The Full Time Decision

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Guest post by sister Shireen Baig, where a piece of advice becomes a point of personal transformation.

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Most of us – in general most Muslim sisters in the Indian-subcontinent – we do hijab when we go out. We wear abaya when we go out. But, when it comes to any special occasions like weddings and such events, why don’t we wear our abaya? And if we do, then why don’t we wear our hijab?

You may choose to think that it will nullify your beauty, but on the contrary, it reflects your persona as a Muslimah and also as an inspiration to the other sisters. Is it really necessary to look beautiful for all of the people, or is it something special that must be cherished by its right protector? I will choose the latter one. Not only because it’s the right Islamic choice, but also because I feel my beauty is too precious to be cherished by everyone.

Furthermore, why do we not cover our heads properly when a male cousin comes to meet us? Is he our mahram? Certainly not. A few of us do cover our heads, but it’s more of a formality because braids can be seen from behind and the fringe can be seen from the front. Are we not responsible for our modesty and chastity?

Allah has blessed us all with huda (guidance), no matter how much we try to deny. But the truth is that every time we make a choice, we are well-aware if that is a right one or a wrong one. We mend the wrong choices we make, with the false, self-convincing explanation and excuses. But, what is the point? Are we all not here to please Allah?! Indeed we are, so why do we shy away from the concept of being a full time hijabi?

May Allah give all us sisters the strength and the will to make the decision of full-time hijab. And may He give us the strength and Eman not to go astray from our decision later. Islam is our religion and we are a part of it. Should we not glorify our religion and Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala by following His commandments?

“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better, so that they may be recognized and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.” [Quran 33:59]

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has commanded us to cover ourselves with our cloaks so we are not annoyed by the people who think of us lustfully when they see we are not properly covered. Think of it sisters: it is a commandment from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, but realistically speaking, it is made only for our modesty, and only for the respect we deserve. Indeed, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala knows all.

Hijab is not limited to covering of your hair, it is a way of appearance and clothing. You have to be appropriately dressed all the time.

“O you Children of Adam! We have bestowed on you raiment to cover your shame as well as to be an adornment to you. But the raiment of righteousness, that is the best. Such are among the Signs of Allah, that they may receive admonition.” [Quran 7:26]

All of us are aware of the kind of clothing we can afford and alhamdulillah! We are so blessed that we can afford to cover ourselves completely. But how disappointing would it be for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to see that despite giving us the power to afford it, we still love to wear those short sleeve shirts, those deep necks, square backs, and the fitted clothes in all the right places, with the use of less and less cloth. Allah is the most forgiving and indeed He loves repentance, my sisters – it’s never too late until your last breath. A few of us might decide to do it at a later stage in our life, but are we really sure that we will live until we reach that later stage? Our lives are uncertain; we must make our motives certain and act upon them with an immediate effect.

I read on a website about a sister who did not do hijab, and when she got to know about the importance of hijab and how Allah declares the women who do not cover themselves as women of ‘tabarruj’ (shamelessness) – that sister started crying and immediately wanted to cover her hair. The other sisters suggested that she can start doing that once she goes to her home as they were in a Dawah centre. She persisted and demanded a hijab immediately. They managed to get her a hijab, and while this sister was on her way to her home, she was killed in a car accident. SubhanAllah! What a wonderful decision she made to start her new life immediately, and to immediately repent.

To the few of our sisters who like to stylize the concept of hijab, please read below a small part of a verse from Quran:
“…and that they (believing women) should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O you Believers, turn you all together towards Allah, that you may attain Bliss.” (Quran 24:31).

The right path is indeed full of bliss. Although we might see it as a path full of hardships, but the bliss after the hardship fades is the most amazing. Some of these hardships are created by shaytan. The temptation to show at least that fringe of your hair, the temptation to immediately apply nail polish when you don’t have or have to pray, the temptation of wearing some perfume while going out, the temptation to have that tailor-made sparkly abaya, or the temptation to give up on all good things of Islam after all they are so hard.

Allah is indeed the provider of Strength and verily He listens to you. So ask Him for the guidance you need. Ask Him for the will-power you require. Ask Him for the sincerity you wish for in order to do everything in your life only for the sake of Allah.

After the moment I wrote this article, I realized that I am also a part time-hijabi. I read this article 15 times at least, wondering and questioning myself: why should I advise someone to do something, when I myself am not doing it? Before the end of the day, I knew what I had decided upon, and since then, I have decided to do hijab even in front of my cousins.

The very next day of my decision, we had to go on a family picnic and I panicked as to how my family would react. But, alhamdulillah – it went so well!

Verily, Allah is the Provider of strength, and He makes things easier on you. Alhamduillah.

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Shireen Baig is a 19-year old who works and lives in UAE – Dubai. She is a graduate who likes to write poems and share them on her facebook account.