Hijab-swag

What? That’s such a colorful hijab, that is so wrong.

She wears it with tight pants and loose top, that’s not hijab.

Hello, she should wear lesser make up when wearing the hijab.
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Heard them a lot? From friends or family or even from random people, right?

It may not pertain to you but to someone you might know or probably you were once one who used to comment a lot about others’ way of hijab forgetting that you, yourself may have been lacking over it.
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I recently came back from a trip in the Middle East, and one of my best things I could talk about would be the way I have appreciated the hijab a thousand more times than before.

Indeed, wearing the niqaab is such a struggle especially when living in a nonMuslim country, and when coming over such Muslim country which abides to the Shariah, makes you really feel safe. Alhamdulillah, and that is what I exactly felt in Sharjah, UAE.

During my whole trip, I kept being reminded of the way the Ansaari women were during the time of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, specifically when the verse of the veil was revealed.

Even though before coming to this place, I heard a lot of things that was way unreal, total opposite of what I saw in the UAE. I saw every woman in places there where no much westerners were present to be properly covered and men kept lowering their gazes. Alhamdulillah, respect for women there was just at the top of their cakes. 

Even the heat of the weather, even though winter is about to come, reminded me exactly of same story and event that took place when Safiyah Bint Huyy a gathering where Aisha Radiyallahu Anha was mentioning of the virtues and merits of the Quraish women.

In this, Aisha Radiyallahu Anha, recognized their high status, standing, dignity and excellence, and remarked,

“The Quraish women are par excellence, but, I swear to Allah, I have never seen women superior than those of Ansaar in testifying the book of Allah and following His commands without wasting any time.

After the revelation of this verse from Surah An Nur— “The believing women should draw their veils over.’”

-if any Ansaar companion of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam would convey it to a relative woman, she would immediately pick up a thick sheet of cloth and draw it over her, and this she would do despite the fact that she need not to go out of her home. She would do it only to follow the book of Allah.”
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Subhan’Allah, such a wonderful story right, such piety, such blessed people. Ma sha Allah.

You may ask, why am I sharing this particular issue.

It is because I want to remind sisters that everyone of us are going through struggles, stages and phases especially when the issue is about the hijab. We do ask Allah that He gives us such imaan and taqwa like the Ansaar that with just one boomerang of revelation we act upon it directly. 

But let us face it, most of the Muslims nowadays, love to go on the slow phase. It’s true, nowadays people like the Sahabah do not exist but people aiming to be like them, a lot. Alhamdulillah.

So for sisters who wear the hijab, I ask you to know more about it, learn more about it, study about it, because whenever you put that hijab on, it raises your status not only in the eyes of people but in the sight of Allah Azza Wa Jall.

Remember that hijab does not only pertain into the physical covering, but also on your modesty, on the way you walk, the way you talk, all these are covered with the hijab. So be careful, be strict on yourself with the hijab. Make the intention and believe me Allah will make it easy on you. in sha Allah.

So always go forward. 
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For every sister, who is making an intention to wear the hijab, who wears the hijab, who wears the niqaab, who wears the burqa, I want to let you know that you are well appreciated. 

I want to encourage you to never give up with the hijab, no matter what happens, hold firmly with it because in this age where hijab is being sold and bought in less coverage, where hijab is becoming a fashion identity, where hijab is being a swag accessory, we all need each other’s backs. 

No one else can truly explain the honor and status the hijab brings to a woman than a Muslim woman who understands and wears it properly for the sake of Allah. 

And that is you. 

Every time you wear that hijab, you wear us in your heart as well. So no matter what happens, even thought we may never knew each other, our prayers will always bind us as sisters in Islam - a beauty that only Islam can bring to our hearts. Alhamdulillah.

I may not have really talked about the men on this post because I do not think it would be that proper, but I know there are points that can be reflected upon by brothers from this post, hijab doesn’t only pertain to women, but also to men. 

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And I pray that Allah makes and keeps us all steadfast in this deen. Amin

Zohayma
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Story was taken from

• Tafsir Ibn Kathir, 3/284 
• Fath Al-Bari, Hafiz Ibn Hajjar: 8/490

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