A friend posed a question that ďWhatís the use of doing hijab when there are still some hooligans who look at you intently with indecent intentions? Some girls appear to be beautiful even when they are wearing a hijab, so what difference does it make?Ē
First we going to talk about on whom Hijab is obligatory, whatís the purpose behind doing hijab, the 6 criteriaís of hijab & then answer this question
To begin with, we need to understand that people usually only discuss Ďhijabí in the context of women. However, in the Glorious Qurían, Ďhijabí for men is mentioned before Ďhijabí for the women. The Qurían mentions in Surah Noor:
"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.Ē (Qurían 24:30)
The moment a man looks at a woman and if any brazen or unashamed thought comes to his mind, he should lower his gaze. The next verse of Surah Noor, says:
"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 veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbandís fathers, their sonsÖĒ (Qurían 24:31)
Six criteria for Hijab
Hijab is Veil. Often used to describe the head scarf OR modest dress worn by BOTH men & women to keep them from unwelcome attentions and to preserve their modesty. There are basically six criteria for observing hijab:
1. Extent: The extent of covering obligatory on the male is to cover the body at least from the navel to the knees. For women, the extent of covering obligatory is to cover the complete body except the face and the hands upto the wrist. If they wish to, they can cover even these parts of the body. Some scholars of Islam insist that the face and the hands are part of the obligatory extent of Ďhijabí. All the remaining five criteria are the same for men and women.
The clothes worn should:
2. not be tight & reveal the figure.
3. not be transparent such that one can see through them.
4. not be so glamorous as to attract the opposite +++.
5. not resemble that of the opposite +++.
6. not resemble that of the unbelievers i.e. they should not wear clothes that are specifically identities or symbols of the unbelieversí religions.
7. Complete Ďhijaabí, besides the six criteria of clothing, also includes the moral conduct, behaviour & attitude of the individual. ĎHijaabí of the clothes should be accompanied by Ďhijaabí of the eyes, Ďhijaabí of the heart, Ďhijaabí of thought and intention.
Coming back to the question: Whatís the use of doing hijab when there are some hooligans who look at you intently with bad intentions? Firstly, we need to understand that WHY a girl whoís wearing a hijab still looked at with illicit intentions? In some cases I would not blame men! Seriously! Though some girls do hijab, they do it such a way that it doesnít serve the purpose! The first step on the road to hijab is the proper intention (Niyah). Donning the hijab or head scarves but fitting it with tight body outlining/transparent clothes that cover but actually reveal more...or walking in an alluring manner or giving double looks & feeling happy that someone is actually admiring you, doesnít serve the real purpose of doing hijab. Itís like carrying an umbrella with holes on a rainy day!
Now, supposing a very beautiful girl is wearing proper hijab (with hijab of intentions) or even decent clothing which is not transparent/fitting with a shawl & is modest & thereís a shameless person who is looking at her intently. My friend asks whatís the use of doing hijab in this case? The use is, the girl is wearing hijab so that her modesty is protected. From HER side, she has done all that she could to be modest & follow Godís commandments & expect the reward from Him. If she is still being looked at with obscene intentions, itís NOT HER mistake. She, as a believer has fulfilled her duty & thatís what matters. Okay, if she is still looked at with unashamed thoughts, WHAT should she do? Stop wearing decent clothing? Reveal more? Invite the opposite +++ openly so that their eyes follow her bum?
I really canít digest this, you know. Sometimes when I see some girls with that expression on their face: ďthat guy was actually staring at me! Ghar mein maa behen nahi hey?ĒI want to know, is it really the guyís mistake? Iím not saying that each & every girl should start wearing abaaya. Please, No. Atleast, from your side make sure youíre wearing decent clothing & donít do such things which unnecessarily attract unwanted attention. Obviously if you dress up seductively, men can not resist but stare at you! Those hooligans will never stop, so it all depends on what YOU are going to do on your part to preserve your modestyÖyou might be still stared at, but youíll have this satisfaction in your heart that youíve done all that you could do & your reward lies with Allah!
A few interesting Facts
People from other Religions are often surprised when they learn the rationale for wearing hijab scarf and the fact that it was part of their religious heritage as well.
Did you ever wonder why Mary, the mother of Jesus (P.B.U.H) wore clothing very similar to that of Muslims?
Why do Catholic nuns dress the way they do?
Did you know that in the Canon laws of the Catholic church today there is a law that requires women to cover their heads in church?
Have you read in I Corinthians (Bible, 11:3-10) the verses that Paul wrote: ďEvery man who prays of prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head - it is just as though her head were shaved. If a woman doesn't cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or shaved off, she should cover her head.Ē
Even in Hinduism, (earlier & even now) some women do parda by means of concealing clothing (including the veil/ghoonghat) and by the use of high-walled enclosures, screens, and curtains within the home. They do not simply come in front of a stranger without their veil.
Moreover, there are some Christian denominations, namely the Amish and the Mennonites, who still require women to wear the head covering.
Furthermore, it was the custom of Jewish women to go out in public with a head covering and that some denominations still practice this today.