The status of women in Islam is often the target of attacks in the secular media. The Hijab or the Islamic dress is cited by many as an example of the “subjugation” (defeat, suppression) of women under Islamic Law. Before we analyze the reasoning behind the religiously mandated Hijab, let us first study the status of women in societies before the advent of Islam.

In the past women were degraded and used as objects of lust.

Examples from History

 *Babylonian Civilization: If a man murdered a woman, instead of him being punished, his wife was put to death.

*Greek Civilization: The so called most glorious of all ancient Civilization, an “imaginary women” called Pandora is the root cause of misfortune of human beings. They consider women subhuman and inferior to men. Though chastity of women was precious, and women were held in high esteem, the Greeks were later overwhelmed by ego and sexual perversions. Prostitution became a regular practice amongst all classes of Greek society.

*Roman Civilization: A man even had right to take the life if his wife. Prostitution and nudity were common amongst the Romans.

 *Egyptian Civilization: They considered women evil and as a sign of a devil.
 *Pre- Islamic Arabia: Before Islam spread in Arabia, the Arabs looked down upon women, and very often when a female child was born, she was buried alive.

Islam uplifted women and gave them equality and expects to maintain their status:


People usually only discuss hijab in the context of women. However in the
Holy Quran, Allah (swt) first mentions Hijab for men before Hijab for the women. The Quran mentions in Surah Noor, chapter # 24, verse #30

“Say to the believing men 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”

The moment a man looks at a woman and if any brazen or unashamed thought comes to his mind, he should lower his gaze.


The next verse of Surah  Noor says:

“ 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 except what(must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw veils over their bosoms and not sdisplay yheir beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons…”
(Al-Quran 24:31)

Six criteria for Hijab

According to Quran and Sunnah, there are basically six criteria for observing Hijab:


The first criterion is the extent of the body that should be covered. This is the different for men and women. The extent of covering obligatory on the male is to cover the body at least from the navel to the knees. For women, the extent of covering obligatory is to cover the complete body except the face and the hands upto the wrist. If they wish to, they can cover even these parts of the body. Some scholars of Islam insist that face and the hands are part of the obligatory extent of hijab.
All the remaining 5 criteria are the same for men and women.

1.The cloths worn should be loose and should not reveal the figure.

 2.The clothes worn should not be transparent such that one can see through them.

3.The clothes worn should not be so glamorous as to attract the opposite sex.

4.The clothes worn should not resemble that of opposite sex.

 5.The clothes worn should not resemble that of the unbelievers i.e. they should not wear clothes that are specifically identities or symbols of the unbeliever’s religions..

Hijab Includes conduct and behavior among other things

Complete hijab besides the six criteria of clothing, also includes the moral conduct, behavior, attitude & intention of the individual. A person only fulfilling the criteria of hijab of the clothes is observing hijab in a limited sense. Hijab of the clothes should be accompanied by hijab of the eyes, hijab of the heart, of the thought and hijab of intention. It also includes the way a person walks, the way a person talks, and the way he behaves.


The reason why Hijab is prescribed for women is mentioned in Quran in Chapter no. 33 

Surah Al-Azhab Verse no. 59

“O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women that they should cast their outer garments over heir persons (when abroad); that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molestated. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful”
(Quran 33:59)

The Quran says that Hijab has been prescribed for the women so that they are recognized as modest women and it will also prevent them from being molestated.

Example of Twin Sisters

Suppose two sisters who’re twins, and who r equally beautiful, walk down the street. One of them is attired in the Islamic hijab i.e. the complete body is covered, except for the face and the hands up to the wrists. The other sister is wearing western clothes, a mini skirt or shorts. Just around the corner there is a hooligan or ruffian, who is waiting for a catch, to tease a girl. Whom will he tease? The girl wearing the Islamic Dress (Hijab) according to the status of being a woman, or the girl wearing the skirt or mini, not knowing who is she?
Naturally he will tease the girl wearing the skirt or the mini. Such dresses are an indirect INVITATION to the opposite sex for teasing and molestation. The Quran rightly says that hijab prevents women from being molested.

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Importance Of Hijaab

Assalam Alaykum,

It often occurs to me that many of our sisters in Islam are not properly encouraged to use of Hijab, once they begin to observe the requirements of Hijab. It may be that a sister has been obliged to wear the Hijab without truly pondering over its superiority.

Perhaps she has reached the age of puberty and her parents have instructed her to wear it. Perhaps she has recently accepted Islam and her close companions have told her of its obligation. Alternatively, perhaps her husband has commanded her to wear Hijab.

A sister who does not truly know the superiority of Hijab will always remain envious of disbelieving women. Why? Because they observe these misguided disbelievers attempting to look beautiful for all to see. Hence, the Muslim woman then compares herself to that woman which causes her to feel ashamed of her own Hijab.

Therefore, what follows is a reminder for my sisters in Islam. It is a reminder of the true status of these so-called beautiful women. It is a reminder of the excellence of the women who wear Hijab.

Excellent Qualities of Those who Wear Hijab:

It is well known that the Muslim woman is a creature of modesty. Allah loves for our Muslim women to be shielded by their Hijab. It is their outer protection from the decadence of this life.

Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu`alayhi wa sallam) said ,

said: “Allah is modest and covering. He loves modesty and privacy.” [Abu Daawood, An-Nasaa'i Al-Bayhaqi, Ahmad].

Thus, as modesty is a quality that is loved by Allah, our sisters must take comfort in knowing that they are modest and that they are not like those women who show themselves off to the world. Such women will not be shielded from Allah’s Wramth.

Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu`alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Any woman who takes off her clothes in other than her husband’s home, has broken Allah’s shield upon her.” [Abu Daawood and At-Tirmithi)

Therefore, we see that the Hijab of the Muslim woman is indeed part of modesty. Modesty accompanies Eemaan (faith). That is why Allah's Messenger (sallallahu`alayhi wa sallam)

said: "Modesty is part of Eemaan and Eemaan is in Paradise." [At-Tirmithi]. Also: “Modesty and Eemaan are companions, when one goes away the other one goes away.” [Al-Haakim and others]

The Muslim women must know that the disbelieving women who beautify themselves for the world to see possess no modesty, thus, they are void of any Eemaan. Instead of looking to the latest fashion models for guidance, you must look to the wives of the Prophet (sallallahu`alayhi wa sallam).

Look at the regard for modesty that our mother, ‘Aa’ishah possessed even in the presence of the deceased;

she said: “I used to enter the room where the Messenger of Allah and my father (Abu Bakr) were later buried in without having my garment on me, saying it is only my husband and my father. But when ‘Umar bin al-Khattaab was later buried in (the same place), I did not enter the room except that I had my garment on being shy from ‘Umar.”

It can be quite difficult for the Muslim woman to go out wearing Hijab in a society that mocks and torments her. Indeed, she may feel strange and out of place. However, if she knows the status of those who are mocked by the disbelievers, then she would continue to wear her Hijab with dignity.

Allah Says in His Book (what means):

“Verily! The criminals used to laugh at those who believed. And whenever they passed them, used to wink at one another. And when they returned to their own people, they would return jesting. When they saw them, they said:

‘These have indeed gone astray!’ But they (disbelievers, sinners) had not been sent as watchers over them (the believers). But on this Day those who believe will laugh at the disbelievers. On (high) thrones, looking (at all things). Are not the disbelievers paid (fully) for what they used to do?” [Quran 83:29-36]

Allah’s Words should serve as a support for you my dear sister. Also, take comfort in being a stranger among these lewd and sinful women. Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu`alayhi wa sallam) said (what means):

“Islam began as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange, so good news is for the strangers.” [Muslim]

The Characteristics of the Exposed Women:
Instead of practicing the Hijab (covering), the disbelieving women expose themselves, making a dazzling display of themselves for others. Such a display is an attribute of Ignorance of the Orders of ALLAH.

Allah Says in His Book (what means):

“And stay in your houses and do not display yourselves as you used to during the times of ignorance.” [Quran 33:33]

Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu`alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The best of your women is the affectionate, the fertile, the comforting, the agreeable — if they fear Allah. The most evil of your women are those who expose and display themselves, and those who strut (to show off) and they are the hypocrites. Those who enter al-Jannah (the Paradise) are like the red beaked crow.” [Al-Bayhaqi].

The simile of the red-beaked crow is to show that those who enter Paradise will be as rare as this kind crow is rare.

We see from the above Aayah and Hadeeth that displaying oneself is indeed unlawful. Further, it is a quality of the most evil of women! Therefore, do not be envious of the disbelieving women. They only have this life to enjoy, while the believing women will have Paradise.

There is nothing in your Hijab to be ashamed of, as it is the garment of the righteous and pious female worshippers of Allah. Are you shamed that you worship Allah,that why you avoid the use of HIJAB.

In order to truly show you how evil those women who expose themselves are, let us ponder over the following statement of Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu`alayhi wa sallam):

“Of the people of Hell there are two whom I have never seen, the one possessing whips like the tail of an ox and they flog people with them. The second one, women who would be naked in spite of their being dressed, who are seduced (to wrong paths) and seduce others. Their hair is high like the humps of the camel. These women would not enter Paradise, nor will they smell its fragrance, although its fragrance can be sensed from such and such a distance.” [Muslim]

These women who expose themselves are common among us today. These are women that even the Prophet did not see! Look around you and you will see those women who are clothed but naked! Look at the hairstyles of the women who expose themselves — are they not high like the camel’s hump?

Perhaps we are the first generation since the time of Aadam to witness such women. If one ponders over photos taken thirty to fifty years ago, one will see that the disbelieving women did not expose themselves in the manner that their offspring do today! These women are among the people of the Fire!

Thus, how can you envy them? 

Such lewd women will not even smell the fragrance of Paradise; so our women must avoid their path.

Another lesson from the above hadeeth is that it confirms that what the Prophet , came with is indeed the truth! This is a prophecy that has come to pass in front of our very eyes. Hence, will we continue to envy these evil women, or should we be grateful to our Lord for the Hijab, which brings modesty, which leads to Paradise?

To sum up, the Muslim woman should abandon all of the ways of the exposed women, and adopt the ways of those who are modest through their love and practice of the proper Islamic Hijab.

There are few sisters,missguided by satan, satan force them to argue with peoples.
Why Men not using Hijab ?
why they are not pointed ?
why they are not blammed ?
by using Hijab,you are not opperessed,Infact its security for Diamonds.

as Ex: If you have diamond,will you show to peoples,will you keep without security,No……you will put in secure placed,in lockers.

Muslim womens(you) are like diamonds,even more important than diamond. you are “The hidden precious pearls/gems” that Allaah has created, al’hamdulillaah and Hijab/Naqab is just to secure you from evils,Its not oppressing you,It clearly shows that Muslim women have much more value and respect…than the womens who show off there beauty.
Few sisters says they love Allah and Prophet Muhammad,but when it comes to HIJAB.
Why they forget his orders.
Remember the words of Allah,for those who Ignore his commands :
But whosoever turns away from My reminder (i.e. neither believes in the Qur’ān 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 Tā Hā 20:124]

Why Hijab Is Necessary?

Why Hijab Is Necessary?

Until the Imperialists invaded Muslim Countries and the Muslims started mixing with non-believers, all our Muslim women walked in this world with great respect and dignity. The non-believers were finding it very difficult to come anywhere near the border of our Muslim sisters purity. The Hijab (Islamic dress for women) did not only protect them from those evil eyes of non-believers but also gave them freedom and independence from being misused by them.
The non-believers planned to destroy their barrier through removal of Hijab (Hejab, Hijaab) and unfortunately, many of our sisters, without realizing what shame and destruction they were bringing to themselves, removed the Hijab (Muslim Veil) and exposed themselves.
When imperialists invaded China, they were not faced with Hijab but were confronted with other obstacles and the Chinese refused to co-operate with them. In order to crush this resistance, the imperialists flooded China with opium and made it available to the Chinese free of charge. Once the Chinese were addicted, free distribution of opium ceased and it was given only to those who fulfilled their demands.
Removal of the Hijab had exactly the same effect. At one time, you were independent and lived with dignity, but now you are nothing but a slave of your evil desire and behave worse than a Kafir (infidel). By removing your Hijab (An Act of Faith), you have destroyed your faith. Islam means submission to Allah (SWT) in all our action. Those who refused submission cannot be called Muslims. Allah (SWT) states in Holy Qur'an: "And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants not having need (of women), or the children who have not attained knowledge of what is hidden of women; and let them not strike their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may be known; and turn to Allah all of you, O believers! So that you may be successful." Holy Qur'an (24:31)
Also, Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) says: Modesty is the symbol of faith and whoever has no modesty (Hijab), has no religion.
There are many sisters who have failed to understand the actual meaning of Hijab.
To observe proper Hijab is to dress up oneself modestly and appropriately covering all parts of body except face and forearms, without showing one's figure or curves and without using any sort of make-up.
Allah (SWT) has given equal rights to both men and women; He forbids either sex claiming supremacy over the other.
Allah (SWT) states in Holy Qur'an: "O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)." Holy Qur'an (49:13)
Hijab is one of the righteous deeds and it is a sign of honor and equality with men and stands as a shield of protection against evil man.
The woman in Islam is bestowed with respect and honour and a Muslim gives great importance to his wife. Our Holy Prophet Muhammad's (saw) Hadith says the best of you are those who are best in resting their wives.
The status of wife is so respectable that she is not bound to do any house-hold work unless she does it willingly and with affection; but if her husband forces her to do any work; he will have to answer to Allah (SWT) for his conduct. Also, she is not bound to earn and maintain the house of her husband. Her work shall always conform to the laws of Islam (Shariat). Unlike the Western world, the Muslim wife is a queen in her husband's house. The first thing a husband does for his wife is to provide a servant and a cook according to his ability and when she becomes a mother, she receives greatest respect from her husband. Contrary to this, is considered a sin by Allah (SWT).
One of the most common phrases in Islam is the 'Paradise lies at the feet of the mother'. And Allah (SWT) states in Holy Qur'an: "And your Lord has commanded that you shall not serve (any) but Him, and goodness to your parents. If either or both of them reach old age with you, say not to them (so much as) "Ugh" nor chide them, and speak to them a generous word." Holy Qur'an (17:23)
Allah (SWT) has given great impedance to women and for that reason He orders their children to address them in terms of honor.
What kind of dignity a non-believer has by the way; they conduct their life and expose themselves. They have removed the shield of protection, that modesty of Hijab and left themselves unprotected and that is the cause for the assault, which takes place once every ten seconds in rape and murder around the world. But those true Muslims who observe proper Hijab are protected from such assaults and not one ease or this type is ever heard of.
Moreover Hijab also gives the women an air of authority, dignity and respect, which a non-believer can never claim to possess. Only those who are well behaved can expect admiration and high esteem from others and definitely, those who try to attract men can never be called a well-behaved person.
Those who reject Hijab and wish to attract men are suffering from inferiority complex. They believe men are superior and in order to overcome this feeling, they use their feminine charms. But why should a Muslim woman have such a feeling when she is fully aware of her equality with men?
Hijab, therefore, has such benefits as a guard against any assault, equality with men, air of respect and honor and most important of all, obedience to Allah (SWT) which is equivalent to blood of martyr. Hijab requires women to avoid any sort of attraction to men.
We have many Muslims sisters who are more concerned to please themselves and their non-believer friends than Allah (SWT). Let us not forget the purpose of our existence, which is to cultivate love and affection for Allah in our heart and not for anything else. How can we create that love when we disobey Him? Adoration and affection come from the heart and those who truly love Allah (SWT) will not do anything contrary to this.
Some of our sisters come up with the excuse that the non-believers laugh at them if they observe Hijab and they feel degraded. They may laugh for a little while but after some time, they will have no choice but to respect the Muslim women observing Hijab for their discipline and principles which could not be shaken by their little laugh.
Let us not forget the famous phrase: He who laughs last laughs the longest.
A Muslim sister lives for the future and not for the day; we can all look forward to be in Heaven for believing and obeying Allah (SWT).
Hijab is one of the commandments of Allah (SWT). The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said that those women who do not observe proper Hijab are blatantly defying the commandment of Allah (SWT). Ahlul Bayt (as) suffered hardships and offered unparalleled sacrifices to bring original Islam to us. Discarding Hijab puts their sacrifices in vain. And the pleasure of Allah (SWT) is the greatest bliss. But for those who disobeyed, what punishment is awaiting them but Hell-Fire!

Why Do I Wear Hijab?

Why Do I Wear Hijab?

I probably do not fit into the preconceived notion of a “rebel”.  I have no visible tattoos and minimal piercing.  I do not possess a leather jacket.  In fact, when most people look at me, their first thought usually is something along the lines of “oppressed female.”  The brave individuals who have mustered the courage to ask me about the way I dress usually have questions like: “Do your parents make you wear that?” or “Don’t you find that really unfair?”
A while back, a couple of girls in Montreal were kicked out of school for dressing like I do.  It seems strange that a little piece of cloth would make for such controversy.  Perhaps the fear is that I am harboring an Uzi underneath it!  Of course, the issue at hand is more than a mere piece of cloth.  I am a Muslim woman who, like millions of other Muslim women across the globe, chooses to wear the hijab.  And the concept of the hijab, contrary to popular opinion, is actually one of the most fundamental aspects of female empowerment.
When I cover myself, I make it virtually impossible for people to judge me according to the way I look.  I cannot be categorized because of my attractiveness or lack thereof.
Compare this to life in today’s society: We are constantly sizing one another up on the basis of our clothing, jewelry, hair and makeup.  What kind of depth can there be in a world like this?  Yes, I have a body, a physical manifestation upon this Earth.  But it is the vessel of an intelligent mind and a strong spirit.  It is not for the beholder to leer at or to use in advertisements to sell everything from beer to cars!
Because of the superficiality of the world in which we live, external appearances are so stressed that the value of the individual counts for almost nothing.  It is a myth that women in today’s society are liberated!  What kind of freedom can there be when a woman can not walk down the street without every aspect of her physical self being “checked out”?
When I wear the hijab I feel safe from all of this.  I can rest assured that no one is looking at me and making assumptions about my character from the length of my skirt.  There is a barrier between me and those who would exploit me.  I am first and foremost a human being, equal to any man, and not vulnerable because of my sexuality.
One of the saddest truths of our time is the question of the beauty myth and female self-image.  Reading popular teenage magazines, you can instantly find out what kind of body image is “in” or “out.”  and if you have the “wrong” body type, well, then, you’re just going to have to change it, aren’t you?  After all, there is no way that you can be overweight and still be beautiful.
Look at any advertisement.  Is a woman being used to sell the product?  How old is she?  How attractive is she?  What is she wearing?  More often than not, that woman will be no older than her early 20s, taller, slimmer and more attractive than average, dressed in skimpy clothing.  Why do we allow ourselves to be manipulated like this?
Whether the 90s woman wishes to believe it or not, she is being forced into a mold.  She is being coerced into selling herself, into compromising herself.  This is why we have 13-year-old girls sticking their fingers down their throats and overweight adolescents hanging themselves.
When people ask me if I feel oppressed, I can honestly say no.  I made this decision out of my own free will.  I like the fact that I am taking control of the way other people perceive me.  I enjoy the fact that I don’t give anyone anything to look at and that I have released myself from the bondage of the swinging pendulum of the fashion industry and other institutions that exploit females.
My body is my own business.  Nobody can tell me how I should look or whether or not I am beautiful.  I know that there is more to me than that.  I am also able to say “no” comfortably then people ask me if I feel as though my sexuality is being repressed.  I have taken control of my sexuality.  I am thankful I will never have to suffer the fate of trying to lose/gain weight or trying to find the exact lipstick shade that will go with my skin color.  I have made choices about what my priorities are and these are not among them.
So next time you see me, don’t look at me sympathetically.  I am not under duress or a male-worshipping female captive from those barbarous Arabic deserts!  I’ve been liberated.

Hijaab is not a personal choice

   Hijaab is not a personal choice
Contrary to whatever you may believe, Hijaab (Islamic covering) is not a free personal choice. As a Muslim woman, you are not free; you are a slave of Allaah The Almighty. What is the relationship between freedom and uncovering parts of your body, adorning yourself, and uncovering your face? Does the belief that 'beauty of the soul is the real beauty' entitle a woman to be indecently dressed?

The enemies of Islam have turned women into a cheap commodity; they despise you; they do not respect your mind, thought or character; they are only concerned about your body. Otherwise, let me know: What is the rationale behind an attractive woman appearing on an advertisement for razors or tires? Does this show respect for a woman’s mind? Or does this point to the fact that the media and marketing industry only think about exploiting her body? Why do they not let women who are covered in Hijaab be shown in their ads?

If you could listen to what your colleagues in the university or work say about you behind your back, you would be horrified. They speak about your looks. They do not care for your intelligence or personality; they are only concerned about your femininity. This is the nature of man, and whoever claims otherwise is either a liar or abnormal. Wearing Hijaab is not a free personal choice, and you are certainly not free to do as you think fit; you are a slave of Allaah The Almighty. You have no right to disobey His orders. Allaah The Almighty Says (what means):
{And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind." He will say, "My Lord, why have You raised me blind while I was [once] seeing?" [Allaah] will say, "Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot them; and thus will you this Day be forgotten." And thus do We recompense he who transgressed and did not believe in the signs of his Lord. And the punishment of the Hereafter is more severe and more enduring.} [Quran 20:124-127]

Hijaab is not a free personal choice because it is the command of Allaah The Almighty and His Messenger , and the consensus of the Muslim scholars. Furthermore, Hijaab gives you the chance to test the truthfulness of those who claim that they are only concerned with your mind and character. If the case is true as they claim, wearing Hijaab will help them focus on your character, not your make-up, clothes, or charms. At this point you will discover the truth, and you will not find any man paying you attention or speaking to you because they do not need anything from you except your femininity.

It is shameful that a woman who pretends to respect herself and cherish her honor and dignity seeks to impress people with her body. Surely, you humiliate your humanity by failing to adhere to correct Hijaab and by showing off your face in place.

An American woman says that she got fed up with such widespread corruption in her society, where a woman is judged only according to her appearance, and this greatly influences her field of work, promotions, and the opportunities of practical and emotional life. She adds that a woman has to always appear beautiful and attractive in order to attain easy success in every stage of her life.

This woman converted to three religions that could not soothe her agony. Now she adheres to a sect of Judaism because she admires the fact that this sect obliges women to dress modestly and admonishes them not to intermix with men except in case of necessity.

Another American woman says that she has embraced one of the old pagan religions of the Native Americans because that religion pays special respect to women, orders them to wear decent clothes and prohibits extramarital and premarital relationships. She adds that she feels that this religion respects women and protects values in society.

A practicing Muslim woman relates that she had been fully covered in Hijaab when she was obliged to travel to a European country with her family to receive medical care for her father. In the hospital, a nurse asked her permission to see her face, and when the nurse saw it, she was shocked. She thought that the woman covered her face because she was ugly or had a defect. When the nurse asked the woman why she was covering up, the woman explained to her that Islam sees women as a jewel that must be kept away from the eyes of strangers. The woman said that the nurse was listening attentively, and later, she said, "How wonderful! I wish I could cover myself up like you. I suffer a lot from people's looks at the details of my body and feel that I am a dummy; even here I feel that all people are staring at me." Professor Sigrid Hunke, author of the famous book Allah's Sun Rises over the West , outlines the glory of the Arabs and Muslims and the influence of their civilization on the Western renaissance. In an Islamic conference, she was asked to give advice to a Muslim woman who wanted to discard her Hijaab. She said,

"A Muslim woman should not take the European or American women as role models. By doing so, she loses the elements of her character. Thus, she has to abide by the original guidance of Islam and follow in the footsteps of the early righteous women. She should cherish their values and adapt them to the needs of modern times. She should also focus on her significant mission of being a mother of the future Arab generation."

Helen Stanberry, an American writer and a freelance journalist for more than 250 American newspapers, publishes a daily article read by millions of Americans. She spent several weeks in an Arab country, and when she returned home, she said that the Arab society is perfect and sound, and it should adhere to its customs which limit the freedom of young women and men reasonably. She adds that the Arabs have inherited manners which necessitate limiting the freedom of the woman, respecting the mother and father, and, more than that, eliminating the immorality of the West which is destroying the society and families in Europe and America. She advises the Arabs to continue preventing the free intermixing between the two sexes, narrow the freedom of the girl, and adhere to Hijaab like the earlier generations did. This would be better for the Arabs than immorality, liberty and the profligacy of Europe and America.

Anger with this inferior look at women was condemned in the words of Meryl Streep, an American actress, and the 1983 Academy Award winner. In a press conference, she said that every time she visited a public place, people would scrutinize the measurements of her body to make sure that she was a beautiful and worthy of being the best American actress. This disturbed her a lot because she knew that people looked at her only to judge her body.

She contested the so-called Women's Liberation Movement, saying that she does not like the present-day concepts about women because they view the ideal woman to be the one who has a slim body. [Excerpted from the book "Risaalah Ila Hawaa' by Rasheed Al-‘OOwayid]

A woman so fond of the Abaya that she wears it at home

A Korean girl wrote on the internet, “I love your dress…yes…I love this Abaya which fully covers the body. I love it so much and love to wear it. I asked my cousin, who works in the Gulf region to send me one. Once it was sent to me, I wore it immediately. Although many people mocked me and were surprised at my appearance, I still wear it from time to time and sometimes at home. I feel greatly comfortable and content when wearing it.

At a time when women all over the world are searching for their identity by returning to decency and covering up, many Muslim women are trying to find ways and justifications to say that Hijaab is not a religious obligation, or that the essence is more important than appearances. Muslim sister, do not sacrifice the everlasting life in the Hereafter; do not risk it. You cannot do that. It is either everlasting bliss or everlasting doom. Many women before you followed the way of liberation and pride, but they reaped loss, failure, depression and misery. What will you lose if you put on Hijaab? What will you lose if you cover your hair, arms and legs? Please, answer: What loss will you incur? What has your friend who puts on Hijaab lost? Do not expose yourself to the anger of Allaah The Almighty; otherwise, you live in suffering, misery and pain. You have to put on Hijaab and quit the futile argument. Just put it on. You are not wiser than the women who wore it, nor are you more beautiful or smarter than they are. You may ask them about it. O slave of Allaah, The Compeller, return to your Lord, submit and surrender to Him; beware of the anger of Allaah The Sovereign. Hijaab is not a free, personal choice and you are not free. Islam has its rules and principles, so whoever claims to adhere to it is not allowed to violate its rules. Whoever accepts Islam as a religion should submit to its orders and avoid its prohibitions. Allaah The Almighty Says (what means):
{Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer, We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.} [Quran 16:97]

Hijaab is Ultimate Freedom

 Hijaab (Islamic covering) has become a highly controversial issue in the West in general and in France in particular after the ban on wearing Hijaab in its public schools and other places.
This ban came as part of the policy of racial discrimination and negative attitudes towards Islam, which aims at eliminating the means of understating the importance of Hijaab and its role in society. However, this pressure should not prevent the Muslim woman from adhering to her Hijaab even if this requires leaving the country that fights it.
We interviewed some non-Arab Muslim women and some employed sisters to shed light on the importance of Hijaab and its influence on their lives through their own experiences, and whether Hijaab hinders their progress.
Hijaab is a great blessing:
Yugoslavian, ‎Dr. Suzan Habib, 38 years old, who currently lives in Lebanon with her family, spoke about the importance of Hijaab in her life since she began wearing it 15 years ago, saying,
"Hijaab is the greatest blessing that Allaah The Exalted bestowed upon me and I thank Him for it, in spite of the difficulties that I faced in my life since I left my family in Yugoslavia to marry a Muslim man. I became accustomed to a new lifestyle. Indeed, I left the material life behind me, but I am happy and pleased."
Dr. Suzan has worn the Hijaab since the late eighties, when adherence to the Hijaab was still rare in Yugoslavia. Her family opposed the idea, but she insisted on wearing the Hijaab, as what was important to her was to please Allaah The Almighty. She says,
"I am assured and satisfied in spite of the fact that some people think of Hijaab as old fashioned. However, many people respected my decision to wear the Hijaab and blessed it considering it a step to what is better."
When we asked her about her opinion about the ban on Hijaab in France, she said,
"Fighting Hijaab means fighting Islam and hating it. I wonder! Where is the freedom that France claims, while it sets regulations on the personal freedom of Muslims? How can they ban Hijaab? Is it acceptable to grant freedom only to immorality and corruption? This shows their utter ignorance. Is the woman who adheres to Hijaab to protect herself considered unworthy of freedom? How is a woman judged in such cases as these?"
Dr. Suzan adds,
"Hijaab gives the woman the freedom to move and work. My Hijaab is not an obstacle in the way of my work as a physician and I do my work with absolute freedom and deal with all social classes. The woman who wears Hijaab can respectably work in many job. Islam gave women the right to wear Hijaab in order to protect her from corruption and preserve her as a human, and maintain her dignity."
Why do they interfere with people’s choices regarding what they wear?
A French Muslim sister, Marian Jose (Maryam), 36 years old speaks about how she began wearing the Hijaab 14 years ago, saying,
"Before wearing the Hijaab, I was living in a community dominated by the values of moral dissolution and absurdity. The youth in particular went over to the life of recklessness that encouraged them to spend their time in nightclubs, drinking alcohol, taking drugs, and having unlawful sexual relations. These evils take place under the pretext of "personal freedom" that the French enjoy. This continued until I met some Muslim students who influenced me greatly especially regarding my religiousness. I then realized that personal freedom is not about abandoning values and morals or keeping away from religion; on the contrary, the Hijaab and Islam in general gave me freedom that allowed me to recognize my true value as a respectable human and not a cheap commodity that is available to everyone."
She commented on the ban on Hijaab, saying,
"Adherence to Hijaab does not accord with the fancies of many people; therefore, they ban and fight it especially that the woman in many societies has become a tool for promoting various goods and products. That is why the woman’s wearing Hijaab is inconvenient for them because it will constrain their greed and exploitation of women.
I believe that issuing a law targeting a particular social group in French society is based on a racial policy that contradicts the spirit of modern constitutions and legislation, which call for equality between all citizens regarding their rights and duties."
Maryam wonders,
"Imposing a ban on Hijaab practically means imposing a particular style of clothes on girls and this is essentially inconsistent with the principles of personal freedom firstly as well as contradicting religious freedom. Consequently, it imposes principles of a new secular creed."
Hijaab is necessary to achieve equality between men and women:
An American Muslim woman, Julia Wayne, 29 years old, who has been wearing Hijaab for ten years, takes pride in her Hijaab saying,
"Hijaab is what distinguishes me, especially when I go to America…I feel that I am distinguished from other women. Hijaab enables me to keep my femininity to myself and it is no longer available for everyone to see. Islam considers the woman a jewel that must be protected, respected, and honored. This is what I call the personal freedom of the woman. I managed to complete my study in the field of commerce and my Hijaab did not prevent me from it. This is because the opinion of the men and students of me was different from other women who do not wear the Hijaab, the Hijaab forced them to respect me.
Some people depict Hijaab as a means for excluding women from mainstream society and keeping her at home away from participation in the political and cultural movement of the society. They also present the Hijaab as an example of discrimination in Islam against women. I believe that this way of thinking is the cause of injustice and denying women’s rights. In fact, Islam introduced the Hijaab to provide the woman with protection and to enable her to engage in public life."
As for the real cause behind the campaign against the Hijaab, she said,
"I think that the campaign against Hijaab is due to the background of the deep-rooted fear of the natural increase in the Muslim population in France, particularly that the average age of the European population ‎in general and France in particular is high.
In addition, France considers this as a warning against the global spread of Islam as a creed, culture, and identity. We should also not forget that Islam is the second religion in France. In my opinion, the Islamic Hijaab is a personal choice and an integral part of the public, personal, and religious freedoms."
A civil engineer, ‘Aa’ishah ‘Abdur-Rahmaan, 24 years old, who wanted to travel to France to complete her studies, said,
"Hijaab is an integral part of a woman’s personality through which she protects herself and society against immorality. It is better for us to be aware of what is wrong before committing it, because prevention is better than treatment.
Why do we wait until we fall into mistakes and then find ourselves forced to face the evil consequences? No one can make a mistake without being affected by his environment. In such a case, protection is a virtue because it protects one against falling into what is worse.
They deny the woman some of her sought rights, as Hijaab gives the woman freedom. Hijaab does not impose limitations on the woman, but it deters those who are immoral. In such a case, your freedom will be limited."
As for her own experience with Hijaab, she said,
"I believe that Hijaab does not create an obstacle as it only veils a woman’s beauty, not her mind or freedom and it increases people’s respect for her."
Ghaadah Amhaz, 28 years old, said about the ban on Hijaab,
"The campaign against Hijaab is a campaign against the Muslim woman who is responsible for her family. The Muslim woman all over the world plays a vital role on all political and social levels, while taking care of her family at the same time. Hijaab never hinders educational progress, as seeking knowledge is a duty on every Muslim man and woman. In addition, there is no Islamic text separating the woman’s Hijaab and her work and knowledge. Of course, this is what we call Divine Justice.
Cultural and political attempts to eliminate the values of the community seek to spread immorality. Of course, this does not accord with the presence of women who adhere to the Hijaab. Moreover, the mass media helps this invasion through exploiting the body and beauty of the woman in a cheap way. This is contrary to the woman who wears the Hijaab and behaves as a human being with dignity and true value.
Hijaab never deprived me of my personal rights. Finally, I take this opportunity to say that the mass media must present purposeful programs that enlighten the youth and warn them against the dangers of falling into immorality and abandoning their values and beliefs."

Coutesy: http://alhayaahijaab.blogspot.com/p/importance-of-hijab.html

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