Friday, April 10, 2009

What is the logic behind a Muslim woman wearing Hijab (Covering her Body)?

The message from a Muslim Woman wearing Hijab is simple! “Men do not look at me like a piece of meat and men are not allowed to treat me like an object of sex toy and I do not allow men to market my body to sell their business products”

In the world; especially in the western world, many negative things are being spoken particularly about Muslim Women. Because of western political propaganda against Islam, the world has been made to believe that Islam does not consider men and women as equal. And those Muslim women are suppressed. They do not enjoy the freedom which non-muslims women do, which is completely wrong!

We have to agree that women are different from men and their rights cannot be won by competing men because their rights in society are different from men, Hijab is one of the righteous deeds and it is a sign of honor and equality which stands as a shield of protection against evil man.

Liberation or Sexploitation

Look at the glossy cover of any magazine or advertisements on TV and newspaper, you will find that most of these advertisements have inadequately dressed women in charming poses to attract the attention of men. This proves that the Western society considers woman only as a sex symbol. The western world teaches women in such ways, women are free to do what they want; does this mean women have got their freedom? Women's freedom is not by exposing their body in the way they want or by challenging men.

In the modern society of today, a woman has always been looked upon as just another sexual object for the men. Why should one display one's beauty for unwanted eyes to feast upon? The Hijab protects a woman's honor and doesn't arouse unwanted passion from the opposite sex.

The liberation of women in Islam is far superior to Western liberation as it allows women to live with respect, dignity and equality in society.

Equality does not mean aping and behaving like men or dancing to their carnal tunes; that would be an act of inferiority in the face of one's own femininity.

A truly liberated woman always dresses decently and modestly. A true woman will never degrade her body and sell her dignity to the highest bidder. No woman is truly liberated if she is still the slave of her wayward conscience, bodily lust or infidelity.

However, in Islam, women, whatever their role as mothers, wives, sisters or daughters, command respect and have a constructive role to play in society. The Hijab itself gives an aura of freedom to the womankind, facilitating their movement and protecting them from provocation and wanton greed of the human wolves. Removal of the Hijab makes you vulnerable to the lust of men.

Some often ask, What is wrong with attacting men? we can answer them by throwing the same question back to them.

There is nothing wrong to attract "A MAN(Husband)" but why do you want to attract "MEN"? a wise and honest woman's choice will be a modest Hijab!

What is Hijab? (Hijaab (Muslim Veil), Hejab (An Act of Faith), Islamic dress for women)

There are many sisters who have failed to understand the actual meaning of Hijab. Hijab technically means covering. Islam desires the preservation of social tranquility and familial peace. Hence, it asks women to cover themselves in their inter-actions with men, whom they are not related to.

Hijab is obedience to her Creator!

Who knows better than the creator; what are the weaknesses and the strengths of what he created!

(Quran 24:31)

"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 (ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms"

Why is Hijab necessary?

The dangerous consequences of the Western culture of nakedness and permissiveness are before us. We should think twice before blindly trying to imitate Western life-styles.

How should women observe Hijab correctly?

Basically, the dress of ladies should cover the whole body except the face and hands (i.e. palms and fingers). Hair should not be exposed because Islam considers it as half of the total beauty of women. The Hijab could be of any form and color, a one-piece chader or a three-piece ensemble, as long as it is not tight fitting and does not attract people's attention.

 Image-1             Image-2            Image-3          Image-4

Image1: The stylish coat can be worn in many different patterns; it loosely falls from the shoulders and reaches the knees.

Image2: A loose long coat falling from the shoulders and reaching the ankles can also be worn with a scarf covering all the hair. The scarf can also have a veil attached to cover the total face (Niqab).

Image3: A scarf covering the hair fully can be worn along with a loose shirt falling till the knees as trousers. (Hair should not be seen from below the scarf).

Image4: This Hijab commonly known as the "Chadar" is a single piece of material which falls from head and is draped on the shoulder. A scarf too can be worn inside it, to cover all the hair.

Baseless objections against Hijab

  • Hijab seeks to imprison women: Those who feel that Hijab imprisons women should refrain from living in houses because it is nearer to a prison than Hijab.
  • Hijab subordinates women: In fact, culture, which promotes nakedness, takes people nearer to the culture of animals. Wearing the Hijab, on the contrary, liberates women from the trap of Western fashion and maladies. It gives them greater, rather than less freedom and mobility.
  • Why only women? Science has confirmed that visual stimulation plays a predominant role in the physiology of men compared to women. The fact that the sex-industry in the West is targeted towards the male-market confirms it.

Victims of Ridicule: Some of our sisters come up with the excuse that the non-believers laugh at them if they observe Hijab and they feel degraded. They may laugh for a little while but after some time they will have no choice but to respect the Muslim women observing Hijab for their discipline, which could not be shaken, by their little laughs.

Let us not forget the famous phrase: The one who laughs last laughs the longest.
Beauty is meant to be appreciated: True! But only by the husband. Hence women who truly love their husbands would never wish to be seen in public without Hijab.

What are the disadvantages of discarding Hijab?

  • Becoming an easy target of anti-social elements.
  • Causing great stresses, insecurity and suspicion in the minds of husbands, ultimatelydisturbing the familial harmony.
  • Instigating young people to deviate towards the path of lust and immorality.
  • Giving rise to cases of divorce, adultery, rape and illegitimate children.
What are the advantages of observing Hijab?

  • Confidence in social participation as human being and not as sexual commodity.
  • Guarding on her self from the lustful looks of men.
  • Not diverting people's attention from constructive social work.
  • Improving the moral character of the society.

Those who reject Hijab and wish to attract men are suffering from inferiority complex. They believe men are superior and in order to overcome this feeling, they use their feminine charms. But why should a Muslim woman have such a feeling when she is fully aware of her equality with men?

Hijab, therefore, has such benefits as a guard against any assault, equality with men, air of respect and honor and most important of all, obedience to Allah (SWT) which is equivalent to blood of martyr. Hijab requires women to avoid any sort of attraction to men.

In conclusion, women can achieve true dignity and experience true emancipation by observing Hijab and not by discarding it.

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