Hijab

A hijab (Arabic: حجاب‎ ḥijāb) in common English usage is a veil worn by some Muslim women in the presence of any male outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the head and chest. The term can refer to any head, face, or body covering worn by Muslim women that conforms to Islamic standards of modesty. Hijab can also refer to the seclusion of women from men in the public sphere, or it may denote a metaphysical dimension, for example referring to "the veil which separates man or the world from God." People usually talk about "the hijab" rather than "a hijab", as evidenced by this article.

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 4 days ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. Praying and wearing hijab are very important acts of obedience in Islam and are essential for a person's well being in this world and the next. These are personal obligations in front of God and so it is not right for another to interfere in them even if that be a spouse and indeed, a spouse's approval is not conditional for the acceptance of those actions. Marriages are different and so the solution in working towards a compromise is specific to each relationship. If there is something that is specifically bothering your husband maybe you can help him express his issues and talk through it. For some relationships people can agree to disagree on certain issues and in others they can't. But when it comes to the performance of obligatory actions then that is a line that you have to remain principled on, even if the consequences are difficult.

May Allah make you successful 

Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 4 days ago

You must always obey Allah, The Glorious despite all difficulties and challenges. True believers tolerate hardships for the sake of Allah like Asiya wife of Firaon who was enemy of Allah, but she stood fast in her faith and obedience and got the great status in Paradise.

Your husband must understand that he has no right to dictate on you any thing which is against the orders of Allah.

Depend and always seek help from Allah (SWT) and be sure that Allah will never leave you alone.

Wassalam.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answer updated 4 days ago

as salam alaikum

you should always respect your parents and treat them kindly. However they cannot dictate the way you have to live your religion. A hadith says:

لا طاعة لمخلوق في معصية الخالق

"There is no way to obey a creature by disobeying the Creator" (see "Musnad al-Imam al-Kazim").

You should also try to guide them with good manners and give them nasihah concerning their religious duty as Muslims and parents.

With prayers for your success.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 1 week ago

Bismihi ta'aa

I would say we cannot give a yes, or no answer to this question, as there are many issues to take in mind. 

Yes, from a Fiqhi perspective, there is no problem in itself with women watching men "playing sports." There would be a problem if the men were topless, for example. There is also no shar'i requirement that every woman who attends, Muslim or not, must observe Hijab. Unless of course it is an Islamic country where Islamic dresscode is applied to all in public. 

An issue that we need to look into is whether the atmosphere is appropriate for young boys, or girls, or even women. Will there be excessive swearing and offensive language thrown around. Is the mixing between genders so much that it would be an inappropriate environment for a mu'min/mu'minah to be in. 

Is it culturally accepted, for women to go to such a tournament, or will it be taken as something bad, or she will be criticised, or spoken ill about. 

It is clear that we are influenced and dragged into today's sports culture, and we might have an interest in following some sports group, or be serious fans. At the same time, we have religious and moral principles that we must never abandon.

This applies to both genders as well. Our level of modesty, evaluating where we should go and where we should not go, looking into the shar'i, social and cultural aspects of what we participate in, and other important factors. 

More can be said about this, but in general the mukallaf must try to look at this from different angles, and like everything else be as cautious as possible, choosing what would bring him/her closer to Allah ta'ala.

With prayers for your success.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answer updated 1 month ago

as salam alaikum

the Qur'an says: "And tell the believing women to restrain their looks and guard their chastity and do not disclose their beauty except what is apparent and hit their khimars over their bosom" (24:31).

Some scholars have interpreted the expression "do not disclose their beauty (zinah)" in reference to the hair also.

The khimar is a veil that covers the hair. Some have interpreted the "hitting over the bosom" of the khimar as "covering the face" indicating the passage of the veil from the top of the head to the chest but it is a minority view.

The Qur'an also says: "O Prophet! Tell your wives, your daughters and the women of the believers that they should draw lower upon themselves their jilbabs" (33:59).

The jilbab is a wide dress that should cover the hair also.

In both verses the reference is to "the believing women", so it is not to be taken as a cultural practice but religious one.

There are also several hadith explaining the necessity of covering of the head and hair.

With prayers for your success.

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 2 months ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. There is no problem with this unless you fear falling into sin.

May you always be successful 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 months ago

If she observes full Hijab and keeps herself while working or talking or dealing with men, safe and away from any situation which can harm her, then it is allowed.

Wassalam.

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Seyed Ali Musawi, Seyed Ali Musawi studied religion and history at the University of California, San Diego and subsequently he studied for more than 8 years at the Islamic Seminary in Qum, Iran, focusing on Islamic... Answered 3 months ago

Salaam Allaikum,

From a religious perspective, God has created rules for us so that we can be successful in our lives in this world and the next. As such, when we go against these rules, we're really hurting ourselves. At the same time, this type of disobedience and disregard for our Creator, who has given us everything and only wishes the best for us, is very disrespectful. It shows God that we don't care about what he says and we are willing to go against his commandments. As such, this type of behavior will cause him to be displeased with us...

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 3 months ago

If you are sure that you visiting such relatives will definitely make
you fall in to sinful acts like shaking hands with the opposite gender
or eating or drinking Haraam food, then you should not visit them

If such sinful acts are not there but the female members who are
not wearing Hijab will come in front of you, you can avoid looking at them by lowering your gaze.

Wassalaam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 3 months ago

Despite all the atrocities committed by the enemies of the Ahlul Bayt (AS) in
Karbala, Allah (SWT) has protected all the members of the family of
the Ahlul Bayt (AS) so that no one can harm their sanctity and
dignity.

This fact was clearly mentioned by Imam Husain (AS) in his last will
to his sister Lady Zainab (SA) when he said that Allah (SWT) will
definitely protect all of you. ان الله حافظكن 

The enemies looted whatever they could loot from the tents and even from
the children, but no one could touch any of the noble women from the
Ahlul Bayt (AS). The compulsory Hijab of all the noble women of the
Ahlul Bayt (AS) was always preserved intact.

Some books mention of the veil being snatched away from the noble
women of the Ahlul Bayt (AS). Even if it proves authentic, it does not
mean at all that it was from that garment which formed part of the
compulsory Hijab, but can mean the extra cloth over and above the
compulsory Hijab.

Allah (SWT) did not allow the enemies to be able to expose any noble
women from the Ahlul Bayt (AS) even for a moment without the
compulsory Hijab

Wassalaam.

Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 3 months ago

There is no clear evidence that this occurred and, in any case, no name of a specific person is mentioned in historical sources. It is simply something that is customarily mentioned.

The text of the sermon by Zaynab (A) to Yazid refers to the captives being bare-faced (i.e. removing face veils), which may have been done as a sort of humiliation because in that time noblewomen would have customarily covered their faces whereas slave women would have been bare-faced. This exposure and portrayal, for instance, lead someone in the court to try to purchase one of the young female captives as a slave-companion although he was stopped from doing so. 

God knows best. 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 3 months ago

Any dress which fulfills the conditions of Hijab is allowed as far as it covers the whole body except the face and the hands and it is not tight and not transparent.

Wassalam.