“Hijab” is a word that indicates several conditions for the women’s Islamic dress. I will try to outline these conditions below:
- Clothing must cover the entire body, only the hands and face may remain visible (According to some Fiqh Schools).
- The material must not be so thin that one can see through it.
- The female clothing must not resemble the man’s clothing.
- The design of the clothing must not resemble the clothing of the non-believing women.
- The design must not consist of bold designs which attract attention.
- Clothing should not be worn for the sole purpose of gaining reputation or increasing one’s status in society.
The reason for this strictness is so that the woman is protected from the lustful gaze of men. She should not attract attention to herself in any way. It is permissible for a man to catch the eye of a woman, however it is haram (unlawful) for a man to look twice as this encourages lustful thoughts.
Islam protects the woman; it is for this reason that Allah gave these laws. In today’s society womankind is being exploited, female sexuality is being openly used in advertising, mainly to attract the desires of men and therefore sell the product. Is the woman really free in today’s society? The answer is obviously no. The constant bombardment by the media as to how the ideal woman should look and dress testifies to this.
Islam liberated woman over 1400 years ago. Is it better to dress according to man or God?
Allah has stated in the Quran that women must guard their modesty.
” 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 must ordinarily appear thereof. ” [Quran : 24.31]
” Say to the believing man that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty ; that will make for greater purity for them, and God is well acquainted with all they do. ” [Quran 24:30]
As for women who dress in a way that show off their body deliberately, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) described them in the hadeeth narrated by Muslim:
“There are two types of the people of Hell whom I have not seen: men with whips like the tails of cattle with which they strike the people, and women who are clothed but naked, walking with an enticing gait, with something like the humps of camels on their heads. They will not enter Paradise nor even smell its fragrance, and its fragrance can be smelled from such and such a distance.”
Note, Allaah is watching over us wherever we are, whatever we do. You will answer to Allaah for disobeying him, the angels are recording.
It is easy for our sisters to pose before the video camera, sometimes nude, the graphics sometimes will reach certain places that in our lifetime we’ll never step on. You will account to Allaah for your actions, Allaah will ask the angels to show you such pictures on the day of judgement.
Most of the times, we snap such pictures ourselves and share them on the social networks, Facebook & Twitter, our friends, who are not Muharrams to us view such pictures, sometimes copying and sharing further. I remember a girl on twitter who died, and at that moment she was using a picture exposing her endowments (chests), what will she tell Allaah? How will she respond in her grave? A’uzu Billaah.
For some of us that are mothers already, know that you are in charge of your daughter or ward, Allaah will reward you if you bring them up in an Islamic way or hold you responsible if you do otherwise. For the tailors who are producing such clothings, know that you are a share holder in whatever evil they attract, you will be equally rewarded or punished according to your contribution.
May Allaah (swt) guide and protect us, show us the right path and give us the opportunity to follow it. I’m up (open for corrections). Jazaakumullah khairan for reading (and sharing).