‘And Do Not Sell Yourselves…’

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Bismillah.

I was going over this verse today and something just struck me. In Surat al-Baqarah, ayah 41, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says:

وَءَامِنُواْ بِمَآ أَنزَلۡتُ مُصَدِّقً۬ا لِّمَا مَعَكُمۡ وَلَا تَكُونُوٓاْ أَوَّلَ كَافِرِۭ بِهِۦ‌ۖ

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وَلَا تَشۡتَرُواْ بِـَٔايَـٰتِى ثَمَنً۬ا قَلِيلاً۬ وَإِيَّـٰىَ فَٱتَّقُونِ

“And believe in My Revelations which are confirming your scriptures (O Children of Isra’eel); Do not be the first one to deny My Revelations, and do not sell them for a petty price; Fear Me and Me Alone.” [2:41]

I’d like to concentrate on the bolded part in English (corresponding words underlined in Arabic).

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Here, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala  is talking to Bani Isra’eel, the Children of Isra’eel — but there is a lesson in it for us as well.

The word “tashtaru” comes from the root ‘to exchange.’ So the verse is saying, in other terms, “Do not buy something in exchange for My Verses.” The word “thamana” comes from the root meaning “price.” The word “qaleela” means small in quantity and quality. It refers to the trivial gain of this world.

So, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala told Bani Isra’eel: do not sell My verses in exchange for a small price in this world. This was in reference to the Jews of Madinah, who didn not accept the ayaat which came with Muhammad salla Allahu alayhi wasallam because of the fear of losing their leadership. They wanted to keep the leadership (a small gain in this world) in exchange for denying or ignoring the ayaat of Allah, and in the end, an eternity of Paradise.

How does this relate to Hijab?

Giving up our hijab for a temporary gain in this life, whether it be for work, family, friends, school, or a million other reasons will only give us a temporary gain. I repeat, it will only give us a temporary gain.

Imagine this: exchanging a means of attaining Jannah, Paradise, for a job. Exchanging Jannah for a friend. Exchanging Jannah for a semester of partying. Exchanging Jannah for a distant relative. How long do those things last? A few years? A few months? A few days? Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala said Himself in His Book that it would be small, both in quality and quantity.

So, my dear sisters in Islam, do not sell your hijab, which is commanded by Allah in the Qur’an, for a small, petty price. Sell yourself only to the highest bidder: Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. By wearing it for Him, He will reward you with His mercy by giving you entrance into eternal jannah insha’Allah!

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala make us of those who follow His ayaat and do not exchange them for petty prices! Ameen.

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