A pearl in its shell.

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February the 1st is a wonderful opportunity for many women across the globe. Why?
Because its world Hijab day. It’s a chance to understand the concept of the Hijab. For Muslim women that have not yet embraced the Hijab, and for Non-Muslims alike this day will be a great opportunity to experience what it actually feels like to wear the Hijab. It will also help people to understand the scrutiny Muslim Women often have to deal with whilst covering their beauty solely to please their Lord.

Living in towns and cities where people are not so familiar with the Hijab often seems really daunting for many girls who wish to starting wearing the Hijab. They fear the abuse they may have to suffer simply because many people do not understand the concept of the Hijab. However, we cannot blame the ignorance of the people without teaching them first. The media and other aspects of society play a major role in distorting the real meaning of the Hijab!

Fortunately, however, world Hijab day is here and so is Internchange to explain the importance of the Hijab in Islam. What is the Hijab? And what are the overall benefits of acting out this command – not only for women but for the wider society?

Islam has two sources for guidance and rulings: first, the final revelation, the Quran which is the revealed words of Allah and secondly, the ways of Muhammad (saw), the final Prophet sent as a mercy to mankind.

Allah says;
‘O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) over their bodies (when outdoors). That will be better that they should be known (as respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’[33:59]

Allah also says;
‘And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc) and not to show off their adornment except what must (ordinarily) appear thereof…’ [24:31]
It is important to understand that there are two aspects of the Hijab. The external and the internal. The headscarf is not the only aspect of the overall Hijab rather, good manners and appropriate speech are equally important.

Allah says;
‘….be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy or evil desire for adultery, etc) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honorable manner…’ [33:32]
The external aspect of the Hijab is the complete covering of the hair and the body. It protects the beauty of the woman, and more importantly it fulfills the command of Allah which is highly rewarding and pleasing to him.

Islam views women as precious beings in society that should not be exposed for the advantages of men. They are the like of pearls but within its shells, or, like sparkling diamond in a safe. Would you let anyway into your safe? Ideally, out of extreme cautiousness, we would not even wish to show the safe let alone have the diamond be gazed upon lest a person attempts to steal it from us.

However, Islam sees women far more superior and precious than a pearl or a diamond cut and so women need protection and security. In simple terms, this safe for the diamond is like the Hijab of the Muslim woman. Islam solves the problem of sexual exploitation and mistreatment of women. The Hijab gives women the empowerment to be treated as a person that ought to be respected and understood not for her level of attractiveness but rather for her intelligence and integrity.230979_131378843606894_131009900310455_222091_3338834_n

Often forgotten is the fact that looking at the clothing of women as recently as 70 years ago, we see clothing very similar to that of the Hijab. These active and hard-working Western women were not inhibited by their clothing which consisted of long, full dresses and various types of head coverings. Therefore, the Hijab is not interfering with the activities of daily life, rather it is a source of liberation and freedom from the shackles of society’s media driven fashion industry.

The Hijab, if applied correctly will completely remove women from the enslavement of society’s expectations to the true submission and enslavement to Allah alone, as he is the one who brought us into existence and therefore he is the only one worthy of being worshipped.

So grasp this opportunity and Let Internchange know about  your very first Hijab experience.

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