Hijab

Rayyan talks to an attendee at the open house about her hair being part of her sexuality and she would only show it to other women or her husband. 

I believe that women should decide whether they choose to wear a hijab or not. Although, some women tend to flaunt their sexuality so I guess it depends on how modest each individual woman really is. In the Islamic way of life, women are brought up to be modest so they remain appealing to their future suitors.

What are your thoughts on wearing a Hijab? Is it optional?

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18 responses to “Hijab

  1. shenaaz

    I think most women don’t know the significance of wearing the Hijab. If women know that it’s about hiding their sexuality, then I think that they will embrace it.

  2. sara

    I like the hijabs that Rayyan wears on the show. She is so coordinated with her outfits.

  3. Afzalun

    My understanding of the Hijab, specifically those that hide everything but the eyes, is that women should not be defined by thier physical figure or features. The worth of a woman is defined in the Quran as extreme and rich. And that worth is towards all women, not only those whom are slim, lighter skinned, or have sharp features.

    The concept of beauty is defined interally within the Quran, and eventhough judgement is in the hands of Allah-suban-wa-tallah, many individuals think they are gods right hand and place value on other individuals based on looks…and since those judgements cannot be totally controlled…what you reveal to the world can be….thus the Hijab i think, allows for less judgement towards the person wearing it.

  4. ServantOfAllah

    in Surah An-Noor verse 31

    And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.

    & in Surah Al-Ahzab verse 59

    O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

  5. Mustafa Gungormus

    Ahzab, verse 36 says: ‘It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision: if any one disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path.’ Now, in at least two verses, (Nur-36 and Ahzab-59), muslim women are asked at least to cover their hair. As far as I know, there are two different oppinions about covering the face, one claiming that covering the hair and bosoms, therefore; leaving the face open, is enough, the other claiming that face must be covered too leaving the eyes open only. In any case, it’s clear that who muslim women should not show their ornaments. The choice in not left to men or women. I think, considering verses like Ahzab-36, Maide-45 (…, if any fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are wrong-doers), there is no need to discuss if hijab (or scarf, veil, whatever might be used to be covered) is optional or not.

  6. Rayan

    Hijab is defined differently by different people. However, to consider it a key element of faith erroneous and a misinterpretation of Islam. You really need to turn back the clock and look at Persian, Iraqi, and Turkish scholars during the ‘Middle Ages’ to understand what an insignificant part of faith it is. Meaning to say, if you feel it improves your faith and servitude to Allah, go for it, if you live in a hot country and just cannot tolerate the heat or any other side effect of Hijab, do your best, and live your life. Allah is the only with the right to judge; he gave us our conscious, just don’t ignore it.

  7. Why are men commenting on something they don’t have to wear? I wonder if sisters will be copying and pasting hadith in the “should ammar grow a beard?” post.

    If the sister who created the show comes here for feedback, please create an episode about the copy & paste cops a.k.a. The bid’ah police please.

  8. Amar should grow a beard. At least a goatee.

  9. Yeah, Imam Amar needs some hair on his face. I keep thinking he’s about to go into a hindi musical production.

  10. M

    Hijab, similiar to other instructions in the Qur’an, is ultimately a choice each individual Muslim woman makes.

    By that same understanding, some Muslims pray, some don’t. The same goes with fasting.

    Since the hijab is more of a visual aspect of practicing the Islamic faith, there is more stress on it throughout the many Muslim cultures.

    That’s just the way it is. Some Muslims judge other Muslim women because of it. They are ‘good’ Muslims when they wear it, bad when not.

    But the core understanding as Shenazz has stated above, is relevant. Many do not understand the significance of hijab.

    On another subject though, somewhat related, is from Sura Al-Nur, verse 30:

    “Tell the believing men to lower their gaze…That is purer for them…’

    This verse is relayed BEFORE the instructions given to women (as noted above by ServantofAllah).

    I have thought of these instructions for many years, Alhumdulillah.

    The importance of modesty for both genders to help incorporate a healthy society is vital.

    Also, notice how Allah instructs men FIRST on how they should behave.

    Why? Is it because they like to look? (Well, yeah, duh!:) Is it because they are the weaker gender after all?

    When Allah gives us our gender roles, is it because we are strong enough to begin with to handle these responsibilities (“Allah gives no burden greater than he/she can bear”) or is it because it is meant to strengthen us in the long run because we are weak?

    Look at all the current Muslim heads of state. Men. They’re not doing very good at their jobs, are they?

    No offense intended towards my brothers in Islam.
    Whatever mistakes are of my own.

    God is free of mistakes.

  11. Look at all the current Muslim heads of state. Men.

    Not all are men. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is the prime minister of Bangladesh. And there have been a few female heads of state in other countries as well: Pakistan and Indonesia are two that I remember off the top of my head.

  12. M

    Like I wrote, “whatever mistakes are of my own.”

    I am referring to current heads of state. Benazir Bhutto was the PM of Pakistan many years ago.

    Khaleda Zia is listed as PM from Bangladesh from
    1991 to 1996 and then again from 2001 to 2006. It is now 2007.

    Does she still hold that position in government?

    In any case, a few Muslim women here and there over the years in high government positions still is of a much lower amount in comparison to men from after the time of the Caliphs.

    During the time of the Prophet (PBUH) and then when the Caliphs were heads of state is when Islam was truly practiced. Since then, not.

    (JAK JDsg)

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  15. zoi

    I think everybody should have a right to choose whether they want to wear the hijab or not but at the same time those who do wear the hijab should not be stereotyped in any way

  16. More and more people are starting to acknowledge and wear the hijab Mashallah and its nice to see it being discussed.

  17. my opinion is, modesty is beautiful and i (a non muslim, currently studying and considering Islam) fully appreciate the hijab and the entire concept of modesty, i wish i had the courage to take it on my self…inshaAllah i will soon

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