Why do Muslims wear hijab?
Hijab is a traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women as a sign of modesty and religious devotion. Hijab is not just a physical covering, but it is also a way of life. It represents a woman’s commitment to modesty, piety, and submission to Allah.
What does the Hijab symbolise?
Hijab is a symbol of faith, modesty, and identity. Understanding hijab and embracing it can have a positive impact on a young girl’s self-esteem and confidence. Hijab represents a Muslim woman who is sacrificing their own whims and desires for their Lord.
Hijab in the Quran
“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their own husbands…” (Surah An-Nur, Ayah 31)
Whilst this Ayah has been commented on extensively, majority of the scholars are unanimous in that it requires the covering of one’s hair and covering of the satar. There will always be those people who claim that Hijab of the heart is sufficient. However the command is clear and covering oneself is actually fardh in Islam.
Why wear the Hijab?
First and foremost, majority of Muslim women wear the Hijab because it is a command from Allah. It maintains modesty and protects oneself from unwanted attention. Wearing hijab is seen as a form of obedience to Allah and a way to live a virtuous life.
Benefits of Hijab
Wearing a scarf can also protect a young girl or woman from negative attention, such as harassment or unwanted advances. It is seen as a way to maintain modesty and to protect oneself from harm.
Challenges of Hijab
There are some challenges that Muslim girls and women experience when wearing the Hijab:
- ‘People treat me differently when i wear it’
- ‘I feel like people stare more’
- ‘It makes me feel suffocated’
- ‘It ruins my hair’
- ‘I have to always find a matching scarf to my outfit’
- ‘I get too hot in it’
The imaan of someone who makes such excuses might be weak which is why they are making such excuses. May Allah guide us all and keep us on the right path.
There are loads of alternative ways to wear the Hijab which would solve some of these problems. Ultimately though, it can be difficult for some but great reward awaits those who sacrifice their own desires for Allah’s sake.
Hijab presentation for girls
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