Guest Scholar – MAS Greater La
In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Beneficent
Some sisters (including some non-Muslim friends) have asked me recently about the Hijab, and why Muslim women wear it. This is for them specifically, and everyone interested. It was not written it out of judgment of my respected Hijabi or non-Hijabi sisters. Only God can judge! But when addressing an issue, it should be said as it is.
The reason Muslim women wear Hijab is simple; it is the same reason for which we fast and pray: God commands us to do it. We do it out of submission to Allah, out of Islam. Fulfilling any command by God becomes an expression of our belief and an affirmation of our submission. The command came down in Surat Al-Noor, in Madina, during the 5th or 6th year after migration:
And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms… (Surat Al-Noor, verse 31)
She said: “May Allah have mercy on the early immigrant women. When Allah revealed that they should draw their veils over their bosoms, they cut off part of their garment and covered their head with it.”
By no means shall you attain righteousness unless ye give (freely) of that which you love; and whatever you give, God knows it well. (Surat Aal-Imran, verse 92)
O Prophet! Tell your wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over themselves: That is closer that they should be known (and identified as such) and not molested. And God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat Al-Ahzaab, verse 59)