This is an article, ripped from al-Bayan Magazine. The article doesnt created in intend to assault any readers, mentally, physically, (sexually? Hoho..). However, it does not mean that by publishing this article, i expressed myself as a discriminator, but i do agree that there’s some quality in ‘un-hijabbed’ muslimah that wards me off. To those in concern (‘unhijabbed’ muslimah), try to figure out what this article is about actually. Broaden your mind, and dip yourself in Allah’s nur..
Top 10 excuses of
Muslim Women who don’t wear Islamic Hijaab!
By Dr. Huwayda Ismaeel
Rendered into English from Al-Bayaan Magazine
One: I’m not yet convinced (of the necessity) of hijaab.
We then ask this sister two questions.
One: Is she truly convinced of the correctness of the religion of Islam? The
natural answer is: Yes she is convinced for she responds "Laa ilaaha
illallah!" (There is no god but Allah), meaning she is convinced of the
aqeedah, and then she says: "Muhammadun rasoolullah!" (Muhammad is
the Messenger of Allah), meaning by that that she is convinced of its
legislation or law (sharee’ah). Therefore, she is convinced of Islam as a
belief system and a law by which one governs and rules their life.
Two: Is the hijaab then a part of Islamic Law (sharee’ah) and an obligation?
If this sister is honest and sincere in her intention and has looked into the
issue as one who truly wants to know the truth her answer could only be: Yes.
For Allah ta’aala, Whose deity (Uloohiyyah) she believes in has commanded wearing
hijaab in His Book (Al-Qur’aan) and the noble prophet (‘alaihi salaat wa
salaam)whose message she believes in has commanded wearing the hijaab in his
sunnah. What do we call a person who says they believe in and are content with
the correctness of Islam but who nonetheless does not do what Allah or His
Messenger have ordered? Certainly they can in no way be described as those whom
Allah speaks of in this aayah: The only saying of the faithful believers when
they are called to Allah and His Messenger to judge between them is that they
say ‘we hear and obey’ and such are the successful. [Soorah An-Noor 24:51]
summary: If this sister is convinced of Islam, how then can she not be
convinced of its orders?
Two: I am convinced of Islamic dress but my mother prevents me from wearing it
and if I disobey her I will go to the Fire.
The one who has answered this excuse is the most noble of Allah’s creation, the
Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) in concise and comprehensive
words of wisdom: There is no obedience to the created in the disobedience of
The status of parents in Islam, especially the mother, is a high and elevated
one. Indeed Allah ta’aala has combined it with the greatest of matters,
worshipping Him and His tawheed, in many aayaat. He stated:Worship Allah and
join none with Him and do good to parent [Soorah An-Nisaa 4:36]
Obedience to parents is not limited except in one aspect, and that is if they
order to disobedience of Allah. Allah said: But if they strive with you to make
you join in worship with Me others that of which you have no knowledge, then
obey them not.[Soorah Luqmaan 31:15] The lack of obedience to them in
sinfulness does not prevent being good to them and kind treatment of them.
Allah said afterward in the same aayah: But behave with them in the world
In summary: How can you obey your mother and disobey Allah Who created you and
Three: My position does not allow me to substitute my dress for Islamic dress.
This sister is either one or the other of two types: She is sincere and honest,
or she is a slippery liar who desires to make a showy display of her
"hijaab" clamoring with colors to be "in line with the
times" and expensive.
We will begin with an answer to the honest and sincere sister. Are you unaware
my dear sister, that it is not permissible for the Muslim woman to leave her
home in any instance unless her clothing meets the conditions of Islamic hijaab
(Hijaab shar’ee) and it is a duty of every Muslim woman to know what they are?
If you have taken the time and effort to learn so many matters of this world
how then can you be neglectful of learning those matters which will save you
from the punishment of Allah and His anger after death!!? Does Allah not say:
Ask the people of remembrance (i.e. knowledgeable scholars) if you do not know.
[Soorah An-Nahl 16:43]. Learn therefore, the requirements of proper hijaab.
If you must go out, then do not do so without the correct hijaab, seeking the
pleasure of Allah and the degradation of Shaitaan. That is because the
corruption brought about by your going out adorned and "beautified"
is far greater than the matter which you deem necessary to go out for.
My dear sister if you are really truthful in your intention and correctly
determined you will find a thousands hands of good assisting you and Allah will
make the matter easy for you! Is He not the One Who says:And whoever fears
Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from
every difficulty) and He will provide him from sources he never could
imagine[Soorah At-Talaaq 65:2-3]?
With regards to the ‘slippery’ one we say: Honor and position is something
determined by Allah ta’aala and it is not due to embellishment of clothing and
show of colors and keeping up with the trendsetters. It is rather due to
obedience to Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and holding
to the pure law of Allah and correct Islamic hijaab. Listen to the words of
Allah: Indeed, the most honorable amongst you are those who are the most pious.
[Soorah Al-Hujuraat 49:35]
In summary: Do things in the way of seeking Allah’s pleasure and entering His
Jannah and give less value to the high priced and costly objects and wealth of
· Excuse Four: It
is so very hot in my country and I can’t stand it. How could I take it if I
wore the hijaab?
Allah gives an example by saying: Say: The Fire of Hell is more intense in heat
if they only understand. [Soorah At-Taubah 9:81] How can you compare the heat
of your land to the heat of the Hellfire?
Know, my sister, that Shaitaan has trapped you in one of his feeble ropes to
drag you from the heat of this world to the heat of the Hellfire. Free yourself
from his net and view the heat of the sun as a favor and not an affliction
especially in that it reminds you of the intensity of the punishment of Allah
which is many times greater than the heat you now feel. Return to the order of
Allah and sacrifice this worldly comfort in the way of following the path of
salvation from the Hellfire about which Allah says: They will neither feel
coolness nor have any drink except that of boiling water and the discharge of
dirty wounds.[Soorah An-Naba’ 78:24-25]
In summary: The Jannah is surrounded by hardships and toil, while Hellfire is
surrounded by temptations, lusts and desires.
Five: I’m afraid that if I wear the hijaab I will put it off at another time
because I have seen so many others do so!!
To her I say: If everyone was to apply your logic then they would have left the
Deen in its entirety! They would have left off salaat because some would be
afraid of leaving it later. They would have left fasting in Ramadhan because so
many are afraid of not doing it later?etc. Haven’t you seen how Shaitaan has trapped
you in his snare again and blocked you from guidance?
Allah ta’aala loves continuous obedience even if it be small or recommended.
How about something that is an absolute obligation like wearing hijaab?! The
prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: The most beloved deed with Allah
is the consistent one though it be little.Why haven’t you sought out the causes
leading those people to leave off the hijaab so that you can avoid them and
work to keep away from them? Why haven’t you sought out reasons and causes to
affirm truth and guidance until you can hold firm to them? Among these causes
is much supplication to Allah (du’aa) to make the heart firm upon the Deen as
did the prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). Also is making salaat and
having mindfulness of it as Allah stated:And seek help in patience and the
prayer and truly it is extremely heavy except for the true believers in Allah
who obey Allah with full submission and believe in His promise of Jannah and in
His warnings (Al-Khaashi’oon).[Soorah Al-Baqarah 2:45]
Other causes to put one upon guidance and truth is adherence to the laws of
Islam and one of them is indeed wearing the hijaab. Allah said: If they had
done what they were told, it would have been better for them and would have strengthened
their faith. [Soorah Al-Baqarah 2:66]
In summary: If you hold tight to the causes of guidance and taste the sweetness
of faith you will not neglect the orders of Allah after having held to them.
Six: If I wear the hijaab then nobody will marry me, so I’m going to leave it
off until then.
Any husband who desires that you be uncovered and adorned in public in defiance
of and in disobedience to Allah, is not a worthy husband in the first place. He
is a husband who has no feeling to protect what Allah has made inviolable, most
notably yourself, and he will not help you in any way to enter Al-Jannah or
escape from the Hellfire. A home which is founded upon disobedience to Allah
and provocation of His anger is fitting that He decree misery and hardship for
it in this life and in the Hereafter. As Allah stated: But whosoever turns away
from My reminder (i.e. neither believes in the Qur’aan nor acts upon its
teachings) verily for him is a life of hardship and We shall raise him up blind
on the Day of Resurrection. [Soorah Ta Ha 20:124]
Marriage is a favor and blessing from Allah to whom He give whom He wills. How
many women who wear hijaab (mutahajibah) are in fact married while many who
don’t aren’t? If you were to say that ‘..my being made-up and uncovered is a
means to reach a pure end, namely marriage’, a pure goal or end is not attained
through impure and corrupt means in Islam. If the goal is honorable then it
must necessarily be achieved by pure and clean method. We say the rule in Islam
is: The means are according to the rules of the intended goals.
In summary: There is no blessing in a marriage established upon sinfulness and
Seven : I don’t wear hijaab based on what Allah says: And proclaim the grace of
your Rabb [Soorah Ad-Dhuhaa 93:11] How can I cover what Allah has blessed me
with of silky soft hair and captivating beauty?
So?this sister of ours adheres to the Book of Allah and its commands as long as
they coincide with her personal desires and understanding! She leaves behind
those matters when they don’t please her. If this was not the case, then why
doesn’t she follow the aayah:And do not show off their adornment except only
that which is apparent[Soorah An-Noor 24:31] and the statement of Allah
subhaanah:Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to
draw their cloaks all over their bodies [Soorah Al-Ahzaab 33:59]?
With this statement my sister you have now made a shari’ah (law) for yourself
of what Allah ta’aala has strictly forbidden, namely beautification
(at-tabarruj) and uncovering (as-sufoor), and the reason:
Your lack of wanting to adhere to the order. The greatest blessing or favor
that Allah has bestowed upon us is that of Eemaan (faith) and hidaayah
(guidance) and among them is the Islamic hijaab. Why then do you not manifest
and talk about this greatest of blessings given to you?
In summary: Is there a greater blessing and favor upon the woman than guidance
Eight:I know that hijaab is obligatory (waajib), but I will wear it when Allah
guides me to do so.
We ask this sister on what plans or steps she will undertake until she accepts
this divine guidance? We know that Allah has in His wisdom made a cause or
means for everything. That is why the sick take medicine to regain health, and
the traveler rides a vehicle or an animal to reach his destination, and other
Has this sister of ours seriously endeavored to seek true guidance and exerted
the proper means to get it such as: Supplicating Allah sincerely as He stated:
Guide us to the Straight Path. [Soorah Al-Faatihah 1:6]; Keeping company with
the righteous good sisters – for they are among the best to assist her to
guidance and to continue to point her to it until Allah guides her and
increases her guidance and inspires her to further guidance and taqwaa. She
would then adhere to the orders of Allah and wear the hijaab that the believing
women are commanded to wear.
In summary: If this sister was really serious
about seeking guidance she would have exerted herself by the proper means to
Nine: It’s not time for that yet. I’m still too young for wearing hijaab. I’ll
do it when I get older and after I make Hajj!
The Angel of Death my sister, is visiting and waiting at your door for the
order of Allah ta’aala to open it on you at any moment in your life. Allah
said: When their term comes, neither can they delay it nor can they advance it
and hour (or a moment). [Soorah Al-An’aam 7:34]. Paradise
the width whereof is as the width of the heavens and the earth. [Soorah
Al-Hadeed 57:21] Sister, don’t forget Allah or He will forget you by turning
His mercy away from you in this life and the next. You are forgetting your own
soul by not fulfilling the right of your soul to obey Allah and proper worship
of Him. Death my sister doesn’t discriminate between the young or the old and it may
come while you are in this state of great sinfulness disobedience, fighting
against the Lord of Honor with your uncovering and shameless adornment. My
sister, you should race to obedience along with those others who race to answer
the call of Allah tabaaraka wa ta’aala:Race with one another in hastening
towards forgiveness from your Lord and Allah stated about the hypocrites (Al-Munaafiqoon): And be not like those who
forgot Allah and He caused them to forget their own selves.[Soorah Al-Hashr
My sister wear the hijaab in your young age in opposition to the sinful deed
because Allah is intense in punishment and will ask you on the Day of
Resurrection about your youth and every moment of your life.
In summary: Stop presuming some future expectation in your life will indeed
occur!! How can you guarantee your own life until tomorrow?
Excuse Ten: I’m afraid that if I wear Islamic clothing that I’ll be
labeled as belonging to some group or another and I hate partisanship.
My sister in Islam, there are only two parties in Islam, and they are both
mentioned by Allah Almighty in His Noble Book.
The first party is the party of of Allah (hizbullah) that He gives victory to
because of their obedience to His commands and staying away from what He has
forbidden. The second party is the party of the accursed Shaitaan
(hizbush-Shaitaan) which disobeys the Most Merciful and increase corruption in
the earth. When you hold tight to and adhere to the commands of Allah, and
among them is wearing the hijaab – you then become a part of the successful
party of Allah. When you beautify and display your charms you are riding in the
boat of Shaitaan and his friends and partners from among the hypocrites and the
disbelievers and none worse could there be as friends.
Don’t you see how you are running from Allah and to the Shaitaan, trading filth
for good? Run instead my sister to Allah and follow His way:So flee to Allah
(from His Torment to His mercy). Verily I (Muhammad) am a plain warner to you
from Him.[Soorah Adh-Dhaariyaat 51:50] The hijaab is a high form of worship
that is not subject to the opinions of people and their orientations and
choices because the one who legislated it is the Most Wise Creator.
In the way of seeking the pleasure of Allah and in hope of His Mercy and
success in His Jannah and throw the statements of the devils among people and
jinn against the wall! Hold tight to the legislation of Allah by your molars
and follow the example of the striving and knowledgeable Mothers of the
Believers and the female companions (radiallahu ‘anhum ajma’een).
That’s all, as i stated before, no offense. I wish to print these articles to thousands of copies and distributed them among my ‘unhijabbed’ friends of muslimah, but i found at that it is not a suitable way for spreading Allah’s word. A Da’ie should be able to confront his subject, so that he can expressed the beauty of Islam in himself. A Da’ie should not oppose his subject in such a way that would make his subject feel offended. =)