& Answers about Hijaab
What is the
Hijab? The word itself
comes from the arabic word "hajaba" meaning to conceal or hide from view.
Hijab is the modest covering of the head and body of muslim women.
Who has to
wear it? All muslim adults are supposed
to wear the appropriate hijab for their sex.This is one Hadith related
by Abu Dawood:
"Ayesha(r) reported that Asmaa
bint Abu Bakr(r) came to the Messenger of Allah(swt) 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."
Why do they
have to wear it? Muslims must wear the
hijab because Allah(swt) ordered it. Muslims have two sources for guidance.
The first and most important source is Qur'an, the revealed word of Allah(swt).
They may then use Hadith which is the sayings and traditions of the Prophet
Muhammad(saw) who was chosen by Allah(swt) to be a role model for mankind.
Here are two passages from the
Qur'an that order the hijab.
tell your wives and daughters and the believing women to draw their outer
garments around them (when they go out or are among men). That is better
in order that they may be known (to be Muslims) and not annoyed..." (Qur'an
the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty;
that will make for greater purity for them; and Allah (swt) 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 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
to their husbands..." (Qur'an 24:30-31)
An Iranian school girl is
quoted as saying, "We want to stop men from treating
us like sex objects, as they have always done. We want them to ignore our
appearance and to be attentive to our personalities. We want them to take
us seriously and treat us as equals and not chase us around for our bodies
and physical looks." Refer
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cursed the men who appeared like women and the women who appeared like
What do they
get out of dressing like that? By covering
our beauty, we are evaluated for our intelligence and skills instead of
looks and sexuality. Many women who cover are filled with dignity and self-esteem
and are happy to be identified as a muslim woman. By wearing hijab the
woman is concealing her sexuality but allowing her femininity to shine.
Aside from that, it is pleasing to Allah and in return we earn blessings
from wearing it.
What is the
"dress code"? Islam has no fixed standard
as to the style of dress or type of clothing that muslims must wear. There
are however, some requirements that must be met. These include:
must be covered
clothing must be loose enough so as not to describe the shape of the body.
garments must be thick enough to hide the shape of the body and the color
of the skin.
dress should not be ragged or fancy. It should be clean and dignified looking.
is another Hadith from Bukhari "Ibn Abbas narrated:
Clothing is only one facet of hijab.
It is also behavior, manner, and speech. Women who wear the hijab
do not find it inhibiting, impractical, or interfering. We should wear
the hijab to show our identity as muslims. More importantly, we should
wear it to show our love and respect for Almighty Allah and his instructions.