Sisters Hijab: Allah's Command or Fashion Statement? [MUST READ]

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    Hijab: Allah's Command or Fashion Statement?


    Unfortunately, we as Muslims live during a time when there is no Islamic State to stop the Munkar we see on a daily basis. It is an obligation on Muslims that we try to stop the different Munkars we see. It is one of the biggest challenges a Muslim has to endure to stop a Munkar when there is no support from the Islamic State.

    We have been brought back to a time when the kuffar in Mecca used to order the Muslims to stop carrying the da'wah and not to worshipping publicly. As the ayah stated;

    وَلْتَكُنْ مِنْكُمْ أُمَّةٌ يَدْعُونَ إِلَى الْخَيْرِ وَيَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ

    "Let their arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), commanding al'Ma'ruf (good) and forbidding al'Munkar (evil)" [Al-Imran, 3:104]

    One type of Munkar that we see is the new trend of hijab. Hijab is not a fashion statement and never was meant to be. It is an act of obedience that has been clearly defined in the Qur'an and Sunnah. There is no debate on what is allowed and what is prohibited. Allah سبحانه وتعالى has clearly defined the meaning and as time goes on it should not meet the new trends of society. Unfortunately, we now see the hair bangs showing from the veil, the earlobes showing their earrings, tight fitting clothes, sandals displaying their feet. The neck is shown because the veil is tied at the side or from the back, the huge barrettes to make a hump like style under the veil. These are all types of tabarruj (revealing the beauty), which Islam has prohibited. We see women in public wearing tight fitting clothes even though the awrah is covered, that is under the category of Tabarruj.

    A hadith of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم stated that, "Two categories of people; have not seen them (yet): some people who hold whips like the tails of the cow by which they lash people. And women who wear (clothes) but (are) half -naked, bending (their bodies) and bending the sight of men to them. Their heads are like the tilted humps of the camels. These women will not enter the paradise nor will they experience its smell (odor), though its odor is felt at a distance of so and so."

    It is disturbing to find hijab fashion magazines and websites to teach fashionable hijab styles. It gives Muslim women the Western style format of how to match the veil with the shirt, pants, and purse. One magazine steered clear of the idea of the jilbab and only introduced Western clothing to go out with. This is intentionally done to steer the Muslim sisters away from what Allah سبحانه وتعالى revealed. This has weaved doubt among Muslims with their religion. Hijab should not merit discussions on what is allowed or prohibited. Allah has defined his laws about hijab.

    يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ قُلْ لِأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَاءِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِنْ جَلَابِيبِهِنَّ

    "Oh Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (Jalabeeb) all over their bodies." [Al-Ahzab, 33:59]

    Did the Muslims forget when Umm Atiyya (ra) asked the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, "Oh Messenger of Allah, what about one who does not have a jilbab?" The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم replied, "Let her use the Jilbab of her sister." This clearly states that if her excuse is that she does not own a jilbab, she is to borrow one from her neighbor.

    The West is trying to redefine the meaning of hijab in order for Muslim women to break ties with Islam. Discussions about hijab were generated by the colonialists to corrupt the Islamic Aqeedah. The West realized that Muslim women all over the world implemented the standards of hijab. The West gradually started to place ideas of fashionable hijab. The West makes the women feel that the idea of hijab is an oppressive and constraining form of dress. They are using so-called scholars to give another meaning to the jilbab and distort what certain ayat mean. The West purposely is encouraging scholars to change the meanings of hijab to steer Muslims away from Islam. It is clearly stated in several ayat what happens when proofs from Allah سبحانه وتعالى have been revealed. One being,

    وَلَا تَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ تَفَرَّقُوا وَاخْتَلَفُوا مِنْ بَعْدِ مَا جَاءَهُمُ الْبَيِّنَاتُ ۚ وَأُولَٰئِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ

    "And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment." [Al-Imran, 3:105]

    The West mocks the Muslim woman for wearing hijab and tries to disgrace her. The West has succeeded in passing laws banning the hijab. Tunis and Turkey restricts the wearing of the headscarves in government buildings and public schools, and discourages women from wearing the hijab on public grounds. France has banned the wearing of any religious symbols, including the hijab in public schools and government buildings. On June 22, 2009; the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, said that "burqas are not welcome in France," commenting that, "In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity." Belgium passed a law that banned face-covering clothing in public as seen when a Moroccan immigrant was fined due to wearing of the burqa. Some states in Germany have also banned the hijab in public schools. This clearly shows that the West is threatened by the hijab and Muslims in general.

    Why are some Muslims then trying to fit in with a regime that is trying to destroy Islam in all aspects? We need to stand together as one Ummah fighting this Munkar we see on a daily basis. We as Muslims should not try to fit into a regime that is man-made but a regime that was sent down by Allah سبحانه وتعالى. We need to forbid this Munkar we are seeing and be strong in fighting for the cause of Allah سبحانه وتعالى. We should not fear any laws that were man-made but only Allah سبحانه وتعالى. It is crucial that we as Muslims join together and call for the Islamic ideology to lift this oppression on all Muslims and decrease the Munkars we see. This cause needs perseverance, steadfastness, and patience. As many ayat show the importance of patience as such,

    أَمْ حَسِبْتُمْ أَنْ تَدْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ وَلَمَّا يَأْتِكُمْ مَثَلُ الَّذِينَ خَلَوْا مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ ۖ مَسَّتْهُمُ الْبَأْسَاءُ وَالضَّرَّاءُ وَزُلْزِلُوا حَتَّىٰ يَقُولَ الرَّسُولُ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مَعَهُ مَتَىٰ نَصْرُ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا إِنَّ نَصْرَ اللَّهِ قَرِيبٌ

    "Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty, ailments and were so shaken and that even the Messenger and those who believed with him said, ‘when will come the Help of Allah?' Yes certainly, the help of Allah is near!" [Al-Baqarah, 2:214]

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    MashaaAllah, this a really good reminder. But some Muslims will likely say that the Hijab is not of any importance compared to all the other important commandments of Islam that we see every day being broken. And to some level I agree. I think the root cause of Muslims straying away from following Islam completely is lack of education and good role models. We need to educate our children when they are young about the importance of knowing Allah and being connected to Allah. Than naturally, without any force, the youth would love Allah and obeying Him will be a desire of theirs. Parents must educated in order to educate the or children. But while parents are ignorant, don't expect the children to some how be different. Most likely they will be just like their parents and the people around them.
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    assalamu alaikum :) there is no fashion for hijab why sisters using this hell style hijab?
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    Is there a prohibition against wearing hijab that is colourful or pretty? You have written an article on the evils of certain types of hijab but I'm not sure how you define a "fashion statement". You are suggesting that hijab is of one style only, when the commandment is to cover -- not to cover in a homogenous way. It is not a uniform. As long as it covers and is modest, it ca be as individual as the person wearing it.

    Also, I am always curious as to why men feel the need to comment on the evils associated with the way Muslim women dress. We have mothers, aunts, sisters, etc to give us advice in this regard.

    However, I do think that as an Ummah as a whole, we have huge problems that are not caused by the hijab as a fashion statement. Muslims are not killing their daughters because they wear barrettes under their hijab. Muslims are not imprisoning non-Muslim pregnant women because of hijab.

    How we behave/dress is something that we are individually responsible for. However, how we treat others is something that has world-wide implications for us as an Ummah.
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    assalamu alaykum,

    I understand your point brother but as sister Precious Star mentioned, brothers seems very interested in the hijab issue. Okay, fair enough, you want to give advice, barakallahu fik, but do you ask yourself if those sisters wearing fashion hijabs do even pray? Astaghfirullah don't get me wrong, hijab is a command from Allah but I think in these cases people judge by the appearance and forget about the pillars of Islam. We should make more du'as for each other and stop judging.

    Also I would like to add that brothers too should not be too fashionable. It's true, Allah loves beauty but we should also keep our Muslim identity. So speaking from the sisters side I would advice brothers to dress modestly, not wearing tight trousers, keep them above the ankles and let their beards grow, inshallah. And May Allah guide us all and keep us on the straight path.

    Jazakhum Allahu khayran
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    Jazak Allahu Khiran Bro and the response of Sisters. Good sharing and Good reminding. May Allah Guide and Protect all of Us. We Brothers are need to be more conscious i think, sisters are much modest neutrally better then us Alhamdulillsh. I prefers Niqab for sister if this then there is no point to introduce with the name of fashion. In Sha Allah we will keep our trousers above the ankles and let beards grow.
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    Assalam o aliykum

    I think the issue here is not how women dress or wear hijab, I personally believe in becoming a better muslimah myself first before I go out and judge/advice others. And if everyone just concentrates on becoming better muslim themselves then this issue won't even be raised.


    May Allah SWT make us excel in our deen, bless us our families and guide us to the straight path. Ameen Ya Rabbul Alameen
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    Wa`alaikum salaam warahmatullaah.

    Jazaakallaahu khayran, brother @suhel_918 for sharing this article. I'm sure you did so with good intentions maashaa'Allah.

    Reminders are always appreciated. Some sisters have made great points mashaa'Allah. The root cause of the issue needs to be addressed first and foremost, and that's, more often than not, lack of proper knowledge, or awareness. Many sisters out there have not been taught about the correct hijaab- hijab according to the qur'an and sunnah. (And yes, there are right and wrong ways of wearing hijab. We have countless threads on that already) And this is not just in the west, it's all over the world subhanallah.
    Which brings me to my second point, a lot of the blame, in this article, is put on the "West". I thinks it's a bit unfortunate that many Muslims have developed this way of thinking. Inshaa'Allaah, we need to work on taking responsibility for our own actions. It's not up to the media, the magazines and tabloids to teach us how to live our lives. We have been given minds of our own, and we are more than capable of doing our own research. Unless, we are little kids and need adults to hold our hands, to show us the way, we can, alhamdulillaah, figure out for ourselves that the way women, fashion, and life in general, is portrayed in the media is quite frankly not compatible with the teachings of Islam.

    The issue about niqab/hijab bans in some parts of the world was raised in the article, and subhaanallaah, that in and of itself should be a lesson for us. We have actually been blessed, compared to those sisters. We are blessed to have the opportunity of freely wearing our hijabs without having to deal with any hassle from the government and the people alike. Alhamdulillah for this ni`mah, we should all take advantage of it inshaa'Allah.

    One last thing, sisters we shouldn't get defensive when brothers talk about the issue of hijab. Who appointed women to teach about hijab? Who disallowed men to comment on it? Islam does not give more right to one specific gender when it comes to discussing/ teaching the deen. The requirements all have to do with the level of knowledge. Just as we all have equal rights in gaining `ilm, we also have equal rights in spreading and teaching it. We shouldn't be over-sensitive inshaa'Allah. This articles addresses sisters and the dress code that is particular to them, it has nothing to do with brothers or other issues that really have nothing to do with this topic. So we should appreciate it as it is (or not) and leave it there.
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    if u really like this then plz tell ur friends to read this blog. JazakAllah for comments ! :agreed::SMILY198:
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    MashaaAllah, Its a good sharing and muslim Likes the hijabs fashion.
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    Salam sister please listen to the above lecture about hijab it will give you an understanding of how it should be.

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