Hijab In Islam

One of the most asked questions is that why does Islam make hijab mandatory for Muslim women? Islam has introduced hijab to express the decency and modesty of women in interaction between men. Everyone of us has made his own terms and rules for hijab and parda. However, Islam has clear rules and regulations regarding this aspect of life. Verse 59 of chapter 33 quoted previously gives a very good reason; it says, “This is more appropriate so that they may be known [as Muslim women] and thus not be harassed [or molested].”

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Men, and mostly the elite class of Pakistan and muslim Ummah, whether they confess it or not, are slaves of lust and desire. So they are saying " Hijab is In the eyes a person" so it doesn't matter either you wear or not. What a rubbish comment and a stupid way of thinking. Does Islam amends as per your likes? Hijab protects women from such men; it symbolizes that she has been sanctified to one man only and is off-limit to all others. Hijab contributes to the stability and preservation of marriage and family by eliminating the chances of extramarital affairs. Finally, it compels men to focus on the real personality of the woman and de-emphasizes her physical beauty. It puts the woman in control of strangers’ reaction to her.

Commenting on the attire of women in North Africa and South East Asia, Germaine Greer, one of the pioneers of the women’s liberation movement, wrote: “Women who wear cortes or huipiles or saris or jellabas or salwar kameez or any other ample garments can swell and diminish inside them without embarrassment or discomfort. Women with shawls and veils can breastfeed anywhere without calling attention to themselves, while baby is protected from dust and flies. In most non-Western societies, the dress and ornaments of women celebrate the mothering function. Ours deny it.”1

Note that she also specifically mentions the salwar, kameez and jellabas that are used by Muslim women in the East. Liberals, seculars and the Western media often portray the hijab as a symbol of oppression and slavery of women. This thing is being impossed in Pakistan as well. This sexist angle of viewing the hijab reflects the influence of Western feminists who are subconsciously reacting to the Judea-Christian concept of veil –– “the symbol of woman’s subjection to her husband”.

I am surprised at the elite class and the Pakistani society seculars that show liberal thoughts towards hijab. Those who would like to go around topless but finds it difficult to tolerate a lady who by her own choice wants to wear hijab! According to Naheed Mustafa, a Canadian Muslim, “In the Western world, the hijab has come to symbolize either forced silence or radical, unconscionable militancy. Actually, it’s neither. It is simply a woman’s assertion that judgment of her physical person is to play no role whatsoever in social interaction. Wearing the hijab has given me the freedom from constant attention to my physical self. Because my appearance is not subjected to scrutiny, my beauty, or perhaps lack of it, has been removed from the realm of what can legitimately be discussed.”

Hijab is not a symbol of oppression. Hijab is mandatory term of Islam. If the holy Wives of Prophet (SAW) can wear hijab why not others? Would you say that there were no beauty parlors in Old era of Islam so women wore hijab and now its not needed? This Urdu Islamic book reveals everything clear and distinct regarding parda and hijab. Women are oppressed because of socio-economic reasons even in countries where women have never heard about hijab. On the contrary, the practice of displaying pictures of almost naked women in the commercials, billboards, and in the entertainment industry in the west is a true symbol of oppression.

Neither does the hijab prevent a woman from acquiring knowledge or from contributing to the betterment of human society. Historically women have also greatly contributed to Islam. Lady Khadijah, the first wife of the Prophet, played a significant role in the early history of Islam. A successful businesswoman in her own right, she was the first person to accept the message of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). Her acceptance and faith were a great source of emotional support for the Prophet. She stood by her husband in the difficult days of early Islam, and spent her wealth for the promotion of the new religion. 


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