Hijab: Still Needed? Why?

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Rulings of Hijab
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"Feelings or Proof?"

Here is a question we received regarding following Islam according to our "feelings" in "these modern times.":

Asalam-u-alaykum,
I have heard that the women should cover their heads with a hajab or a scarf of some sort. This I believe is asked in order to discourage attraction, however I feel in today's world covering or not covering head doesn't make much of a difference. Therefore is it still wrong to not wear a hajab?

Answer:

Thank you so much for coming to our site and taking the time to comment on it. We do work many long hours everyday trying to improve it and make it easier to find the correct information about Islam, Muslims, Quran, Sunnah and make it all apply to our daily life.

Several things in your question sparked my attention and caused me to 'drop everything' to reply to your very good question with what I hope will be a 'very good answer.' May Allah guide me, ameen.

First of all, Allah has Said in His Quran:

"Fala wa Rabbika laa yu'minuna Hatta yuHakkimuka femaa shajara baynahum thummah laa yujidu fee anfusihim Hajaam-mimmaa qaDayta wa yusallemu tasleema."
"But no! By your Lord, they have no Faith, unless they make you judge in all disputes between them, and then find in themsleves no resistance against your decisionsand accept with full submission in Islam." Holy Quran 4:65 Holy Quran 4:65

Next, your question made me think of a hadeeth of prophecy from our beloved prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. And when we see more and more of his prophsies coming true as regards the Last Days, it does two things to me. One, it increases my faith in Islam and two, it scares me to realize that we are only a short time away from the very End. Allah Knows Best when that is.

The hadeeth that I had just made reference to in last Friday's Khutbah for Jummah was the one where the prophet, peace be upon him, said:

One of the signs of the Last Days is that the scholars of Islam will die and there will be those who will come along and make things up [from their ideas and feelings] and lead themselves and those who follow them to Hell.

This is an authenticated hadeeth and it could not have been predicted more accurate by someone living here today, much less someone living in the Arab desert 1,400 years ago. How did he know? Of course, he was the prophet, peace be upon him.

The reason that I referred to this hadeeth is because several Muslim scholars died on Wednesday of last week; one from Arabia, one from Palestine and one from Lebanon. This reminded me of the twelve famous scholars who died last year, including Sheik Muhammad Nasr ul deen Al Abani and Abul Aziz Bin Baz.

And now I am finding many people who are saying things like "I don't see why [so and so]." or "I feel like that should be [such and such]." and "I just think that [and so on]." or "My idea is that [on and on]." and "Well, in today's world [and so on]." also "We don't live in the Arab desert 1,400 years ago, so why [such and such]?" and "Islam was good for them in those days but in the modern world [so and so].." or "Technology and science have evolved to the point where we don't really need to [such and such]."

Every single one of the above statements could lead someone right out of the fold of Islam into disbelief before they ever get to their subject of alcohol, pork, hijab, stoning the adulterer, cutting the hand of the thief, marry four wives, praying in congregation, fasting, dealing in riba [interest], playing the stock market and gambling.

One brother emailed me the other day with a suggestion to just have everybody fast according to the time of fasting in Saudi Arabia. Can you imagine this?
And then he added, we should just have everybody pray at the same time according to the time of prayers in Saudi Arabia.
I don't know about you, but I cannot imagine: Praying Dhuhr and Asr in the middle of the night.

Let us now return to your question. I would like to deal with it in stages and pieces in order to break it down and bring some points to the light of Islam, inshallah.

You are talking about a very serious subject and one which is constantly asked to all of those who go around trying to bring people closer to Islam and Allah. Many of us have heard the various arguments over and over and we grow weary of trying to show people who don't want to really know, what the truth of the matter actually is.

I am pleased to have the chance to answer this question for someone like yourself who is honest and is really trying to seek out true answers from Islam and I pray that Allah will let me chose my words correctly in order to present the correct position from the real Islam and not to let the shayton or my 'nafs' misguide me, ameen.

As Muslims, we only take our ideas, beliefs and understandings from the One Who Created Us in the first place. He made us and He Knows what He wants from us. As He mentioned in His Book:
"I only created the Jinn and Mankind to worship me alone."
[51:56]

Is following His Commandments a part of correct worship? Can we follow men who make some changes to His Commandments? Let us look to His Book and see:
"They (Jews & Christians) took their Priests and Preachers to be their Lords besides Allah (by obeying them instead of Allah regarding Haram and Halal according to their desires), and Messiah [Jesus], son of Mariam, while they were commanded to worship none but One Ilah (Allah). None has the right to be worshipped but He. Praise and glory be to Him, (far above is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him)."
[9:31]

Just for further clarification on the subject, I though I might mention a hadeeth of the prophet, peace be upon him, that says; Once while the prophet, peace be upon him, was reciting this ayah, Adi bin Hatim said, "Ya Rasoolulah, [O Messenger of Allah]! They do not worship them (Priests and Preachers of Jews and Christians)." The prophet, peace be upon him, said; "They sure do. They made lawful things as unlawful and unlawful things as lawful. And by following them and doing so, they actually worshipped them."
[Ahmad, Trimidhi and Ibn Jarir]


You are right in what you 'heard', but only to a point. There is more to the statement in order for it to be entirely correct. You said:

"I have heard"
: There are only two sources of evidence which are acceptable in Islam;
1.) The Holy Quran which if the actual words of Allah revealed in the Arabic language.
2.) The Hadeeths [Sunnah of the prophet, peace be upon him].
So, next time someone tells you something about Islam, simply ask them where they got it from. Easy as that! If they can substanitate what they are saying be a proof from the two Holy Sources, that is the Quran and the Sunnah, then we should listen to them even if we do not agree. We should then refer our differences to an imam or scholar who could help us to understand based on the two Holy Sources. So, we see it is not acceptable to merely say: "I heard...": There are only two sources of evidence which are acceptable in Islam;
1.) The Holy Quran which if the actual words of Allah revealed in the Arabic language.
2.) The Hadeeths [Sunnah of the prophet, peace be upon him].
So, next time someone tells you something about Islam, simply ask them where they got it from. Easy as that! If they can substanitate what they are saying be a proof from the two Holy Sources, that is the Quran and the Sunnah, then we should listen to them even if we do not agree. We should then refer our differences to an imam or scholar who could help us to understand based on the two Holy Sources. So, we see it is not acceptable to merely say: "I heard..."

the women should cover their heads with a hajab
: let us put the statement more correctly: "Muslim women must cover their whole bodies with hijab, except the hands and the eyes in order to see, but not in order that others could see her."

or a scarf of some sort.
: 'jilbab' and 'juyubiheen' and 'khimar' are the key words used in reference to proper covering in Islam and they DO NOT mean a see-thru 'scarf of some sort' exposing the ears and part of the hair.

This I believe
: (As Muslims we can only believe something which is coming from truth and not our own desires.)

Allah's Book, the Holy Quran, is absolute proof of the Truth of Islam.

There is absolutely no doubt that this is the Last and Final Message to all of mankind and jinn until the Last Day. And our beliefs as Muslims are catgorized in the Quran as:

"We believe in:
1.) Allah
2.) His Angels
3.) His Books
4.) His Messengers
5.) Day of Resurrection
6.) Allah's Predestination

So if your 'belief' is based on this, fantastic.
: (As Muslims we can only believe something which is coming from truth and not our own desires.) Allah's Book, the Holy Quran, is absolute proof of the Truth of Islam. There is absolutely no doubt that this is the Last and Final Message to all of mankind and jinn until the Last Day. And our beliefs as Muslims are catgorized in the Quran as:

"We believe in:
1.) Allah
2.) His Angels
3.) His Books
4.) His Messengers
5.) Day of Resurrection
6.) Allah's Predestination

So if your 'belief' is based on this, fantastic.

is asked

: The word you are looking for here is 'commanded' not 'asked': The word you are looking for here is 'commanded' not 'asked'

in order to discourage attraction,

: Very good. This is one of the purposes clearly stated in Quran. Men of any age who have the knowledge of the sexes and are not closely related to you as husbands, fathers, sons and so on, are forbidden to see any part of you, except your general shape and size while traveling about in public.

however I feel
: If you mean by the word 'feel' that you 'believe' something then remember to base it on the Quran and the Hadeeth and the teachings of the early scholars who were there and understood how we were to apply Islam.

in today's world
: Your reference to "today's world" means what? Would someone be able to take from this statement that Islam is not for today? Of course that is not what you meant.
You or I would never say that Allah doesn't Know what is going to happen and how things are going to work out.
This is a statement of disbelief and should be guarded against.
May Allah protect us from shayton who whispers this garbage in our ears, ameen.

covering or not covering head
: Again, it is the entire body which has been ordered to be covered and by the way, that does include the feet, fingers, ears, nose, mouth and anything else which could distinguish your beauty.

I feel in today's world covering or not covering head doesn't make much of a difference.
Therefore is it still wrong to not wear a hajab?

So my advise to you when passing on the information to others is to say to them:

"Tell the Muslim ladies to look down and keep their gaze away from any forbidden things, and to protect their private parts from illegal sex and don't show off their figures or adornments except what is necessary to be able to see and use their hands, and not to reveal anything of their adornment to anyone, at anytime except of course, to their husbands and fathers, or their husband's fathers, or their sons, or their husband's sons, or their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sister's sons, or their sisters in Islam, or the female servants, or elderly men servants who no longer have sexual desire, or small children who are not aware of the differences between sexes. And do not let them stamp their feet so as to reveal what they are concealing of their beauty." [reference: Quran 24:31]

Also, you should tell the believing women to:

"...draw their covering all over their bodies entirely, except enough to be able to see the way and to use their hands if necessary. That is best so that they will be known as respectable Muslims and not be bothered or annoyed."
[ref: 33:59]

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#6 amat rafei 2015-05-12 03:59
Wow, it's great your explunation about hijab. i feel comfortable to understand your writing. peace will arise everywhere when every women wears hijab. thanks.
#5 sofiya 2012-09-13 03:55
Is it allowed in islam to wear hijab and wear jeans at the same time.
#4 user 2012-05-22 01:08
It is good to wear the hijab
#3 Mehreen 2012-05-15 00:59
Hijab uplifts a woman; her beauty,her digniy and her character. It is really a blessing. Those who understand the wisdom behind this blessing are thankful to Allah (subhana wa taala) . It is a veil chosen by Allah for our own good and moral upliftment.
#2 eren 2012-05-09 04:52
Jszakallah khayran. I agree with you expect for one part. According to many scholars not obligated to cover their whole face (excluding their eyes, as you expressed)-- only The Prophet's (PBUH) wives were obligated to dress so. _'And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof...and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments.' (Quran 24:31) I guess this is due to the interpretation of 'except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof'. Assalamualaikum
#1 sk 2012-05-07 06:34
hijab is a religious obligation & your religious identity. hijab protects the muslim women's honor & dignity. she doesn't want to be treated like some cheap commodity. hijab creates community cohesion & moral boundaries between men & women. hijab is more needed today because of widespread evil & corruption. the ruling
that came 1400 years was men for all ages & all times until the last day.the laws of islam have been perfected. sometimes the old way is the best way.

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