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  1. **Warning: Picture of Non-Hijabi Why I took off my headscarf... only to put it back on again I would like to address and refute one part of the article: “...and not display their beauty except what is apparent, and they should place their khumur over their bosoms...” وَ لاَ يُبْدِيْنَ زِيْنَتَهُنَّ إِلاَّ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَ لْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلىَ جُيُوْبِهِنَّ... There are two issues about this sentence. (1) What is the meaning of “khumur” used in this verse? Khumur خُمُرٌ is plural of khimarخِمَارٌ , the veil covering the head. See any Arabic dictionary like Lisanu ’l-‘Arab, Majma‘u ’l-Bahrayn or al-Munjid. Al-Munjid, which is the most popular dictionary in the Arab world, defines al-khimar as “something with which a woman conceals her head —ما تغطى به المرأة رأسها .” Fakhru ’d-Din al-Turayhi in Majma‘u ’l-Bahrayn (which is a dictionary of Qur’anic and hadith terms) defines al-khimar as “scarf, and it is known as such because the head is covered with it.”2 So the word khimar, by definition, means a piece of cloth that covers the head. (2) Then what does the clause “placing the khumur over the bosoms” mean? According to the commentators of the Qur’an, the women of Medina in the pre-Islamic era used to put their khumur over the head with the two ends tucked behind and tied at the back of the neck, in the process exposing their ears and neck. By saying that, “place the khumur over the bosoms,” Almighty Allah ordered the women to let the two ends of their headgear extend onto their bosoms so that they conceal their ears, the neck, and the upper part of the bosom also.3 This is confirmed by the way the Muslim women of the Prophet’s era understood this commandment of Almighty Allah. The Sunni HADITH quote Ummu ’l-mu’minin ‘A’isha, the Prophet’s wife, as follows: “I have not seen women better than those of al-Ansar (the inhabitants of Medina): when this verse was revealed, all of them got hold of their aprons, tore them apart, and used them to cover their heads...”4 The meaning of khimar and the context in which the verse was revealed clearly talks about concealing the head and then using the loose ends of the scarf to conceal the neck and the bosom. It is absurd to believe that the Qur’an would use the word khimar (which, by definition, means a cloth that covers the head) only to conceal the bosom with the exclusion of the head! It would be like saying to put on your shirt only around the belly or the waist without covering the chest! Finally the verse goes on to give the list of the mahram – male family members in whose presence the hijab is not required, such as the husband, the father, the father-in-law, the son(s), and others. The Second Verse In Chapter 33 known as al-Ahzab, verse 59, Allah gives the following command to Prophet Muhammad: “O Prophet! Say to your wives, your daughters, and the women of the believers that: they should let down upon themselves their jalabib.” يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ, قُلْ لأَزْوَاجِكَ وَ بَنَاتِكَ وَ نِسآءِ الْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ: يُدْنِيْنَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِنْ جَلاَبِيْبِهِنَّ... What is the meaning of “jalabib”? Jalabib جَلاَبِيْبٌ is the plural of jilbabجِلْبَابٌ , which means a loose outer garment. See any Arabic dictionary like Lisanu ’l-‘Arab, Majma‘u ’l-Bahrayn or al-Munjid. Al-Munjid, for instance, defines jilbab as “the shirt or a wide dress—القميص أو الثوب الواسع.” While al-Turayhi, in Majma‘u ’l-Bahrayn, defines it as “a wide dress, wider than the scarf and shorter than a robe, that a woman puts upon her head and lets it down on her bosom...”5 This means that the Islamic dress code for women does not only consist of a scarf that covers the head, the neck and the bosom; it also includes the overall dress that should be long and loose. So, for instance, the combination of a tight, short sweater with tight-fitting jeans with a scarf over the head does not fulfill the requirements of the Islamic dress code. http://www.al-islam.org/hijab-muslim-womens-dress-islamic-or-cultural-sayyid-muhammad-rizvi/quran-and-hijab#1-what-meaning-%E2%80%9Ckhumur%E2%80%9D-used-verse What ignorance. Of course it makes you less of a muslim, because you are DISOBEYING Allah and His religion, that which you follow and call yourself a "muslim" for. When you dont follow Islam, you are not a muslim. This logic is clearly flawed because she is assuming hijab is not part of the religion...
  2. Salaam Aleikum ! :D InshAllah this will be my first year celebrating Ramadan - and I have made the decision to start wearing hijab as well. I converted about a year ago and have decided I am finally ready! Just wanted to ask for any tips on how to prepare for Ramadan as a newbie, also, tips/advice on wearing hijab for first time? Thank you!!!! D,
  3. Salam, I'm a bit of a mess. I started wearing the hijab 5 years ago. It was natural for me to do it. I just did it because I felt it was the right thing to do. A year later, a started suffering from bad anxiety and panic attacks... even leaving my house would be a problem. I skipped a lot of classes and wouldn't go out with friends. I became more shy and quiet. I lost myself. I lost my bubbly personality. I always have my family and friends driving me everywhere because i get horrible anxiety when I take the bus/subway. Anyway, so last year I met this guy. He wanted to get to know me (the halal why) he met why family and all that. We had a great relationship. He actually helped me without knowing it, he would make my anxiety disapear. We would go out to places and I wouln't have panic attacks at all. He didn't even know I had anxiety issues. And as the date of the khotbe approched... he called me and said it was over... It was the biggest slap... we never fought, never had problems, everything was going fine. Now that he left I feel like I have to reconstruct myself and get better but the hijab has been an obstacle in many ways. I can't find a job and I just don't feel like myself anymore. I feel like I need to find myself. What should I do? Thank you
  4. (salam) I was woundering that how come the quran comands women in surah Al Ahzab verse 59 to wear Jilbab, but the ma'rij say it is nlt mandatory. I understand that a long dress can subsitute it. From my understand women can not dress in pants infront of non-mahram men. Is this true? Also, does your body type effect how much you should cover, or the type of clothing you should wear? :wacko:
  5. This is from me, as a man I know men (generally) more than women: just to point out to sisters what men are like and how covering yourself helps: - as a guy I have realized and I have seen other people do this: - if a man sees a women who wearing Islamic clothing, they stay away, this is good for you because most guys who approach girls has the 'final act' in his mind. - wearing a hijab is like filtering the good from the bad, bad men approach girls who are revealing themselves because they are attracted to what their eyes see. good men, however, don't approach women to hit on them, they usually have something to say. - Not a single man will ever approach women with an honorable intention if he hasn't got some business. If you have parents then they are your gateway to marriage, only a good man will ask for your hand from your parents, and they are the ones you can usually trust, but only if he is proposing out his own choice. - It is satans habit to tempt people, thus an evil man is he who approaches you and tempts you to accept his request, he will first look to convince you and then ask for your parents permission. In this way he hopes to use you against your parents, if you accept and your parents refuse, can you see the damage done here? thus a good man is what you seek for marriage, the good man is he who will ask your parents first and then you. - this is because, a young girl can easily be deceived (So easy) even if they think they are smart, and cunning. parents however, especially the father, recognizes the mans worth and so he cannot be deceived. -also an honorable man will firstly go to the father in order to see if the parents like him and if he is 'husband material'. So protect your dignity by covering your body and hiding your figure, you don't need to show it because men (non-mahram) don't need to see it. - if you only knew what a man imagines when he stares at the flesh of young girls, when he sees their figure, how he yearns to jump on her then you would realize how filthy most men are and you would not walk among them out of disgust. - cover yourself and don't give them the pleasure of imaging sinful acts with you. - cover yourself and keep yourself clean from the lustful staring of men. - cover yourself and add value to yourself - cover yourself and show that you are more than just a piece of walking flesh for men. May Allah make you strong in your defense and know that satan lays ambush only on the straight path, all other paths are already his and he needs no effort to make stray those who are already lost, and those who are not on the straight path are an influence for satan against those on the right path.
  6. Hey dear sisters! I hope you are all doing well. You see, the reason for my post today is to talk about some things that frustrate me about people's attitude towards the hijab. I am sure not everyone disrespects the hijab, but a large number of the people I've met do, and I could not help bringing this to topic. Opinions please? [rest of post deleted]
  7. Assalamu alaikum sisters, My mom is 60 years old and grew up in Pakistan where she didn't observe full and proper hijab. At this age she feels much more educated and knowledgeable about Islam, and therefore feels very guilty for not observing this Islamic ordinance. She wanted me to inquire on her behalf as to whether it is required to observe full and proper hijab at this age. Posts with references to sunnah and/or various maraji are much appreciated. JazakAllah Khair
  8. Salam, I recently decided to wear a hat and bought a nice Fedora out of all the choices. In the beginning I thought I would look a total clown. But my friends and family only gave me compliments, I guess a beard and a jaw bone gives you that persona... Anyway I wore it the whole day and thought how brave our Muslim sisters are! I've decided to wear my new fedora now everywhere I go, at least till the temps remain below 40 F's and show some solidarity to brave Muslim sisters who wear hijab so proudly. My next one will probably be a nice Ben Hogan and then that's it. So do you wear hat? What style? And if not, then why not?
  9. can someone please give me the ayat, hadeeth of fatwa where it states that a woman cannot be forced into wearing hijab, but that it should be from her own free will. JazakAllah Khairan for your answers (wasalam)
  10. In the name of Allah Helloeverybody Forgive me for this question but where i live (Iran) most of people wear Hijab and most of our people are Shia . I saw some website that was for Sunnis , most of the girls were there didnt had any Hijab,or they didnt wear Scarf ?! If anybody knows why Some Sunnis dont wear Hijab please explain to me?Is that for their FIgh or ...?
  11. salaam to my sisters i would like to address to you all about they way some girls wear the hijab....i have seen over the past few years that this is becoming more of a fashion statement than a religious one. i have come accross many girls and it has now got me thinking are they making a mockery of their religion. young girls wearing hijab are wearing tight clothing and same goes for the pakistani girls who wear shalwar kameez they are fitting clothing showing the shape of your body. they wear colourful hijabs with broches etc.... i have always been told if you wear the hijab you have to dress modestly and not allow attraction to yourselfs... people say to me that you dont wear it....but i dont represent anything if someone looks at me in the street they wont know if i was a hindu muslim christian etc...but by wearing the hijab they know your a muslim and you automatically become ambassdors for the religion...i read somewhere in a hadiths that women n girls who wear the hijab high camel hump style will be carrying a double head on the day of judgement....im not saying dont wear hijab by all means do but please wear it with the respect it deserves....thank you
  12. Is it haram for girls to play sports in high school events? for example soccor. basketball etc. And also Is it haram to go out with 10 friends to lunch, that are a mixture of girls and guys? (which all of them are muslims)
  13. salam everyone! I am a muslim girl that wears hijab, and i am intrested in cosplay that is a word combined by the words costume and play. I am going to a big convention and i am cosplaying a person called gakupo. I have to wear a wig, and i heard that wearing a wig with an unrealistic colour is halal. But i have been asking family and friends and they told me that it was haram, even if it was an unrealistic colour...so is it true?? is it halal or haram ??? i need anwsers quick because i have to order the cosplay.
  14. how old do u have to be to wear hijab, im 15 i really want to wear hijab but is it haram if u choose not to wear it??
  15. Salam alaykom brothers and sisters! I am a shia myself and right now I am trying to find the right by myself instead of just being born as a shia and accept it that way. My problem here is, why is there so many videos like this one below? Are scholars like this just talking like this because they dont know better? This makes no sense to me. Why are these scholars saying these stuff? Can someone please help? I just want to know the truth. This video maybe is something that the enemy has created to make shias look bad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=z--2O_hzqLw
  16. Salams, Dear brothers and sisters (please, please, please!!) I need your advice! I'm under pressure to stop wearing hijab and its driving me crazy! 1 year ago I started at a new uni and started wearing the hijab. Wearing hijab has been a great struggle for me. Being the only hijabi at uni, not 'fitting in' became a major anxiety for me. Overall my point is that I have become an extremely self conscious and shy person. Im very quiet which is the opposite to my true personality. This is where my old friends opinions come in. One friend in particular has been begging me to take the hijab off. She says she feels uncomfortable with me because i act like a different person, it creates a social barrier, prettier without it etc etc. My friends opinions about me changing and my dwindling self confidence make me feel like taking the hijab off. I dont know how to combat these issues, of course I know taking off the hijab would be a step in the wrong direction, yet I can't help contemplate it. Please help... any advice on gaining confidence?
  17. Salam Alaykum brothers and sister, and I hope you are getting closer to Imam Hussain in this blessed month of Muharram inshaAllah So, I am a hijabi who goes to a private school and our social committee is organising a fundraising talent show....Most of the entries are either singing/dancing, and obviously I can't do any of those. I really want to be able to do something to show that hijabis can partcicpate in events as well and that we don't always have to be marginalised in such gatherings...I was wondering if anyone here had a suggestion as to what I can do that will retain my modesty inshaAllah but also show that muslimahs are capable of "talent" so to speak. Thank you :) P.S. I am in the sixth form...For those of you unfamiliar with the British system, that's like something you would call year 13...Basically, I'm 18 years old...
  18. Salam, I would like to get some advice from some sisters who have gone through pregnancy and giving birth or who know someone that has, and how they maintained the rules of modesty and hijab during pregnancy(when visiting medical professionals) and during the actual birth process, particularly those that have been through the NHS system in the UK- Did you/your friend insist on having female only doctors and nurses/midwives/ultrasound practisioners? Was this request respected? What reaction did you get from such an insistence? Were you able to include the insistence on a female only birthing environment in your birthing plan? What was your doctor's and midwive's reactions and response to this? did they find it strange or offensive? did they raise the idea that this request would not necessarily be respected in times of emergency? What exactly did they explain to be enough of an emergency for the necessity of having a male medical practitioner in the room when no female was available? would you be a priority for female staff, so that they would more likely be available for emergencies and so that those that have raised no objections to males in the birthing room would have males deal with them in emergencies and possibly otherwise? Did any of you not see the necessity of insisting on a female only birthing environment? If not why? At the actual birth, how much was your privacy and modesty and hijab respected? Did you keep a scarf and other covering garments near you just in case at the birth? Did you have an emergency that required a doctor, and where there were no females available? how did you react to this? did you wear a head scarf and cover your arms and legs and only show the part of the body that was necessary for the male doctor to deal with you?(Sayed sistani seems to require this in his fatwa regarding times where it is necessary for a non mahram man to treat a woman medically, presumably this includes birth) How bad of a situation would you need the emergency to be for you to accept the necessity of a male medical professional to deal with you, if no female was available? Who did you have as your birthing partner? was your husband present? Were they able to support you in your efforts to maintain modesty/hijab without looking like they were forcing it on you and being oppressive? Did you insist in silence once the child was delivered, so that the first words it would hear would be the Adhan and iqamah? was this respected by the medical staff? what do you sisters think about home birth and the added privacy it brings? though the emergencies would be harder to deal with if they arose and you may have to deal with having no choice of having male paramedics coming to your home to give you emergency treatment and take you to the hospital, would you take that risk? What about cesarean? were you able to insist on only female staff in the operating room, including anaesthetists, pediatricians etc? How was this request dealt with? was it respected? What about after the birth? In the ward, could you breast feed in private, so that male medical staff and fathers on the ward wouldn't see you? could you keep your curtain closed so that you could take your scarf off and sleep properly? was this treated as suspicious? I have witnessed that most non muslim mothers don't care whether anyone sees them breast feed, let alone seeing their hair, so did the other mothers and fathers find you strange and unfriendly? did staff respect your privacy and be careful when opening and closing the curtain around the bed? What about halal or vegetarian food? did you eat the food they provide? were your family allowed to visit and pass on the food? I would be most grateful for your contributions to this thread, I do worry about these issues, as hijab and maintainance of dignty and modesty during childbirth is very important to me, and it seems such a vulnerable time, when you are putting your life and privacy in the hands of often non muslim medical professionals, and so these issues are very pertinent. Any help, experience and advice would be most appreciated inshallah, Salams and duas inshallah
  19. salam alakum sisters. Today I came to school and a friend of mine came to me and said "do you know that girl with the head scarf?" I replied "yes" then she told me "she took her headscarf off in school!" i was surprised, I did not believe it at first until she took took me to see her and I was very shocked that she actually took her headscarf off. she was sitting there with her friends normally. I actually inside of me felt very insulted because why would someone wear it and take it off it's just wrong. However another part of me said that probably her parents forced her to wear it and hijab should never be forced. But deep inside of me something is telling me to talk to her and persuade this girl to come back to the hijab. So my question is, is it my duty and is it wajib to talk to her? because i feel guilty from the inside. However i don't really know this person as a friend, she's just someone in school. should I just leave her and mind my own business or should i get into her business?
  20. http://www.4thought....i?autoplay=true Zahra Al-Alawi; presenter on Ahlulbayt TV, Speaks of the importance of covering up. Is it a sin to bare our flesh? What do you think?
  21. Salam to all, I will inshallah be visiting Iraq this october/november and I have a few questions for those that have visited there, lived there, or have family there. I will be going for ziyarah and visiting najaf, karabala, samarra and kadhimain, I will also possibly be visiting family in Khalis(near Baquba) in diyala province. I will be expecting to wear an overhead abaya aomething like this- What I would like to know is, would I need to always wear a black headscarf under this abaya or could I wear headscarves in other colours? If so, what colours are commonly seen acceptable to wear in Iraq? Would muted colours such as brown, grey, white, dark blue, dark green, dark red, beige etc be something that is common headscarf colours worn by women in Iraq under the overhead abaya? Or would it be unusual and better to stick to black headscarves under the overhead abaya? I would like to add that I am a white english revert and I am married to a British Iraqi arab, I will be visiting with him, and my parents in law, and would like to blend in as much as possible whilst there inshallah, and I don't want to offend anyone or attract attention to myself any more then I necessarily might do being a western foreigner. Also, I have heard that exposing the hands in Najaf in particular may atttract attention and that they should remain covered under the abaya at all times, unless absolutely necessary, would it be ok to wear black gloves like the picture, or would that be odd to the locals? Are the shella type of headscaves normal in Iraq? because I heard that most women wear the triangle type headscarf, so would it stand out to wear the shella type scarf under the overhead abaya? Also, what will the weather/temperature be like in October/November in Iraq? Najaf? Karbala? Khalis(near baquba) in diyala? Will it be cold winter weather? or cool autumn? or is it still warm? I would like to know whether I would need to bring clothing in cooler fabrics, or thicker warmer clothing, or doesn't it matter due to the layers that you wear? I have heard that local women wear normal at home dishdashas under the overhead abaya rather then a black jilbaab type abaya under it, what is the norm? and would it be ok for me to wear either loose trousers and a mantoo/long top under the overhead abaya, or a long skirt and top under the overhead abaya? Would it be ok to wear jeans or a denim long skirt under the overhead abaya? or could I wear a jilbaab abaya under the overhead abaya? What kind of shoes do you suggest? would some plain black ballerina flats be good enough? or would ballerina flats of another colour such as white or beige be ok-or would that stand out under the black abaya... I know this all sounds extra and detailed, but as they say, the devil is in the detail, and as I will be visiting family and I am not going with a tourist/ziyarah group wear you are with all foreigners and as long as you stick to the general modesty rules of Islam and at least loosely fit in with the usual level of modest in Iraqi custom, then there would be no problem, but I feel that I will need to fit in a lot more then that inshallah so I would like to try and adhere to as many details as possible. Salams and dua to all and thanks for any help and infor in advance x
  22. Sisters do you realise that women in general act different during wearing a hijab in the east in comparison to the West.... Can ony one with the experience of waering a hijab in both east and west entertain us with her experience, emotions, feelings, reflections on wearing the hijab in both east and west ....Can she underline the main differences between both hijabs in terms of emotional status, feelings, social status, politics, etc
  23. Nobel Peace Prize winner "Tawakkul Karman," 'The mother of Yemen's revolution,' when asked about her Hijab by journalists and how it is not proportionate with her level of intellect and education, replied: “Man in early times was almost naked, and as his intellect evolved he started wearing clothes. What I am today and what I’m wearing represents the highest level of thought and civilization that man has achieved, and is not regressive. It’s the removal of clothes again that is a regression back to the ancient times.
  24. Anyone got any Short and Simple poems on Hijab..?! If yeh.. then obviously post it.. If no then.. Find some and post em :dry: Be helpful like..! :dry: Cheers peeps..! :D
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