Kashif Hafeez Siddiqui

World Hijab Day – Why Hijab / Pardah / Veil ?

In Hijab on September 5, 2009 at 1:17 am

hijab & WestYes! This is the same “Veil/Purdah” which Europe loathes and detests, and the very vision of which weighs heavily on the Western conscience, and which is regarded as a mark of oppression, narrow mindedness and barbarism.

Yes, this is the same thing that is mentioned first of all in pointing out the ignorance and backwardness of an Eastern nation. So much so that when a person has to describe the cultural and social advancement of an Eastern nation, the first thing that he mentions with great satisfaction is that it has discarded the “Purdah/Veil”.

Now if the Muslim so feels, let him hang his head with shame. For it is not something that was devised and adopted later it was indeed devised by the Qur’an itself and established by the Holy Prophet himself as a social custom…

hijab-demo-17jan04-741Indeed, all the disputes about the veil spring from this hypocrisy. People have tried their very best to prove that the present form of Purdah/Veil was a custom of the pre-Islamic communities, and that Muslims adopted this custom of ignorance long after the time of the Holy Prophet.

If one carefully considers these injunctions for Purdah/Veil, one will find that the Islamic Purdah/Veil is not a custom of ignorance, but it is a rational law. A custom of ignorance is something rigid: it does not permit modification or change under any circumstances. If it covers a thing, it covers it forever, and it cannot be uncovered whatever may happen. In contrast to this, a rational law is flexible. It permits strictness and laxity according to the circumstances’; it permits exceptions in its rules according to the time and occasion.

“O Prophet, enjoin your wives and daughters and the women of the Muslims to draw their outer-garments close round them; it is expected that they will be recognized, and thus not molested…” (33:59)

“Every religion has a morality, and the morality of Islam is Haya (Shyness)”.

The word “Purdah/Veil” is used as a title for the set of injunctions, which constitute the most important part of the Islamic system of community life. If these injunctions are viewed in their right perspective against the structure of this system, every person who has not wholly lost his powers of discernment will readily admit this to be the only balanced and just view in regard to man’s social life.




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