Is HIJAB Necessary? A Never Ending Debate With A Clear Understanding…
Is hijab necessary?This is a debate which is both opposed and supported at extreme levels in our society. The hijabis (that is the women who take hijab) strongly believe that it is important to cover themselves up before being seen by a Namehram (Men other than father, brother, nephew sons and husbands).
This is ayah number 31 of Surah Nur:
وَقُلْ لِّـلۡمُؤۡمِنٰتِ يَغۡضُضۡنَ مِنۡ اَبۡصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحۡفَظۡنَ فُرُوۡجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبۡدِيۡنَ زِيۡنَتَهُنَّ اِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنۡهَا وَلۡيَـضۡرِبۡنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلٰى جُيُوۡبِهِنَّ وَلَا يُبۡدِيۡنَ زِيۡنَتَهُنَّ اِلَّا لِبُعُوۡلَتِهِنَّ اَوۡ اٰبَآئِهِنَّ اَوۡ اٰبَآءِ بُعُوۡلَتِهِنَّ اَوۡ اَبۡنَآئِهِنَّ اَوۡ اَبۡنَآءِ بُعُوۡلَتِهِنَّ اَوۡ اِخۡوَانِهِنَّ اَوۡ بَنِىۡۤ اِخۡوَانِهِنَّ اَوۡ بَنِىۡۤ اَخَوٰتِهِنَّ اَوۡ نِسَآئِهِنَّ اَوۡ مَا مَلَـكَتۡ اَيۡمَانُهُنَّ اَوِ التّٰبِعِيۡنَ غَيۡرِ اُولِى الۡاِرۡبَةِ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ اَوِ الطِّفۡلِ الَّذِيۡنَ لَمۡ يَظۡهَرُوۡا عَلٰى عَوۡرٰتِ النِّسَآءِ وَلَا يَضۡرِبۡنَ بِاَرۡجُلِهِنَّ لِيُـعۡلَمَ مَا يُخۡفِيۡنَ مِنۡ زِيۡنَتِهِنَّ ؕ وَتُوۡبُوۡۤا اِلَى اللّٰهِ جَمِيۡعًا اَيُّهَ الۡمُؤۡمِنُوۡنَ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تُفۡلِحُوۡنَ﴿24:31﴾
(24:31) And enjoin believing women to cast down their looks and guard their private parts and not reveal their adornment except that which is revealed of itself, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their husbands, or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or of their own sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or the sons of their brothers, or the sons of their sisters, or the women with whom they associate, or those that are in their bondage, or the male attendants in their service free of sexual interest, or boys that are yet unaware of illicit matters pertaining to women. Nor should they stamp their feet on the ground in such manner that their hidden ornament becomes revealed. Believers, turn together, all of you, to Allah in repentance that you may attain true success.This clearly explains that from whom and how are the muslim women supposed to cover themselves.
It says that they should lower their khumur to their chests upon which some women argue that covering the head is not necessary as its not obvious in the ayah. To solve this confusion I would like to state that the word khumur actually refers to a cloth which the women in Medina in the Pre-Islamic era used to cover their heads with as a fashion. Since this garment was called khumur we can conclude that lowering the khumur to the chest means that you have to cover yourself(with a lose cloth) from the head to the chest.
Since the ayah says that we have to hide out Zeenat (beauty) from the Namehram men, I believe that wearing prominent makeup in front of them should also be avoided.
Although this verse gives a clear explanation of Namehram, to make it easier to understand you could say that every man for whom it is possible to marry you is a Namehram (for example fathers and brothers are not in this category).
In Surah Ahzab, Ayah 59, Allah commands the Prophet (s.a.w) to ask the believing women to draw a part of their Jalabib around them.
In Chapter 33 known as Al-Ahzab, verse 59, Allah gives the following command to Prophet Muhammad:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ, قُلْ لأَزْوَاجِكَ وَ بَنَاتِكَ وَ نِسآءِ الْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ: يُدْنِيْنَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِنْ جَلاَبِيْبِهِنَّ…
“O Prophet! Say to your wives, your daughters, and the women of the believers that: they should let down upon themselves their Jalabib.”
Jalabib is the plural of the word jilbab which means a lose outer garment (You can get a detailed definition from al-islam.org). Thus this proves that the dress that a muslimah wears when going out should be long and loose.
Thus my beloved sisters, after reading these ayahs we can easily understand the conditions of hijab….and you know what? proving each other wrong is not important. The important thing is to obey Allah and spread his word because pleasing Allah will make life easier in both this world and the Aakhirah.
The Prophet(S.A.W) didn’t want us to divide into different groups. He wanted us to be one strong ummah. So come! lets unite and continue his mission of pleasing Allah!