly, i’m so proud of you! I know it can sometimes be a struggle and take a little time but with the correct sincere intention’s you will make it inshallah. If I and million’s of other Muslimah’s can do it, then i’m sure you can too!

I wanted to leave you with a little letter, from sister to sister.

“Dear Sister. I know it’s hard. I know you look at the picture’s of the model’s and the celebrities and wonder why you can’t go out and look like them. I know it physically hurts to sometimes refrain yourself from plucking those brow’s or to put on that hijab and abaya. I know how it feels when your best friends are extremely pretty (Mashallah) in the latest fashion’s and you’re standing next to them, feeling like you’re missing out. I know how much complement’s and attention can light up your face. I know sometimes you have to give up being able to wear a certain thing because it isn’t appropriate. I know it gets hard to walk outside with no make up on, with your natural face, thinking it’s not good enough and all of your flaws are showing. I know.

You know what else I know? I know you’re beautiful, regardless of what you think of yourself. I know that even the slightest inclination of pleasing Allah in yourself increases that beauty ten-fold and I know that when Allah finds you beautiful, it’s all that matters. You’re not doing this for the world, remember? You’re not even doing it for yourself. Allah SWT knows your struggle’s and is most kind.

Imagine your beauty on the first day you step into Jannah(!) when your face would be glowing and radiant with noor (light), when you would be more beautiful than the hoor and you would realize that this world (the dunya) really wasn’t worth anything at all! 

Keep strong and focused on your goal, nothing worth having ever come for free ; )

Dear sister, I’m proud of you.”

Suggested reading:
 “I Appeal to Your Sense of Shame…Will You Not Respond?”
by Nawaal Bint Abdullah.

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Originally Published on 15 April 2012 by A Muslimah’s Musings. Head on over to her blog for more amazing content.

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