Definition of HIJAB
Hijab in Arabic means “barrier” or “screen” and thus it appears in various Quranic verses, referring to many things besides the woman’s head cover.The religious code that the interaction between males and female. The laws of hijaab are not restricted to women alone. Men must abide by the laws of hijaab too. The detailed laws of hijaab include the levels of interaction that are permissible or forbidden between the different categories of males and females, the type of attire that one must adopt, the degrees of permissibility for a woman to leave the precincts of her home, etc.
Six Criteria for HIJAB
According to the Quran and Sunnah, there are basically six criteria for observing hijab:
1. It is obligatory for males to cover at least from the navel to the knees. For women, it is obligatory to cover the complete body except the face and the hands up to the wrist. If they wish to, they can cover even these parts of the body. Some scholars insist that the face and the hands are part of the obligatory extent of hijab, especially if temptation (fitna) is feared in times and places where Islamic rules are not prevalent or if security is scarce.
All the remaining five criteria are the same for men and women:
2. The clothes should be loose and should not reveal the figure.
3. The clothes should not be transparent or see-through.
4. The clothes should not be so glamorous as to attract attention.
5. The clothes should not resemble those of the opposite sex.
6. The clothes should not resemble those of the unbelievers, that is, clothes that identify or are symbols of the unbelievers’ religions.
HIJAB Includes Conduct
Complete hijab, besides the six criteria of clothing, also includes the moral conduct, behavior, attitude, and intention of the individual. A person only fulfilling the criteria of hijab of the clothes is observing hijab in a limited sense. Hijab of the clothes should be accompanied by hijab of the eyes, the heart, the thought, and the intention. It also includes the way a person walks, talks, and behaves. Therefore, the hypocritical use of hijab is not a good example of Muslim conduct.
Where in the QURAN is the HIJAB mentioned
"Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty......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...." (Quran 24:30,31).
The Quran is quite clear that the veil is essential for modesty, but why is modesty important? The Quran is still clear:
"O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believing women that they should cast their outer garments over their bodies (when abroad) so that they should be known and not molested" (Quran 33:59).
HIJAB for all Muslimahs
There has never really been a fixed pattern for the Islamic women's dress. To recommend a stereotypical uniform that all Muslim women should abide by, all over the world, since the time of revelation till the present time is not reasonable ! That is because what may suit a woman in a tropical region may not suit a woman who lives in the North Pole. Muslims live in all kinds of climates. Then, what may suit a sister who seldom gets out of her house does not suit a sister who goes out to work, for example in a school or in a kindergarten, with her need to have a simpler style of clothing and so on.
Here's a little reminder of what hijab is for us Muslimahs. We stumbled upon this useful checklist on Google. May Allah reward the person who created this. Let's keep this in mind when making selection of what we wear everyday when we step out of our homes.
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