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Today’s question of discussion is, “what does the hijab mean”. This is a very broad question, but in this post we will try to break down the meaning.
To begin, hijab is an Arabic word that means a barrier or a cover. Hijab is widely used to describe a head covering worn by most Muslim women in public or in the presence of non-family males. The hijab is sometimes confused as a cultural obligatory, and not many are well educated on this important aspect of Islam. Hijab is a way for women to practice being modest Muslims. As well, it is a way to become closer to Allah.
Hijab is not only an aspect in the Islamic religion but is also a part of the Christian and Jewish religions. Catholic Nuns, Orthodox Christian Nuns, and Orthodox Jews, all wear veils and cover their entire bodies (except for the face and hands). This concept is very similar to that of the hijab that Muslimahs wear. They also wear it for very similar reasons. To protect their modesty, and continue to be devoted to God.
In the Quran, Allah talks about the hijab and Muslimahs job to wear it. It is often misunderstood as a cultural obligatory not a fard from Allah. In Surah Al Ahzab, verse 59 where Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) states,
يا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ قُل لِّأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَاء الْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِن جَلَابِيبِهِنَّ ذَلِكَ أَدْنَى أَن يُعْرَفْنَ فَلَا
(يُؤْذَيْنَ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُوراً رَّحِيماً (الأحزاب: 59
“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to lower over themselves a portion of their jilbabs. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be harmed. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.”
Jilbab in this context means the khimar or headscarf, and not the modern meaning of the word. This verse specifically states that we wear the hijab in order to be known as the believing women and to be protected.
The hijab is not just the scarf over your head, but is also the practice of modesty that comes with it. It is your body language, your soul, your behaviour and how you go on about your life as a modest Muslimah.
Obviously there is a lot more information you can find about the hijab, but this is the simple overview. I will try to link some great places you can find information. It will all be in the Home page.
Before I end this off, what are some of your thoughts on the meaning of the hijab? What are some ways that you believe will help people become more educated on the topic?
My Muslimah Mind
11 / 02 / 2019 at 6:25 PM