A great disease has attacked the hearts of the Muslims.
This disease is the irresistible love for the fashion, style, and traditions of the people who have denied the clear truth brought by the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ).
When a believer’s heart is attacked with this disease, he finds himself in a quandary. On one side, the voice of his lower self pushes him to follow the traditions that are incompatible with Islam, but seem trendy and glittering otherwise. On the other side, the voice of his natural disposition (fitrah) tells him that such following will only make him miserable in the long run.
Consequently, to follow anything that contradicts the truth that a believer has given allegiance to demands an audacity from the believer. Gaining this considerable courage is not easy, and the hovering between two available options therefore continues for a while.
In such precarious situation, the Shaytan, the sworn enemy of humankind, disguises himself as an ally of the believer, and suggests him a tricky solution. He whispers, “Who said you will have to miss out the latest fashions to be a true believer? You can have them both. You can follow Islam, and at the same time, you can also follow the latest trends.”
The believer, without contemplating where these thoughts are originating from, then carries out a raid on the commandment of Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ), which was preventing him from following the command of his lower self. Armed with his rational thinking ability that he has gained from his secular education, he scrutinizes the meaning of the Quranic verses and their respective Prophetic (ﷺ) explanations. After his brutal rational raid, the original command that was opposing what he was trying to follow, takes a trimmed and reformed shape that now facilitates him to say, “Look I can follow both Islam and the latest trend.”
Through this brutal process, an Islamic command or a ritual gets reduced to a symbol, a cultural icon, or a political sign. After such trimming, there remains no vestige of spirituality, true submission to Allah, and true following of the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). After such trimming, the spirit of unquestioned obedience to Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ), and the essence of fear and hope only for Allah get lost. Such trimmed, twisted, and reformed command of Allah or an Islamic ritual is like a mask, the color of which can be changed any time, so that it can be used to fulfill any worldly desire that requires transgressing the boundary of Allah, without the fear of being labeled as impious.
One Islamic command that has gone through such brutal twisting and been reduced to a simple cultural and political symbol is hijab. Today, hijab has been made equal to head scarf.
That is why you will see forum after forum, blogs after blogs, and arguments after arguments, all of which are discussing how FIFA has done wrong by banning headscarf, or why Iranian girls should not bring any religious symbol into the playing field.
What no one, even majority of the Muslims, will discuss is if hijab is only a head scarf, and if playing football with head scarf only before millions of non-mahram men really makes any difference at all.
This is what pains me. But this also tells the morale of the story. Hijab has been reduced to a cultural and political symbol, and the struggle about it between the FIFA and the Iranian Authority is a political struggle.
However, in its puritanical form, hijab is something that is totally different. It is MUCH more than an identity. It is a Muslim woman’s day to day striving to please her Lord. It is her struggle to remain chaste and pure. It is a struggle because the requirements that come along with hijab are not easy to maintain in this day where fashion changes every minute and lures the mind of an innocent Muslimah. For a garment to be considered hijab, as the Quran and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) dictate, must meet the following conditions:
- It should cover her whole body, except for her face and hands. However, majority of the classical scholars are of the opinion that face should also be covered. The scholars who disagree with this opinion and allow face to remain uncovered, still hold the view of covering the face with high esteem.
- It should be loose and it should not reveal the shapes of her body parts.
- It has to be an outer garment that is worn over normal garments.
- The clothing must be thick enough so that it conceals the inner clothing, body shapes, and skin color.
- It can be of any color, but it should not be adorned and decorated to the extent that it draws attention.
- It cannot resemble men’s clothing.
- It cannot resemble the clothing style of non-Muslim women either.
- It should be free from any perfume and artificial fragrance.
- It should be worn for the sake of pleasing Allah only.
These conditions are clear, straight forward, and simple. There are no twists in them.
Because of not fulfilling these conditions, when a sister goes out in tight jeans and t-shirt, but puts a headscarf, she is not wearing the hijab.
Because of not fulfilling these conditions, when a sister goes out in skin tight skirt and blouse, but puts a headscarf, she is not wearing the hijab.
Because of not fulfilling these conditions, when the Iranian female footballers are playing football in front of millions of non-mahram men, but put a headscarf around their neck, they are not wearing the hijab.
I am reluctant to believe that our sisters have equalized hijab to head scarf out of ignorance. Many of them have chosen this twisted meaning consciously. Because only through the adoption of this twisted meaning of hijab, they can follow the latest non-Islamic fashions and still claim themselves to be proud hijab observing Muslimahs. When they are confronted with the true manners of maintaining hijab, they either ignore the correct manner, or persists that their manner of observing the hijab is the proper one.
How disturbing! Let alone following the command of Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ) in proper manner; we have lost the decency even to admit that what we are doing is wrong and is not from Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ). We have lost the humility even to admit that our imaan is weak.
O My dear sisters! Know that Allah is most merciful, and the door to enter into His mercy and His true religion remains open till our time ends in this world.
O My dear sisters! Please wake up from your delusion that hijab is headscarf, and try to observe it properly.
O My dear sisters! Please remember that this world is temporary, and its comfort and glitters will come to an end soon or sooner.
O My dear sisters! If you are not in a position to observe hijab in proper manner for whatever reasons, then at least have the decency to admit your shortcomings and seek strength from Allah so that you can rectify yourself.
O My dear sisters! Fear Allah regarding your saying that hijab equals to headscarf, because such saying is like inventing a lie against the religion of Allah, and Allah is severe in retribution against those who lie against His religion.
O My dear sisters! If you still persist in your stubbornness, I will resign here, and will remind you the following verse from the Quran:
They [think to] deceive Allah and those who believe, but they deceive not except themselves and perceive [it] not. [The Noble Quran, 2:9]