قُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَزْكَىٰ لَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ
Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do.
وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا ۖ وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَىٰ جُيُوبِهِنَّ ۖ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا لِبُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَائِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَاءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَائِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَاءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي أَخَوَاتِهِنَّ أَوْ نِسَائِهِنَّ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُنَّ أَوِ التَّابِعِينَ غَيْرِ أُولِي الْإِرْبَةِ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ أَوِ الطِّفْلِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يَظْهَرُوا عَلَىٰ عَوْرَاتِ النِّسَاءِ ۖ وَلَا يَضْرِبْنَ بِأَرْجُلِهِنَّ لِيُعْلَمَ مَا يُخْفِينَ مِن زِينَتِهِنَّ ۚ وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers 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.
[Quran – an-Nour: 30-31]
One of my fav 🙂
What is hijab?
A dress code that muslim women adheres to, covers women’s ENTIRE body in a MODEST manner with exception of hands and face.
Purpose of hijab:
1- To give women the right to be judged on their intellect and personality rather than their physical beauty
2- To create positive self-image among women to ensure good emotional health. Because hijab hides a woman’s physical beauty, appearance does not become the focus of her worth. Whomsoever depends on physical beauty for self-worth, they will be disappointed. Some women can’t achieve the society’s definition of physical beauty, hence feel bad about themselves. Some might develop emotional complexes which lead to health problems such as bulimia and anorexia. And even women who fulfill society’s expectation of being physically beautiful will be let down later on as beauty fades with age.
3- In Islam, the goal is to attain beauty in the inside rather than the outside. Inner beauty will not fade and can be achieved through bettering one’s self, a process which is completely within women’s control.
4- Hijab: fair play for all women! 🙂
[Excerpted from ‘Blissful Marriage: A Practical Islamic Guide’ by Drs Ekram and M Rida Beshir]
[By Sister Fatme H. Jaber from USA]
You look at me and call me oppressed
Simply because of the way I’m dressed
You know me not for what is inside
You judge the clothing I wear with pride
My body is not for your eyes to hold
You must speak to my mind, not my feminine mould
I’m an individual. I’m no man’s slave
It’s Allah’s pleasure that I only crave
I have a voice so I will be heard
For in my heart I carry His word
“O ye women, wrap close your cloak,
So you won’t be bothered by ignorant folk”.
Man doesn’t tell me to dress this way
It’s law from God that I obey
Oppressed is something I’m truly not
For liberation is what I’ve got
It was given to me many years ago
With the right to prosper, the right to grow
I can climb mountains or cross the seas
Expand my mind in all degrees
For God Himself gave us liberty,
When He sent Islam, to you and me !