Indeed, all praises are due to Allah, we praise Him,
seek His Aid and beg for His Forgiveness. We seek refuge
in Allah from the evil in our souls and from the bad
consequences of our deeds. Whomever Allah guides, no
one can lead that person astray and whomever Allah leads
astray no one can guide that person. I bear witness
that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah
Who is alone and without any partners and I bear witness
that Muhammad (SAW) is His slave and final Prophet and
Messenger sent to mankind.
Certainly the most perfect speech is the Speech of
Allah and the finest guidance is the guidance of Muhammad
(SAW). The worst of affairs are those that are innovated
into this religion as every innovation is misguidance
and every misguidance is astray and every going astray
leads to the Hell Fire.
It often occurs to me that many of my sisters in Islam
are not properly encouraged once they begin to observe
the requirements of Hijab. It may be that a sister has
been obliged to wear the Hijab without truly pondering
over its superiority. Perhaps she has reached the age
of puberty and her Wali (guardian) has instructed her
to wear it. Perhaps she has recently re-verted to Islam
and her close sisters have told her of its obligation.
Or, perhaps her husband has commanded her to wear Hijab.
A sister who does not truly know the superiority of
Hijab will always remain envious of the women of the
Kufar. Why? Because they see these misguided women looking
beautiful for all to see. Hence, the Muslim woman then
compares herself to that woman which causes her to feel
ashamed of her own Hijab.
Therefore, what follows is a reminder for my sisters
in Islam. It is a reminder of the true status of these
so-called beautiful women. It is a reminder that Hijab
will always reign supreme and that the true man (i.e.
the Muslim man), will forever be dazzled by the beauty
of the Muhijabah (woman who wears the Hijab).
Some Excellent Qualities of Those Who Wear Hijab
Al-Hamdulilah, it is well known that the Muslim woman
is a creature of Hayaa (modesty). Allah (SWT) loves
for our Muslim women to be shielded by their Hijab.
It is their outer protection from the decadence of this
life. Allahs Messenger (SAW) has said:
"Verily! Allah is Hayaa (modest, bashful) &
Sitteer (i.e. the One Who Shields - from disobedient
acts). He loves Hayaa (i.e. He loves for one to practice
modesty and bashfulness) and Siter (shielding; covering)."
(Collected by Abu Dawud; An-Nissaee; Al-Baihaqee;
Ahmad; & in Saheeh An-Nissaee)
Thus, as possessing Hayaa is a quality that is beloved
by Allah (SWT) our sisters must feel comfort in knowing
that they have this Hayaa and not the women who show
themselves to the world; hence, such women will not
be shielded from Allahs (SWT) Wrath. Allahs
Messenger (SAWS) said:
"Any woman who takes off her clothes in other
than her husbands home (to show off for unlawful
purposes), has broken Allahs shield upon her."
(Collected by Abu Dawud & At-Tirmidhi)
Therefore, we see that the Hijab of the Muslim woman
has a quality that comprises Hayaa (modesty). Hayaa
is what proceeds from Iman (belief). That is why when
Allah (SWT) commands the women to observe Hijab, Allah
"And tell the believing women..." (Surah
Allah (SWT) also says:
"...And the women of the believers..." (Surah
Furthermore, Allahs Messenger (SAW) said:
"Al-Hayaa (modesty & bashfulness) is from
Imam (belief) and Imam is in Al-Jannah (the Paradise)."
(At-Tirmidhi - Saheeh)
He (SAW) also said:
"Hayaa (modesty and bashfulness) and Imam (belief)
are fully associated together, if one is lifted the
other follows suit." (Narrated by Abd Allah
bin Umar; related by Al-Haakim in his "Mustadrak")
My dear sisters in Islam, know that these women who
beautify themselves for the world to see possess no
Hayaa; thus, they are void of any Iman. Instead of looking
to the latest fashion models for guidance, you, my dear
sisters, must look to the wives of the Prophet (SAW).
Look at the extreme amount of Hayaa that Aisha
bint Abu Bakr (RA) possessed even in the presence of
'Aisha (RA) said: "I used to enter the room where
the Messenger of Allah (SAW) and my father (Abu Bakr)
were later buried in without having my garment on me,
saying it is only my husband and my father. But when
Umar ibn Al-Khattab (RA) was later buried in (the
same place), I did not enter the room except that I
had my garment on being shy from Umar." (As-Simt
Athameen Fee Maniqib Ummahat Ul-Mumineen
by Ibn As-Sakir. Al-Haakim brings a similar narration
which he says is "good according the conditions
of Imaam Bukhari and Imaam Muslim")
My dear sister in Islam, I know that it is quite difficult
for you to go out wearing Hijab in a society that mocks
and torments you. I know that you, indeed, feel strange
and out of place. However, if you knew the status of
those who are mocked by the Kufar as well as the status
of the strangers, you will continue to wear your Hijab
(i.e. to cover your entire body with a Khimar as commanded
(24:31), as well as with a Jilbab (33:59), with the
exception of the hands and face; however, knowing the
recommendation to cover those parts (as well) with dignity.
Allah (SWT) says in His Book:
"Verily! (During the worldly life) those who committed
crimes used to laugh at those who believed. And whenever
they passed by them, used to wink one to another (in
mockery); And when they returned to their own people,
they would return jesting; and when they saw them, they
said: Verily! These have indeed gone astray!
But they (disbelievers, sinners) had not been sent as
watchers over them (the believers). But on this Day
(the Day of Resurrection) those who believe will laugh
at the disbelievers. On (high) thrones, looking (at
all things). Are not the disbelievers paid (fully) for
what they used to do?" (Surah Al-Mutaffifin 83:29-36)
Allahs (SWT) words should serve as a support
for you my dear sisters. Also, take comfort in being
a stranger among these lewd and sinful women. Allahs
Messenger (SAW) said:
"Islam began as something strange, and it would
revert to its (old position) of being strange, so good
tidings for the strangers." (Narrated by Abu Huraira
and Reported Sahih Muslim)
As-Sufoor and It's Characteristics
As-Sufoor means to expose or to un-cover. Therefore,
instead of practicing the Hijab (covering), the women
of the Kufar practice As-Sufoor. As-Sufoor is sinful
as it leads to At-Tabarooj (i.e. to make a dazzling
display of oneself). Displaying oneself is a attribute
of one who is Jaheel (ignorant). Allah (SWT) says:
"And stay in your houses and do not display yourselves
(At-Tabarooj) like that of the times of ignorance..."
(Surah Al-Ahzab 33:33)
Allahs Messenger (SAW) said:
"The best of your women is the affectionate, the
fertile (in productivity), the propitious (favorable),
the consultative if they fear Allah. The most evil of
your women are the Mutabarrijat (those who do
At-Tabarooj), the Mutakhayelat (who strut/swagger),
and they are the hypocrites. Those who enter Al-Jannah
(the Paradise) are like the Cough Crow." (Al-Baihaqi
in his "As-Sunan")
My dear sisters in Islam, we see from the above Ayah
and Hadith that displaying oneself is indeed Haram.
Further, it is a quality of the most evil of women!
Therefore, do not be envious of the women of the Kufar.
They only have this life to enjoy while the believing
women will have Al-Jannah. There is nothing in your
Hijab whatsoever to be ashamed of as it is the garment
of the righteous and pious female slaves of Allah (SWT).
In order to truly show you how evil those women who
make As-Sufoor and At-Tabarooj are, let us ponder over
the following statement of Allahs Messenger (SAW):
"Of the people of Hell there are two types whom
I have never seen, the one possessing whips like the
tail of an Ox and they flog people with them. The second
one, women who would be naked in spite of their being
dressed, who are seduced (to wrong paths) and seduce
others. Their hair is high like the humps (of camels).
These women would not get into Al-Jannah (the Paradise)
and they would not perceive its odor, although its fragrance
can be perceived from such and such a distance."
Sisters in Islam, these women who practice At-Tabarooj
are common among us today. These are women that even
the Prophet (SAWS) did not see! Look around you and
you will see those women who are clothed but naked!
Look at the hair styles of the women who practice At-Tabarooj
- are they not high like the camels hump? My dear
sister, perhaps we are the first generation since the
time of the Prophet Adam (AS) to witness such women.
If one ponders over photos taken thirty to forty years
ago, one will see that the women of the Kufar did not
make At-Tabarooj as their offspring do today. These
are women who will be in the Hell Fire, save Allah (SWT)
has mercy upon them by guiding them to Islam! Thus,
how can you envy them? My brothers, how can you desire
them over your creature of Hayaa? These filthy women
will not even smell the fragrance of Paradise. This
Hadith also shows us that what the Prophet (SAW) came
with (i.e. the Quran and the Sunnah) is the Haqq
(truth)! This is a prophecy that has come to pass in
front of our very eyes. Hence, will we continue to envy
these evil women or be grateful to our Lord for your
Hijab which brings Hayaa?
Whatever I have written that is true is from Allah
alone while anything that is false is from myself and
shaytan. Subhanaka Allahummah wa bihamdika, ash hadu
an la illaha illa anta, astaghfiruka wa atuboo ilayk