Why Hijab?

"O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters, as well as all (other) believing women, that they should draw over themselves some of their outer garments (when in public): this will be more conducive to their being recognized (as decent women) and not annoyed. But, God is indeed much forgiving, a dispenser of grace!" [Al-Ahzab 33:59]

What is hijab?
Hijab technically means covering. Islam desires the preservation of social tranquillity and familial peace. Hence, it asks women to cover themselves in their interactions with men, whom they are not related to, according to Islamic norms. And it asks them to lower their gaze and guard their modesty in their interactions with men, whom they are not related to.

How should women observe Hijab correctlyBasically
The dress of ladies should cover the whole body except the face and hand. Hair should not be exposed because Islam considers it as half of the total beauty of women. The Hijab could be of any form and color, a one-piece shawl or "chadar" or a three-piece ensemble, as long a it is not tight fitting and does not attract people's attention.

Advantages of observing Hijab
1. Confidence in social participation as human being and not as a sexual commodity.
2. Not deverting peoples's attention from contructive social work.
3. Improving the moral character of society.

In conclusion women can achieve true dignity and experience true emancipation by observing Hijab and not by discarding it.


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