1. The Hijab is an act of Obedience ∆
Wearing hijab is an act of obedience to Allah (swt). Obedience manifests as worship to Allah (swt) which is part of our Tawheed. Allah says in the Qur’an:
It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His messenger have decreed a matter that they should have an option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has indeed strayed in a plain error.
[Surah Al Ahzab 33:36]
Allah (swt) 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. [Surah Al Ahzab 33:59]
In the above verse there Allah (swt) gives the hijab as a preventative action to safeguard their chastity.
Abu Dawud related that `Aiesha (ra) said:
“After this Ayah was revealed the women of the Ansar appeared like crows (because of the color and shape of the cloaks they wore).
Allah (swt) had shown us the hikmah (wisdom) behind the legislation of the hijab:
And when you ask them (the Prophet’s wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen; that is purer for your hearts and their hearts. [Surah Al Ahzab 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 honourable manner. [Surah Al Ahzab 33:32]
4. The Hijab is a Shield
The prophet (saw) said:
“Allah, Most High, is Heaven, is Ha’yeii (Bashful), Sit’teer (Shielder). He loves Haya’ (Bashfulness) and Sitr (Shielding; Covering).”
The Prophet (saw) also said:
“Any woman who takes off her clothes in other than her husband’s house (to show off for unlawful purposes), has broken Allah’s shield upon her. “
Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an:
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. [Surah Al A’raf 7:26]
The widespread forms of dresses in the world today are mostly for showing off and hardly taken as a cover and shield of the woman’s body. To the believing women, however the purpose is to safeguard their body and cover their private parts as a manifestation of the order of Allah. It is an act of Taqwah (piety).
6. The Hijab is Iman (Belief or Faith)
Allah (swt) did not address His words about the hijab except to the believing women, â€˜Al-Mu’minatâ€™. In many cases in the Qur’an Allah refers to the “the believing women“.
Aiesha (ra), the wife of the Prophet (saw), 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.”
There are two authentic hadith which state, the Messenger (saw) said:
“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.
Gheerah is a driving emotion that drives the straight man to safeguard women who are related to him from strangers. The hijab fits the natural feeling of Gheerah, which is intrinsic in the straight man who does not like people to look at his wife or daughters.
The Muslim man should have gheerah 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 Gheera in men.
Islam considers Gheerah an integral part of faith. The dignity of the wife or daughter or any other Muslim woman must be highly respected and defended.
Courtesy :Islambase Publications