Salam and peace to all...
One of the biggest debates and controversy in the life of a Muslim woman is the debate
about Hijab and all aspects of it! I found it very funny that after my reversion that the
questions I was getting from other Muslims was not about 'how are your prayers
going, or have you been to the mosque to pray...but rather
' are you wearing the hijab' ?
Now don't get me wrong... I'm not saying that Hijab
(not just the headscarf - but the entire dress) is not a very important fact in any
Muslim woman's life...in fact it plays a very big role indeed...
but having said that is that is Hijab more important than establishing prayer?
Well here are my 2 cents worth of ideas.
I do not wear the headscarf (ok shock, horror, weak at the knees...gotten over it now?)
It is not that I do not believe that it is a commandment but I am still too 'new' I think to
digest all these things... when I read this verse in Quran:
"And say to the believing woman 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 24:31
I see this verse as covering their bodies... it does not say head? Basically to dress
modestly and not show your body outside.
Ok, I also have seen this hadith:
"Narrated Safiya bint Shaiba 'Aisha 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."
Volume 6, Book 60, Number 282
But then if we take this then we should all be wearing the face veil (niqab) -
we all know about the debate for and against that!
"Narrated Umar: I said, "O Allah's Apostle! Good and bad persons enter upon you, so
I suggest that you order the mothers of the believers (i.e. your wives) to observe veils.
" Then Allah revealed the Verses ofAl-Hijab. Volume 6, Book 60, Number 313:
Now from the above, would this not imply that the 'mother's of the believers'
(wives of the prophet) are the ones who had to only observe the veil?
Does it necessaritly imply us as well?
Look at this next hadith:
"The Muslims said amongst themselves, "Will she (i.e. Safiya) be one of the mothers
of the believers, (i.e. one of thewives of the Prophet ) or just (a lady captive) of what his
right-handpossesses" Some of them said, "If the Prophet makes her observe the veil,
then she will be one of the mothers of the believers (i.e. one of the Prophet's wives),
and if he does not make her observe the veil ,then she will be his lady slave."
So when he departed, he made a place for her behind him (on his and made her observe
the veil Volume 5, Book 59, Number 524: Bukhari.
So does that mean if that woman was not a wife but believed in the message
of Islam that she did not need to observe the veil?
A bit confusing I must say...needs further investigation...anyone have any thougths on it?
So that is my reason for not wearing the headscarf - confusion - but that is not
the only reason. Another is the fact that nobody in the 'real' world knows about
my reversion. I work in an office and its just not an option to show up one day
and be wearing a headscarf, I do dress in long skits and long sleeves.
So this blog is about my confusion about the Hijab issue... but I am giving
myself time to adapt to things. I need to concentrate on my Salah and get
that done well... it is one of the pillars we all need to adhere to
I've said it hundreds of times but Islam was revealed in a period of 23 years,
I think we can give ourselves some time to seek knowledge and make
things clear to ourselves. I want to know the reasons I'm required to do the things
I am doing, it has to make sense to me - right now the headscarf does not.
Inshallah I will be able to make sense of things!
I must also add that I have great admiration and respect for those out there that
start to wear the headscarf right away, it takes a level of faith that I may not have
right now. It takes courage to go out and proclaim "I am Muslim",
I pray that we all are kept on the right path!
All comments are welcomed...I really like this topic and feel its important
to talk about it in a good way!