Hijab of the heart

Hijab is not only a piece of fabric that is draped across a Muslim woman's head, it is so much more.

“Allah wishes to lighten the burden for you; for certainly man has
been created weak!” (An-Nisa’: 28)

Certainly the Hijab covers our bodies from the leers and stares that men will enflict on a woman. It is a protection but above all it is a sign for the people that this woman is a Muslim.
Most women know that the Hijab is a covering; a headscarf covering the head and shoulders, a loose garment covers
the body, but do Muslim women know that there is a Hijab of words and actions?

"Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right,
forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. (3:110)

As muslims we are told to enjoin the good and forbid the evil, we are fulfilling that by wearing the hijab, our outward appearence is modest - but are our actions and words modest as well?

Hijab of the heart - lets look at that for a moment and think of what that really means?
Hijab in definition is a 'covering', we cover our hearts from the evil of the world from affecting our hearts and minds. We are immediately identified as being Muslilms from wearing
the Hijab so therefore it is our great responsibility to show people what that exactly means.
Hijab of the heart, mind & speech is the final aspect of modesty - I mean lets face it many women do not know the true meaning of why they are wearing the Hijab.
It is a commandment from Allah;

"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..." (24:31)

These women will say they are following Allah's commands, which is true, but then only moments later you will perhaps see that woman engaged in lies, or backbitting, or acting in an immodest way all while wearing the headscarf.
Now that is not correct, yes they are observing Hijab, but in terms of 'fabric' only.
The complete package of Hijab will reflect the Muslim woman's thoughts, actions, and speech - one is not complete without the other. The piety of a Muslim woman will show in all of her actions, not in just the one single act of wearing a scarf on her head, if it were only that simple!

The Muslim woman will keep her modesty in all areas of her life, within her community and within the confines of her home. She will show other women perhaps of differing faiths as well as her own 'sisters' the beauty of a complete Hijab. She becomes an example to all women of how they should be acting in their community and in effect how they should be
acting world wide.

"On no soul doth Allah Place a burden greater than it can bear.
It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray:)
"Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not
on us a burden Like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord!
Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear.
Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness.
Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; Help us against those
who stand against faith." (2:286)

Keep your modesty always, in thoughts, actions and words. Show to the people the true face of the Muslim woman, and let all the world see what true faith and obedience mean. Let all the world see when you walk to the mosque wearing your Hijab that you are going to give worship to your Lord. Let all see when you bend down to console a crying child the compassion in your heart. Let your family see your devotion when you prostrate yourself infront of your Lord and offer sincere rembrance of Allah in the early light of dawn.
Let all see that you are a woman of faith and love.


Anonymous said...

Salaam , I agree Hijab is more than cloth it is of the heart and mind , tongue etc... ma sha allaah!!!

Anonymous said...

Assalamu Alaikom,
It's a nice article, but it's a lot to live up to! That can be uplifting or stressful, depending upon one's mood! heh
I do wear hijab and I am reminded when I'm out that I am a representative of Islam whether I'm in the mood to be or not. I find as I get older (I dunno if it's because I'm older or some other reason), I have more of a temper in general. Not with my family or anything like that. I just mean that I get riled up more easily by strangers. If someone acts like a jerk at the grocery store, I want to say something, whereas when I was younger I would be too chicken to speak a peep and I would just roll my eyes mentally. I find myself clamping my mouth sometimes now. LOL


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