Hijab in Islam

Hijab means to cover to remain protected, to hide. The concept of hijab in islam is to cover one’s gaze and to protect oneself from the evils of the sight. Every illegal relation starts with an illegal gaze. Men are not allowed to walk with their eyes looking here and there. They are ordered to lower their gaze so that they cannot fell into the prey of satan. Similarly the women are also ordered to lower their gaze and to cover themselves properly so that they can be protected from the prey of satan.

Allah swt has said in Quran:

“And ask the believing men to (be modest and) lower their gaze and maintain their chastity. That is righteous and better. Allah is quite familiar with what they do.”


“Ask the believing women to lower their gaze, guard their chastity, and not leave bare their beauty and charm, except that which becomes apparent by itself. Ask them to pull their veil-cloths down across their bosom, and not show their adornments to anyone except their husbands, fathers, husband’s father, sons, husband’s sons, brothers and their sons, sister’s sons, their women, the female slaves they own, the men-servants too old to have erotic desires, and boys not yet old enough to have awareness of the carnal. Ask them not to stamp their feet hard, in order to display (and jingle the jewelry worn on their feet and other) hidden adornments (under their outer garments). Oh you believers! Turn  all of you  towards Allah in repentance. Perhaps you will prosper.”

In the above verse we see that ALLAH swt has ordered both men and women to lower their gaze and maintain their chastity. But in the second verse we see women are told more to do then men, why?
This is the point played as trump card by the anti Islamic forces. They say women are bound but we say no, actually women are protected. And always a precious thing is protected nobody protects a thing which has no value. this is why islam even tells women to walk with great care so that their presence is not felt. Once a woman is out of house, she is between the men who might get frustrated and do forget their chastity and harm women.

ALLAH apostle Muhammad s.a.w.w ordered muslims to be careful in their daily life routines. We see boys and men sitting on the road side looking at the females and sometimes even passing vulgar remarks. This is what Muhammad s.a.w.w said about such acts;

Bukhari Volume 8, Book 74, Number 248:

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
The Prophet said, 'Beware! Avoid sitting on the roads." They (the people) said, "O Allah s Apostle! We can't help sitting (on the roads) as these are (our places) here we have talks." The Prophet said, ' l f you refuse but to sit, then pay the road its right ' They said, "What is the right of the road, O Allah's Apostle?" He said, 'Lowering your gaze, refraining from harming others, returning greeting, and enjoining what is good, and forbidding what is evil."

In another hadith, Muhammad s.a.w.w said a very true and meaningful hadith;

Bukhari Volume 8, Book 74, Number 260:

Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
I have not seen a thing resembling 'lamam' (minor sins) than what Abu Huraira 'narrated from the Prophet who said "Allah has written for Adam's son his share of adultery which he commits inevitably. The adultery of the eyes is the sight (to gaze at a forbidden thing), the adultery of the tongue is the talk, and the inner self wishes and desires and the private parts testify all this or deny it."

If we understand these ahadith, and verse of Quran there is no way the society goes astray but the people of today’s age do so much in the name of fun and fashion and advancement that they ultimately commit zina which is one of the biggest sins. The concept of hijab is for our own good. If we become better in our manners and morals, we will certainly save ourselves from sins. Also hijab is not only for women but it is also for men. In fact men were first ordered to lower gaze then women were ordered so that both can understand and refrain from evil.
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