Allah and His Prophet ﷺ commanded to remain in veil in order to close the doors of immorality in accordance with the requirements of human nature. The obligation of the veil and its importance is prove by the Holy Quran and hadiths. Therefore, in the Qur’an, the Almighty Allah, while imposing the veil on women, said:
Settle in your homes, and do not display yourselves as women did in the days of ˹pre-Islamic˺ ignorance.پ22،الاحزاب:33
In this verse, the Almighty Allah has clearly commanded women to stay indoors and quit the obscenity and immodesty of the age of ignorance. In the time of Jahiliya ignorance, it was the custom of the non-Muslim Arabs that their women glam up and used to roam freely in markets along with men.
Islam forbade this obscenity and commanded that women should stay indoors and not go out unnecessarily and if they have to go out of the house for any need then don’t beautify and glam up according to the age of ignorance. Instead, go out with a veil. It is in the hadith that the Prophet ﷺ said:
“A woman is a thing to be veil, when she goes out unveiled, the devil peeks at her.”الجامع الترمذی، کتاب الرضاع ، باب۱۸،رقم ۱۱۷۶،ج۲،ص۳۹۲
Who is immoral?
And there is a hadith that says,
“The example of a woman who walks in a beautiful way is like the darkness in which there is no light at all.” جامع الترمذی ، کتاب الرضاع ، باب ماجاء فی کراہیۃ خروج النساء فی الزینۃ ، رقم ۱۱۷۰، ج۲،ص۳۸۹
Similarly, it is narrate from Abu Musa al-Ash’ari رضی اللہ عنہ that the Holy Prophet ﷺ said that:
“A woman who passes by men so that people can smell her fragrance is immoral.”سنن النسائی،کتاب الزینۃ،باب مایکرہ للنساء من الطیب،ج۸،ص۱۵۳
Dear sisters! Nowadays, unveiled women roaming freely in markets and cinemas, wearing make-up, nude clothes, and perfume, should decide for themselves who they are and how great sinners they are?
O devotees of Allah! You are Muslims by the grace of Allah. The Holy Prophet has enriched you with faith. This is the requirement of your faith to listen and follow the commands of the Holy Prophet. The Holy Prophet has commanded you to remain in veil. So, it is a must to keep it and not ruin the honor and dignity of your husband and your ancestors. This short life of the world is mortal.
Remember! One day everyone has to die and then on the Day of Resurrection has to face the Holy Prophet. Remember the torments of the grave and hell. Follow the footsteps of Hazrat Khatun Jannat Bibi Fatima Zahra رضی اﷲ تعالیٰ عنہا and the mothers of the Ummah, i.e. the holy wives of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and beautify your world and the hereafter. And for Allah’s sake, stop following the ways of the women of the Jews and the Christians and the polytheists.
The veil is an honor, not dishonor
Nowadays, some atheist enemies of Islam mishandle Muslim women by saying that Islam has disrespected women by keeping them in the veil, so women should come out of the veil and stand with men in every field but dear sisters! Understand very well that this propaganda of these men is such a dirty and disgusting deception that even the devil may not understand it.
O devotees of Allah! Judge yourselves that all the books are open and unveiled, but the Qur’an is always covered with a veil, so tell me, covering Qur’an is an honor or a disgrace? Similarly, all the mosques of the world are unveiled, but the Ka’ba is covered with a shroud, so tell me, is it an honor or disgrace to cover the Ka ’bah? The whole world knows that the Holy Quran and the Ka’ bah have been veiled to proclaim their honor and greatness that the Qur’an is the best of all books and the Ka ‘bah is the best of all mosques.
Similarly, by commanding Muslim women to cover them, the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) has declared that a Muslim woman is superior among all the women of the world. Dear sisters! Now it is up to you to decide whether Islam has enhanced the dignity of Muslim women by covering them up or disrespecting them.
The religious and worldly benefits of the veil:
Here are some religious and worldly benefits of wearing hijab, so here are 4 religious’ benefits:
- The veil is a means of gaining the pleasure of Allah Almighty and His beloved Beloved, peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him and His family.
- It is a symbol of faith, the motto of Islam, and the identity of Muslim women.
- The veil is a symbol of modesty and modesty is very pleasing to Allah Almighty.
- The veil protects the woman from the evil of Satan.
And the 4 worldly benefits of the veil are:
- Veiled woman has great respect in Islamic society.
- The veil protects the woman from evil eye and temptation and prevents from the path of evil.
- The veil of a woman does not create corruption in the society and there is peace and tranquility in the society.
- It enhances the dignity of a woman and protects her beauty.
An example of its importance
Here is an example to easily understand the need and importance of veil, that if a sweet is placed in a plate and it is covered with something, it is protected from bees and if it is not covered, then flies will sit on it, then it is very foolish to complain about why flies have landed on it, because sweets are something that must be covered to protect them from flies.
Just as a woman who is a thing to hide, if she is kept in the veil, she can avoid many social problems and she can protect herself from the looters of honor and dignity and when she is kept without veil then people will peep into a woman, tease her and interfere her because it will be easier for men to enjoy the views of body of a woman and to protect her body from people will be very difficult because men are naturally attracted to women and when they see woman, he clings to her to fulfill lust.
The carelessness towards veil is the cause of destruction:
In the present age, through the media and other means, every effort is made to make people think that a woman is a human being and that freedom is her right and that covering her up is against her freedom. Although the veil is the guarantor of a woman’s freedom, the veil is the protector of her honor and dignity.
Today, every wise man can see that in those countries where the veil of women has been declared against their human rights and freedoms, and the means and conditions have been created to allow men and women to mix and mingle with each other, the woman was given the right to spend her time with any man and fulfill her natural desires whenever she wants, their society have deteriorated, the family system has destroyed, the failure of marriages, the number of divorces and the birth of illegitimate children have increased and all this destruction is the result of immorality.
For whom is the veil obligatory?
It is obligatory to cover in front of every non-mahram inside or outside the house. Yes, it is not obligatory for a woman to cover herself with men who are her mahram. Mahram is men with whom a woman can never and under no circumstances be allow to marry. For example, father, grandfather, uncle, uncle, grandfather, brother, nephew, niece, grandson, grandson, father-in-law, it is not necessary to cover in front of these people.
Non-mahram is the men with whom a woman can get marriage, such as cousins, uncles, aunts, brothers-in-law, etc. We have a very wrong anti-Sharia tradition that women do not cover in front of brothers-in-law at all. They do not consider it wrong to shake hands or laugh with them. However, brother-in-law is not a mahram of a woman. Therefore, like all other non-mahram men, it is obligatory for women to cover their bodies. On the contrary, the hadith even emphasizes the veil from the brother in law”اَلْحَمْوُالْمَوْتُ” means that brother in law is as dangerous for a woman as death. And the woman wants to run away from her brother-in-law in the same way as people run away from death. صحیح البخاری ، کتاب النکاح ۔۱۱۲۔باب لایخلون رجل بامرأۃ الخ،رقم ۵۲۳۲، ج۳، ص۴۷۲
In any case, understand very well that it is obligatory to cover in front of non-mahram, whether he is a stranger or a relative. Muslim women must wear hijab and cover to protect themselves.
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