What it means to those that wants the hijab
Posted 27 December 2003 - 12:25 PM
An act of obedience.
The hijab is an act of obedience to Allah and to his prophet (pbuh), Allah says in the Quran:And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc) and not to show off their adornment except what must (ordinarily) appear thereof, that they should draw their veils over their Juyubihinna.(24:31).
Juyubihinna: The respected scholars from As-Salaf As-Saleh (righteous predecessors) differed whether the veil cover of the body must include the hands and face or not. Today, respected scholars say that the hands and face must be covered. Other respected scholars say it is preferable for women to cover their whole bodies.
The Hijab is iffa (Modesty).
Allah (subhanahu wa-taala) made the adherence to the hijab a manifestation for chastity and modesty. Allah says: O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) over their bodies (when outdoors). That is most convenient that they should be known and not molested. (33:59). In the above ayah there is an evidence that the recognition of the apparent beauty of the woman is harmful to her. When the cause of attraction ends, the restriction is removed. This is illustrated in the case of elderly women who may have lost every aspect of attraction. Allah made it permissible for them to lay aside their outer garments and expose their faces and hands reminding, however, that is still better for them to keep their modesty.
The hijab is tahara (Purity)
Allah (swt) had shown us the hikma (wisdom) behind the legislation of the hijab: And when you ask them (the Prophets wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen, that is purer for your hearts and their hearts. (33:53). The hijab makes for greater purity for the hearts of believing men and women because it screens against the desire of the heart. Without the hijab, the heart may or may not desire. That is why the heart is more pure when the sight is blocked (by hijab) and thus the prevention of fitna (evil actions is very much manifested. The hijab cuts off the ill thoughts and the greed of the sick hearts: `Be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy or evil desire for adultery, etc) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honorable manner. (S33:32)
The hijab is a shield
The prophet (pbuh) said: Allah, Most High, is Heaven, is Hayi (Bashful), Sattar (Shielder). He loves Haya (Bashfulness) and Sitr (Shielding; Covering). The Prophet (pbuh) also said: Any woman who takes off her clothes in other than her husbands house (to show off for unlawful purposes), has broken Allahs shield upon her. The hadith demonstrates that depending upon the kind of action committed there will be either reward (if good) or punishment (if bad).
The hijab is taqwa (Righteousness and Piety)
Allah (swt) says in the Quran: O children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc) and as an adornment. But the raiment of righteousness, that is better.(7:26). The widespread forms of dresses in the world today are mostly for show off and hardly taken as a cover and shield of the womans body. To the believing women, however the purpose is to safeguard their bodies and cover their private parts as a manifestation of the order of Allah. It is an act of Taqwah (righteousness).
The hijab is iman (Belief or Faith)
Allah (swt) did not address His words about the hijab except to the believing women, Al-Muminat. In many cases in the Quran Allah refers to the the believing women. Aisha (RA), the wife of the prophet (pbuh), addressed some women from the tribe of Banu Tameem who came to visit her and had light clothes on them, they were improperly dressed: If indeed you are believing women, then truly this is not the dress of the believing women, and if you are not believing women, then enjoy it.
The hijab is haya (Bashfulness)
There are two authentic hadith which state: Each religion has a morality and the morality of Islam is haya and Bashfulness is from belief, and belief is in Al-Jannah (Paradise). The hijab fits the natural bashfulness which is a part of the nature of women.
The hijab is ghayra
The hijab fits the natural feeling of Ghayrah, which is intrinsic in the straight man who does not like people to look at his wife or daughters. Ghayrah is a driving emotion that drives the straight man to safeguard women who are related to him from strangers. The straight Muslim man has Ghayrah for all Muslim women. In response to lust and desire, men look (with desire) at other women while they do not mind that other men do the same to their wives or daughters. The mixing of sexes and absence of hijab destroys the Ghayrah in men. Islam considers Ghayrah an integral part of faith. The dignity of the wife or daughter or any other Muslim woman must be highly respected and defended.
Posted 27 December 2003 - 12:47 PM
Posted 27 December 2003 - 12:47 PM
The old double standard takes many forms throughout different societies.
I have a son. I am teaching him that only he is responsible for his behavior. Not only that - (this is a weird concept for men) that he can control himself. Forget about all the stupid excuses! They won't wash with me.
Posted 27 December 2003 - 01:03 PM
Islamabad, Dec 24: Senator Prof. Khurshid Ahmad has strongly condemned the statement of the French President Jacques Chirac paving the way for legislation banning the use of head scarf by Muslim Girls and women in schools and other public establishments.
This is a violent encroachment on the fundamental rights of the Muslims of France, as also of other religious communities. Denying the Muslims, Christians or Jews the right to dress in accordance with their conscience, faith and tradition is an attack on their right of privacy and life-style. There cannot be a more flagrant abuse of human rights in the name of secularism and nationalism. It is a sheer secular fascism and a form of a cultural imperialism. Is it not hypocritical that French girls can come to schools in mini skirts but those who want to cover their heads are being projected as a threat to secularism? he asked.
Secularism and democracy mean genuine pluralism and multiplicity of faiths, cultures and life-styles. Imposing through fiat of law one particular set of life-style is a gross violation of human freedom and a threat to civilization and harmonious living. As the said legislation is expected to take shape by the third quarter of 2004 it is time, people of all faiths in general and the Muslim people and governments in particular should protest against his Crusade against the cultural and religious rights of Muslims and other faith communities.
Human right groups, who never fail to point out lapses in the Muslim or third world, should also rise to the occasion if they are really committed to human rights and are not merely playing in the hands of Western colonial powers, and strongly protest against this on-slaught to human rights in the so called cradle of Western civilization, France, the land of liberty, equality and fraternity.
Posted 27 December 2003 - 01:11 PM
The Arabs in the hijab in the thousands...
Good for us...
The west, and the trends of teenage idols,
that have low cuts that sometimes
one could swear that it was their pubic hair is showing....
and bust swaying cause the bra is soheaty, and thus unneeded.
also in the thousands
Dood for us too.
But, I definately prefer my teenage sons to be within close distance of the hijab dressed ones, than...
The eyes had to testify what it is used for ...
The ears is to testify what it is used for....
so are the rest......
Posted 27 December 2003 - 01:14 PM
>>"Is it not hypocritical that French girls can come to schools in mini skirts but those who want to cover their heads are being projected as a threat to secularism? he asked."
I think people should have the freedom to wear or not to wear the hijab. Aren't their bans on mini-skirts in schools in some muslim countries? Can a saudi teenager go to school wearing a mini-skirt and a tank top?
Posted 27 December 2003 - 01:19 PM
>>"But, I definately prefer my teenage sons to be within close distance of the hijab dressed ones, than..."
One has to face their own natural drives and instincts in order to gain control of them. I want my son to be strong enough that it doesn't matter if he sees a parade of naked women walking down the street. He should have the inner-strength to act appropriately. Women are taught this why can't men learn this as well? Do you think any court of law would allow such lame excuses such as "He deserved to be beaten and raped....I couldn't control myself. He wasn't wearing a shirt and his jeans were sooo tight! He wasn't even wearing underwear. He was asking for it!".
Posted 27 December 2003 - 01:21 PM
Posted 27 December 2003 - 01:27 PM
>>"No, i prefer to be on the safer side..."
Than you are teaching your sons that they are weak. Why should women carry this burden?? Why should we be responsible for man's inability to control his own desires??? Again, if women are taught to control their desires...why can't men learn this?
Posted 27 December 2003 - 01:30 PM
men with balls, would probably prefer that the female bare as much as possible...
but for modesty sake, it was a choice of the females....upon taking a Godly instruction, as per verse...
O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) over their bodies (when outdoors). That is most convenient that they should be known and not molested. (33:59).
Those that dont want to obey, it is their perogative and the responsibility is theirs.....
Posted 27 December 2003 - 01:40 PM
It has to start when they are young. When does the first strong sexual impulses begin in males? 12 maybe? I caught my son downloading porn from the internet at 13. They need to understand that these are very natural emotions to have, but that does not mean it is always appropriate to act upon these urges. I think it is very difficult during puberty...for the girls too!
I have told him that to physically hurt a woman or to force his will on her would be to dishonour me...for I have taught him better.
Posted 27 December 2003 - 01:59 PM
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