Hijab, An Act of Modesty

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Workbook page numbers- 143, 145, 147

Exercise 1: Vocabulary

In your own words define the following:

1. Hijab: Literally, it means “barrier”. Hijab reflects proper dress along with adhering to a chaste attitude and decent behaviour as well.

2. Khimar: It is the Arabic word for a scarf or head wear.

3. Jilbab: This refers to a garment that covers the whole body from head to toe.

4. Niqab: A cloth that is used to cover one’s face, sometimes including the eyes.

Exercise 2: Related Texts

Write the translation of any one of the two ayaat that talk about wearing hijab.

“And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and protect their chastity. And they should not display their beauty except that what appears thereof and let them cover their bosoms with parts of their Khimars (scarves).”

“O Prophet! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers that they let down upon them their over-garments; this will be more proper, that they may be known, and thus they will not be annoyed or harassed; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”

Exercise 3: Critical Thinking

1. A friend does not yet wear hijab. Being that it is a sensitive subject for some, how would you encourage her to wear it?

The best way to advise someone is to narrate the relevant Qur’anic verses and ahadith. A person will definitely take your advice seriously, if she is told that it is the order of Allah and the way of believing women. Remind her of the rewards from Allah and warn her of the consequences. Give importance to her views too. If Allah Wills, He will guide her.

2. A daughter wears hijab in her father’s presence in order to make him happy but she takes it off in school. She wants to wear hijab out of her own free will. What do you think of her actions? Is this permissible?

It is the duty of parents to show the right way to their children and it is the duty of children to obey parents. But some issues are sensitive and are to be tackled with care. The father should advice the daughter but should not force her. The daughter should take her father’s advice as he is right. She should not delay in doing the right things. It is wrong, if she is wearing hijab only in his presence and removing it during his absence. This way she is betraying her father’s trust and is disobeying him. She is disobeying Allah too.

Exercise 4: Review Questions

1. What are some benefits of practicing hijab?

1. a. It is an act of obedience.

b. It is a sign of chastity and modesty.

c. It helps to keep believers hearts pure.

d. It is a protection.

e. It is an act of righteousness.

f. Hijab is faith

g. HIjab fits the natural feeling of ghayrah.

2. Name two examples of proper hijab.

1. A loose long coat that covers the body properly and a scarf that covers the hair.

2. Abaya – A single piece of garment that covers the body completely and a scarf that covers the hair.

3. Name two examples of improper hijab.

1. Convertible Hijab – The scarf goes up and down showing parts of or all her hair. Sleeves of one’s shirt may go up and down also thus revealing one’s body.

2. Tight Hijab- A girl might be wearing hijab but she wears tight jeans and shirts. This outfit reveals her shape. She does not cover her outfit with a loosely flowing long shirt or coat.

4. Why is hijab mandatory? Support your answer by providing a hadeeth or ayah from the Qur’an.

Verse no. 59 from Surah al-Ahzab clearly states that believing women must cover their body with an outer garment. Moreover, verse no. 31 of Surah an-Nur too mandates upon believing women to cover their beauty in front of non-related men. It is in the character of believing men and women to act upon the orders of Allah immediately as they are told to.

5. Are Muslims the only ones to cover and wear hijab? If not, give an example.

No, hijab was not something invented during Muslim era. It is known very well that the veil was part of everyday dress for women in ancient Christian and Jewish communities.  It is still worn today within certain communities. Some women in Europe continue to cover their hair. Practice of veil is mentioned in Old and New Testaments.

 

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