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Hijab Basics & its True Concept
“Hijab” is an Arabic word which means veil, curtain, a barrier or partition. There are several similar meanings for Hijab as per dictionary. It also means to cover; or the cloth which is used to cover head; or it is a wider piece of cloth used to cover the whole body. It may be a gown, a scarf or a big “chaddar”. In general Hijab is referred as a veil (piece of cloth) that covers the head of a woman, particularly Muslim woman. It is also considered as veil that covers a woman’s body and head fully or partially in presence of a non-related man.
True Hijab: The Real Concept of Hijab
The true philosophy of Hijab is to respect, honor and protect a woman. This philosophy treats woman as a very respectable human being with distinguished rights and privileges that ensures a respectable and honored position of woman in society.
We respect all the religions equally. However, as most of you know that Hijab is a concept given by Islam and this culture is followed by Muslims mostly, so our referecens and explanations would be taken from authentic resources of Islamic books, sayings of Prophet (PBUH), Islamic scholars and vereses of the Holy Quran.
We Respect all Religions Equally
As mentioned earlier, we do respect all the religions equally and we are not here to spread any misconceptions about any religion at all. Everything that we present here is aimed and focused on one thing: the fact that Hijab is truly a need of every woman with no distinction of religion and race.
Islam has given a complete code of life. According to Islamic teachings, every person has particular rights and responsibilities in the society and everybody agrees to this fact. A healthy society is only possible when every person is performing his duties well. So Islam says that men and women are two most basic pillars of society. Each of them has to play his role to build up a healthy society. Islam says divide the social life in two parts to perform your duties well. Men take the responsibility of earning the livelihood and women take the responsibility to take care of their homes and family. Men work hard and earn so that they can provide better education, living and other needed goods of survival. While women are responsible to educate and take care of home and family. Men are told to stay loyal to their women and women are told to stay at homes and only go out when needed, but with their bodies and faces should be properly covered, so that their respect and privacy is not compromised. This is becasue Hijab gives woman a feeling of security and protection. When a woman is in Hijab, her identity is not exposed which makes sure she does not face any problem.
How Hijab Started
In Arab when Hijab was not introduced yet, the women used to go out without taking proper precautions to cover themselves. So they were teased by non-believers and illetrates. Then it was ordered to Muslim women to wear Hijab so that they were not teased and recognized as purified women.
Muslim women in Arab were ordered to take Hijab in Surah Ahzab of the Holy Quran, verse 59; its abstract means that Mohammad (PBUH) was asked to tell his wives, daughters and Muslim women to take their chaddars (the piece of cloth they used to cover themselves) upon themselves nicely that they could be recognised and not teased.
The word used as Hijab in the above verse was “jalabeeb” plural of “jilbab”, which means a wider piece of cloth ,a chaddar or a gown which is used by women to cover themselves.
Mischievous people are present in every society and women are ought to cover up themselves including their faces as well to avoid the evil prevailing around them.
Importance of Hijab
The importance of hijab is clear from the fact that almost 70 (seventy) ahadees( sayings of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) are about Hijab. When orders of Hijab were given, Muslim women took immediate steps to follow the orders.
There is asaying in Tirmizi whose abstarct is “A women is more closer to her God ,when she is inside her home”.
when women go out, satin (shatan) follows them and tries to make them a cause of evil.
The purpose of mentioning these aspects is to highlight the importance of Hijab, not to the Muslim women only, but all the women of the World. Surely Hijab will protect all women and will be a source of respect and honour, Insha Allah.