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Hijab is a Part of Females

BY: Liyakat Shah | Category: Others | Submitted: 2012-05-23 23:28:53
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Article Summary: "Hijab is an Islamic garment worn by Muslims and Non-Muslims around the globe. Many a times it is highlighted in the media to raise roar of criticisms and series of questions from people mere just to advertise themselves to gain them popularity. From time to time Hijab has been the topic of and for the people and they take it as .."


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Hijab Is A Part Of Females

Hijab is an Islamic garment worn by Muslims and Non-Muslims around the globe. Many a times it is highlighted in the media to raise roar of criticisms and series of questions from people mere just to advertise themselves to gain them popularity. From time to time Hijab has been the topic of and for the people and they take it as a means to popularize them or their work. We people cannot compel anyone so as to what to wear or what not to wear and being part of Islamic culture one cannot speak against it no way.

Other secondary reasons include the requirement for modesty in both men and women. Both will then be evaluated for intelligence and skills instead of looks and sexuality. 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 and mind. We want them to take us seriously and treat us as equals and not just chase us around for our bodies and physical looks."

Hijab is a symbol of modesty and it speaks that a person who is inside that garment is more pure, honest, and truthful.

The question of Hijab for Muslim women has been a controversy for centuries and will probably continue for many more. Some learned people do not consider the subject open to discussion and consider that covering the face is required, while a majority is of the opinion that it is not required. A middle line position is taken by some who claim that the instructions are vague and open to individual discretion depending on the situation. The wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) were required to cover their faces so that men would not think of them in sexual terms since they were the "Mothers of the Believers," but this requirement was not extended to other women.

The word "Hijab" comes from the Arabic word "hajaba" meaning to hide from view or conceal. In the present time, the context of Hijab is the modest covering of a Muslim woman. The question now is what is the extent of the covering? The Quran says:

"Say to the believing man that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that will make for greater purity for them; and Allah 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 that 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 except to their husbands" [Noble Quran 24:30-31]

"O Prophet, 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..." [Noble Quran 33:59]
"Ayshah reported that Asma' the daughter of Abu Bakr came to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) while wearing thin clothing. He approached her and said: 'O Asma'! 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." [Abu Dawud]

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) stated that in later generations of his Ummah there would be
"Women who would be dressed but naked and on top of their heads (what looks like) camel humps. Curse them for they are truly cursed." [Muslim]
"Ibn Abbas narrated: 'The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) cursed the men who appear like women and the women who appear like men.'" [Bukhari]

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