H.I.J.A.B. – Protection or Stifling?!


For me hijab is:





As women are empowered with many rights and protections under Islamic law and are honored with a dignified stature in society, I consider my hijab as one of the rights and beautiful bounties Allah bestowed upon me, alhamdulliah. By wearing the hijab, I am honoring myself and presenting myself to the world in the way my Creator ordered me. I feel honorable to wear it while contributing to my community in all ways possible.


When you see me wearing a hijab, you will know that I am a Muslim, and you will act accordingly. Allah says in the Qur’an in chapter Al-Ahzaab, verse 59: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.”

Allah knows His creation more than we know ourselves and He knows what the best is for us. Women should dress modesty, covering everything except the face and hands whenever they go out or are in the presence of non-mahram men. In this case, people will Judge women on the base of who they are and not the way they look.


Like a diamond; not easily found, not easily obtained. Hijab keeps women away from the gaze of strange men and the world outside. Women in Islam cover their bodies (often except the face and hands) because it’s not for public consumption. Allah says in the Qur’an in chapter Al-Ahzab “…when you ask his wives for something, do so from behind a screen: this is purer both for your hearts and for theirs.”

As a Quranic priority, the command to lower one’s gaze and guard one’s modesty is given to men first. Allah says in chapter An-Nur, verse 30,” Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do.”


Allah commands and we obey.

I wear the hijab to please Allah the Almighty and complete my faith. Allah orders us women in chapter An-Nur, verse 31: “And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their head-covers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.”

And Allah says in chapter An-Nur, verse 54: “Say, “Obey Allah and obey the Messenger; but if you turn away – then upon him is only that [duty] with which he has been charged, and upon you is that with which you have been charged. And if you obey him, you will be [rightly] guided. And there is not upon the Messenger except the [responsibility for] clear notification.”


In a world which frequently emphasizes the physical form of everything through various media, women are constantly faced with an unattainable standard of beauty. Although Muslim women are falsely classified as oppressed based on their modest dress, they are in fact liberated from such objectification by the society around them. ‘This modest appearance, which includes veiling, highlights a woman’s personality and character instead of her physical figure and promotes a deeper appreciation for who she is as a person.’ In this regard, Muslim women identify with Mary, the mother of Jesus (pbuh), who is known for her piety and modesty. And because beauty is a wonderful part of women, they don’t have to display it to the world.

Isra Migdad



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