American Muslim women today are rediscovering the Islam that was revealed by Allah, [God], to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), for more than 1400 years, but without any of the contradictions of the ancestral culture. Consequently, they are essentially involved in a lifelong exercise in rediscovering themselves, which means being a human being, a Muslim, and even more so, a Muslim woman. Wearing a head covering (hijab) is an important part of your spiritual journey
One of the most common questions asked today by Muslims and non-Muslims alike is: Why do Muslim women cover their heads?
The answer is very simple – Muslim women watch the hijab because God told them to do this:
“The Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believing women to design their outer garments around them (when they go out or are among men). This is better for them to be known (to be Muslims) and not be bored … ”. [Holy Quran 33:59]
Muslims believe that their only purpose in life is to worship God alone, according to His instructions, as revealed in the Holy Quran, and by the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. As such, wearing the hijab is an act of obedience to God and therefore forms the primary basis for wearing it.
Generalizations about Islam and Muslims are rife in today’s media. Muslim women in headscarves are often unfairly stigmatized. They are seen, on the one hand, as oppressed and, on the other, as fanatics and fundamentalists. Both representations are grossly wrong and inaccurate.
Such portraits not only misrepresent these women’s strong feelings about the hijab, but they also fail to recognize their courage and the resulting identity hijab gives them. There are even bans on wearing the hijab in some countries. When asked about it, Aminah Assilmi, a Christian converted to Islam, said: To ask me to go out without my hijab would be like asking a nun to go topless. It amazes me, and I can’t help wondering, if they would have ordered Mary, the mother of Jesus (peace be upon him) to discover her hair.
Another misconception is the belief that Muslim women are forced to wear hijab. For the vast majority of Muslim women, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, deciding to finally wear hijab is often difficult.
Days of meditation, fear of negative consequences and reactions from the family and / or American society in general and, ultimately, the need for a lot of courage weighs a lot to reach the decision. Wearing a hijab is a very personal and independent decision, coming from appreciating the wisdom underlying Allah’s command and a sincere desire to please Him.
For me, leading up to the decision to wear hijab was more difficult than actually wearing it. I found that, al hamdulillah (praise be to God), although I received negative comments from people, I appreciated the feeling of modesty wearing the hijab gave me, and ironically, the negative attention made me feel more proud to be identified as a Muslim commented Katherine Bullock, a Canadian convert to Islam.
For me hijab is a gift from Allah. It gives me the opportunity to get closer to God. Also very important, (gives me) the chance to stay and be recognized as a Muslim. Fariha Khan, of Rockville, Maryland, said.
While the hijab identifies women as followers of Islam, with that comes tremendous responsibility. Hijab is not merely a cover gown, but more importantly, it is behavior, manners, speech and appearance in the audience. The veil is an external manifestation of an inner commitment to worship God, symbolizing a commitment to godliness. Internal conduct or morality is what gives meaning to the outer scarf. This can be seen from the general behavior of any Muslim woman, how she acts, dresses, speaks, and so on. In a land where misinformation about Islam and Muslims abounds, Muslim sisters have the opportunity to portray Islam in its true light:
Saba M. Baig, a graduate of Rutgers University NJ, was 17 when she seriously started wearing hijab. She feels that she is still in the process of learning internal hijab. My greatest understanding was that hijab was not just about wearing a scarf on my head, but more than one (veil) in my heart. – said the Hijab is more than an external cover. This is the easy part of everything. It has a lot more to do with modesty and just the way you present yourself.
Imaan, a convert to Islam, adds: Unfortunately, it also has its downside: you are discriminated against, treated as if you were oppressed. I use it for (Allah), and because I want to.
Katherine Bullock noted that after I started wearing hijab, people used to behave more circumspectly to me, like apologizing if they swore. I enjoyed that. I feel that wearing hijab has given me a vision of a decent and upright lifestyle.
Hijab is an act of modesty
Modest clothes and hijab are precautions to avoid social violations. The following verses from the Qur’an emphasize that this is not limited to women only.
“Tell believers to look down and keep modesty; What will you do for greater purity for them; And God is very familiar with everything they do. And tell believing women to look down and keep modesty; And that they should not display their beauty and ornaments, except what should normally appear, That they should pull their veils over their breasts and not show their beauty, except for their husbands … ” [Holy Quran 24: 30-31]
According to Jabir ibn Abdullah, when he asked the Prophet ﷺ about the look of a man falling inadvertently on a strange woman, the Prophet ﷺ replied: “Look away. [Muslim]
In another tradition, the Prophet ﷺ scolded for looking again at a woman. He said, the second look is from Satan.
So, contrary to popular belief, Muslim and non-Muslim, hijab is not used for men; To maintain your illicit desires, it is your own responsibility, as the above verse and prophetic sayings show. On the contrary, Muslim women use it for God and for themselves. Islam is a religion of moderation and balance between extremes.
Therefore, he does not expect women alone to defend society’s morality and honesty. On the contrary, Islam asks men and women mutually to strive to create a healthy social environment where children can grow up with positive, beautiful, constructive and practical values and concepts.
In fact, for many women the hijab is a constant reminder that they shouldn’t have to design their lives and bodies for men. Before I started covering, I thought of myself based on what others thought of me. I see that often in girls, their happiness depends on how others see it, especially men. Since then, my opinion of me has changed so much; I gained (a lot of) self-respect. I realized if others think of it is not what matters. How beautiful I think of myself and knowing that Allah considers me beautiful makes me feel beautiful. Baig counts.
The concept of modesty and hijab in Islam is broad and encompasses men and women. The ultimate goal is to maintain social stability and please God.
Since Muslim women are more visible because of their appearance, it is easier for people to associate them with the distorted images that they see in the print and broadcast media. Therefore, stereotypes are perpetuated and Muslim women often seem mysterious. For those who do not know the religious meanings of hijab. That aura of mystery. They cannot be removed until their lifestyles, beliefs and systems of thought are genuinely explored.
And, this cannot be achieved until one is not afraid to respect Muslim women or men for that matter. So, the next time you see a Muslim, stop and talk to them, you will be surprised as if you are entering a different world, the world of Islam: full of humility, pity and, of course, modesty!