The Science behind the Veil (Hijaab)


The Science behind the Veil (Hijaab)
There are number of healths and moral benefits that wearing the veil can provide the moral duty of wearing the veil (Hijaab) in Islam is an Often-discussed topic among Muslim women. However, little has been written about scientific reasons that the veil is beneficial for society. There are, in fact, a number of health benefits that wearing the veil can provide, as well as many behavioural science studies that suggest that the Veil is the best attire (clothes) for women.

Protecting the head is very important from a health perspective. Results Of medical tests show that 40-60% of body heat is lost through the head, so persons wearing head coverings during cold months are protected about Fifty-percent more than those who do not. Chinese & Muslim medical texts take this concept even further. In the Hua Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Classic on Internal Medicine), wind is said to cause sudden changes within the body, & shaking, swaying, & Other movements that potentially upset the body’s equilibrium; thus, creating bad health.

These texts attribute the common cold to wind elements entering the body & causing the typical symptoms of sneezing & a Runny nose. In the traditional Islamic medical texts of Al Jawziyya, we can find numerous references to the “four elements” of fire, water, air, & earth, & How these affect the body in adverse ways. In particular, we are advised to stay away from drafts & to protect our heads in wind, breezes, drafts, & Cold weather.


All outdoor workers should wear some sort of head covering:

For this reason; protecting the head is even more important in warm weather. V.G. Rocine, a prominent brain research specialist, has found that brain Phosphorus melts at 108 degrees; a temperature that can be easily reached if one stays under the hot sun for any length of time without a head covering. When this happens, irreversible brain damage, memory loss & loss of some brain functions can result. Although this example is extreme, Brain damage can still be measured in small degrees from frequent exposure to & overheating of the head. Bernard Jensen, a naturopath & chiropractor, States that this is because the brain runs on the mineral phosphorus, which is very affected by heat.

Hygienic Purposes:

All public should wear a veil or head-covering Workers serving society to ensure cleanliness & purity. Workers in a Number of professions wears “veils” – nurses, fast food workers, and deli Counter workers, restaurant workers & servers, doctors, health care Providers, & many more. In fact, when we compare the number of workers who cover their heads to the number who do not, we find that more people Probably cover their heads than do not.


Social Influence:

Aside from personal & public health benefits of the Veil, it has numerous other benefits to society. In analysing visual data, Ball & Smith discuss the acknowledgement of sociologists that visual representations are influential in shaping people’s views of the world & their interpretations of life. Men use visual data to interpret their relationships with the women around them.

Many studies have found that when a person tries to rewire there instinctual perceptions, they are usually only rewired on the surface; their original perceptions still exist on some level. Brain studies show that we exist in a world of constantly varying light variables that force the brain to perform what is called “lateral inhibition” consequently, it provides us with a “steady” image as opposed to a “true” image of what we see.

Furthermore, lateral inhibition networks operate as part of the ” Unconscious” brain; largely, without providing any information to the ” Conscious” part of the brain about what they are doing. Therefore, the brain can provide varying perceptions of the world without our even being fully conscious of what it is processing.

Further studies cited in Encyclopedia Britannica show that how a female presents herself to society falls under the category of ritualised behaviour through which animals provide specific information to other animals, usually members of its own species. Virtually all-higher animals, Including humans, use displays to some extent to do this, & the best known displays are visual ones.

Some biologists actually restrict the term display to refer to visual signals or gestures. These visual signals, which in animals can be simply a bright colour or plume, encourage attraction. In humans, they are usually exhibited in ornamental hair, make up, or clothing.

In our society, most of the time attractive hairstyles & clothing are worn for the purpose of making the adorner more attractive (advertising & Television has institutionalised this reality). The ever-changing variations in fashion tend to affect the brain because it typically has trouble constantly adjusting to changing shadows & forms in the world.

Reasonably then, through “lateral inhibition,” the brain automatically simplifies these images into the unconscious message that attractive hair & clothing is meant to attract. Joining these two concepts together, we can see how the human male could receive the signal of ” attraction” from the brain before he has enough time to “block” it by “lowering his gaze.” Having to re-form an image already processed by the lateral inhibition network is a cause of stress for most people. Doing this day after day, after seeing many “displays,” potentially causes a great cumulative stress on society. Having to re-form an image already processed by the lateral inhibition network is a cause of stress for most people. Doing this day after day, after seeing many “displays,” potentially causes a great cumulative stress on society.

Present day stresses arise from many things; among these are the vast amounts of visual & physical input we are bombarded with in this “Information age” of personal freedom. The problem we face in this is that the body still continues to respond in the same fashion as during primitive times, releasing large amounts of these hormones, which can be very harmful . They can cause an increase in blood pressure, damage muscle tissue, lead to infertility, inhibit growth, damage the hippocampus, & suppress the immune system .

The two most effective solutions to this problem are, first , to convince the advertising industry, & society as a whole, to alter the presentation of women to our males. The second & more viable way is to simply influence women to dress modestly , which will help ensure that they do not send inappropriate visual signals to men.

(Sunni forum)

 
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65 Responses to “The Science behind the Veil (Hijaab)”

  1. So you suggest that the best way to stablish a no sexual communication with “our men”, those human beings unable to stop thinking about sex every time they see some hips… is to hide our selves, as women?

    With no religion connotations, it seems like you have never met a thinking man, or a woman.

    I found this blog interesting because of its informations about Islam, but I can’t stop feeling indignation when I see women who are trying to put her selves behind, as they were objects.

    You try your best to look like an american top model just because you think those are perfect women? This is no men’s fault. This is because you are not that smart. If you want to protect your head from sun, ok you can use the veil, or the in the other hand… came on wear a hat!

    • Hello Alejandra,

      Wearing Hijab is one of the greatest feelings ever.

      I am newly converted, 32 years long I was Christian and I was astonished how great it feels to wear a veil. I feels so save and warm and the movements of one also get softer and more quiet.

      It is important to note, that women not only wear a veil because of men, but because THEY LIKE IT!

      And as you say yourself, men never stop thinking of sex. Covering oneself makes them treat you more equaly and respect you also for your mind and heart and not only your hips and ….

      Nuha

  2. Muslimah Says:

    Salam my dear sister : )

    Let me start with saying, I’m a girl that studies in the American university and yes I do wear a veil : ) and I do interact with others. The veil wont stop me from being educated or oppressed but respected!
    First, Islam is a religion of peace and gives us the opportunity to feel valuable as women! In other words, women that show off their body can be looked at as negative or just for men to gain what they want and leave. However, the veil gives a woman the sense of purity and modesty. So women that wear all this opened clothes, what does it really mean?? Isn’t it to attract men?

    Well, let me make it easy for you, as women we do not like to be treated as an object and be like toys to men. Yes we can wear better clothes to protect ourselves from others! Allah, gave Muslim women the ability to be like diamonds, something people cant reach, a human being that must be treated nicely. But going out, wearing whatever you want, men will obviously look and then this woman will be just like something that was put in the middle of the road for people to see as a show and then goodbye! But imagine..
    A woman is like a cake, if you put it in a party everyone will eat from it, right? But if its in the fridge and inside a box nobody will eat it! Just imagine it according to women, how valuable we can be just being pure. Why not people see our hearts and thinking rather than seeing our bodies? Women should be seen as humans too rather than just a thing to be used! When people respect you for who you are, it’s a very nice feeling to know that you are something special. Because someday the beauty of a woman will be gone, its just for this moment and later, this beauty will be changed and so whats inside you will be more important and that’s what the people will see in you! : )

    And who created all this beauty ? Its God who created us, who designed us! Think of this, who created you!
    About the hat part, which is cute : ) My sister you misunderstood this part! Well, the sun is not a big deal; the veil doesn’t mean we should cover our face or wear this long black dress! If our clothe is modest then it’s ok, we do whatever we want, we can go out have fun, theres a lot of things to do! People in the west might believe that we are in tents, living in a prison for our husband to hit us everyday and wear the veil because we are forced too! And that’s a BIG mistake that people never think about ! We wear the veil because its from the heart, our parents never forced us to wear it, its because we feel that we want to be treated as humans, to live as diamonds, to die as pure people and to thank Allah for creating us!
    So why not think about your inner beauty rather than the outer beauty! : )

    Thank you my sister for giving time for yourself to read this post and I hope to see you again : ) As Muslims, we welcome any comment no matter how painful it is, Islam is peaceful..
    From a pure Muslim Heart.. : )

  3. Let ask something, have you ever met a man who is not always thinking about sex? 🙂

    I have.

    And by the way, out there are some men interested in women’s brain and who doesn’t care about if you’re wearing a veil or not.

    “A woman is like a cake, if you put it in a party everyone will eat from it, right? But if its in the fridge and inside a box nobody will eat it! Just imagine it according to women, how valuable we can be just being pure. Why not people see our hearts and thinking rather than seeing our bodies? Women should be seen as humans too rather than just a thing to be used! When people respect you for who you are, it’s a very nice feeling to know that you are something special.”

    Woman –> cake –> object.

    So, a woman graduated in Harvard, with two PHD’s and whatever something else, who doesn’t wear a veil, does not deserved respect? people won’t be allow to recognize the value in her?

    Something important: Do YOU feel respect for those women without veil?
    Someother thing also important: Please show me where Allah said you should wear it. Because it seems like a cultural thing instead of a religious one.

    I don’t think you are forced to wear it, I know you “do it from the heart” Don’t try to convince me because I won’t get convinced, I’m agnostic and I’m just triying to understand you, but in order to do so I need strong arguments.

  4. being forced*

    English is not my mother tongue 🙂

  5. Muslimah Says:

    salam 🙂

    First of all, In Islam women are not forced to wear the hijab, thats a BIG misconception! people in the west are learned the wrong information about Islam.. Its all media thats feeding people!

    we wear the hijab from our hearts, exactly how a Christian woman would change to a nun from her heart! whats the difference? 🙂

    (we’re never forced to wear the hijab), only if theres cultures around the world that do this because its part of their tradition rather than religion!

    thank you 🙂

  6. Muslimah Says:

    Salam my dear sister again 🙂

    First of all, i never said that i look down on the women who don’t wear the veil, my sister is one of them and she’s old, she believes that its not the time! i respect every women i meet in life, because that’s what the religion of Islam taught us, to respect people no matter who they are, what they do, etc and mostly I respect everything you said!
    Secondly my dear sister, why don’t you say that women also think about sex? In Islam marriage is part of our other half to continue our religion and our prophet Mohammed said if any man wants to have sex should get married! so we have to do all this with our husband but not before marriage and ofcourse the husband and wife will need it!

    I never said that all men are looking for it, but you didn’t get the part, that a woman who wears tight and short , a man would look at her beauty as if she is nothing and part of a show and then he would just go and look at another woman and so on! Maybe you would never feel ashamed that you’re looked by men because a lot of women like it, its part of life now, that a woman shows herself to every man and If she does what does it mean? Either she loves her beauty or wants men, now she’s thinking the wrong way 😉
    But in Islam, a woman is protected and is part of her husband’s life, she is looked only by her husband, loved and cared by her husband rather than looked by everyone and every part of her body is like a tv show for everyone to watch! It could be normal to you but why is it normal? Can I ask you why you like it? Everything has a reason in life and Allah made the world for a reason, all this is for a reason!
    About the “cake” part, its just an idea of what I’m trying to say but it doesn’t mean that a woman is an object! She can be if she’s looked in every part by men! For example the thing you said about a woman in Harvard and stuff, I loved it! But let me tell you something my dear sister, ofcourse she’s respected but if a man talks to her and looks at her body, well most men will look somewhere else but maybe women will never notice, she’s considered as an object! Why should he look? Maybe he’s not thinking about it but she’s the one whos making him look because she is showing her body to him!
    However, afterall not everyone is the same, not all men are the same and also women! Muslim women wear hijab which is more than just a head cover because God ordered them to do so in two places in the Qur’an, and because Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) also ordered it. The Qur’an says in Surah 24, verses 30 – 31 what means:

    *{Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest. That is purer for them! Allah is Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and and 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 or fathers or husbands fathers, or their sons or their husbands’ sons, or their brothers or their brothers’ sons or sisters sons, or their women, or their slaves, or male attendants who lack vigor, or children who know naught of women’s nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allah together, O believers, in order that ye may succeed.}*

    These verses tell us that our Islamic dress is not just a matter of covering the head alone, but also of covering the bosom, which is attractive to men, and of lowering the gaze and walking in a way that does not attract attention. Note that the order to lower the gaze was addressed first to men..!

    So wearing the veil is not just putting a head scarf and forgetting all the rest! The head scarf is the first part to be a good person, by starting from the inside first and protecting yourself and doing this to Allah!
    Also the other verse about the same point, which is verse number 59 in Surah 33:
    *{O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them [when they go abroad]. That will be better, that so they may be recognized and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.}*
    This indicates that one of the reasons for hijab is to distinguish the believing woman from the non-believing. This relates to the logic behind hijab

    So overall, I’m not only doing this just to stop men from looking or anything but also for Allah, where in judgement day I would face my God with purity, knowing that my beauty was only for the man I love, my husband and not for others to have fun looking at!

    I’m not here to change anyone’s mind my sister or to force them to believe me! I’m here to make people understand that Islam is not a strict religion and we are not oppressed and I’m a normal girl who studies in the American university where I live my life normally but not forgetting Allah of what he gave me! This brain and body you have is created by God, and so I’m thanking him for what he gave me by doing what he ordered us to do! I’m still beautiful, but my beauty is giving to only one man, a man that will be my husband! Atleast those women who wear tight and everything is everywhere, in tv, magazine, in the street, all around, to myself I’m different, im not different because I’m oppressed but the man I love can’t see my body now but after marriage he can where it could be new to him and would not show me off to people!

    Thank you my sister for you wonderful comment : ) hope to hear from you again! And once more, am not here to change your mind : ) a woman is not only a person who should show herself to men, but a wife, a mother and a friend! (There should be a reason why there’s a lot of suicides and divorce in western cultures)!

  7. salam…

    very nice posting, very good comment reply…
    I’m a girl, I’m well educated, I’m a muslim, and I’m wearing a vile…
    Go Girl!!!

  8. Salam… I love that lollipop ad!!

    Sis… I like your cartoon hijab pictures. Are they yours? Can I put them on my blog?

  9. wa’alykom esalam warahmato Allaho wabarakato!

    Thank you for your comment my sister 🙂

    The images are not mine and you’re free to have them 🙂

  10. This is stupid and ignorant.

    According to this article men are dogs men are stupid mean are……………hmmmmmmmmmmm I think your right.

    Carry on !!!

    btw I have an idea to end the hijab debate…………since our hair is so attractive to men and the men just cant seem to ignore our feminin attributes……..WHY dont we just cut out all their EYES!.. Problem solved.

    Stop looking!

    All men are pervertes anyways, cant keep nothing in their pants might as well go and…

    Ignorant

  11. salam Alykom,

    Firstly, I enjoy replying to such comments because (this is not ignorance).

    I don’t really know whether you’re a Muslim or not and if you’re actually against or with hijab?! But .. I still respect everyone’s opinion. However, you don’t have to be writing in a bad language to send your point! 🙂

    Secondly, not all men are the same; that means all women are the same too? If that was life then we wouldn’t have good and bad people, right?? There are good men who do not look and are afraid of Allah and the hereafter. We cannot judge everyone because its (ignorant) to say that all men are the same! I guess there are men who can say that all women are the same too, even when you know that we are not!!

    About the hair part, I am really sorry to say that you need to learn more about hijab and why we should wear it! Hijab is NOT only to protect us from men, but its actually for Allah, he ordered us to wear it, to be modest. Everything that Allah taught to humankind has a reason and all of these orders is because Allah loves his creation and wants them to be protected. We do this firstly for Allah, then we know that hijab is protecting us from evil.

    Why does nobody talk about Christian Nuns that also wear a headscarf and cover up themselves? They are not seen as ignorant! Strange?! But they are seen to be dedicated to God. Yet, if it’s a Muslim woman that cover herself up, she seems to be oppressed and not educated, etc. Some people make up stories such as, men abusing her or her husband killing her that is just a western mentality (that’s lack of knowledge and ignorance too).

    Its not only about covering the hair, its not the hair that is the only attraction!! Who said that the hair is the only problem??! Hijab is meant to be part of our modesty, just a part of it. We should be good from the inside and outside.

    We are being modest overall because we are meant to be for one person who is our husband. Yet, there are women who doesn’t care less about such issue and carry on being with different men and that’s their choice (with all respect to everyone). These women wouldn’t care if hijab was to protect them or to follow Allah’s orders and this is an individual’s life to accept whatever they want. Some just like fashion, to look beautiful and have style and loves this life alot, they might think they will live forever (now why can’t we say that all women are the same?).

    Islam is not a religion that forces anyone to do anything, there are a lot of people who are MUSLIMS by name ONLY and never follow Allah’s guide. Hijab is just a choice, no one is forced to wear it if they don’t believe in it. You get my point now?

    and thank you so much for commenting! May Allah guide you to the right path.. Ameen

  12. Assalamoalikum sister Muslimah!
    i luuv ur comments and answers!

    May Allah keep u, i, and all Muslims firm on the straight path of Islam..Ameen!

  13. Muslimah–

    I have very much enjoyed reading your thread- your grace and respect of women regardless of religion or dress is indeed very honorable. 🙂

    I am not Muslim, but can personally understand your comments. As a child I was raised in a conservative christian household. Women wore long skirts to thier ankles, loose clothing (to hide the bosom) and no makeup. Our mentality for this was to be pure both mentally and physically. Also to not tempt men to be disctracted by our bodies, but rather think only pure thoughts about us- their sisters in god. We believed that sex was designed for marriage, and ultumately reproduction- raising children. You compare covering the head to a nun- but really I see the Muslims you describe living and thinking MUCH like the conservative christian lifestyle I knew so well. Complete devotion to God, and his path for your life is the most important thing.

    Then think of this. So much violence is over Chrisian vs. Muslim…and look, so many things are the same, only manifested culturally different. Perhaps the world is not so different afterall. I encourage you to keep your beliefs, but try to be open to other belief systems, because different cultures render different religious practices. It does not mean that one is better than another, only different.
    In love, peace, and understanding,
    Rachel

  14. Thank you so much Rachel, I really enjoyed reading your comment : )

    I do respect all cultures and their religious beliefs because I know a lot about other religions and I know that they have their own way of thinking and believing. No matter what this person’s beliefs are, In Islam we are all the same and we should respect everyone.

    Muslim women are always looked at as if they are not civilized in some way!! And this really makes me laugh because its not the religion that makes you civilized or not! The problem is we always disrespect other religions because of people’s actions and that is wrong. We should read about this religion rather than making up stories!

    Yes I was born a Muslim but I still looked for the truth by searching and knowing about other beliefs. I was a Muslim by name only because I did not practice Islam due to lack of knowledge. But now im 100% sure that Islam is the truth after reading and knowing about other religions especially about Christianity and Judaism because they are mentioned in the Holy Quran as people of the book. Yet, I found out that there is a slight difference between Islam and Christianity. For example, in Islam we love Jesus, to us he’s a prophet, even Moses and Mohammed, they are all prophets that were chosen by God. A human can’t erase our sins but the difference is that we respect them and love them because they are prophets.

    Its just how people are following others and not actually trying to understand if there is TRUTH in this life. I’m not trying to defend or be against anyone really, im jus trying to say that the only solution to know about others is by educating ourselves about their religion. Who knows maybe we learn something we never knew before. Especially about Islam, people are scared even to know about it because they think it’s a religion of hate, killing and terrorism which Is wayyyy too wrong!

    I know people are fighting against each other but if there was education or people have the spare time to read about other religions, I’m sure that the world will be a better place.

    Thank you again : )

    And may Allah take you to the right path Ameen.

  15. salam sis!

    Thanks for your very good argument on defending us.
    I’m wearing a Hijab. I study in a university where out of 800+ population, only 17 are Muslims, most are only Muslims by NAME. I’m a junior in college now,.. I was always conscious on the way I will react on things as I was carrying our religion of PEACE. However, it seemed that they were used to it and randomly teases me which makes me annoyed. Since I was not fighting back or being harsh, they could just say something that will make me annoyed. They were provoking me. And now, I’ve decided to give them back what they did to me. I don’t miss the chance to talk back to them as hurtful as what they had said. But when they ask that if is it what ISLAM is?.. I just answered that its me, Islam is a good religion. But people are given the choice to act on it. I’m not saying I’ve forgotten to act on it, but I’ve just made my mind not to let anyone just step on me. They don’t know anything yet they say too much.

    It’s annoying when they joked on “bomb” and other things like slaughtering people. They always attribute these violence to us. But i can’t blame them, it’s what the media portrays Muslims. So, for me not to be really affected,.. i just ride on their joke. I’m not denying it anymore, I just make it more worst to think of for them to be afraid and not step on our hometown. Besides, they’ve already labeled it to us, so there’s no point on denying it again and again (but I’m good to those who are good and respects me as what I am). It feels awful, but I feel pity on them. I can’t imagine if I were in there position, born in other religion. I’m just lucky to be a Muslim, Alhamdulillah.
    Just wanted to air this out.

    Thanks again sis,

    fj

  16. Salam alykom,

    Wow my dear sister you’ve been in a lot of painful situations which I really understand.

    All you have to do is to ignore what they say and always follow your heart, the belief in Allah subhanhu watala, that someday they will understand what Islam is. Allah will never forget his creation and always remember that it’s a test and you should respect others no matter what they say. Just show them that Islam is peaceful and carry on ignoring and smile because the more you ignore the more they will be hurt from the inside. They will know how much you love your deen!

    If you want to talk about it, tell them that … the media shows “ISLAM” as terrorism. These people that are shown all through the media are a minority between a billion of Muslims all around the world. Each religion has good and bad people right? Not because we see terrorists killing in the name of Islam that means, this is our religion! If it wasn’t for the media, nobody would ever disrespect Islam.

    Keep on going, don’t fall down just because some people are making fun of your hijab. Be proud of yourself because someday you will face Allah with purity, knowing that you believe in him. Let them talk as much as they want, all you have to do is pray for Allah to help you wherever you are.

    I’m glad that you shared your story with us and May Allah be with you Ameen. : )

  17. kaifa haluk kullukum ???

  18. al-hamdullelah 🙂

  19. sakura_emasya Says:

    Assalamu alaikum WrWb
    ngejawab salam wajib loh…lebih baik dari pemberi salam itu sangat bagus

    Aq juga muslimah…cm mau pesan nih for our friends…..
    “saling ngingetin yah…InsyaALLAH we’ll be with ALLAH” AMIN..AMIN..AMIN YA RABBALALAMIN

  20. salaam,
    sister muslimah
    i absolutely adore your debates and answers

    but iv also got a problem;
    i used to live in a area witch were all muslims and no english people,
    and now i live in a area with other people and when i first moved i decided to go and see the area a bit more and as i started to walk everyone started staring at me for the way i dressed as a muslim and to be honest i never stare at anyone who dressed diferently and from that day on i have never steped a foot out of my front door!!!!
    please can you give me advice on how i can survive this crule world???

    salam

  21. Salam my sister,

    I’m sorry that I took so long to reply but i’m actually out of my country, (in Mecca) right now and I didn’t have the opportunity to reply back.

    First of all thank you so much for you wonderful comments.

    I understand your situation and that you’re going through a hard time, because it happened to me. You need to increase your eman in Allah, pray for him to help you through this and to give you the strength to face all these problems.

    Maybe it will be hard in the beginning but remember that Allah is watching you and he is testing your faith. Believe in Allah because those people are trying to lower your eman, and you know that life is short and we should strive for the hereafter.

    keep your head up, be proud of who you are and you’re religion. I dont think other people who wear differently are ashamed of themselves, NO! they don’t really care what others say about them or how they look at them. So don’t fall down and always think of Allah.

    “hijab is a beautiful symbol to represent Islam, so be proud” 🙂

    May Allah be with you Ameen!

  22. islam4life Says:

    salam
    thank you sister muslimah
    your advice has helped me through my early days and now i feel more confident in who i am!!!!!!!!!!! may Allah bless you in each and every way ameen rubilalameen!!!!!!!!

    from a muslim sister

  23. Hey sis,

    I just caught sight of your blog and I was wondering, how do you feel about non-Muslim women who wear hijab for fashion?

  24. Muslimah Says:

    Salam,

    wow thats a very hard question because I never heard of non-Muslim women who wear hijab!

    well, hijab is actually a symbol of modesty in Islam and its not about having style. It’s actually how in Christianity, nuns cover up themselves for God. Hijab is exactly the same thing, to wear it for God as he ordered us to do so. Women should be modest and keep their beauty for their husband’s.

    however, if non-Muslims use hijab as fashion, I guess thats their freedom to wear what they like, yet I would call it a scarf, because hijab has rules of covering everything not only the hair. Only the face and hands are accepted to be shown.

    thanx for your comment 🙂

  25. aadhilpress Says:

    excellent explanation!

  26. hijab is her honour

  27. ganda ilmana Says:

    assalamu’alaikum sister..

    it’s a regret that i just read this post one year after u write it…:))

    i’m so happy that u can explain about our hijab in a very good way..n also ur comments above..so nice :p

    thankyou so much for your post,,keep writing sis..

    may ALLAAH always be with u..ameen

  28. Muslimah Says:

    Thank you so much Ganda 🙂

    and May Allah be with you too Ameen

  29. the yusra Says:

    salammmm!
    you are absolutley positively AMAZING!!! i can never explain hijab and abaya to the public when they ask! i forget what to say, i’m almost speechless!! 😦

    how should i start?

    especially the boys o.O
    they always ask me why i wear what my scarf and abaya cuz im the only one who wears both in my school. and then theres the whole thing about, “well my friend bob is muslim but she doesnt wear a scarf.”
    i forget what to say every time im asked..

  30. Muslimah Says:

    salaam Yusra

    Before you talk about hijab, you need to remember how you feel about it from your heart, remember Allah and be proud of yourself and about your religion.

    First of all hijab is one of the beautiful symbols in Islam that makes us different than others. why? because Muslim women are like pearls, that are protected within it shells way under deep oceans. That’s because we protect ourselves and our beauty and we keep ourselves for one person, our husband. We might be covered but that doesn’t mean we are uneducated and oppressed but a pure woman that guards herself from this life and gives it to Allah, submitting her soul to God.

    Hijab is obligatory in Islam, but its not “forced”, we wear it when we feel its the time, when our hearts tells us to wear it. It never stopped us from living, studying, working or even traveling.

    Don’t ever be shy from your hijab my sister 🙂 always remember that you are doing it for Allah, not for the people.. Not for this life. No matter what they say keep your head up high because you know that Allah will be with you and he is testing your eman, don’t lose it.

    Walk with a smile on your face . . . 🙂
    you know your beautiful. . .

    and may Allah protect you ameen

  31. awesome….
    love the pics. u draw them?

  32. thaNk yOu so much,

    Actually no I don’t draw them 🙂

  33. hi i just wanted to clarify a misconception that is found among many muslims and non-muslims, and that is the meaning of the word hijaab. linguistically it means screen/curtain/veil but in relation to the muslim women it refers to the islamic dresscode which she is obliged to observe. this is not limited to the headscarf (khimaar) as unfortunately many misunderstand/misinterperate to mean rather it is that which covers a muslimah (a female muslim) from head to toe (hence covering her entire body).

    Allah- the One True God, The creator legislated in the Quran,
    يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ قُل لِّأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَاء الْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِن جَلَابِيبِهِنَّ ذَلِكَ أَدْنَى أَن يُعْرَفْنَ فَلَا يُؤْذَيْنَ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا
    “O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) over their bodies (when outdoors). That is most convenient that they should be known and not molested.” 33:59

    وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَى جُيُوبِهِنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا لِبُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَائِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَاء بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَائِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَاء بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي أَخَوَاتِهِنَّ أَوْ نِسَائِهِنَّ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُنَّ أَوِ التَّابِعِينَ غَيْرِ أُوْلِي الْإِرْبَةِ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ أَوِ الطِّفْلِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يَظْهَرُوا عَلَى عَوْرَاتِ النِّسَاء وَلَا يَضْرِبْنَ بِأَرْجُلِهِنَّ لِيُعْلَمَ مَا يُخْفِينَ مِن زِينَتِهِنَّ وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
    And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.24:31

    one would find when reading the arabic of these verses in the first verse therein is mentioned jalaabaab (which is the body covering) and the second verse makes mention of the khumoor (the headscarves), which when worn together make the hijaab (screen/veil).

    with the hijaab comes conditions so that one would not be in doubt as to how it should be,and one must observe these conditions in order for the hijaab to be considered as such.

    these conditions can be found in the prophetic narrations and are as follows:
    (1) COVERING ALL OF THE BODY
    (2) THE HIJAB MUST NOT BE A DISPLAY (DECORATED/ATTRACTIVE)
    (3) THE HIJAB MUST NOT BE TRANSPARENT
    (4)HIJAB MUST BE ROOMY, FLOWING AND NOT TIGHT:
    (5)THE HIJAB MUST NOT BE PERFUMED WITH INCENSE:
    (6)THE HIJAB SHOULD NOT RESEMBLE MEN’S DRESS:
    (7) THE HIJAB MUST NOT RESEMBLE THE GARMENTS OF THE NON MUSLIM
    (8) THE HIJAB IS NOT FOR FAME!:

    for furthur information please read the article by Dr Saleh As Saleh rahimuhullah on the hijaab (i was unable to attach it here)

    and if you would like to learn more do listen to the following audios which can be found on his websites, explaining the virtues, and manners of hijaab

    http://understand-islam.net/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=96&Itemid=50

    the reason why a muslim women observes the hijaab is because it is a command from The Creator and Sustainer, Allah the One True God, and by fulfiling this command it is an act of obedience unto Him, which will gain His pleasure and closeness. so one should be cautios in regards to how one fulfils the command because in order for it to be accepted it must be done in a manner which is pleasing and beloved to Allah, and that is with sincerity for His sake and in complience to the prophetic narrations. and allah knows best.

  34. Salam Alykom (anonymous)

    Jezaki Allahu khayran!

    May Allah protect you and grant you Jannah Ameen

  35. Muslimah u rock Says:

    Asalamalaikum, i couldn’t help but post a response to this thread.
    I’m a dude and although this topic doesn’t directly relate to me i felt the urge to express my views on the whole issue. I think every single response you (muslimah) has given is beautiful in every way, i sense no arrogance or harshness in your responses, just a girl/women with a clean heart which is indeed a rareity in this day and age, mashallah i’m proud to call myself a muslim with people like you wandering the earth.
    In my opinion i feel the whole world needs to just take a step back and start to worry about issues much closer to home. I am specifically refering to certain people who feel they cannot carry on their day without taken a stab at muslim women who devote their life to their faith and partake in becoming better muslims. Women who wear the hijab/jilbab ie veil only do so because they want to and not as a result of being taken into captivity and brainwashed or held at gun point or due to being a victim of any force for that matter, they only do so because deep down in their hearts this is what they feel, this is what they know to be the way of those who came before, and they continue to do so in the hope that the hijab remains an integral part of a muslim womens attire in years to come inshallah. As a muslim boy i become extremely annoyed when non muslims find the need to judge muslim women who wear the veil, get it into your heads they only wear it because the want to, there are thousands and thousands of muslim girls out there that don’t wear it because they don’t wish to do so. This is proof that it is not forced upon muslim women because if this was the case then we would clearly see many more women wearing the veil. I hope this puts it into perpective for all you narrow minded people, i’m especially pleading with the non muslims who find it slightly harder to grasp the whole concept of the veil which is fair seen as though you are likely to have less knowledge ragarding the matter. However, i hope you can keep an open mind and come to the realisation that muslim women do as they please and are not puppets in a show.
    Anyhoo Aslamalaikum people may Allah bless and guide us all inshallah.
    Cya later non muslims if ya need me i’ll be in makkah ohhh wait a minute your not allowed there…oooops my bad! lol keep ya hair on i’m only jooooking
    P.S Muslimah keep up the good work your awesome! your number 1 fan…ME!

    • Asalam Alykom my brother,

      I really don’t know what to say to this beautilful, well-written response. I really appericiate this kind, peaceful comment.

      I hope everyone would understand what you wrote and try to gain knowledge about hijab and how its a symbol of purity rather than opperession.

      Thank you so much for your words and May Allah protect you and your family Ameen. I really don’t know what to say, but alhamdulelah that there are Muslim people out there with good manners, and this is what Islam is all about!

      May Allah give me the ability to show the people that Islam.. is and will always be.. a religion of peace and love .

      Thank you once again 🙂
      May Allah bless you Ameen

  36. salam first i want to say that Muslimah you are great
    and i think everything you said is perfectly right
    for me the hijab is not just something you wear so people know you are a muslim it is what makes me valiable and pure
    Now i want you all to imagine that you are going into a museum where you were asked to chose one of two diamonds. the first one was on a table and everyone can see it and touch it. and the second one in in a box, covered with a peice of cloth and no one is allowed to see it or touch it. which one will you automaticaly think is more valiable and which one are you more likely to take home and take care of??
    well thats what the hijab means
    allah gave women beauty, the beauty of diamonds and he also asked them to wear the hijab to protect and keep this beauty
    peace upon you everyone

  37. aku muslimah Says:

    assalamu’alaikum… as muslimah we have a responsibility to wear hijaab… i’m proud of woman who is brave to show that hijaab is the best dress for muslimah..

  38. aku muslimah Says:

    don’t scare to show the world that u’re a true muslimah…

  39. keep it up….

  40. Love allah

  41. Sharifah Says:

    Salam,

    Sis Muslimah..i wanna ask an opinion from u about women who wears hijab only during classes and take off when they go out…i don’t understand this people…when i ask them why..they said they wear hijab because they are ashame of their friends who truly wear hijab..and sometimes because of their boyfriend they willing to let go off their hijab..btw, u’re comment are very deep and meaningful…may Allah S.W.T bless u.. 🙂

    • Muslimah Says:

      Salam Sharifah,

      Thank you for your words 🙂 I appericiate it.

      May Allah take those girls to the right path ameen. They don’t know that what they’re doing is wrong. Are they pleasing Allah or pleasing the people? Is this life the most important thing they have? Are those people important for them to get embarrassed from? I hope they would remember that someday when we’re gone, those people wont come with us to the grave and wont help us on judgement day, so we would care so much about how they think. Its our good deeds, our eman, our love to Allah and everything that Allah told us to do… is coming with us.

      May Allah give those girls eman that help them to be good Muslims, to wear the hijab from their heart, for Allah, NOT for people. Ameen.

  42. i luuuuuv muslimz!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mashah allah!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. subhanallah..

  44. i agree this. . 🙂 thanx for sharing..

  45. Salams sis…I love that you’ve done this! I’ve worn the hijab since I was 12, and it was against my parents will (they thought I was too young), as did my sis when she was 9! People find it hard to believe, but it’s true, some of us wear it because we truly believe in it.
    I would consider myself a strange case though. I consider myself abit of a feminist (not the crazy type though;)) and I always loved the concept of the hijab even as a child. I hated most men for a long time, and hated the way they looked at women…and I’m not just on about the Arabs, (I’ve lived mostly in the west afterall) ALL men are essentially similar. Throw a hot scantily clad girl infront of them and those that are heterosexual will most likely stare and drool, and it isn’t usually at her face. I used to notice this alot and it used to make me angry. It’s not realistic to believe that you can wear what you want and not get those hungry demeaning gazes from some men. You can’t guarantee that every man you come across is a decent man with pure intentions. The feminist in me, made me want to cover up to spite these men. I was always pro womens rights, even as a child, I used to drive my family crazy with my arguments on equal rights…like I said I’m a strange case:P
    So yeah, it’s nice to cover up because God advised us to do so, but it’s even more satisfying when you actually enjoy if for you. I feel a sense of empowerment and can’t for the life of me understand why certain people see it as ‘oppressive’?! That’s mind boggling to me! We get criticized yet the girls strutting around in bikini’s are left alone and sometimes applauded for their ‘confidence’. Don’t women realize that they really are falling into the trap of men? Why would any man want a woman to be fully covered…how is that satisfying for him. Most men like to admire a womans beauty, and that is totally natural. Notice how with most sports, men have much more conservative clothing whereas women are expected to show more and more? Why is that and who designed those clothes in the first place. And how is it even comfortable to run around playing sports with your panties consistently flashing the world and going up your bum! (in the case of tennis and volleyball)
    Wearing the hijab, DOES force a man to respect you and judge you based on your intellect rather than looks. And it isn’t just about the hijab, because I have no problem with girls who don’t wear it (90% of my friends don’t) it’s about being conservative and having self respect. The hijab is just something extra us Muslim girls like to do. And I know many don’t think hair makes a big difference, but believe me it does. I’ve been told time and time again by non Muslim friends that I look like a completely different person without a hijab and that I could get any guy I want if I didn’t wear it. They say it because they think I’m crazy for choosing to look less attractive and not flash what I have…I take it as a compliment because it makes me feel like I really am hiding something special that only the men *I* choose will get to see and no one else. I like the fact I have the power to hide the goods from most of the scum (not all men are decent) and that I will have the power to hand pick the person who’s worthy of my body and love.

    Once again…I respect all women who respect themselves, and are strong and smart productive members of society. You don’t have to wear a hijab, because God knows I’ve met my fair share of horrible hijabi’s aswell. Afterall, not all girls who wear it are decent either…the world isn’t black and white. I’m just pointing out why WE shouldn’t be criticized for liking it, and that to some of us it is very fulfilling and empowering as opposed to popular belief.

  46. AOA.its very gud

  47. i love muslimah………….

  48. Assalamu alakum Muslima …….. I dont know how to show respect to u for ur wisdom……. I can onlysay muslimworld has so manyprecious natural resources but girls like u r really a gift from haven …. i want to know more from u …. for that would u plz gimeme ur blog addressor facebook link

    Allah Hafez

    • Muslimah Says:

      walaykom esalam

      thank you so much for this respectful comment.. I really appericiate it.
      I say thank you to Allah that he gave me the will to let the whole world know what the ” real ” Islam is and that this beautiful religion is not about hate and terrorism. Im not complete.. and Im sure no one is.. but Allah subhana watala…! I try my best to be better everyday.. and see the world filled with colors and happiness .. Islam is not about hating one another.. its not about being really strickt.. its not about letting others convert .. its about your heart.. your love to Allah.. your understanding.. your education.. that can change aloottt in life! im really sad that there are people thinking that we have a really cold heart.. and that we love killing and we dont want to listen to any opinion but ours. But our beloved Prophet Mohammed (saw) didnt teach us to be this way.. lets always remember his personality..! but i dont blame those people because I know there are alot of ” Muslims”.. that kill in the name of Islam.. that are Muslims by name.. there are people who deny they are religious when they bribe, steal, etc. we should start from the inside.. and work on it..

      Im an Arab and im proud to be one.. but I always been in an english school and american university.. but i learned from them the good stuff.. the knowledge! and i didnt forget who i really am and what my religion is. Alot of people comment and talk badly but i respect their point of view.. because they see the wrong Islam.. and im really sad..

      I made this blog not for people to know who I am 🙂
      I made it for people to know what Islam is all about..
      and if i didnt meet all those good people in life that checks my blog.. Inshallah we will all meet in Jannah.

      I just want to be .. someone annonymous .. that is found in this world.. that can spread love and peace.. and let everyone love one another and respects one another.. if I can!

      here you knew about me 🙂
      may Allah protect you Ameen.

  49. Assalamu walaikum
    thank u for ur reply…. but i use facebook a lot so if u have a facebook id or page then it will be helpful for me to introduce ur view in my community. IF u dont have then would you mind if i create a page using your name. You have knowledge , strong voice, clear thinking . I just paste ur openion from here to that page .
    Muslim world needs brave woman like Aysha (r) who can openly discuss about islam. I hope u will agree.
    allah hafez.

    • Muslimah Says:

      Salam alykom Rushdi,

      your’re most welcome my friend,

      I actually used to have a group on facebook but I had personal issues and.. I felt like it was not going on the right path and so I closed it.
      Im not that knowledgable like how you think I am. Still.. im in the beginning …and im trying my best. Thanx to Allah I might practice my religion with a good heart, kindness and love.. I want to be far from those who think that Islam is about judging people. I dont want to be from those people who dont like to listen to other opinions, to fight with others when they dont follow their point of view.. and facebook is like having people from everywhere fighting sometimes with each other and I dont want to see no more fights, bad words and different opinions that will make two people or more disrespect one another. I want a peaceful place.. filled with knowledge, clear words from the heart, kindness and politness.. I want to see Islam.. the teaching of good manners..

      and yes.. I would LOVE to be like al sayda Aisha Ameeen.. and I wish I would meet her in the hereafter inshallah..
      but I know im not even 1% from alsayda Aisha.. I would love to be.. because I know im not perfect.. i still have alot to learn and to change in my life..
      and may Allah help us all.. 🙂

      I guess i’ll think about the facebook issue..

      I need sometime to think 🙂
      May Allah protect you Ameen

  50. Assalamu walaikum
    i am glad to hear fromyou.I understand ur situation. well in that case I hope u wontmind if I copy and paste this post . If you say i dont even mention ur blog and even your name . Hope u will admit it.
    allah hafez

    • Salam Alykom Rushdi,

      Sure, ofcourse you can share this post as much as you want. We are all sisters and brothers in this world, if we dont share this now.. when will we share it? 🙂
      you can only mention my blogs name, (add a link to my blog), maybe there is people out there who wants to read more posts.
      Thank you so much and may Allah protect you Ameen

  51. please help me and say a special prayer that Allah may send me a good muslim husband..i trust you 🙂

  52. you always shuld rummber allha

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