Q: salam i was wondering why it is important to wear the hijab.. i wear it and i have a feeling of why but have a hard time explaining it to others as there are many muslim woman who do not wear it and i am questioned then about why they don’t where it too.. ? any advice would be great thank you! :) x
Wa alaykum salaam :)
Here are some thoughts on what hijab is to me. These are just my opinions and my views about hijab.
Understanding hijab and the different aspects of hijab for men and women, is key. Hijab is not only a piece of cloth. Hijab is having modesty and lowering ones gaze. Hijab encompasses protecting our hearing, our sight, touch, and speech from things that might lead us to any type of sin. Hijab is physical, spiritual, and mental.
For me hijab is important simply because Allah asks us to observe hijab. It’s a form of worship.
Hijab is a very personal decision for those who choose to wear it, and it affects us women in a very particular way. You could say that the headscarf is an outward manifestation of our inner commitment to worship Allah. It is something that ties us emotionally and spiritually, and also symbolizes our commitment to increase our worship and piety. By wearing the headscarf it helps us become more God conscious, which in many cases the overall demeanor of a Muslim woman changes. And for some women, who consider themselves not as practicing as they would like to be, choosing to wear hijab can give them that spiritual boost they need.
Modesty for both men and women are prescribed in the Quran. Allah says in the Quran:
“O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters, as well as all [other] believing women, that they should draw over themselves some of their outer garments [when in public]: this will be more conducive to their being recognized [as decent women] and not annoyed. But [withal,] God is indeed much- forgiving, a dispenser of grace!” [Quran 33:59].
“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and to be mindful of their chastity: this will be most conducive to their purity – [and,] verily, God is aware of all that they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and to be mindful of their chastity, and not to display their charms [in public] beyond what may [decently] be apparent thereof; hence, let them draw their head-coverings over their bosoms (…) [Quran 23:30-31]
In a Prophetic tradition (Hadith) Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
According to Jabir ibn Abdullah, when he asked the Prophet (pbuh), about a man’s gaze falling inadvertently on a strange woman, the Prophet replied, .Turn your eyes away. [Muslim]
Muslim men are asked not to wear gold jewelry silk clothing, to cover from the navel (including the bellybutton) to the knee (including the knee), and to avoid lavish display of wealth on one’s person.
Hijab is not worn for the man to keep their sexual desires in check; that is the man’s responsibility, as shown in the prophetic saying. Muslim women wear the headscarf for Allah and their selves. Islam is a religion of the middle path (of moderation) and of balance between extremes. Therefore, it does not expect women alone to uphold society’s morality and uprightness. Islam asks men and women to mutually implement modesty to maintain moral standards.
There are some reasons why women chose not to wear hijab. For some women they just don’t feel ready, many feel that they need to improve their worship or become better Muslims, but is something that shouldn’t deter a Muslim woman to wear hijab. Wearing hijab especially in Western countries can be difficult because of the fear that they might be discriminated against or the pressure of fitting in. Personal experiences and what their family has taught them about hijab also plays a big part.
I don’t get why people think the hijab is some kind of “stamp of approval” that indicates you’re a “Super Muslimah” of some sort. We are all trying to practice the deen the best way possible. People should get over this idea they have created equaling hijab to being super pious and practicing, etc. Hijab is part of being Muslim, not “you have to wear hijab to be Muslim.”
Just because a Muslim woman chooses not to wear hijab, it doesn’t mean that she is less pious than the woman that wears hijab. Allah is the only one who can judge and measure our piety.
At all comes down to ones personal choice to wear or not to wear hijab. Whether you choose to wear hijab or not, it is important to point out that there is no compulsion in religion, as stated in the Quran:
There shall be no coercion in matters of faith. Distinct has now become the right way from [the way of] error: hence, he who rejects the powers of evil and believes in God has indeed taken hold of a support most unfailing, which shall never give way: for God is all-hearing, all-knowing. [Quran 2:256]
No one can make you wear hijab. At the end of the day your actions are going to be judged by your intentions. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
“Deeds are only according to intentions; each man has that which he intended.”
Ever since I started wearing hijab (it’s been 2 yr), it has truly been a blessing for me. I remember Allah more often, which in turn makes me more conscious of my actions. It has helped me become a better Muslim and has changed my mindset completely. I am proud to be a hijabi, Alhamdulillah.