Analysing the various approaches to Hijab

April 28, 2012

Lecture Transcripts

hijab-block

Title: Analysing the various approaches to Hijab
Location: Dar Al Islam
Lecturer: Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli
Date: Friday 27th April 2012

يَا بَنِي آدَمَ قَدْ أَنْزَلْنَا عَلَيْكُمْ لِبَاسًا يُوَارِي سَوْآتِكُمْ وَرِيشًا ۖ وَلِبَاسُ التَّقْوَىٰ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ مِنْ آيَاتِ اللَّهِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَذَّكَّرُونَ

O children of Adam! We have indeed sent down to you clothing to cover your shame, and (clothing) for beauty and clothing that guards (against evil), that is the best. This is of the communications of Allah that they may be mindful. [Shakir 7:26]

She was fifteen years old from one of the cities of France she came and stood in front of her school and there was a mass of journalists and people from different TV stations waiting to see what she would do, defiantly  she removed what she had concealed her hair with a hat or something similar and do the astonishment of many people they saw that she had completely shaved her hair, she was an individual by the name of Cennet Doganay who in september 2004 defied the banning of hijab in France by turning up to school yet she had her hair completely shaven off in order to demonstrate the way she can attend and participate in that particular educational establishment. This particualr incident is one of many that we have witnessed in the last 10 years (approximately) regarding the concept and the issue of the Islamic dress code known as Hijab.

In other words if you were to examine the media today youll find that the controversy in many countries such as Turkey, Tunsia and other places, like for instance in September 2009 the leader of conservative party, David Cameron who is of course today the prime minister stirred up another controversy regarding Hijab when he was asked about the members of the conservative party and specifically Baroness Warsi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayeeda_Warsi,_Baroness_Warsi) and whether she will wear the Hijab (http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2010/02/09/david-cameron-makes-hijab-jibe-to-gay-magazine/), he replied back by saying that ‘she will blow the hijab off them’ in other words to show people that you do not necessarily need to wear the Hijab to be an individual who is a Muslim and is representative or takes part in the political process, he then immediately apologised of course.

The reality today is that you and I are faced with important questions out there, questions that are sometimes asked by non Muslims and at the same time Muslims as well. Recently we have come across the trend whereby ‘Muslamas’ in other words ladies who adorn this Islamic dress code are taking it off others are undertaking discussions on social media, Facebook, Twitter, myspace on email whereby the subject of Hijab has become quite hot and quite relevant. I am told that recently on Facebook there was a discussion whereby a sister that does not wear the Hijab posted something about the fact that one day she will wear it yet she does not feel that God the almighty will punish her, somebody posted a reply or one of the brothers wrote the following he said ‘if you feel you will not be punished than you are mistaken, she immediately posted back by saying that ‘its in my heart’ in other words I believe in God and I am a practicing individual as long as its in the heart that is sufficient. The response which upset her and many people was that the brother wrote ‘no problem, on the day of judgement Allah will take your heart to Jannah (Heaven) and your body to hellfire. She immediately became quite upset about that and of course this highlights to us the need to discuss and to examine the subject of Hijab because many a times when we are asked the question there are many ways in which we can disect or deal with it.

In Olympics the subject of Hijab has also caused some kind of controversy, some sports teams have presented themselves the ladies sports teams for instance, the football team in Iran could not participate in the qualification sessions likewise a lady also from Iran or a member from the United States who was a Muslama and was taking part in the sport of weight lifting as well as many others who have faced these problems whereby they wish to participate in these tournaments but at the same time they are adorning the Islamic dress code. The question is, today if you and I are asked to justify Hijab or to tackle this subject known or as advertised in this program as ‘the crown of a Muslim’ crown not because we are talking about the queen and the 60 years after her coronation this year, neither are we talking about anything else rather we are dealing with a subject that truly identifies the human being and gives them this honour and pride.

When it comes to this subject you and I may deal with Hijab in our own ways, in other words what I have done is, due to the fact that many of us have heard many lectures, we have read books, we have studied and read articles about the need to practice this form of obedience to Allah, different people will approach the subject of Hijab in their own ways. Therefore there is an important need for us to review the different ways in which people look at this subject and how they would tackle it and therefore in the few minutes that I have the objective of tonights program is to involve many of the audience and the participants in the discussion later rather than it being a lengthy lecture the discussion takes a number of important points which highlights how you and I will analyse the subject of Hijab.

Group 1 – The ‘Haram Brigade’

The first contingent or the first group of people when you ask them about hijab they are known as the ‘Haram brigade’ in other words those that come forward and say it is indeed wajib and it is forbidden for the ladies, the females not to observe what Allah wanted them to obverse. Why do they say this because there is a trend today, if you were to google this subject you will come across some people within religion of Islam and outside who will argue that Hijab is a cultural practice, Hijab is enforced by men so that they can empower women then some have the idea is that there is no basis in Quran when it comes to Hijab. However in the Quran there are many references highlighting the obligation of the islamic code of modesty and chastity. What are those verses, verses that you and I need to be aware of or at least memorised or know the references for them, for instance in surat Al Ahzab:59, or for instance if we look at surat Al Noor:24

يَوْمَ تَشْهَدُ عَلَيْهِمْ أَلْسِنَتُهُمْ وَأَيْدِيهِمْ وَأَرْجُلُهُمْ بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ

On the day when their tongues and their hands and their feet shall bear witness against them as to what they did. [Shakir 24:24]

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ قُلْ لِأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَاءِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِنْ جَلَابِيبِهِنَّ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَدْنَىٰ أَنْ يُعْرَفْنَ فَلَا يُؤْذَيْنَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَحِيمًا

O Prophet! say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers that they let down upon them their over-garments; this will be more proper, that they may be known, and thus they will not be given trouble; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. [Shakir 33:59]

In the verse above [33:59] Allah is telling prophet to tell his family members, for instance his wife’s as well as the ladies, the females out there that are muslims that they need to wear this ‘jilbab’ which is a loose article of clothing. At the same time we are told in surat al Noor regarding the idea of the ‘khimar’ in other words this head scarf or covering which ensures that only the face is indeed showing..

وَقُلْ لِلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا ۖ وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَىٰ جُيُوبِهِنَّ ۖ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا لِبُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَائِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَاءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَائِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَاءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي أَخَوَاتِهِنَّ أَوْ نِسَائِهِنَّ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُنَّ أَوِ التَّابِعِينَ غَيْرِ أُولِي الْإِرْبَةِ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ أَوِ الطِّفْلِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يَظْهَرُوا عَلَىٰ عَوْرَاتِ النِّسَاءِ ۖ وَلَا يَضْرِبْنَ بِأَرْجُلِهِنَّ لِيُعْلَمَ مَا يُخْفِينَ مِنْ زِينَتِهِنَّ ۚ وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants not having need (of women), or the children who have not attained knowledge of what is hidden of women; and let them not strike their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may be known; and turn to Allah all of you, O believers! so that you may be successful. [Shakir 24:31]

People present these verses normally to highlight the the fact that there is no ambiguity and that there is consensus amongst the scholars within the religion of Islam that Hijab is indeed wajib and must be practiced, this is the first group.

Group 2 – The Story Tellers

The second group however will come forward, with what?, they will come forward and say that indeed any person who does not observe the hijab as far as the females are concerned then they will cite these narrations regarding th punishments. In other words there are those who call for the fear to be installed in the hearts of our sisters, for instance they will tell you about ‘hadith al me’raj’ they will narrate to you how prophet of Islam saw the ladies who were not observing the Hijab, they are being hanged and their head is indeed erupting and boiling and at the same time they will cite for you these stories such as for instance. Ayatoallah Sayed Al Burjardi one of our great scholars who was visited in the 1990’s by an individual who saw a dream. He came to him and said sayed I saw a dream, my dream was basically that I have 3 copies of the holy Quran in my house and I saw that the largest copy was burning and the one that was medium in size was also in flames yet smallest I had protected, tell me what is the interpretation of this dream.

Ayatallah Al Burjardi at that moment practiced what some scholars need to do, and that is to be honest. The first thing he told them despite the fact that he was a marj’eh, he said to him ‘I don’t know how to interpret dreams therefore you need to seek someone who does’ There was another individuals in Qom by the name of Sayed Al Qumi who knew how to interpret dreams the person went to him, he said to him “the reason why you have seen this dream is because you have three daughters. One is older then the other who is also older than the third and two out of three of your daughters have recently taken their Hijab off and this is an indication that fire is engulfing those two yet you have protected the third one and this is the interpretation that I wish to give to you about the dream”

This story is used in highlighting the possible dangers that some people present as far as highlighting the consequences of taking the Hijab off. Why do they do this? When you speak to them they say because philosophers say ‘an individual is a Human being who does action in accordance to knowledge’ if you and I have knowledge about a danger or consequence of a particular movement then we will think carefully before taking part and therefore the advocates of this type of thinking will present the argument that we need to inform our sisters of this connotations and the consquences of not observing the Islamic dress code of Hijab.

Group 3 – Allah is our creator

The third area or the third technique that some individuals out there have recently utilised when it comes to presenting this important idea is the fact that the Allah is our creator and importantly Allah is wise and ‘Hakim’ and because Allah is Hakim and nothing in this existence is in vain, in other words everything has been created for a particular purpose and so surely there is wisdom behind the prescription of Hijab, the obligation of the Islamic dress code of modestly. They therefore that argue that Allah wants the best for you and I and therefore he has made this action obligatory so they highlight the need for you and I to remember that because he (Allah) is Al Hakim he could also take the life of human being and therefore it may be too late for people to practice Hijab later on.

This story of a lady in Egypt who is not wearing the Hijab, it is said that one of her friends inspired her to go to and listen to a lecture about this particular dress code. They went to the city of Alexandria she heard the Hijab lecture and the lecturer highlighted the following. He said to the people ‘look those who do not wear the Hijab and they wish to wear it or they are thinking about it, you have nothing to lose. But those who do not wear it, you have much to lose in other words there may be a few years whereby in your opinion if your not convinced yourself about the need to adorn this dress code you might be a loser. This individual was inspired, as soon as the lecture finished she told her friend ‘I wish to wear the Hijab right now’ so her friend said to her ‘lets go home, I will buy you a proper Hijab’ she replied ‘no. I must wear this Hijab at this minute I will not step out of the mosque without wearing the Islamic dress code’. What we are told in this story is that when she wore the Hijab she stepped out, she was crossing the road she was hit by car and she died at that moment, highlighting how individuals may not take anything for granted and that the moment of death can come at any time..

كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ ۗ وَنَبْلُوكُمْ بِالشَّرِّ وَالْخَيْرِ فِتْنَةً ۖ وَإِلَيْنَا تُرْجَعُونَ

Every soul must taste of death and We try you by evil and good by way of probation; and to Us you shall be brought back. [Shakir 21:35]

This particular community of course was shocked very recently in the month of Muharram whereby we lost a good and dear friend (May Allah Bless the soul of Yousif Zayni) and other which indeed shook many brothers and sisters to think about aspects to do with the other realm and to ponder their deeds and what it is that they have presented for the day of tomorrow (that is the next existence).

Group 4 – Submission to Allah

The other arguments or the fourth (here we are presenting the different viewpoints of the strategies to discuss Hijab) way that some individuals have approached this area is by talking about ‘tasleem’, meaning Allah in several verses in the holy Quran discusses a subject which is indeed unique for the Quran and the religion of Islam only

فَلَا وَرَبِّكَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ حَتَّىٰ يُحَكِّمُوكَ فِيمَا شَجَرَ بَيْنَهُمْ ثُمَّ لَا يَجِدُوا فِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ حَرَجًا مِمَّا قَضَيْتَ وَيُسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا

But no! by your Lord! they do not believe (in reality) until they make you a judge of that which has become a matter of disagreement among them, and then do not find any straitness in their hearts as to what you have decided and submit with entire submission [Shakir 4:65]

Allah is saying that one of the characteristics of the believers is that they practice submission.

Imam Ali (as) says in Nahjul Balaga

“I will define Islam for you in a way that nobody dared do it before me. Islam means obedience to Allah, obedience to Allah means having sincere faith in Him, such a faith means to believe in His Power, belief in His Power means recognizing and accepting His Majesty, acceptance of His Majesty means fulfilling the obligations laid down by Him and fulfillment of obligations means actions”

The Imam continues and says if you want to know what Islam is all about, it is about submission, its all about 100% obedience towards the command of Allah, whatever he has sent down then I am nobody o challenge.

When I practice submission and when I go through this idea it helps me realise the importance of Hijab. They say there are many points in life we may be unhappy and one of the ways in understanding our unhappiness is to be happy with the will of Allah. You and I should be submissive to fact that Allah has prescribed salah (prayers) and Hajj and all the wajib acts. You and I may not understand it but because we believe in the creator and not created we submit entirely and go along with whatever he given us. This is number four

Group 5 – The social Hijab

Number 5, the school of thought that comes forward and discusses the subject of social Hijab, they say that when we look at this subject of Hijab it is especially unfair to deal with it only when discuss the female and those who deal with the physical Hijab only we should look at it more comprehensive manner. They come and present the idea that in Surat al Noor…

قُلْ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَزْكَىٰ لَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ

Say to the believing men that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts; that is purer for them; surely Allah is Aware of what they do [Shakir 24:30]

Allah in the verse above talks about lowering of gaze and starts this off by addressing it to the men and the follows on towards the women. Those who propose this theory or this discussion on Hijab say ‘If you want to really talk about Hijab lets begin by analysing an d examining the social hijab’. Today I have received emails prior to this programme where some people are saying that ‘the problem with Hijab today in the west or in society is nothing to do with women the problem lies with men’

How?

The problem lies with men because its the men who are demanding this sexualisation and the abuse of women in society, in other words if you look today and when it comes to adverts, when it comes to films, soap operas, women and the utilisation of women has indeed been the subject of discussion. We see they are abused and are merely adopted as objects to fulfil the desire of men and that is indeed something that has been established quite clearly in research, in scientific research and those who looked at trend that is emerging in the west. What the advocates of this theory present and I am trying to present this idea in an impartial manner, in other words I am presenting to you research about different schools of opinions when it comes to Hijab. The people who talk about social hijab they say individuals have to adhere to the Islamic code of conduct when it comes to social interactions with the way that the two genders speak and look and each other and commentate. At the same time we need to look at this when it comes to the ‘e-akhalq’

What is E-Akhlaq?

E-Akhlaq is how they interact with each other over social media Facebook, Twitter, emails, chatting online this establishes itself as the foundation to develop a stronger society based on the hijab been adorned. Therefore you will come and see that when it comes to Facebook and what goes on in Facebook many people are aware that the hijab of the believing men and women leaves a lot to be desired on the social media, lets be honest. Somebody told me there are sisters out there who post pictures of themselves which are not necessarily appropriate and of course they have male friends on their Facebook accounts one of these males will post something under their picture on the lines of ‘now I know and I can appreciate Allah’s beauty’ and the reply from the sister would be ‘your so sweet’ and the brother would say ‘thank you’ and we are sitting in a coffee place and were chatting but in a so called legitimate manner, why? Because we are on the impression that when it comes to social media the boundaries that exist and the restrictions are lifted.

When it comes to the issue of the interaction between males and females I spoke to one of the brothers recently and he came and said to me ‘that for me personally I feel more comfortable talking to sister who is not wearing Hijab’ in other words when I come to discuss and I wish to chat about something when there is a sister who is wearing the Hijab that puts me off, I do not speak to her as much yet when I see somebody or one of my colleagues at university or college or at work who does not wear the Hijab irrespective of the fact that they may be Muslim or not, there is some green light for me I am more comfortable to engage in this discussion. This highlights a problem that many of our brothers have these particular type of ways in which they put this unnecessary pressure on our sisters. There are sisters out there who complain who say that many a times when it comes to issues to do with marriage or for instance to do with the viewpoints of brothers, this number of brothers look down upon Hijab and also at the same time we have certain communities where by some of the brothers will not even consider those who wear Hijab for marriage. This highlights that the subject of Hijab should be extended much more than a discussion regarding sisters indeed they have their responsibilities and indeed it is upon them to rise to this challenge yet it is a dual process, why? Because the Prophet says in a narration.

if you practice chastity your women will also be chase”

In other words there is a correlation between how men react and present themselves in society and the overall trend within the community itself. Do not be surprised about the fact that today we have sisters unfortunately and it saddens us and lets be absolutely honest here that there are sisters out there within our community from religious families who are taking their Hijab off. It is not good enough for brothers to come and sit down and they shake their head and say ‘what is happening to our sisters out there’ it is the responsibility for the men and the brothers to take responsibility also with the way they view this subject also with the fact that they have their own sisters, their own wife’s and mothers who are all involved in this together, if the actions are performed in a uniform united way then we can progress further and establish a foundations

Group 6- The philosophy of Hijab

The sixth and final approach is through analysing the philosophy of Hijab and why is it that some of the sisters today are taking their Hijab off? lets ask a simple question yet its very very crucial. I did some research about this subject of self esteem, I am told that some of the sisters out there are lacking this self esteem or self recognition, they feel that by wearing the hijab and sometimes its due to peer pressure or the environment around them and sometimes its because of the pressure that they see through media or through media outlets who when they see these celebrities and the need to present themselves in best way they then abandon the Hijab and the Islamic dress code.

It is interesting and quite ironic that on the 1st of april 2012 in sunday independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/girls-interrupted-revealed–the-true-cost-of-low-selfesteem-7606258.html) (and I brought this newspaper cutting for those who are actually interested) and by the way it was not an aprils fools joke, its a serious matter and it was the subject where the discussion was ‘Girls: the true cost of low self esteem’. This shows that this problem is not particular to our sisters within the religion of Islam but extends outside to all females as well. The article actually goes on to say that according to research published today which was conducted by a organisation known as ‘future foundation’. They asked 500 years girls between 11 to 17 years of age in the UK according to this research, Britain could lose 319,000 business women, lawyers , and MP’s by 2050 unless young women can be helped to retain confidence in their abilities . The research also goes on to say that

one in four girls (24 per cent) has low self-esteem, buckling under pressure to conform to an idealised notion of how she should look”

The article also mentioned over half were unhappy with their appearance, stating the following

Unhappiness with their appearance is a key factor, according to researchers. More than half of the girls studied (52 per cent) said they would be happier if they were more beautiful”

We therefore need to understand this idea of self esteem, why is it that people have this feeling that they are not worth or that they do not get enough recognition. The Quran incidentally deals with this, the Quran talks about this and the point of reference is the word ‘Al Izza’ in other words people want to be tapped on their back, the article itself talks abou the idea that the most influence these girls have is form their own friends. The friends have have the greatest impact to lower their self esteem. What the discussion then is all about is the fact that the Quran presents an answer.

Why is it that some of our sisters out there have this low self esteem when it comes to Hijab or do not believe in it or take it off thinking that without the Hijab they can somewhat present themselves, because they bombarded by these images of hollywood celebrities sometimes Bollywood individuals who may be in the most perfect shape in their eyes and they wish to look at them as exemplary individuals. They have failed the point and they have failed to understand what Hijab is all about, they see and hear the media talking about Hijab as tools of oppression and one that is practiced by men against women, yet if you were to ask many they may struggle to analyse or give you a meaningful answer when it comes to the philosophy. Let us quickly look at what the Quran says about the philosophy of Hijab is all about.

Allah Says

ذَٰلِكَ أَزْكَىٰ لَهُمْ

In this discussion in these two particular verses that talk about Hijab, Allah says ‘it is better for them’ so that they purify themselves. Fact number 1, Hijab makes you a better person, who says it? Allah says it, whose Allah? Our creator, it is a guarantee? Absolutely. Allah says adorn the Hijab and you will become a better individual if you truly understand what Hijab is all about. Of course there are those individuals and we pray to Allah that none of our sisters in this particular hall and within our community inshallah the majority do not fall under this category yet we have individuals who adorn the Hijab yet they have not understood what the Hijab is all about and hence their akhlaq, the mannerism, the social interaction leaves a lot to be desired. Allah says the path to purification starts with Hijab, Number 1, Number 2 I always say this to my sisters the following. They are being honoured and they have been given a special treat by the almighty and what is that? The fact that when they adorn the Hijab they are in constant worship of Allah, something the men do not have, we are not in constant worship because what we wear is out of our own choice yet our sisters when they adorn the Hijab, the Hijab of Fatima Al Zahra, the Hijab of Sayeda Zainab, the Hijab of the university of the Ahlulbayt. This is one that pleases Allah and that automatically gives them thawab even if they are doing nothing, if they are sitting around just idol that gives them gives them this increasing revenue as far as thawab and the issue of ‘Hasanat’ is concerned.

Number 3, Allah at the end of the verse of Surat Al Noor says the following

وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

…and turn to Allah all of you, O believers! so that you may be successful. [Shakir 24:31]

Question.

Allah says there is a correlation between Hijab and the Islamic code of chastity and honour and modesty and success. لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ, words in the Quran are not placed by chance there is a great correlation, the mufasareen look at this and say, don’t forget if you want success in this world once again Allah promises you success through the Hijab. You saw this, for instance this Maryam Sherbibi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Marwa_El-Sherbini) who passed away and was killed in 2009 in Germany she was known as the martyr of Hijab.

Today we have this individual by the name of Shaima Alawadi who was killed in America in california and there is a one million Hijab campaign (http://www.facebook.com/OneMillionHijabsforShaimaAlawadi) on Facebook in her name because she was victim of hate crime she had adorned the Hijab and she was an individual whom people looked at , highlighting Allah promising this success for those that truly understand this philosophy.

Number 4 Allah says,

ذَٰلِكَ أَدْنَىٰ أَنْ يُعْرَفْنَ

..that they may be known.. [Shakir 33:59]

That the Hijab is being prescribed so that Allah will be able to say that people who adorn it will be identified Allah wants the sisters to be identified, Allah has honoured them has respected them, has valued them so that they can stand out as ambassadors for the religion of Islam in society around the world.

Number 5 look at these benefits that many of us have overlooked and are oblivious of,

فَلَا يُؤْذَيْنَ

..and thus they will not be given trouble..[Shakir 33:59]

The Quran says, look at these ideas the Quran says the sisters wearing the Hijab it is a means of protection. It is something that will help overcome all the glances or the partiuclar advances. I was in New York last week and one of the brothers said to me I went with one of my brothers to a market place or to shop and they looked at me and said ‘are you a Muslim?’ he said yes and they said ‘is it true that your sisters , your wife’s, your mothers must wear the Hijab and is part of Islam?’ He replied yes and the lady at the cashier was not a Muslim she was a normal American who has heard all this false propaganda against the religion of Islam. She immediately said ‘I wish my daughter was Muslim’ the brother said to me, I asked her why? The cashier replied ‘its because now she is 15 and everyday she is with someone else and I feel she’s lost where as when she is adorning the Hijab, this to me is something that preserves her that protects her, something that looks after her at this initial stage’. Allah says

فَلَا يُؤْذَيْنَ

..and thus they will not be given trouble..[Shakir 33:59]

Allah does not harm and hardship to come to the females, to our sisters,

and finally Hijab is a form of liberation in which way? Today we see this around and as we have mentioned we see the fact that females are simply abused and are used as for tools for men and for whatever objective they wish to establish. Allah wants the females to be honoured and for them to be dignified and Allah has prescribed this so that they liberate themselves from the shackles that we find in the society today.

This was a quick overview and analysis of the ways in which people have looked at the subject of hijab.

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4 Comments on “Analysing the various approaches to Hijab”

  1. Abdullah Salman Zaid Says:

    Well Done. Excellent attempt.

    A bit too long. Would benefit from some reviews and rewording.

    What was the message you wanted to convey? I mean it’s fair enough to compare but comparison in itself isn’t an objective…

    Reply

    • mohamedridha Says:

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Well it was the transcript from the lecture and I guess the objective was to show the various arguments that people use to convey that Hijab is very much an essential component of being a Muslim

      Reply

      • Abdullah Salman Zaid Says:

        Oh I do apologise Brother, I misunderstood. I thought It’s an article you have written.

        In that case, what a brilliant job. Many thanks for your much appreciated work in preparing and posting this transcript.

        Certainly a very nice Lecture too.

  2. Hadeel Says:

    I enjoyed reading this article but I felt it was a bit biased and that the writer judged those who do not wear the hijab a bit too harshly. I disagreed with some of the points that she made. I believe that you can still be a good muslim woman without wearing a hijab. However it was a very interesting article.

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