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The Top Ten Excuses of Muslim Women for Not Wearing Hijab

The Top Ten Excuses of Muslim Women for Not Wearing Hijab

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Another sister tries to encourage Muslim women to wear hijab by responding to popular excuses given for NOT wearing it.
Another sister tries to encourage Muslim women to wear hijab by responding to popular excuses given for NOT wearing it.

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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?
Excuse Two: I am convinced of Islamic dress but my mother prevents me from wearing it and if Idisobey her I will go to the Fire.
The one who has answered this excuse is the most noble of Allah's creation, the Messenger of Allah(sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) in concise and comprehensive words of wisdom: There is no obedience tothe created in the disobedience of Allah. [Ahmed]The status of parents in Islam, especially the mother, is a high and elevated one. Indeed Allah ta'aalahas combined it with the greatest of matters, worshipping Him and His tawheed, in many aayaat. Hestated: Worship Allah and join none with Him and do good to parents. [Soorah An-Nisaa 4:36]Obedience to parents is not limited except in one aspect, and that is if they order to disobedience of Allah. Allah said: But if they strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others that of whichyou have no knowledge, then obey them not. [Soorah Luqmaan 31:15]The lack of obedience to them in sinfulness does not prevent being good to them and kind treatment of them. Allah said afterward in the same aayah: But behave with them in the world kindly.In summary: How can you obey your mother and disobey Allah Who created you and your mother?
Excuse Three:
My position does not allow me to substitute my dress for Islamic dress.
This sister is either one or the other of two types: She is sincere and honest, or she is a slippery liar whodesires to make a showy display of her "hijaab" clamoring with colors to be "in line with the times" andexpensive.We will begin with an answer to the honest and sincere sister. Are you unaware my dear sister, that it isnot permissible for the Muslim woman to leave her home in any instance unless her clothing meets theconditions of Islamic hijaab (Hijaab shar'ee) and it is a duty of every Muslim woman to know whatthey are? If you have taken the time and effort to learn so many matters of this world how then can yoube neglectful of learning those matters which will save you from the punishment of Allah and Hisanger after death!!? Does Allah not say: Ask the people of remembrance (i.e. knowledgeable scholars)if you do not know. [Soorah An-Nahl 16:43].Learn therefore, the requirements of proper hijaab. If you must go out, then do not do so without thecorrect hijaab, seeking the pleasure of Allah and the degradation of Shaitaan. That is because thecorruption brought about by your going out adorned and "beautified" is far greater than the matterwhich you deem necessary to go out for.My dear sister if you are really truthful in your intention and correctly determined you will find athousand hands of good assisting you and Allah will make the matter easy for you! Is He not the OneWho says: And whoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out(from every difficulty) and He will provide him from sources he never could imagine [Soorah At-Talaaq 65:2-3]?With regards to the 'slippery' one we say: Honor and position is something determined by Allah ta'aalaand it is not due to embellishment of clothing and show of colors and keeping up with the trendsetters.It is rather due to obedience to Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) and holding tothe pure law of Allah and correct Islamic hijaab. Listen to the words of Allah: Indeed, the mosthonorable amongst you are those who are the most pious. [Soorah Al-Hujuraat 49:35]In summary: Do things in the way of seeking Allah's pleasure and entering His Jannah and give lessvalue to the high priced and costly objects and wealth of this world.
Excuse Four: It is so very hot in my country and I can't stand it. How could I take it if I wore thehijaab?
Allah gives an example by saying: Say: The Fire of Hell is more intense in heat if they onlyunderstand. [Soorah At-Taubah 9:81]
How can you compare the heat of your land to the heat of the Hellfire? Know, my sister, that Shaitaanhas trapped you in one of his feeble ropes to drag you from the heat of this world to the heat of theHellfire. Free yourself from his net and view the heat of the sun as a favor and not an afflictionespecially in that it reminds you of the intensity of the punishment of Allah which is many timesgreater than the heat you now feel. Return to the order of Allah and sacrifice this worldly comfort inthe way of following the path of salvation from the Hellfire about which Allah says: They will neitherfeel coolness nor have any drink except that of boiling water and the discharge of dirty wounds.[Soorah An-Naba' 78:24-25]
 In summary: The Jannah is surrounded by hardships and toil, while Hellfire is surrounded bytemptations, lusts and desires.
Excuse Five: I'm afraid that if I wear the hijaab I will put it off at another time because I haveseen so many others do so!!
To her I say: If everyone was to apply your logic then they would have left the Deen in its entirety!They would have left off salaat because some would be afraid of leaving it later. They would have leftfasting in Ramadhan because so many are afraid of not doing it later…etc. Haven't you seen howShaitaan has trapped you in his snare again and blocked you from guidance?Allah ta'aala loves continuous obedience even if it be small or recommended. How about somethingthat is an absolute obligation like wearing hijaab?! The prophet (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: Themost beloved deed with Allah is the consistent one though it be little. Why haven't you sought out thecauses leading those people to leave off the hijaab so that you can avoid them and work to keep awayfrom them? Why haven't you sought out reasons and causes to affirm truth and guidance until you canhold firm to them?Among these causes is much supplication to Allah (du'aa) to make the heart firm upon the Deen as didthe prophet (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam). Also is making salaat and having mindfulness of it as Allahstated: And seek help in patience and the prayer and truly it is extremely heavy except for the truebelievers in Allah who obey Allah with full submission and believe in His promise of Jannah and inHis warnings (Al-Khaashi'oon). [Soorah Al-Baqarah 2:45]Other causes to put one upon guidance and truth is adherence to the laws of Islam and one of them isindeed wearing the hijaab. Allah said: If they had done what they were told, it would have been betterfor them and would have strengthened their faith. [Soorah Al-Baqarah 2:66]
 In summary: If you hold tight to the causes of guidance and taste the sweetness of faith you will not neglect the orders of Allah after having held to them.
Excuse Six: If I wear the hijaab then nobody will marry me, so I'm going to leave it off until then.
Any husband who desires that you be uncovered and adorned in public in defiance of and indisobedience to Allah, is not a worthy husband in the first place. He is a husband who has no feeling toprotect what Allah has made inviolable, most notably yourself, and he will not help you in any way toenter Al-Jannah or escape from the Hellfire. A home which is founded upon disobedience to Allah andprovocation of His anger is fitting that He decree misery and hardship for it in this life and in theHereafter.As Allah stated: But whosoever turns away from My reminder (i.e. neither believes in the Qur'aan noracts upon its teachings) verily for him is a life of hardship and We shall raise him up blind on the Dayof Resurrection. [Soorah Ta Ha 20:124]Marriage is a favor and blessing from Allah to whom He give whom He wills. How many women whowear hijaab (mutahajibah) are in fact married while many who don’t aren't? If you were to say that‘My being made-up and uncovered is a means to reach a pure end, namely marriage', a pure goal or endis not attained through impure and corrupt means in Islam. If the goal is honorable then it mustnecessarily be achieved by pure and clean method. We say the rule in Islam is: The means areaccording to the rules of the intended goals.

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