AsSalaam O Alaikum (Peace be always with you. AMEEN.)
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Quraanic Hijaab & Quraanic Niqaab
By Irshad Mahmood – Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre
"O children of Adam, we have provided you with garments to cover your bodies, as well as for luxury. But the BEST GARMENT is the GARMENT of RIGHTEOUSNESS. These are some of GOD's signs, that they may take heed”, (Al_Quraan_07:026).
The Best Example of Hijaab is what a Woman wears at Hajj, i.e. with face open. Most IMPORTANT about Hijaab is that Allah has ordered to wear Hijaab, (Ref: Al_Quraan_033.059, 024.030, 024.031). In Hijaab women looks 10 times more beautiful. Be modest, use your foresighted WISDOM & you might need to take off headscarf to protect yourself, since saving your life (from Danger of Death, Physical / Verbal Abuse, Job Losses, Huge Fines to put you in MEGA Financial Crisis and you might end up on the street etc.) is MUCH more important than headscaf.
Quraanic NiQAAB only for Prophet’s Wives: Covering the Face/Veil/Mask only for Prophet’s Wives:
The eyes, nose, mouth and ears all require an exposed environment to work as designed, which is why Allah has concentrated them all on the head. This is why some part of the head(eyes, nose, mouth and ears) is 'designed' to be exposed and not covered. The functions are identical on both men and women. Therefore women too require some part of the head(eyes, nose, mouth and ears) to be free of obstruction - the intended blueprint of Allah's master-plan.
When the commandment/revelation came to cover the face (behind a curtain), and was only for the wives of Prophets, not other women. Prophet’s wives immediately started covering it after this revelation, but unfortunately many Muslimahs misunderstood it and started following it and crossing the borders by started breaking relations with their relatives as well.
O you who believe! do not enter the houses of the Prophet unless permission is given to you for a meal, not waiting for its cooking being finished-- but when you are invited, enter, and when you have taken the food, then disperse-- not seeking to listen to talk; surely this gives the Prophet trouble, but he forbears from you, and Allah does not forbear from the truth, And when you ask of them any goods, ask of them from behind a curtain; this is purer for your hearts and (for) their hearts; and it does not right for you that you should give trouble to the Messenger of Allah, nor that you should marry his wives after him ever; surely this is grievous in the sight of Allah, (Al_Quraan_033:053).
O wives of the Prophet! you are not like any other of the women; If you will be on your guard, then be not soft in (your) speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease yearn; and speak a good word. And stay in your houses and do not display your finery like the displaying of the ignorance of yore; and keep up prayer, and pay the poor-rate, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah only desires to keep away the uncleanness from you, O people of the House! and to purify you a (thorough) purifying, (Al_Quraan_033:032-33).
Quraanic Hijaab for all Muslimah Sisters:
Hijaab means to cover one in a modest way, without breaking relations. There are two kinds of Hijaab, one is for inside the house among relatives and close friends and the other is for outside which needs extra outer garments with face open. Keeping in mind, it is to protect women from many things, BUT covering their face will not protect them, since no one knows who is inside, really a modest female or a terrorist man trying to escape or massacre/blast etc. This will for sure concerns security personals and may cause stopping you and causing more delays. In case of face open it can be easily identify from distance and no one needs to stop you unnecessarily for questions or concerns. Now security is getting more tougher and recently new equipment which can see-through the cloths, means you will be naked in front of this new machines and may cause many Muslims to reduce their unnecessary travel trips.
Quraan answers all these issues and frees you from all negative thinking. Teach your kids to behave like brothers or sisters among their cousins. There is NO place for talks of love affairs or negative thinking in Islaam, although it allows marriages among cousins, such negative thinking is not tolerated. Religious Talks, Family Talks, Educational Talks are always allowed among cousins as well. Let us do a detailed analysis on these issues.
And (as for) the believing men and the believing women, they are GUARDIANS (Protecting-Friends) of EACH OTHER; they enjoin good and forbid evil and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, and obey Allah and His Messenger; (as for) these, Allah will show mercy to them; surely Allah is Mighty, Wise, (Al_Quraan_009:071).
Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And Allah is well acquainted with all that they do. 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 and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet (unusual sound of jewelry) in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O you Believers! turn you all together towards Allah, that you may attain Bliss, (Al_Quraan_024.030-031).
Nephews and nieces are also allowed to come at our home:
There is no blame on the blind man, nor is there blame on the lame, nor is there blame on the sick, nor on yourselves that you eat from your houses, or your fathers' houses or your mothers' houses, or your brothers' houses, or your sisters' houses, or your paternal uncles' houses, or your paternal aunts' houses, or your maternal uncles' houses, or your maternal aunts' houses, or what you possess the keys of, or your friends' (houses). It is no sin in you that you eat together (including JOINT-FAMILY-SYSTEM which may help saving lots of expenditures) or separately. So when you enter houses, greet your people with a salutation from Allah, blessed (and) goodly; thus does Allah make clear to you the communications that you may understand, (Al_Quraan_024:061).
Hijaab of Body to put gown (outer garments) when going out:
O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments (gown) over their body (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful, (Al_Quraan_033.059).
Relatives and Friends need each other:
O you who believe! let those whom your right hands possess, and the (children) among you who have not come of age ask your permission (before they come to your presence), on three occasions: before morning prayer; the while you doff your clothes for the noonday heat; and after the late-night prayer: these are your three times of undress: outside those times it is not wrong for you or for them to move about attending to each other: Thus does Allah make clear the Signs to you: for Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom. And when the children among you have attained to puberty, let them seek permission as those before them sought permission; thus does Allah make clear to you His communications, and Allah is knowing, Wise. And (as for) women advanced in years who do not hope for a marriage, it is no sin for them if they put off their clothes without displaying their ornaments; and if they restrain themselves it is better for them; and Allah is Hearing, Knowing, (Al_Quraan_024.058-060).
There is no blame on the blind man, nor is there blame on the lame, nor is there blame on the sick, nor on yourselves that you eat from your houses, or your fathers' houses or your mothers' houses, or your brothers' houses, or your sisters' houses, or your paternal uncles' houses, or your paternal aunts' houses, or your maternal uncles' houses, or your maternal aunts' houses, or what you possess the keys of, or your friends' (houses). It is no sin in you that you eat together (including JOINT-FAMILY-SYSTEM which may help saving lots of expenditure) or separately. So when you enter houses, greet your people with a salutation from Allah, blessed (and) goodly; thus does Allah make clear to you the communications that you may understand, (Al_Quraan_024:061).
Warning for Negative thinkers: Those who wishes to go for zina (Rape) and practically performs it, could be out of Islaam:
And those who guard their chastity, Except in the case of their wives or those whom their right hands possess (after Niakh with them), for these surely are not to be blamed, BUT he who seeks to go beyond this, these it is that go BEYOUND THE LIMITS (are TRANSGRESSORS), (Al_Quraan_070.029-031).
(Additional References on Nikah with Captives: Al_Quraan_004:003, 004:024-025, 005:005, 024:032-033)
Remember: Above are clear guidance from the Quraan about Hijaab and Niqaab. Hijaab is for all Muslimah sisters while Niqaab was only for the wives of Prophets/Messengers. After Prophet Muhammad (Peace-Be-Upon-Him), no women can ever become wives of any Prophets/Messengers, and they should not cross the boundary limits, and start breaking relation with their own relatives, (Ref: Al_Quraan_002:229, 004:171).
Build your Sweet Home to not only smells good but also tastes sweet as well, which can only be done through positive attitudes. A parent would never like to see their sons & daughters living separately in his life, and prefer to live in a joint-family-system along with his grandchildren, if all can afford with positive attitudes. A JOINT-FAMILY-SYSTEM may help save lots of expenditures, if you all have positive attitudes, fear Allah and keep your eyes & ears open all the time. Be aware that unjust may happen while living in a joint family system, which may cause Allah’s anger as well. Wish you all the best, AMEEN. Remember: Muslims and Muslimahs are Auliyas (Protectors) to each other, (Ref: Al_Quraan_009:071).