Why Hijab?

Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Rahim. Many people ask about the wisdom behind the hijab and why should Muslim women observe the hijab?

Hijab is a religious Islamic injunction that has been mentioned in the Qur'an and a few different chapters. Take, for instance, chapter 24, An-Noor, verse number 31: "wa qul lil mu'minaati yaghdudhna min absaarihinna wa yahfadhna furujahun, wa laa yubdeena zeenatahunna illaa maa dhahra minhaa walyadribna bikhumurihinna 'alaa juyoobihin"(24:31). 'O Prophet say to the believing women in your community, that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty, that they should not display their beauty and ornaments, except what must ordinarily appear thereoff, that they should to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers....And till the end of the verse. This is one.

The second one is in chapter 33, Suratul Azhab, and that is verse 59: "Yaaa aiyyua an-Nabiyyu qul li azwaajika, wa banaatika, wa nisaaa'i 'l-mu'mineen, yudneena 'alaihinna min jalaabee bihinna dhaalika adnaaa ai yu'rafna falaa yu'zaina, wa kaana Allaahu Ghafura ar-Raheemaa"(33:59). 'O Prophet, tell your wives, daughters and the believing women in your community, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons. That is most convenient that they should be known as such and not molested and God is oft-forgiving, most merciful'.

Now, the wisdom of hijab is to protect the value and the honor of women. It is not a curtailment of their personality, character or intelligence. It's not in any way. Islam does not want to cast a veil on women's contribution, intelligence, character, strength, knowledge, wisdom, inner beauty. But it only seek or seeks to avoid negative temptation. And to maintain their chastity in the society. When they cover, they would provide a moral dimension and of moral character and dignity.

And of course, hijab also will prevent the exploitation and dishonouring of women. Islam always seeks that women are powerful and important part of the Islamic Society of a healthy society. Islam does not want anyone to take advantage of them. Islam does not want anyone to exploit their existence.

And also, it is an acknowledgement. The acknowledgement of a woman should not be based on her physical appearance or her structure, but it should be based on her intelligence, her contribution, her inner beauty her knowledge, and her service to her family, her country and her society. Thank you.