Saturday, May 15, 2004

The War on Hijab

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,

Below is an article taken from Attarbiyah Magazine March 2004 (Volume 6/Issue 9). (Jazakallahu khair, Shaykh Mufti Zubair Dudha, for granting permission to use the Islamic Tarbiyah Academy's online material.)


The War on Hijab

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) predicted about the later times, times such as the age wherein we find ourselves - that holding onto Deen would be like holding a burning coal in one's hand.

This is what the upholders of the Sunnah, especially those who after realisation turn from error of modernism towards the light of the Sunnah are experiencing today. From all sides they are confronted by the Satanic onslaught of forces aligned against the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) either due to misunderstanding, inadequate Islamic knowledge, un-Islamic upbringing, inferiority complex or the impact of material sciences with their roots anchored in atheistic theories and doctrines or scepticism.

In such barren grounds, such surroundings of hostility, and unfriendliness towards the beloved and sacred practices of our beloved Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) it becomes of fundamental importance for us to renew doubly our efforts in the noble endeavour to plant the seeds of the forgotten, trampled upon and murdered Sunnah, so that these noble institutions of piety may once again flourish with strength and glitter in the generations to come. In raising this Torch of the Sunnah, the upholders of the Deen should take reassurance and hope from the following declaration of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), "He who clings to my Sunnah when my Ummah is corrupt, will receive the Reward of a hundred Martyrs." (Mishkat).

Today, in these times of religious turmoil and anti-sunnahism, all lovers of the Sunnah have don the mantle of struggle against the onslaughts of the irreligious. And, the best and the strongest form of struggle in the struggle to revive and preserve the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is to cloak ourselves with the practices of the Sunnah. It devolves upon us to give practical expression to these Sunnah's, no matter how 'little' or how 'insignificant' they may seem to the man drowned in the deception of this worldly life.

One such Sunnah and requisite of our beautiful Deen is the Islamic headgear and Hijab. The Hijab has elevated women to the peak of respect and has saved a woman from disgrace and humiliation, given her a chance to be treated like an honourable human being and not a mere sex object for the lustful desire of bestial miscreants.
Banning hijab is banning modesty and decency. There is no doubt that those behind it have the fervour of a crusader.

Spiritual Purity

Hijab is a Divine imposition calculated for the maintenance if Islamic human fibre. This fibre remains intact and develops only with spiritual purity. Without Hijab spiritual purity and progress are impossible-unattainable goals.

Thus spiritual and moral purification are the goals of Hijab. When the Qur'anic law of Hijab is abandoned 'ri'jz' (filth and immorality) becomes the order of the day. The catastrophic consequences of immorality, moral filth are too glaring and prevalent to require any elucidation. Every intelligent person will acknowledge that the physical diseases stemming from promiscuity and the ascendance of vices pertaining to sexual misconduct are the direct products of Hijab abandonment.

May Allah Ta'ala make us among those who seek to imitate the sacred life and example of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Ameen.

Courtesy of Islamic Tarbiyah Academy

Wassalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.