By Lubna Ali
A rose protects its beauty with thorns; a Muslimah protects her beauty with her Hijab! Women in Islam are just like pearls in a shell, priceless treasures, and most beautiful treasures on the Earth are hidden. So, it is important for a Muslim women to cover her body by taking Hijab because they are also considered as beautiful treasures in Islam.
Moreover, wearing Hijab is adherence to the Qur’an and Sunnah, which makes it obvious that it is a religious duty. We have numerous proofs in both, the Qur’an and the Sunnah that clearly explain the significance of Hijab.
Allah said, “O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e.screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. and Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an, 33:59)
Narrated Safiyah Bint Shaibah, Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said that when the verse, “And to draw their veils all over juyubihinna (i.e their bodies, faces, necks, and bosoms).... (Qur’an, 24:31) was revealed, women cut their waist sheets at the edge and covered their heads and faces with that piece of cloth.” (Bukhari). Veil has been prescribed for women to block the road to sin.
Now-a-days, Hijab is used for adornment, to look good and attractive. They are stitched to the perfection of the body, hence revealing the figure, something which is ought to be concealed and not revealed. In addition, women also wear perfume, intentionally or unintentionally, but it is also another feature of attraction.
Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “Every eye is lustful and when a woman applies perfume and then goes about in an assembly, she is like such and such, i.e. an adulteress.” (Mishkat)
It is very rare that women are seen observing the Hijab correctly for the purpose it intends to fulfill. A Hadith narrated by Ibn Hibban, “If a woman offers her five daily prayers and fasts her month (i.e., Ramadan) and guards her chastity and obeys her husband, it will be said to her, ‘Enter Paradise from whichever of the gates of Paradise you wish.’
And Allah said, “Stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the former times of ignorance.” (Qur’an, 33:33)
We think modernism is in uncovering, but women who display their beauty are often subjected to sexual exploitation by immoral people. If exposure of the body is modernism, then animals are far more modern than us. If you want Jannah and want to see Allah, if you want to live in the palaces where one brick is of gold and another is of silver, the rivers of wine, milk and honey are flowing from underneath, then cover yourself by wearing a Hijab, don’t wait for your funeral shroud to be the first time your body is covered with. Be like a diamond precious and rare, not like a stone found everywhere!