As common as the use of Hijab is among women today, there is still a sizeable amount of Muslim faithful who go about their normal business WITHOUT Hijab.
Is using Hijab a compulsory act of worship? Does not using Hijab make one less of a Muslim? Do women without Hijab still make Paradise at the end? Why would some women take the sacrifice of using Hijab all day and in all weather? Many questions and here is how the Quran and Hadith answer it.
In Quran 7:26: “O ye Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover your shame, as well as to be an adornment to you. But the raiment of righteousness – that is the best. Such are among the Signs of Allah, that they may receive admonition!
According to Qur’an 24:30, 32 : “Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest” , “And say to the believing women that they restrain their eyes and guard their private parts, and that they disclose not their natural and artificial beauty except that which is apparent thereof, and that they draw their head-coverings over their bosoms, and that they disclose not their beauty save to their husbands, or to their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands or their sons or the sons of their husbands or their brothers, or the sons of their brothers, or the sons of their sisters, or their women, or what their right hands possess, or such of male attendants as have no sexual appetite, or young children who have no knowledge of the hidden parts of women. And they strike not their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may become known. And turn ye to Allah all together, O believers, that you may succeed.”
Qur’an 33:59 : “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.”
From these passages of the Quran, the clear instruction is for both Muslim men and women to dress in a modest way, but it doesn’t insist on covering the head.
The explanations attached to these Hadiths further compliments the aforementioned:
Hadith # 282, Narrated Safiya bint Shaiba (Radhiallaahu Ánha) “Aisha (Radhiallaahu Ánha) used to say: “When (the Verse): “They should draw their veils over their necks and bosoms,” was revealed, (the ladies) cut their waist sheets at the edges and covered their faces with the cut pieces.
Hadith # 368, Narrated ‘Aisha (Radhiallaahu Ánha) Rasulullah(Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) used to offer the Fajr prayer and some believing women covered with their veiling sheets used to attend the Fajr prayer with him and then they would return to their homes unrecognized . Shaikh Ibn Uthaimin in tafseer of this hadith explains “This hadith makes it clear that the Islamic dress is concealing of the entire body as explained in this hadith. Only with the complete cover including the face and hands can a woman not be recognized. This was the understanding and practice of the Sahaba and they were the best of group, the noblest in the sight of Allah (swt) with the most complete Imaan and noblest of characters.
Hadith # 572, In the end of this very long hadith it quotes Anas(Radhiallaahu Ánho) rates from Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) “and if one of the women of Paradise looked at the earth, she would fill the whole space between them (the earth and the heaven) with light, and would fill whatever is in between them, with perfume, and the veil of her face is better than the whole world and whatever is in it.”
Hadith # 715, Narrated ‘Ikrima (Radhiallaahu Ánhu) narrates “Rifa’a divorced his wife whereupon ‘AbdurRahman bin Az-Zubair Al-Qurazi married her. ‘Aisha said that the lady (came), wearing a green veil.” It is a very long hadith but the point is the women of Sahaba wore the full veil.
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