God says to His prophet (PBUH): “Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies.” Allah orders the Muslim woman to wear the hijaab when she steps out of the security of her home or when in the presence of strange men. So to wear the hijaab is a source of great good for the Muslim woman – for many reasons as followings:
- You please Allah. You are obeying the commands of your Lord when you wear the hijaab and you can expect great rewards in return.
- It is Allah? protection of your natural beauty. You are too precious to be “on display” for each man to see.
- It is Allah? preservation of your chastity.
- Allah purifies your heart and mind through the hijaab.
- Allah beautifies your inner and outer countenance with hijaab. Outwardly your hijaab reflects innocence, purity, modesty, shyness, serenity, contentment and obedience to your Lord. Inwardly you cultivate the same.
- Allah defines your femininity through the hijaab. You are a woman who respects her womanhood. Allah wants you to be respected by others, and for you to respect yourself.
- Allah raises your dignity through the hijaab. When a strange man looks at you, he respects you because he sees that you respect yourself.
- Allah protects your honor 100% through your hijaab. Men do not gaze at you in a sensual way, they do not approach you in a sensual way, and neither do they speak to you in a sensual way. Rather, a man holds you in high esteem and that is just by one glance at you!
- Allah gives you nobility through the hijaab. You are noble not degraded because you covered not naked.
- Allah demonstrates your equality as a Muslim woman through the hijaab. Your Lord bestows upon you equal worth as your male counterpart, and gives you a host of beautiful rights and liberties. You express your acceptance of these unique rights by putting on the hijaab.
- Allah defines your role as a Muslim woman through the hijaab. You are someone with important duties. You are a reflection of a woman of action not idle pursuits. You display your sense of direction and purpose through your hijaab. You are someone that people take seriously.
- Allah expresses your independence through the hijaab. You are stating clearly that you are an obedient servant of the Greatest Master. You will obey no one else and follow no other way. You are not a slave to any man, nor a slave to any nation. You are free and independent from all man-made systems.
- Allah gives you the freedom of movement and _expression through the hijaab. You are able to move about and communicate without fear of harassment. Your hijaab gives you a unique confidence.
- Allah wants others to treat you – a Muslim woman – with kindness. And the hijaab brings about the best treatment of men towards you.
- Allah wants your beauty to be preserved and saved for just one man to enjoy – your husband.
- Allah helps you to enjoy a successful marriage through wearing hijaab. Because you reserve your beauty for one man alone, your husband’s love for you increases, he cherishes you more, he respects you more and he honors you more. So your hijaab contributes to a successful and lasting marriage relationship.
- Allah brings about peace and stability in the society through the hijaab! Yes this is true! Men do not cause corruption by forming illegal relationships because you – the Muslim woman – calm their passions. When a man looks at you, he feels at ease, not tempted to fornicate.
So a Muslim woman in hijaab is dignified, not dishonored, noble, not degraded, liberated, not subjugated, purified, not sullied, independent, not a slave, protected, not exposed, respected, not laughed at, confident, not insecure, obedient, not a sinner, a guarded pearl, not a prostitute.
Dear Muslim sister! Fulfill your duties towards Allah, put on your adornment – put on your hijaab, and race towards Jannah (Paradise) by doing all good actions. You should agree by now that wearing hijaab is extremely beneficial – it must be – because Allah only commands what is good. And believe me sister, it is good to obey the commands of your Lord.
“Their reward is with their Lord: Gardens of Eden underneath which rivers flow wherein they will dwell for ever; Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him; this is (in store) for whoever fears his Lord.” [Sooratul-Bayyinah 98:8]
Allah says in the Qur’aan, ‘O Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) say to your wives, your daughters and to the women of the Mu’mineen that they draw over them their Jilbaabs (outer cloaks or Burqahs).That (covering themselves with Jilbaab) is the least (minimum requirement which they adopt) so that they be recognized and not be molested (by shameless people of loose morals).’ (Ahzaab 59)
Hadhrat Ibn Abbaas (Radhiallaahu Anhu) further states, ‘The women must cover their faces and heads with their Jilbaabs and leave only one eye exposed (covered).’ (Ibid)
The proper definition of Hijaab can be understood from the following verse of the Qur?an, ? Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies. That would be better that they should be known so as not to be annoyed.·Imam Qurtubi has mentioned the explanation of ?loaks·given by Abdullah ibn Mas?od [Radhiallaahu anhu] in his famous Tafseer ?l-Jaami li bayanil Qur?an· Abdullah ibn Mas?od [Radhiallaahu anhu] states that the cloaks should be tied or worn in such a way that only one eye remains exposed or another method would be to tie the upper portion on the brow just above the eyes and another portion above the nose just below the eyes, leaving only the two eyes exposed. (vol.14 pg.232; Darul hadith-Cairo). It is not permissible for a young woman to expose her face in the presence of non-Mahram men. (Shaami vol.1 pg.406; HM Saeed)