Importance of hijab in Islam - Obligation of Khimar and Jilbab in Public Place for Women
Importance of Hijab is very evident in Islam where, Hijab generally refers to clothing such as the veil and the headscarf worn by Muslim women (Muslimah) over her casual clothes in public place. It includes two pieces of cloth i.e. Khimar and Jilbab. Khimar is denotes to headscarf or a piece of cloth (garment) which is use to cover from head (and sometime face as well according to some scholars) to neck i.e. head, neck, and shoulders. And Jilbab is long piece of cloth (garment) hanging out from her shoulder to feet straight i.e. a full-length outer garment.
We see the wearing of hijab by more sisters as an indication of the growing awareness of Islam. However, we find that still a large proportion of sisters are ignorant of importance of this Islamic duty, which Allah (SWT) has stressed in the Quran:
"O Prophet ! Tell your wives and daughters and all other believing women that they should cast their outer garments over themselves [when in public]: this is more conducive to their being recognized (as decent women) and not annoyed. Indeed, Allah is much Forgiving, Most Merciful." [Al-Ahzab: 59]
In another place Allah SWT says in Quran,
"And abide quietly in your homes, and do not flaunt your charms as they used to flaunt them in the old days of pagan ignorance." [Al-Ahzab:33]
Also it is narrated by Aaisha R.A that she appeared before her cousin Abdullah bin Al-Tufail, with decorations. The Prophet SAWW did not approve of it. I said "O Apostle of Allah, he is my cousin" The Prophet replied; "When a women attains maturity, it is not lawful for her to uncover any part of her body except the face and this" - and then he put his hand on his wrist joint so as to leave only a little space between the place he gripped and the palm (Ibn Majah)
These evidences provide us with clear proof that the wearing of hijab is fard (obligatory), this is the importance of Hijab in Islam. Any women not wearing a hijab in public are considered by the criteria of Islam to be naked. Today we find that some Muslims are sinful by not following this divine law due to not knowing its importance and some are committing clear apostasy by even denying it exists!
Muslim women must know the importance Hijab in Islam that wearing Hijab in public place is obligatory on them and guardian of their chastity and protector of their modesty. What else the reason can be given when the creator of universe obligating on women to have hijab!
Last Updated: 21/7/2015