The Top Ten Excuses Of Muslim WomenWho Don’t Wear Islamic Hijaab
By Dr. Huwayda IsmaeelArabic original in Al-Bayaan MagazineGet on the train of repentance my sister, before it passes by your station.Deeply consider my sister, what is happening today before tomorrow comes.Think, my sister - starting now.All praise is due to Allah ta'aala as is deserved by His Majesty and Great Power. I send prayers and ask for blessings upon His Noble Messenger who drew the path for us to the pleasure of Allah and HisJannah. This path is a straight one that is surrounded by virtue from all sides and attends to the bestmoral characteristics which are increased by the clothing of purity, concealment, and chastity. It is thepath trod by the two halves of human society, namely the man and the woman, toward harmoniouscontentment and happiness in this life and the Hereafter.This is precisely why the Protector, the Blessed and Above All Imperfection, has made wearing hijaab(proper Islamic dress - refer to glossary -Ed.) an obligation upon the woman as a safeguard of herchastity and protection of her honor and sign of her faith (Eemaan). It is on account of this thatsocieties (both Muslim and non-Muslim) that have distanced themselves from the way of Allah anddeviated from His straight path, are ill societies in need of treatment that will lead them to recovery andhappiness.Among the pictures that point to the distance of society from that path and that make clear the level of its deviation and separation from it is the open spread of women not just uncovering their faces butenhancing and making a display of their beauty. We find that this is manifested regretfully, in Islamic(Muslim) society despite that Islamic clothing is also widespread. So then, what are the reasons thathave led to this digression?We put this question to a varied group of women from whom we derived ten major excuses and uponexamination and scrutiny, the frailty of the excuses became evident to us.Stay with us dear Muslim sister in these few lines so that we can know through them the reasons forturning away from the hijaab and then discuss each.
Excuse One: I'm not yet convinced (of the necessity) of hijaab.
We then ask this sister two questions:
One: Is she truly convinced of the correctness of the religion of Islam?
The natural answer is: Yes she is convinced for she responds "Laa ilaaha illallah!" (There is no god butAllah), meaning she is convinced of the aqeedah, and then she says: "Muhammadun rasoolullah!"(Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah), meaning by that that she is convinced of its legislation or law(sharee'ah). Therefore, she is convinced of Islam as a belief system and a law by which one governsand rules their life.
Two: Is the hijaab then a part of Islamic Law (sharee'ah) and an obligation?
If this sister is honest and sincere in her intention and has looked into the issue as one who truly wantsto know the truth her answer could only be: Yes. For Allah ta'aala, Whose deity (Uloohiyyah) shebelieves in has commanded wearing hijaab in His Book (Al-Qur'aan) and the noble prophet ('alaihisalaat wa salaam) whose message she believes in has commanded wearing the hijaab in his sunnah.What do we call a person who says they believe in and are content with the correctness of Islam butwho nonetheless does not do what Allah or His Messenger have ordered? Certainly they can in no waybe described as those whom Allah speaks of in this aayah: The only saying of the faithful believerswhen they are called to Allah and His Messenger to judge between them is that they say 'we hear andobey' and such are the successful. [Soorah An-Noor 24:51]In summary: If this sister is convinced of Islam, how then can she not be convinced of its orders?