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    Posted: 07 July 2009 at 6:23am
Most Muslims are familiar with the various reasons that Allah has required women to wear hijab: The hijab reflects modesty, purity and respect; it lessens temptation so that more serious sins will be avoided; it protects women from the harm and molestation of evil men; a woman who wears hijab will be evaluated for her intelligence and skills rather than her appearance.

One important aspect that is often overlooked, however, is that the hijab is a symbol of Muslim identity. A woman who covers her head is making a statement that she is a member of the Muslim community and that she follows a particular code of moral conduct.

Allah says: "O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believing women to draw their outer garments around them. That is more suitable that they will be known (as Muslims and chaste believing women) and not be abused."
[Qur'an, 33:59]
"...that they will be known..."

In America, where Islam is the fastest growing religion (Alhamdulillah) , many people are coming to know what this head covering really signifies and to understand the religion that mandates it. The hijab, in effect, is an amazingly powerful tool for Dawah; one that Muslims themselves are probably not even aware of. As with any tool, the key for effectiveness is appropriate and knowledgeable people to the true religion.

How can a woman perform Dawah for Islam when she is not even practicing it herself? To do this would be a form of hypocrisy and it will not be successful.

Once a woman begins to wear hijab she completes a large portion of her responsibility for Dawah with very little effort. Each time that she goes to the grocery store, the library, to work, to school, or to any other public place, she is spreading the magnificent message of Islam. This is not only because of the outer hijab that she wears, but more importantly, the modesty of her behavior that accompanies it.

When a woman refrains from flirting with men, limits physical contact, and is reserved and respectful, people may become curious and want to learn more about this intriguing faith. It may just sow the seeds of something wonderful.

At the University where I teach (which happens to be a private, Catholic school), women are often interested in my manner of dress and demeanor. Each semester I have at h today there is a law that requires women to cover their heads in church?"

"Have you read in I Corinthians (Bible, 11:3-10) the verses that Paul wrote:

'Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head - it is just as though her head were shaved. If a woman doesn't cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or shaved off, she should cover her head."

"Did you know that there are some Christian denominations, namely the Amish and the Mennonites, who still require women to wear the head covering?"

"Were you aware that is was the custom of Jewish women to go out in public with a head covering and that some denominations still practice this today?

This can also be a cogent segue to more crucial topics such as the fact that Moses, alayhis salam, Jesus, alayhis salam and Muhammad, sallallahu alayhe wa salam, were all prophets of the same God and that they each carried the same basic message.

Islam corrected the errors that had been introduced into previous revelations by humans and completed the process that was planned by Allah.

We should be proud to be Muslims.

We should also be grateful for the gift that Allah has given to each one of us: The perfect truth of Islam that is our key to paradise. All others are being deluded by Satan and following paths to destruction.

With our gift comes the responsibility to share the truth with those who are less fortunate.

We are all responsible to carry the light of Islam.

The hijab is an outward manifestation of this light that burns within, and it can be an effective tool for fulfillment of our obligation.

We choose whether to develop this light into a bright, radiant star or let it be extinguished by foolish and selfish desires.

May Allah guide each of us to the true Path, Aameen.
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OH ALLAH! Make useful for me what You taught me and teach me knowledge that will be useful to me! (Aameen)

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Quote Sign*Reader Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 6:36pm
Did you read this thread?
If this were a Christian or Jew in the Middle East


Edited by Sign*Reader - 07 July 2009 at 6:37pm
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Quote Hayfa Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 6:44pm
So if you feel it is for 'dawah' if a person is not ready for that level of responsibility they should not wear it? 

it protects women from the harm and molestation of evil men; a woman who wears hijab will be evaluated for her intelligence and skills rather than her appearance.

Well as the story signifies..that is not always the case.

I am not arguing that hijab is not required or desired. I would fee lless inclined to wear it if it is really about dawah. The minute you wear full hujab you DO represent Islam. Not a small resonsibility.
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Quote aaysha Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 10:43pm
Hijab is the banner of Islam and it completes the deen of a woman. Those who are not inclined to wear it for some reason and another, that cant be accepted by Allah, has been disobedient to Him and in the hereafter will be answerable to their actions.

"Whosoever does not judge by what ALLAH has revealed (al-Qur'an), such are the Kafirun (disbelievers), the Zalimun (polytheists), and the Fasiqun (disobedient)." (Qur'an 5:44-47)

This verse as explained by Ibn Katheer means whoever rejects what Allah has revealed in His book (Quran) will have committed Kufr and whoever accepts what Allah has revealed, but did not rule by it is a Zalim (unjust) and Fas'q (rebellious) and a sinner.


Every Muslims are mandated to spread the teaching of Islam through words and deeds and by adhering to this aspect ruled for a woman is already a form of da'wah...enternalizing the true essence of being a Muslimah.



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Quote Sign*Reader Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 11:28pm
A keen observation about the predicament of US Muslim bechelorettes in hijab ...It limits the pool of the eligible suitors cuz not most US Muslims have the truly Islamic mind when searching for a spouse...I am afraid some would be left out to a life of spinsterhood...Not a delightful life I am afraid...Any suggestions!

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Quote ikhwan Replybullet Posted: 08 July 2009 at 5:28am
salamualikum, i absolutely agree sister. i myself have immense respect for muslimah's who wear hijab, because of this issue islam has been highlighted in different ways but at the end it helped in dawwah as alot of questions are asked and we can see how islam is spreading specially among the woman.
one person said hijab in america prevents women from being married to muslim men there as they are secular but thats good because true muslimah can't live with a secularists and there are alot of practicing muslim men who want to marry with those who practice it and hijab is there identity.
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Quote Hayfa Replybullet Posted: 08 July 2009 at 6:06am
Well Sign Reader,

We could have a show.. the Muslim Bachelorette.. just no touching!

What do you think??

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Quote Chrysalis Replybullet Posted: 08 July 2009 at 6:25am
Originally posted by Sign*Reader

A keen observation about the predicament of US Muslim bechelorettes in hijab ...It limits the pool of the eligible suitors cuz not most US Muslims have the truly Islamic mind when searching for a spouse...I am afraid some would be left out to a life of spinsterhood...Not a delightful life I am afraid...Any suggestions!


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