Why Do I Wear Hijab?


Let me count for you the reasons why I wear my hijab…10. Because I’m free!

No one has the right to see anything of me that I don’t give them permission to see. It’s my right to choose who gets to see the best of me – and that will be the one who Allah gave the right to see me, the one who is halal for me, not some stranger. This is a man who will, insha’Allah, have the same feelings of love towards me, and will be willing to sacrifice for me like I sacrifice for him.


9. Because I am precious.

There’s no way I’m going to degrade myself by becoming an object to be seen by the eyes of every man and stranger. And I’m not going to let anyone steal a glance at my bare body, so long as I can help it.

But I can’t stop the men from looking… and I apologize to my sister who does not wear the hijab, because there are those out there with weak souls that will look your way, even if you do not want it. That is why Allah made the hijab fard, so that those with weak hearts will not be tempted in the same way. I’m talking about those men who, wherever they walk or drive, are always looking at every woman they see. And they continue their search, because no amount of looking is enough for them – but I won’t let them see much of me.


8. Because I respect myself.

I value myself and will not enter that sexual race where the prize is a vulgar word, a lustful glance, or the offer of an inappropriate friendship or relationship.


7. Because my beauty isn’t just on the outside.

When my husband comes along, the one I will marry and give a part of my life to, the one I will share my hopes and dreams with, the one who will become the father of my children – he will not choose me because of my body, insha’Allah. I do not want him to love me for it; I want him to know me for who I really am, to love my personality, to respect my values. Beauty fades with age, but the soul does not. There are many women out there who choose to wear the hijab after they are married, thinking that is how they will win a husband over initially. But if it was beauty that won him over in the first place, it can win him over again with another woman.


6. Because I fear for my brother in Islam.

The one I see at school or work or even on the bus, the one who’s struggling to please Allah by lowering his gaze. I do not want to be a hardship on him, and I do not want to be an obstacle in his path of closeness to Allah. How would I stand before my Lord bearing such a sin?


5. Because I care about my brothers in Islam.

Many of these are brothers who, more than anything, want to get married to fulfill their desires in a permissible way, want to avoid haram glances – but they can’t get married yet because of their financial circumstances. I do not want to be a reminder of that to any of my brothers as he passes me, I do not want to be someone who arouses the desires he is trying so hard to control.


4. Because the “zina” (fornication) of the eye is the glance.

The Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam said, “Every son of Adam has his share of zina. For the eyes may commit zina and their zina is looking…” [Bukhari, Muslim and Ahmed].

I want to protect myself from such glances. I don’t want to make such glances. I don’t want to be the object of such glances, either, and I certainly don’t want to be the cause of these glances. I don’t want anything at all to do with them.


3. Because I care about my sister in Islam.

The woman who walks along with her husband as he glances at me, comparing us and thinking of all the different women there are out there, while she experiences the hurt and jealousy. One day I might be faced with the same thing, and even if I think I’m pretty… well, there’s always prettier.


2. Because I fear for myself.

Then there’s another reason, a more important reason, and it’s the hijab: that hijab I will one day wear as part of my burial clothes. There’s one difference here – I won’t have a choice about whether I wear that hijab or not, so why not wear it in this life, while I have the choice to follow the command of Allah? Allah asks us to be modest even in our graves when no one will see us or value us, so why shouldn’t we do it while alive? I want to wear hijab before it’s too late to be rewarded for it, before it’s too late to avoid punishment for not wearing it. I would rather walk this earth obeying and pleasing my Lord because I choose to, rather than meeting Him on the Day of Judgment having displeased Him.


1. Because Allah said so.

But in the end, these are all secondary reasons, all reasons that come after the most important reason of all: I wear my hijab to obey Allah and worship Him. Even if I did not know the wisdom behind hijab or have any other reason for wearing it, I would still wear it because He has asked me to. I choose to be of those who say, “We hear and we obey” [2:285].


And that is why I wear my hijab, walhamdulilah. May Allah make the hijab a jewel to every Muslim woman, as it is to me.


Loosely translated and adapted from an Arabic email forward.

  • http://duskanddawn.wordpress.com/ Ameera

    Awesome article, Masha'Allah! A reminder as well as an inspiration… clears out your perspective! Jazakillah!

  • Sona

    I absolutely loved this! Great pictures as well

  • http://pen-marks.com/ Sadiyah

    I think this one is my favorite article on here so far!

  • http://twitter.com/PurrPoet16 Fifi S.

    It wraps up why we wear the hijab, just like the hijab wraps up who we are. Thanks for a great article!

  • Ayan

    Great article, mashaAllah

  • http://www.igotitcovered.org/author/dania Dania

    wow mashaAllah i love the picturesss! that was so deep mashaAllah! jazakiAllahu khairun

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fatima-Rahmn/1031907039 Fatima Rahmn

    great article…this is really amazing…..its puts 2gether all the intentions we should have when wearing hijaab

  • Nouhad

    I loved the article and the pictures that came along with it! Beautiful, mashAllah!

  • A.S.

    Masha'Allah! Subhan'Allah! Whoever wrote this…has a very amazing and crystal clear perspective on hijab. May Allah grant the author His Mercy on the Day of Judgement and make it easy for her (and the rest of us!) to keep wearing the hijab.


  • Muslimah

    So simple yet so beautiful, it gets to the point. Wonderful piece MashAllah. JazakhAllahkhairun sister. =]

  • nIKHAT

    I just don't have words to describe ur article..May Allah (S.W.T.) REWAD YOU IN THE BEST OF WAYS ..THE BEST THING I LIKE IS YOUR FRANKNESS ND PICTURES…

  • sista

    11. Because I don't want to get bad deeds for disobeying Allah swt EVERYtime a random man looks at my beauty (whether he is enjoying it or not), which Allah swt has told me, no stranger has a right to see!

  • onemuslim

    #6 Made it seem like our brothers in Islam solely get married for sex, expecially because you highlighted “[brothers] want to get married to fulfill their desires.”

    We get married for the sake of Allah, for many reasons beyond “fulfilling sexual desires.”

    Just my two cents.

  • http://www.igotitcovered.org/author/sarah/ Sarah

    Love this mashaAllah! The pictures and style are great mashaAllah.

  • khadija

    This is an amazing writing indeed but forgive me Sister i disagree with your one point which is “who does not wear the hijab, because there are those out there with weak souls that will look your way, even if you do not want it. “
    Hijab indeed is really beautiful thing and i am also hajibi but with that i know so many women related to me or my friendswho do not wear Hijab but i can say that they are the best Muslim women i know.

  • Faith

    Wow this article is so inspiring and even though i already wear hijab, i was reminded about my iman and it gave me chills (:

  • peace

    this is by far the most comprehensive article on hijab, all hails to the author subhan allah

  • Nishana Shajahan

    Masha Allah…..a very inspiring and informative .

  • abuahmed

    Masha Allah .. may Allah(swt) help our sisters in Islam to be guided to Hijab with this article .. very well presented ..

  • Sam

    Thanks for the reminder. Lately I have been having trouble with my self image after having worn the hijab for the past seven years. May Allah bless you for helping a sister from going astray.

  • http://acespiretribe.wordpress.com/ Sharena Abdullah

    When I first wore hijab, the two most important people in my life, a man and a woman (out of my respect for them, I won't mention who) had these to say to me…The woman:”Hmm…it'll only last 3,4 months before you take it off.” and the man:”But I like it when other men look at you.” Wearing the hijab (according to the sha'ria, covering proper awra) reflects a great inner strength of the woman and I think we should all be proud and supportive of our sisters who wear hijab. For all our sisters who don't wear hijab, let's not look at them askance and judge but instead, let's invite them for hijab parties (instead of Tupperwear!) Allah knows best.

  • Amir

    Every reason for wearing a hijab can be reversed and applied to men, then why don't men have to swear some sort of covering garment?
    Women lust after men too, its a fact. Does anyone else see the hypocrisy here?

    My other major problem here is that you all assume that men won't love you for who you are if you don't wear a Hijab, because they will just be just be physically attracted to you. Come on, are you really THAT attractive? Sounds a bit narcissistic to me. I have truly loved a woman for reasons that were beyond her outer beauty, but her beauty is what led me to introduce myself in the first place. Just something you might want to consider before you subject yourself to the outdated rules written by a bunch of men a few hundred years ago.

  • http://www.igotitcovered.org/author/bintabdelhamid Bint AbdelHamid

    You should find the answer to your question within this post:

    1. Because Allah said so. But in the end, these are all secondary reasons, all reasons that come after the most important reason of all: I wear my hijab to obey Allah and worship Him. Even if I did not know the wisdom behind hijab or have any other reason for wearing it, I would still wear it because He has asked me to. I choose to be of those who say, “We hear and we obey” [2:285].

    As humans, we can try to argue or justify things as much as we want. But in the end, “because Allah said so” is the real reason.

  • zizi

    This is very beautiful and inspires me and encourages me to keep wearing my hijab, which i recently started wearing :)
    I posted it on my FB!!!

  • Muslimah

    For me, no secondary needed….because allah said so is more than enough. But I understand that many of my fellow muslimah find it hard and I sincerely beleive we should so love to all and ask allah to guide us all and strengthen our iman for we are just human beings. May allah bless us all.

  • Seerah

    Asalamalaykum Amir,
    First of all, if you are a Muslim i’d sincerely advise that you make tawbah and ask Allah for forgiveness for saying the Quran which was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by Allah is “outdated rules written by a bunch of men a few hundred years ago.”

    Obviously enough, the Quran is from Allah, it talks about the past, present and future, which is something UNIQUE only to this wonderful Holy book. The Prophet (SAW) was unlettered, and the Quran was preserved in his heart and the hearts of millions of muslims both young and old till date.

    How is it then possible that a book revealed more than 1400 years ago has knowledge of Physics, geography, biology, geology, which were only discovered a few centuries ago, if not that it had a Supernatural backing?

    Well, basically when Allah and his Rosul have decreed a matter, who are we to disobey the Almighty? Allah (SWT) also said in Quran 24:30-31…………………”Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts). That is purer for them. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what they do.
    And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hand or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of feminine sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.

    Whomever Allah guides none can misguide, and whomever Allah misguides none can guide, and Allah knows best. Subhanallah Wabihamdika Ashaduanalaillahaillalah wa nastagfiruka wa atubuilaik.

  • Seerah

    Yes we are very attractive in our Hijab, because we wear the hijab for modesty, our bodies is not to be oggled or fantasized about by men. Defying the law of physics that says like poles repel, i sincerely believe “like poles attract”, you have to be so God-fearing and modest before you even consider getting married to a sister in hijab who is also God-fearing and modest, so please “there is no need to consider disobeying Allah”.

    “There is no obedience to the creature in disobedience to the Creator”

    If we dont obey Allah, then whats the purpose of our creation?

    I honestly pray that you have a change of heart!

  • aisha

    woe to Amir! Quran is the word of the ALMIGHTY ALLAH! don’t u ever forget that!

  • Rukkaya17

    very powerful and amazing words…
    i love it..thank you

  • Amatullah-62

    what you are saying is very dangerous, brother(?) I think you should make tauba…May Allah guide you!

  • PrincessShazana

    Subhanallah BEAUTIFUL article..thankyou!

  • Hisyam

    Subhanallah. what an inspiring article. I am asking your permission to share this with my friends. thank you.

  • Aqsaijaz

    i really liike this
    subhanallah it really gets u thinking

  • http://www.igotitcovered.org/author/sarah/ Sarah

    Yes of course! Feel free to share inshaAllah!

  • Little Auntie


    Love/heart this <3

  • Haf_is

    If you had studied the “out dated rules” you would see that hijab is fard for men and women. The first type of hijab, is of the eyes. Both men AND women are told to lower their gaze and guard their modesty. Men also have to cover from navel to knee and not wear super tight shirts.
    Contrary to what you said women DO lust after men, the Qur’an acknowledges this, just look up the story of prophet Yusuf (pbuh) and how many women listed after him. Allah is well aware of the fitrah (nature) of human beings, and so the rules are their for a reason to protect.
    Even the non Muslims know this. Next time u look at a magazine…see what percentage of the images are of women and what is of men. You’ll see that even advertisers know the nature of men and their desire for women especially their physiques. If. Most of the well known and sought after women aren’t acknowledged for their credentials alone, most are media celebs …and even the west knows this…
    It is the nature of man, and of women…but what is acknowledged is that women have a larger degree of self control..even those who believe in evolution will agree this because they suggest that a woman needs to be more careful about conceiving since she will mother and nurse a child…
    I suggest you not only study the Qur’an properly so as not to be so misinformed..but also check out “orientalism” by Edward Saeed to have a greater scope

  • Annesilie

    Faith is a wonderful thing. Believing in something really gets us through life. I have nothing against the hijab and I respect you for your decision of wearing it and being proud of it. That’s the right way of doing things! :)) But I just don’t get why you think of men seeing you with only lust and nothing more. Yes, there are people watching you in that way and you just have to face it. The hijab doesn’t help a man restrict his imagination. If God (or whatever created us) made us the way we are, then he made us with hormones and feelings of lust, sexual desire, love, attraction. There is nothing bad about those feelings, because they are a part of us, and since they are, it means we have to live with them. If thousands of years ago the first humans didn’t feel pure sexual desire, we wouldn’t be here today. They didn’t think if it’s wrong or right – they just followed it, because to reproduce in this world is our main reason for being. We are nothing without our children. :) And also, I don’t get your concept of marriage. If a man should love you who who you are inside, than he should know you for a long long period of time before deciding if you are the right one for him. It’s that same thing with women: getting to know a man closely doesn’t mean taking off your clothes for him. It means looking into his soul and searching for the peaces that make you complete. You shouldn’t just love because you are loved, you should love because there’s a reason for it.You should love because you chose the man you are going to love yourself, and because there’s no other man than him that can take his place. Then tell me: HOW do you find this man, if the only man you ever get to know is the one you marry? God doesn’t chose that man for you, he was chosen by human beings who make mistakes, who are not perfect… I really respect your traditions and faith. But think about it… Give men a chance to prove they can be better than what you think. No man is a total beast that can’t control himself. My best friend is a boy, and he has helped me through very difficult moments in my life when no woman tried to help me, I thank destiny our paths crossed. We chose our friends for their souls, not for their gender. :)))

  • Khadeejah Islam

    One of the best articles related to hijab! Alhamdulillah.

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  • aya

    it’s really a great article ..i like it ..i ask allah to bless us ..thanks a lot for you .jazaka allahou kheiran

  • Brianna

    I think whoever wrote this needs to get it published. She obviously has talent with how she words things, and she also obviously understand the meaning of hijab very well.

  • SPC

    Mashallah, My allah grant you heaven…. 

  • Roxanna Wahab

    wow beautiful sister that has taken my breath away