The Virtues of Hijaab

                          1.An act of obedience.

The hijab is an act of obedience to Allah and to his prophet (pbuh),
Allah says in the Qur'an: `It is not for a believer, man or woman,
when Allah and His messenger have decreed a matter that they should
have an option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His
Messenger, has indeed strayed in a plain error.' (S33:36).
  Allah also said: 'And tell the believing women to lower their gaze
(from looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts
(from illegal sexual acts, etc) and not to show off their adornment
except what must (ordinarily) appear thereof, that they should draw
their veils over their Juyubihinna.'(S24:31).
      Juyubihinna: The respected scholars from As-Salaf As-Saleh
(righteous predecessors) differed whether the veil cover of the body
must include the hands and face or not. Today, respected scholars say
that the hands and face must be covered. Other respected scholars say
it is preferable for women to cover their whole bodies.

                      2.The Hijab is IFFAH (Modesty).

    Allah (subhana wa'atala) made the adherence to the hijab a
manifestation for chastity and modesty. Allah says: 'O Prophet! Tell
your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw
their cloaks (veils) over their bodies (when outdoors). That is most
convenient that they should be known and not molested.'
    (S33:59). In the above Ayaah there is an evidence that the
recognition of the apparent beauty of the woman is harmful to her.
When the cause of attraction ends, the restriction is removed. This
is illustrated in the case of elderly women who may
have lost every aspect of attraction. Allah (swt) made it
permissible for them to lay aside their outer garments and expose
their faces and hands reminding, however, that is still better for
them to keep their modesty.

                       3.The hijab is Tahara (Purity)

Allah (swt) had shown us the hikma (wisdom) behind the legislation
of the hijab: `And when you ask them (the Prophet's wives) for
anything you want, ask them from behind a screen, that is purer for
your hearts and their hearts.' (S33:53).
    The hijab makes for greater purity for the hearts of believing
men and women because it screens against the desire of the heart.
Without the hijab, the heart may or may not desire. That is why the
heart is more pure when the sight is blocked (by hijab) and thus the
prevention of fitna (evil actions is very much manifested. The
          hijab cuts off the ill thoughts and the greed of the sick
hearts:  `Be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease
(of hypocrisy or evil desire for adultery, etc) should be moved with
desire, but speak in an honorable manner.'

                          4.The hijab is a Shield

  The prophet (pbuh) said: "Allah, Most High, is Heaven, is Ha'yeii
(Bashful), Sit'teer (Shielder). He loves Haya' (Bashfulness) and Sitr
(Shielding; Covering)." The Prophet (pbuh) also said: "Any woman who
takes off her clothes in other than her husband's house (to show off
for unlawful purposes), has broken Allah's shield upon her. "The
hadith demonstrates that depending upon the kind of action committed
there will be either reward (if good) or punishment (if bad).

                   5. The hijab is Taqwah (Righteousness)

Allah (swt) says in the Qur'an: `O children of Adam! We have
bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private
parts, etc) and as an adornment. But the raiment of righteousness,
that is better.'(S7:26). The widespread forms of dresses in
  the world today are mostly for show off and hardly taken as a cover
and shield of the woman's body. To the believing women, however the
purpose is to safeguard their bodies and cover their private parts as
a manifestation of the order of Allah. It is an act of Taqwah

                   6.The hijab is Eemaan (Belief or Faith)

Allah (swt) did not address His words about the hijab except to the
believing women, Al-Mo'minat. In many cases in the Qur'an Allah
refers to the "the believing women". Aisha (RA), the wife of the
prophet (pbuh), addressed some women from the tribe of
     Banu Tameem who came to visit her and had light clothes on them,
they were improperly dressed: "If indeed you are believing women,
then truly this is not the dress of the believing women, and if you
are not believing women, then enjoy it."

                     7. The hijab is Haya' (Bashfulness)

   There are two authentic hadith which state: "Each religion has a
morality and the morality of Islam is haya'" AND "Bashfulness is from
belief, and belief is in Al-Jannah (paradise)". The hijab fits the
natural bashfulness which is a part of the nature of women.

                          8.The hijab is Gheerah

  The hijab fits the natural feeling of Gheerah, which is intrinsic
in the straight man who does not like people to look at his wife or
daughters. Gheerah is a driving emotion that drives the straight man
to safeguard women who are related to him from
    strangers. The straight MUSLIM man has Gheerah for ALL MUSLIM
women In response to lust and desire, men look (with desire) at other
women while they do not mind that other men do the same to their
wives or daughters. The mixing of sexes and absence of hijab destroys
the Gheera in men. Islam considers Gheerah an integral
part of faith. The dignity of the wife or daughter or any other
Muslim woman must be highly respected and defended.

'At the Battle of Badr the Muslim's flag was made from the 'coif' of Aisha'
[Seerah Jallia, Vol II]

But what else can we learn about the Prophet's wives? All extracts are from
'Mercy for the World Vol II...

Between the ages of 25 and 50, Prophet Muhammad had only 1 wife, Khadija.
Between the ages of 50 and 55 he married again.

The Prophet said,
'Mali fin nisa min hajatin'  (I do not desire women)

And so it is shown that he married for other reasons, for example:

- Marriage with Safia: after this the Jews did not rise against Islam, as
they had done so previously

- Marriage with Habeeba: after this Abu Sufyan the martial chief of the
Quraish did not participate in any war against Islam

- Marriage with Juveira: her father was an avowed enemy of Islam, after her
marriage to the Prophet her entire tribe stopped robbing and stealing and
became a peaceful people

- Marriage with Maumina: her sister was married to a chief of the Najdis,
after marriage there were no more clashes between the Najdis and Muslims

But we must not forget the Prophet's statement:
'Khairukum Khairukum li ahlihee wa ana khairu kumliahli' - (Best in allis
one who is good to his wife (family) and I am good to me wives (family)
excelling you).

The Prophet advised men to treat their wives with good behaviour such that
upon entering the house, he advised them to say 'assalam alaikum' i.e. to
greet the family with good words. In fact his advice extended to state that
if a man entered his home late at night to make the greetingly quietly so
that if she is awake she can reply and if she is asleep she is not

After Asr prayer he would meet each of his wives in her own home to see if
there was anything she needed.

After Maghrib prayer, he would often meet them all in one place.

Just for note, the Bible states:

- Prophet Abraham had 3 wives: (A) Hajra; (B) Sara; (C) Qatura Khatoon
[Genesis 16/4, 18/15, 25/10]

- Prophet Moses had 4 wives: (A) Safura Khatoon; (B) Jabshia; (C) daughter
of Qeeni; (D) daughter of Habab [Kazion 1/16; 4/16]

- Prophet David had 9 wives: (A) Akhomam; (B) Abi Jeeli; (C) Meekal bint
Saval; (D) Makka bint Talmi; (E) Hajeet; (F) Abi Taal; (G) Ajlab; (H) Bint
Sabaa; (I) Abi Shaag [Samuel 26/23, 18/27, 2 Samuel 3, 2 Samuel 11/3.26, 2
Samuel 20/30]

- Prophet Solomon had 1000 wives: [2 Samuel 5/13]

- At time of Prophet Jesus a man married 5 virgins [Matthew 25]

NB: While the Muslims may not accept the account of the Bible, the
Christians do. If any Christian then criticises polygamy, ask them to refer
to their own bible and see what their bible says about their Prophets.

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