Frequently Asked Questions About Proper Hijaab
Why? Why? Why?
In the five or so years since I adopted proper hijaab, I have been asked all sorts of questions about it. So, as FAQs (frequently asked questions) seem synonymous with The Net and computing, here are a few FAQs concerning proper hijaab and proper hijaabis. They are all extracted from actual e-mail and snail mail correspondence.
What is a proper hijaab? Where does it originate?
The proper hijaab
is simply a veil that covers the wearer's face, normally not leaving
the eyes exposed. The ones we are talking about here are opaque and
are not fashion statements! Its origins are lost in the mists of time,
but it's usage grew more widespread with the expansion of Islam in the
15th and 16th Centuries.
Is veiling only to do with Islam?
We know that some Greek women and especially virtuous Roman women veiled their faces in public. And the same is true of the Persian Empire. So veiling as such predates Islam as a form of modest concealment. But, in the three examples I have mentioned, the use of the veil was social and cultural, and had little or no religious significance.
What do you mean by the term 'proper hijaabi'?
Proper hijaabi is just a slang
term, like Hijaabi - one who wears Hijab. Or in this case, one who wears
proper hijaab. More generally, it includes all sisters who cover their
faces in public fully.
Are women that cover their faces different than the women that only cover their hair and not their faces?
I hope not! It is merely that
our interpretation of Holy Writ differs from Sisters who do not veil
themselves as we do.
Aren't we simply talking about clothing here?
Yes and No. Of course we dress
differently to our sisters who do not veil their faces. But the main
difference comes from the way we interpret the relevant passages from
the Holy Qur'an and from Hadith. We view it as our duty to hide out
faces; not for social or cultural reasons, but because it is what we
believe we are told to do in the Holy Qur'an. Other sisters interpret
the relevant passages from Holy Writ differently to us, so their 'clothing'
will be different to that of a proper hijaabi.
Is 'Hijab of the Eyes' something just done by proper hijaabi and why?
Keeping one's gaze lowered is
an instruction to be found in the Holy Qur'an. (Surah al Nur. 24:31)
The previous verse also calls on men to do the same...................
It is something that all proper hijaabis do .
I'm interested in the psyche of the one that wears the proper hijaab as opposed to the one that chooses not to. Do they become more religious?
I would not say that I was any
more 'religious' than many of my Sisters who do not wear proper hijaab.
I do take my obligations as a Muslimah seriously, but I do not think
that makes me a 'better' sister than the many who chose not to veil
themselves. I have non-proper hijaabi friends, many of whom outstrip
me in piety and knowledge, and to whom I have turned for help in the
past. Just wearing a proper hijaab and covering-up does not in any way
guarantee a sister's religiosity. It is what lies under the coverings
that counts - what the wearer believes, how she acts, and how pure is
Do they assume a role different than the one that does not?
I would hope the role that every
Muslimah would aspire to would be a true servant of Almighty Allah and
to eventually become a good wife and mother. So, in that, we are no
different to any other well-intentioned muslimah.Where differences do
occur is in what was can NOT do. For example, I cannot go roller-blading,
mountaineering or skiing, nor swim in public. I do not go to the theater
any more, nor to the cinema. But, for all that, I lead a full and interesting
life which meets ALL my needs, both spiritual and intellectual.
Why do some Muslimahs also veil their eyes?
The eyes have been described
as 'the windows to the Soul' and they are very expressive. Regretfully
some men see every glance by a woman as inviting, and therefore many
proper hijaabi conceal their eyes so as not to tempt or distract men who may
see them in public.
Why do you
For two reasons. Firstly, if
I cover up all the rest of my body, it seems a bit silly (and contrary
to me beliefs) to have my hands exposed when they can be expressive
in themselves. The second reason is the prevent me from touching haram
items. For instance, my studies take me into libraries where there may
be (there are, in one case) books bound in pig skin.
Do proper hijaabi's Assume a Role Dif. than one who does not veil?
YES! Full proper hijaabed sisters do have a greater responsibility in educating Muslims and Non Muslims on excepting and practicing the proper hijaab Most Muslim and non Muslims see the proper hijaab in a very Negative light. So, it is not so much that the head scarves are being seen as a threat! It is the face veil or the full hijaab. Sisters who wear the headscarves can moderate them, color them up, wrap, twist and turn them to suit the styles and approval of the Kufar. Sisters, who veil are seen more as a threat, because they are seen to be very serious about Islam, and therefore give a very stern and serious representation of actual Islam.
I'm interested in the psyche of the one who wears the proper hijaab?
To wear the full
face veil/proper hijaab in this day and time the psyche of a Muslim
woman who does so is seriously strong! For the most part she is well
prepared to defend the proper hijaab at all cost. She must be a sister
who walks, sits, and stands upright at all times, being heavily on her
Finally, and this does not come from me, but is a statement made by another proper hijaabi.
Isn't it very hot wearing those veils and all that clothing?
The sister replied,
"Ah yes, but the fires of Hell are hotter still!"