Oh! What a topic have I chosen today? The Hijab???. Every Tom, Dick and Harry has a word to say about the Hijab. This piece of cloth worn by Muslim women to cover their heads, seems to be in the limelight most of the times. The reason?, a complete wrong perception of what Islam and its holy book have to say about it. Many Muslim women are often questioned — is it a compulsion to cover your hair? Oh! Yes it is mandatory for all Muslim women to cover their hair. As Allah (SWT) says in the holy Quran.
And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their head-covers over their chests and not to expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.
Surah Nur (24:31)
There is no question of a choice whether to observe the Hijab or not?. Allah has clearly stated the terms and conditions, of when and in front of whom, a Muslim woman should or may not observe Hijab. The above mentioned verses of Surah Noor explicitly describe that Hijab is mandatory in front of non-Mahrams. However if a Muslim woman does not observe Hijab it does not mean she is a bad or impious woman. Any matter related to religion is between the creator and his creation. We can never know what righteous deeds of a person make him a favorite of the Lord. So it is best not to judge anyone. And it is even better not to discourage a Muslim woman trying to newly adopt the Hijab. We never know much about the journey of the other person’s soul. So judging others is a strict NO NO!.
And finally, I have done a guest post for the Muslim Mummies blog about my own thoughts and journey with the Hijab. Please do read it here.