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Why Hijab is an obligation (Fard)

What is Hijab?
Many people definethe headscarf as ‘hijab’, but the headscarf is only half of the story. A Headscarf is coverage of the hair only, but Hijab refers to coverage of everything.
The Definition of Hijab
Hijab: The Arabic word for “veiling” is hijab. Lexically it means “cover”, and in Islam it means two things:– Woman’s clothing such as the head-to-toe garment specifically called jilbab and khimar.
– Separation of the places where men and women respectively congregate.
Hijab in The Holy Quran
ž{ “O children of Adam, we have provided you with garments to cover your bodies, as well as for luxury. But the best garment is the garment of righteousness. These are some of Allah’s signs, that they may take heed.” } [7:26]
**Hijab Means entire body coverage** (This is a very important point, which is often lost in our western society). To wear Hijab, one must be clothed in a way, such that neither the colour (of hair or skin) or shape (of body/hair) are distinguishable. This means to avoid cropped, fitted or transparent clothing and of course, transparent headscarfs.
{ “O Prophet! Tell your wives and daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (jalabib) close round them (when they go abroad)…”} (33:59)
{ “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms…” (24:31) “…only that which is apparent” } applies to women’s face and hands.
Hijab in the Hadiths
“Ayesha (rad.i-Allahu `anha) reported that Asma’ the daughter of Abu Bakr (rad.i-Allahu `anhu) came to the Messenger of Allah   while wearing thin clothing. He approached her and said: ‘O Asma’! When a girl reaches the menstrual age, it is not proper that anything should remain exposed except this and this. He pointed to the face and hands.” [Abu Dawud]
To Wear Hijab in the full meaning is to cover our awrah (nakedness)
žTo non-mahrem men and non-Muslim women, a woman’s ‘awrah is her entire body with the exception of her face and hands
MAHREM: These are the ones mentioned in Soorat al-Noor, where Allaah says
ž“… and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons…” [al-Noor 24:31].
žThe mahram by marriage of the father’s wife is his son from another wife, for the wife of the son it is his father, and for the mother of the wife it is the husband. Allaah says in Soorat al-Noor (interpretation of the meaning):
ž“… and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons…” [al-Noor 24:31].
Their husband’s fathers and their husband’s sons are mahrams of the woman by marriage. Allaah mentioned them along with their (the women’s own) fathers and sons, and made them all the same in the sense that women may display their adornments in front of them. (Al-Mughni, 6/555)
Hijab in Prayer
ža woman should cover her entire body excluding her face and her hands from the wrist to the base of the fingers. She should also cover part of her forehead and the area under the chin. A woman should cover her hair and body while performing the ritual prayer, whether she is praying in presence of her husband or she is praying alone in her chamber, as the basis for covering in prayer is different from the basis for covering in front of people
Hijab: A Warning to sisters from our modern era
žRasoolallah sallalaiyhiwassallam said that one of the types of women who would be dwellers of the hellfire would be:

“….women who will be dressed yet appear to be naked. They will seduce men and be inclined towards them……….” (Sahih Muslim, no. 2128)

ž’Clothed’ ‘yet’ ‘naked’ does not simply refer to visible nakedness alone, it refers to nakedness such as transparency through clothing, or clingy clothing which is manifested in many socieites and cultures today.
žWe must remeber that hijab is our fard and it is our fard to abide by it properly inshAllah
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