May Allah bless you with piety (Taqwa) and purity, strong emaan, forgiveness, have mercy on you, elevate your status, and bless you with knowledge of Deen and generosity. Ameen! The Muslim Ummah regards you as an obedient daughter, a respected sister and a dignified woman in Islam!
Veil is legitimately defined as the dress that covers the whole body of the woman including her head, face, hands and feet. It should be long,loose and plain not defining her shape. Veil has been prescribed for women to block the road to sin. In short, veiling is a source of covering the
face, hands, feet and other parts of the body. Allah Ta'ala states, 'And they should draw their veils over their bosoms.' (24:31)
'O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (except eyes to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free
respectable women) so as not to be annoyed.' (33:59)
The purpose of veiling is to safeguard woman from the biased looks of men and to provide her a pure atmosphere at home so that she can perform her household duties properly and contribute to improve the whole society as Allah states, 'And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the former times of ignorance.' (33:33)
Woman is Allah's beautiful creation. On one hand, she satisfies her husband's desires and on the other hand, she plays a significant role in the growth of the human generations. No doubt, a woman has a great attraction for a man. Due to this attraction, it is feared he will indulge in sins. Therefore, Allah has forbidden man strictly from fornication and adultery. He has also forbidden woman from exhibiting her charm.
Generally, the veiling covers the whole body including head, face, hair, bosom, hands and feet. But in the absence of men it is permissible for woman to uncover her face as narrated by Aaisha [Radhiallaahu anha], 'Some riders passed by us while we were with Allah's Messenger [Sallallaahu
Alayhi Wasallam] in the state of ritual consecration. When they came face to face, one of us let down her cloak (veil) from her head on her face and when they preceded us, we uncovered it.' (Abu Dawud)
The veiling system contains a number of advantages particularly in a society where the rape, molestation and disrespect of woman are very common. Some of them are listed below:
1. Veiling is a protection for Muslim woman against the behavior of the wicked;
2. It is an identity of the Muslim that distinguishes her;
3. It gives her an honored position in the society;
4. It acts as a barrier between men and women to keep them away from sins;
5. It is a means for observing chastity of woman;
6. It awakens the fear of Allah in the heart of man and woman and saves
them from falling in the abyss of evil;
7. It teaches man to respect the veiled woman, provide her protection from the curious persons and ensure the uplift of the high morals and social values in the society.
Since color brings beauty to the Jilbab, therefore elders always prefer black-color for Jilbab.
In Islam, a sister is regarded as a treasure, preserving her modesty and chastity. Allah likes those who can control their desires and do not go close to any sin.
Kindly read the Hijab book and send the link to every sister you know. This is the best way to protect the purity of sisters.
How observing Hijab brings piety and purity in society? How leaving Hijab leads to sins and shamelessness? A must-read for every Muslim home. A definitive guide which present the Quranic verses and hadith on the
subject, along with the opinions of scholars who are closest to the path of righteousness, so that those seeking the life of piety may find guidance. This book is for Muslim sisters who ask: "What is the proper and best way I can practice hijab, as it was practiced by the Prophet's
Kindly review this article:
Status of Woman in Islam http://www.islameasy.org/K225_WomenInIslam.php
And Allah knows best.
Ask Alimah Team
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