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[Transcript] To Veil or Not to Veil – Ustadh Mohammad Elshinawy

Bismillah

“GEM SHEET FOR BUSY PEOPLE”

  • The greatest honor is to be a Mu’min and a Muslim, and to be ranked among the Ummah that has believed in Muhammad ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam, a slave of Allāh.
  • Just as one is convinced and made a decision to be a believer, she should also have firm conviction in what Allāh Subḥānahu wa Taāla has said concerning the description of the believing man and believing woman in the Qur’aan:
    It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when Allāh and His Messenger have decided a matter, that they should [thereafter] have any choice about their affair. And whoever disobeys Allāh and His Messenger has certainly strayed into clear error.” [33:36]
  • The saying of the believers, when they are being invited to Allāh Subḥānahu wa ta’āla and His Messenger ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam is nothing else except, “we hear and we obey,” and these are those that are successful.
  • Choosing not to wear the Hijāb is not just another sin. To sin is to disobey Allāh Subḥānahu wa ta’āla, and should NOT be taken lightly! Remember, that it was just a sin that removed Ādam  alayhi s-salām from Jannah, and what caused Shaitān to spend eternity in the Hell fire – just one sin.
  • In a narration reported in Muslim, the Prophet ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam, he mentioned that of the two groups of people that he has never seen that will be punished in the Hell are, “women who will be dressed but appear to be naked, inviting to evil; and they themselves will be inclined to it. Their heads will appear like the humps of the Bactrian camel inclined to one side.”
  • They (such women) will not enter Jannah and they will not smell its fragrance which is perceptible from such and such a distance.” [Muslim] Ibn Kathīr mentions a hādith where the Prophet ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam said that the fragrance of Jannah may be detected from a distance of five hundred (500) years.
  • The women that leave the house with shape of their bodies defined, or their hair showing, or they are decorated in one way, shape or form, or they are perfumed, for every neck that turns, every eye that looks, she will share in the sin of the person that committed it (looking at her). She will get the same sin even if she doesn’t realize men around her are watching her simply because she made the sin a possibility.
  • Women have been brainwashed into thinking that whatever attention she can draw to herself that means she is liberated, and that women with hijāb are defined as oppressed, but they have not tricked you, sister, the slave of Allāh Subḥānahu wa ta’āla.
  • Become modest and do not remove the veil. Do not remove the hijāb from upon you and then become regretful. Guard your beauty if its honour that you seek! Al-Haya (modesty) is the most beautiful thing about a woman.
  • The Prophet ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam says “Haya (modesty) and Imān (faith) are two partners,” i.e. they go together, “When one is lifted, the other goes with it.” [Hākim]
  • Look at the gorgeous haya of our mother and example, ‘Āishah, who had such haya even in the presence of a man who died and was buried!
  • There were two women during the time of Mūsa whom he helped by retrieving water from a crowded well where people were fighting and pushing to get to the water. Due to their modesty, they dared not mix with the crowd. Allāh describes the woman who came to Mūsa after he had helped them by saying:

One of the two girls, she came walking upon modesty.”

Allāh didn’t say “walking with modesty,” but “walking upon modesty!” As if Allāh is saying that the earth below her, which she walked upon, was modest; meaning, she lived upon modesty, and that haya was her life and her world.

  • Oh sister who spends such large sums of money at the saloon to give herself the new look for the party or the streets or the classroom or the boardwalk, ask yourself “How much would you pay to fix your look before Allāh?”
  • The word arises in the Qur’ān 8 times, and every time it means the exact same thing, a veil, a barrier, something that is placed between so that what is on one side and the other has no access to whatsoever.
  • Some people they make the claim that hijāb is un-Islāmic, it’s cultural or hijāb is something the Muslims adopted from the Jews. But Allāh Himself mentioned the command in Surah Ahzab, Verse 59:

O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allāh Forgiving and Merciful.”

  • Hijāb is for you, for your own honour and protection.
  • Conditions of a proper Hijāb:
    • It must be long, covering the entire body, except the face and hands (some scholars say the entire body);
    • It should be opaque and not transparent;
    • It must be loose;
    • It must be unscented, i.e., she should not apply perfume or any scents unless it is done for the home and family;
    • It should not be a decoration in and of itself – there’s no such thing as a ‘fashionable hijāb’;
    • If you are putting hijāb on for Allāh, then it will be according to the conditions of Allāh Subḥānahu wa ta’āla Be truthful in that.
  • Three advices:
    • For parents: Many parents are worried that daughters will not be able to find a good husband. Parents, do not worry about your daughter when she puts on the hijāb, or think that it should be worn after marriage; Allāh will bring her a good husband.
    • For the brothers: Be gentle and compassionate when telling any sister you have authority over (eg. Family members) to wear hijāb. Remember you are responsible for your household.
    • For the sisters: If you want to service Islām, defend the Prophet ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam, support your sisters all over the world that have to pay the heaviest price, just because they are Muslims, then put the hijāb on. There is not a bigger thorn you can put in the side of your enemy than that. And walk the earth with that gown called hijāb, and that crown of yours called hijāb, with the utmost confidence and the utmost pride in your personality and in who you are and your decision.
    • If you make that decision to wear hijāb now, and you don’t wake up tomorrow morning, Allāh, because of your intention, will give you the reward as if you were wearing the hijāb your entire life.

ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPT

Introduction
All praise and glory belongs to Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla and may his finest peace and blessings be upon the best of his creations, Muhammad ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam, and his family and his companions and all those that follow his footsteps until the Day of Judgement. May Allāh make us of them! (Allāhumma Āmeen!)

To veil or not to veil – That is the question!
This evening Inshaa’ Allāhu wa Ta’āla is for every one of our sisters, who loves Allāh Subḥānahu wa ta’āla and His Messenger ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam.
This evening is for every sister that lives in defence of the Qur’ān, and the Sunnah, and lives for Jannah.
This evening is for every sister that has forgotten who she is.

Remember who you are!
I want to speak to you, but the real you. I don’t want to speak to the lipstick or the colour contact or the pink hair or the loud gum or the head bouncing to the i-pod, or the cow girl boots, or the fake nails. I want to speak to you, the real you, your heart and your soul and your mind, about those things buried deep down inside of you that I wish that you could remember. Don’t you remember who you are?
Allāh Subḥānahu wa ta’āla, He says,

Those that have Īmān, the believing men and the believing women, the Mo’min and the Mo’mina, and do good deeds – These are the best of the creations.”
[Qur’ān 98:7]

You, who you are, you are the best of the creation of Allāh Subḥānahu wa ta’āla; you are a member of the only remaining nation on the face of earth, from its east to its west that believes in Allāh  Subḥānahu wa ta’āla and worships Him alone without any partners. You are the only Ummah on the face of the earth – you are its member, that has not disbelieved in Muhammad  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam. That is who you are. You are the slave of Allāh. What an honour!
Like one, he said:

And from what has increased me in honour and prestige until I was about to touch the stars with my fingertips, is my being included in Your words – “Oh my slaves”, and that You sent Muhammad to me as Your prophet!”

What an honour! That is who you are! The brother, he is, Abdullah – he is the slave of Allāh. The sister, she is Amatullah – the slave of Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla.

“Convince ME!”
And then, when it comes to the topic of veiling, it tears me apart when I hear a sister a say, or I hear that she said, or her brother comes running to me saying my sister is telling me convince me about Hijāb. (La ilaha illa Allāh).
That statement, convince me about Hijāb, you might as well just say, convince me about Islām. Because the one that has already been convinced and made a decision to be a believer, the believing man and the believing woman, listen to their description in the Qur’ān.
Allāh says:

And it is not befitting, it’s just not right, that a believing man or a believing woman, when Allāh and His messenger have decreed a matter; for them to have any say in it.”
[Qur’ān 33:36]

And whoever disobeys Allāh and His messenger, then they have deviated; they have been led astray and it is so obvious that they have been misguided.
You are believer, aren’t you? Ask yourself this question. I am a believer. Yes, I am a believer. Do you know then what a believer is supposed to say? Not supposed to say convince me.
Allāh says,

The only statement of the [true] believers when they are called to Allāh and His Messenger to judge between them is that they say, ‘We hear and we obey.’ And those are the successful.”
[Qur’ān 24:51]

The saying of the believers, when they are being invited to Allāh and His messenger,
al Imam al Qurtubī says, Qur’ān and Sunnah – they say nothing else except, “we hear and we obey,” and these are those that are successful.
Who doesn’t want to be successful? Don’t you want to be successful in the Dunya and the Aakhira?
Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla says,
And whosoever obeys Allāh and His Messenger; then they have succeeded to the ultimate success, to the greatest success. [Qur’ān 33:71]

It’s just a sin!
So, this Hijāb, it is just another command of Allāh  Subḥānahu wa ta’āla that mandates our obedience to it. Refusing it then is a sin. But we hear that word sin too much.
What does it mean it’s a sin; meaning it’s a crime; it’s a felony. Why? Because Allāh commanded the believing woman to wear Hijāb, so when she refuses she has stepped on the command of the King, and Allāh is not the one that No is to be said to.
Sister aren’t you scared for yourself, WAllāhi, I am scared for you, that you think that it’s just another sin. It’s just a sin. Question! What removed Ādam alayhi s-salām from Jannah? It was just a sin. Adam  alayhi s-salām was forgiven. What caused Shaitaan Alaihi l’anatullah to spend eternity in the Hell fire? It was one sin.
And just to clarify matters, so no one gets confused, Hijāb is not just another sin.
There is a Hadīth in Sahih Muslim, narrated by Abu Hurairah radhi Allāhu ta’āla anhu; he says that the Prophet  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam said,
“Two types of the people of the fire that I have never seen.” The scholar says, what this means is that, of the blessings of Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla upon His messenger ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam, that he did not have to see these two types of people. The first type, the Messenger  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam, describes a particular kind of tyrant, a relentless tyrant.
The second type, he says  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam,wa nisaun, kaasiyatun, aariyatun, maailatun, mumilaat.”
And women, that are kaasiyat, they have clothes on, fabric on their bodies, aariyat, but they are naked. They are wearing clothes, but it’s as if they are not wearing anything. Their clothes are offering no concealment for them, like the women we see now-a-days. Maailaat, Mumilaat, they sway side to side in the way they walk, the way they talk, and the way they interact with the opposite gender.
The prophet  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam says, la yadkhulna janna, wa la yajudna reeha. They do not enter Jannah, these two types of people. And they will not even be able to find the fragrance of Jannah.
In the narration of Ibn-e-Kathīr, the prophet  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam says, “And the smell of Jannah can be detected from a 500 years travelling distance.” [Sahih] Meaning the smell of Jannah, if you were to travel to it, once you come 500 years in range of Jannah, you can begin to smell it, but these two types of people will not.
The women that leave the house with shape of their bodies defined, or their hair showing, or they are decorated in one way, shape or form, or they are perfumed. Every neck that turns, every eye that looks, you share in the sin of the person that committed it.
You can be thinking of a million one things from the moment you leave your house till the moment you return; you can be thinking about school, and exam, and shopping and email and studying and friends and appointment; you could be upon the bus reading Qur’ān or making dhikr. And you don’t realize it that guy whose eyes fall on your thigh, or his eyes fall upon your arms, or your neck, or your waist, or your legs, any of this; you get the exact same sin, because you made that sin a possibility; you made it available.
Allāh says,

And appear to them before Allāh, what they never expected.”
[Qur’ān 39:47].

Sins and sins and sins and sins, mountains – never expected it. Some people come on the Day of Judgment and this will be their condition. So, wAllāhi, it’s not just another sin.

Daughter of Islām
Our enemies, the enemies of Allāh; the enemies of His Messenger ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam; the enemies of the Qur’ān; the enemies of the believing men and women, they tricked the women, Muslim and non-Muslim alike into selling herself like a piece of flesh on the streets.
They brainwashed the women into thinking that whatever attention she can draw to herself that means she is liberated. They did it for example, with the anti-Islām propaganda. They throw a bunch of women with Hijāb on, and they say this is definition of oppression, oppression, oppression, oppression, oppression.
And something repeated so many times begins to settle in the minds, and taken for granted as a reality, as a fact. Add an on top of that, a socialist who will tell you, this is not some random guess but a trained specialist and researcher, tell you that a woman when she dresses more provocatively she gets 14% better wage; the higher the skirt, the higher the pay; the more buttons open on the blouse, the higher the pay; the prettier the hair, the higher the pay. And then you add on top of that, the boat loads of money they throw at women to remove all their clothes.
The pornography industry, the pornography in this demented society is a 59 billion dollar industry that means you take the entire baseball industry, with its players and its contracts, and its stadiums and its shoes, and its bats and its tickets, and its jerseys and its caps, you add to it the basketball industry, with all those of components as well, and you add to it the football industry with all of the jerseys, and the stadiums and the sneakers and the commercials, all of this, add on top of it the super ball, all of that doesn’t add up to the 59 billion dollar pornography industry.
They trick the women into thinking the attention they can grab to what to feed their perverse desires, they brainwash women into thinking that was value. And they thought they were liberated, and they finally achieved equality.
But I want to say they might have tricked the women, I want to say they might have tricked the women, but not you, not my sister; not the slave of Allāh. You would not fall for that. You are wiser than that,
This is why one of the poets, he said
“Sister, my sister, oh daughter of Islām, you see that is who you are, the daughter of Islām. That girl jumping around screen in the music videos, that’s not you, that girl just in a business suit, staying late in a private office as someone secretary, that’s not you. That fool on the billboard, that’s not you.”

Haya
Sister, oh daughter of Islām, become modest, do not remove the veil. Do not remove the Hijāb from upon you and then become regretful. Guard your beauty; if its honour that you seek; because the people around you are like wolves on the prow.
WAllāhi this is so true! They killed in you, the most beautiful thing about you: al Haya; Modesty.
The prophet Muhammad  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam, he says, in the Hadīth of al Hakim

Haya”; Modesty; Shame, “and Īman”; Faith “are two partners,” i.e. companions, buddies, they go together. “When one is lifted, the other goes with it.” 

Look at the beauty , the gorgeous Haya of your mother and mine, our example Aaisha radhi Allāhu ta’ala anha, the beloved of the prophet  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam and his wife.
She says, “When the prophet  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam died and the prophet  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam  – he was buried in her side room, in her Hujr (room),” because they were informed – the companions were informed – that when the prophets die, they must be buried exactly in the place their soul was taken.
She says, “When the prophet  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam died and Abu Bakr Siddique radhi Allāhu ta’ala anhu,” her father died, “I used to enter my Hujra without my Hijāb, because it was my husband, the prophet  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam, and my father.”
And when Umar died, Umar ibn al Khattab radhi Allāhu ta’ala anhu, when he died, he was buried next to Abu Bakr, [she said] “And when Umar died I never entered the room again, except with my Hijāb pulled over me.”
She was beautiful to the extent that she had Haya in front of a man who died and was buried. May Allāh be pleased with them all.

Walking upon modesty
Look at the example of the woman that Allāh  Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla immortalized; the depiction of her modesty in the Qur’ān as an example for all to read about, and learn from – one of the two sisters that Mūsa alayhi s-salām married.
When Musa alayhi s-salām had escaped the tyranny of Egypt, right, when he escaped the tyranny of Egypt and Fir’aun, he arrived at the well of Madian, and he saw a crowd there; fighting or pushing one another; or crowded around the well for water; and two women there unable because they would not dare to mix with the crowd.
They were unable to squeeze between them and they had to wait for everyone to finish, so Mūsa  alayhi s-salām he went and he retrieved water for them and gave it to them, and then he went off to sit and rest from exhaustion in the shade of a tree. And he made a Dua’a: Oh Allāh! I am in dire need of whatever good you would send to me.
The next ayah, Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla tells us about the girl returning to Mūsa alayhi s-salām to inform him that her father had commanded her to go get this man that helped them – the two girls; and let them drink and their cattle or their sheep drink; so that he may repay him.
Allāh  Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla says,

So one of them, one the two sisters, came walking upon modesty, she said my father invites you to repay you for the drink that you had granted us – the water.”
[Qur’ān 28:25]

The scholar said some very beautiful things about this Ayah. They said, first of all Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla said, “one of the two girls, she came walking upon modesty.”
He didn’t say “walking with modesty.” No! “Walking upon modesty!” As if Allāh is saying that the earth below her was modesty; meaning the earth she walked on, her world that she lived upon was modesty; that was her life and her world, Haya.
The second thing they said about this Ayah, they said there are two ways to understand this Ayah. And it’s of the eloquence of the Qur’ān; you can understand it as if it is two separate statements that say this.
“One of them came walking upon modestly, my father invites you.”
The second way you can say it, “One of the two came walking, upon modesty she said…”
So, in that case it would be description of even her speech was modest; her world and her life; and even her words, and her walking; everything about her.

Perspective
You know, SubhanAllāh, there was an exchange student that had come here to the states. I believe, a young man that feared Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla. And when he came here to college in the states, he feared the fitnah of women so much he never spoke to any girl; he didn’t look at any girl walking around; minding his business; lowering his gaze.
Allāhamdulillah, he successfully did that all throughout his time here and then at the very end of his stay, he was obligated by the professor to sit and do a collaborative effort with a girl at the same table. So they sat at the table and he wouldn’t speak to her. She’ll speak, he will respond with his head down. He’ll need something he’ll write it on a piece of paper and slide it across.
Of course he is doing this out of his fear of Allāh Subḥānahu wa ta’āla that he will be tempted and disobey Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla.
She, of course, at the same time at the opposite end, she has the whispers of Shaitaan going through her head. Add to that her background of what Islām supposedly does to women; of oppression and what not. So she misunderstood his mode of conduct; she became infuriated; she thought he is degrading her; and she is not being worth spoken to; and women are worthless. This is what she thought.
She became very frustrated. One day, two days, on the third or fourth day he was sitting there, wouldn’t speak to her, she snapped, she gets up, she pushes the table, and she begins to scream, you Muslim piece of … , there is a long beep, you know, empty the dictionary, but not Webster. You degrade women, and oppress women, and you people are garbage, and of course she made a scene in the middle of the classroom.
Out of his shock of the way she reacted, his head was raised and he looked her straight in the eyes, he said our women, I am paraphrasing, he said our women, our women, we oppress our women, he told her.
He couldn’t believe it. Have you lost your mind? Our women! He said our woman is either someone’s mother or someone’s daughter or someone’s wife, or someone’s aunt, or someone’s sister. He said we would die for anyone of our women, and their honour; we would kill someone for the honour of our women; we would go to war to defend our women and their nobility.
As for your women, what I have seen in this society, I know no better example to describe your women that of a, a joint, a blunt, a wrapped piece of marijuana. He said it gets passed from man to man, person to person – or she gets passed, from person to person. Everyone takes an inhalation until they have had their fill, and then it gets passed to the next until everyone is finished and then they throw it on the ground – because after that it has no more purpose; it is worthless. And it gets stepped on.
She, of course, didn’t expect a response like this and she broke down, and she began to cry, and she ran out the classroom. For a week she didn’t come to school.
A week later, everyone had thought she dropped the course. A girl walks into the classroom, covered from head to toe, not a nail shows from her, and she walks in and sits in the back of the classroom. Not that anyone is seeing.
Of course no one thought anything of it. Used to it. After the class was over, she walked up to his table. This Muhājaba, this sister of ours, may Allāh preserve her, and she said, you said words last week that pierced to the very bottom of my heart. He recognized the voice, then she said I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allāh, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allāh  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam.
Look at this young man and his fear of Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla that enabled him to speak with such wisdom and look at this young man who is looking at the society through clear eyes, through a perspective of Qur’ān and Sunnah. Look at this person, who perceives this community from a bird’s eye view of the culture. You know; as people say about plain things, step back a little you will be able to see more.

A Jew Embarrassed
And I have another Hijāb story for you.
When one of the Du’aa to the mashaaik, Shaikh Abu Ahmed Muhammad Hassaan radhi Allāhu ta’ala anhu, he came to the united states for some Da’waa. There was a young Jewish man, that came and sat with him and he decided to become a Muslim.
So the Sheikh after giving him a Shahadah, and congratulating him, and instructing him and advising him and making dua’a for him; he said Are your parents with you alive?
He said my parents, they are with me. They are Jews and they are very, very strict orthodox.
He said, are they available that we can speak to them.
He said my father is travelling but my mother is available.
He said, bring her we work on her a little bit, we talk.
The next day this new Muslim brother brought his mother. When she walked in upon the Sheikh, she was wearing a full Khimār, a full Hijāb, covering her hair, her neck, her chest, waist, right.
So the Sheikh said, habibi your mother, she is Muslim.
He said, No.
He said then why is she wearing Hijāb.
He said, Oh, my mother knows, of course, I mean she knows that much, that it’s just not right to come and stand in front of a Sheikh, a Sheikh and have her hair showing.
La hawla walaa quwwatah illa billāh! That is a message that I send to every one of my sisters. A Jew embarrassed of human being, so she puts on the Hijāb in front of him and you are not embarrassed in front of the Lord of the human beings.

Aren’t you Ashamed?
Ibrahim ibn Adham radhi Allāhu anhu, a man came up to him and told him I need help I can’t stop disobeying Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla. Every time I make up my mind, I am going to do it, become straight forward, fix myself, and then I slip.
He told him if you are able to disobey Allāh then at least don’t do it on his earth.
So the man said, and where can I go when Allāh owns all things.
He told him “aren’t you embarrassed; aren’t you ashamed?”
He said, “Give me more.”
“If you are still able to disobey him after that – that fact then at least don’t do it while eating from his provisions.”
He said, “And how can that be when there is not any bird that flies with wings or any animal that roams the earth or any individual except Allāh is Ar-Razzak – the   provider for that creature?”
He said, “Aren’t you ashamed? Living on his earth, eating from his provisions, and you are still able to disobey him.”
He said, “Give me more.”
If you are still able to disobey him after that then at least do it where he can’t see you.
He said how can that be when there is nothing in the heavens or in the earth that Allāh does not see?
He told him, “Aren’t you ashamed? Living on his earth, eating from his rizk, cannot hide from Him for the blink of an eye and you are still able to disobey Him.”
He said, “Give me more.”
He said, “If you are still able to disobey Him then when the angel of death comes to take your soul, say ‘I won’t go.’”
He said, “How can that be when they only take permission from the prophets and that has been sealed centuries ago – the prophet-hood?”
He told him “Aren’t  you ashamed? Living on his earth, eating from what he provides, cannot hide from Him for an instant and you cannot delay death for a moment and you are still able to disobey Him.”
He said, “Give me more.”
He said, “If you are still able to disobey Allāh after all that, then when the angels of the Hell Fire come to drag you there, fight them off and take yourself to Jannah.”
He said, “how can that be when Allāh calls them Gilaadun-Shidaad; fierce, powerful?”
He said “Aren’t you ashamed? Living on his earth, eating from what he provides, cannot hide from His sight for an instant, cannot delay death for a moment, and are not match for the angels of the Hell Fire – you are still able to disobey Him.”
He said, “Astaghfirullah wa atoobo ilahi, I seek forgiveness in Allāh and I declare my repentance to him.”

How much would you pay to fix your look before Allāh?
Sister, oh you who spends hours in front of the mirror, looking at herself, don’t you know that Allāh is watching you and looking at you as you are sitting there or standing there, pleased at what you are preparing of the disobedience of Allāh?
Oh sister who spends such large sums of money at the saloon to give herself the new look for the party or the streets or the classroom or the boardwalk. How much would you pay to fix your look before Allāh  Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla?
Sister, wAllāhi, I fear for you. How many beautiful girls with beautiful skin got tried with skin cancer that is so common females now –a-days! How many beautiful girls had to go through a procedure, an agonizing, depressing grievous procedure, because she is tried with breast cancer! You think these diseases were always so common. WAllāhi, they were not – not in the age of obedience.
I fear for you a punishment to come down from Allāh. Veil yourself. And I fear for you that you don’t really think you are going to die. WAllāhi you are going to die. We said this many times, over and over again, that guy that you turned his neck in the street, wAllāhi he will not benefit you when you are on that piece of wood and they are washing your body with that cold water. And I’ll tell you something else, if you loved him and he loved you – it doesn’t get better than that; and you give a person that loved you a million dollars, he will refuse to spend the first night in the grave with you.
Sisters you are not more beautiful than Yūsuf ‘alayhi s-salām and he died. You are not more mighty than Mūsa ‘alayhi s-salām and he died.

A Beautiful Repentance
I know of a sister who was supposed to meet up with her friend to go to the mall, so they decided that they would meet up. The sister that didn’t wear hijāb had to go pick up her friend from the Masjid as she had a class there, and then they would go together to the mall.
When the sister arrived to pick up her sister from the Masjid, they were finishing up the talk about the fear of Allāh  Subḥānahu wa ta’āla and the Day of Judgment, and the Hell fire, and the things that cause the people to enter the Hell fire, and types of people in the Hell fire, and they mentioned wa nasaun qasiyaatun aariyat, and women that are clothed but naked. Allāh opened the door with those words for this sister to make tauba.
She realized the outrageous nature of the crime she was committing, and she told her friend, please just go out and get me a Hijāb, so I can put it on and leave the Masjid.
She told her, “Come, we’ll buy it together.”
She said, “Please just go buy it. I am not going anywhere. I am never going out without my Hijāb.”
She told her, “It’s just a block, it’s nothing. You can pick it out yourself.”
She said, “Please just do me this favour, just go and get me the Hijāb.”
So the girl, her friend admired this sincerity in her and she obliged to the request. And she went and she bought or she borrowed Hijāb and she returned to the Masjid and they put Hijāb on her for the first time.
WAllāhi the girl put on Hijāb, and she did not make it to the mall. She was hit by a car on the way there, and she met Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla a few moments after her repentance. How beautiful a repentance and how beautiful a way to meet Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla! May Allāh open for us brothers and sisters alike a door to such a beautiful tauba, and such a beautiful end! (Allāhumma Āmīn).

What is Hijāb?
After speaking about Hijāb and the importance of Hijāb, let’s get down to it, what is Hijāb. Linguistically, Hijāb means a barrier or a veil or a curtain or a blockade.
Allāh Subḥānahu wa ta’āla, He is addressing the companions in regards to the wives of the prophet ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam and as Ibn kathir say all the women after them, because they are the example. Allāh says,

And when you ask them for a favour, a need, a service, then do so from behind a Hijāb.” [Qur’ān 33:53]

The word [Hijāb] arises in the Qur’ān 8 times, and every time it means the exact same thing, a veil, a barrier, something that is placed between so that what is on one side and the other has no access to whatsoever.
Tayyib, where is the command of the Hijāb of the Muslim women in the Qur’ān, because some people they make the claim that Hijāb is un-Islāmic, its cultural or Hijāb is something the Muslims adopted from the Jews.
No it is the command of Allāh  Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla. The first evidence is Surat al Ahzab, in the 59th Ayah, Allāh  Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla says,

Oh prophet of Allāh tell your wives, and your daughter and the believing women, (Some people claim Hijāb is only for the wives of the Prophet ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam), and the believing women, to drape over themselves their jalbaab, this is so that they may be known and it is less likely that they will be harmed.”
[Qur’ān 33:59]

Look Hijāb is for you, for your own honour and protection and Allāh is forgiving, merciful. The scholars mention that jalbaab is what is placed on top of the women’s head and drapes all the way, covering all to the women’s feet.
The other evidence for Hijāb Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla in Surat-un-Noor, after commanding the believing men in the 30th Ayah to lower their gaze and guard their private parts, their chastity, their modesty, in the 31st ayah Allāh says,

And tell the believing women to lower their gaze, and to guard their chastity and to not show from their adornment, their decoration except what normally appears, and let them strike [wrap] with their khimār over their ju-yuub [chests].”
[Qur’ān 24:31]

The khimār, is what covers as in the hajar. [A Sahābi] Radhi Allāhu ta’ala anhu says, “It is something that covers completely that is like why wine is known as khamr because it covers the mind.” So the khimār is what covers the women’s body completely, the flesh doesn’t show, nor does the shape show, so they should strike with their khimār over their juyuub. The juyuub, as the scholars mention, the head, the hair, the ears, the neck, the chest, the waist, and they differ in whether the face is included or not. And we will not get to that…

Conditions of Hijāb
Let’s get to the conditions of Hijāb.
The scholars have agreed, so there is no way around it. The scholars have agreed from these texts and others, on particular conditions of Hijāb, and they disagreed upon one, and I will not discuss it or delve into it.
What are the conditions of a proper Hijāb?

First Condition:
Number 1, it is to be long, covering the entire body, except the face and hands according to some scholars – the entire body. It’s to be long.
In the Hadeeth of Abdullah bin Masud, in Sunnan-e-Tirmidi, the Prophet ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam   says, “The woman, the entire woman is aurah,” something that requires covering, so it is to be long,

Second Condition:
The second condition is it has to be opaque; it can’t be see through; it can’t be transparent; there is no point in it being long if you can see through it. So it must be opaque.

Third Condition:
The third condition, it has to be loose. It can’t be nice and long and not transparent, but it’s tight and it shows the shape of the body. That is not Hijāb.

Fourth Condition:
The fourth condition is that it has to be unscented.
The prophet  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam, he says, about the woman that leaves her house with perfume on so that the necks of men may be turned towards her, “She is a zaniya; she has the sin of an adulteress.”
In another narration, the woman that leaves her house with the scent upon her Allāh will not accept her Salah, until she goes home and washes herself, meaning remove the smell.
So, sisters be very careful with perfume, be very careful with the scents, these are for the home and for your family, for your husband, and be very careful with even the shampoo that leave a scent that could be detected accidentally after you leave.

Fifth Condition:
The fifth of the conditions of Hijāb is that it cannot be a decoration in and of itself. There is no such thing as a fashionable Hijāb. You know many of the sisters now-a-days; they were deceived to think that they can have a Hijāb of 17 different colours. What Hijāb is this? Or a Hijāb wherein she is covering her hair and she is wearing a nice blouse that is upon her body attached and jeans. No. There is no such thing as a fashionable Hijāb that is a decoration in of itself.
Sometimes you see the sisters they have this new style out, that is called they called the laffa; the wrap. General rule on Hijāb, if it wraps on your body, it’s not a Hijāb, you have for example the laffa, you have like the sister, she has layer on top of layer wrapped around her head, she has blue layer and then few inches in front there is a white layer and then a blue and then a white and then a blue and then a white and then the shirt is blue and the skirt is white, the shoes are blue and the laces are white. What, what Hijāb is this? This is not Hijāb.
It cannot be a decoration in and of itself.

Black on Black
Some of the enemies of Islām they say yeah, the Muslims, aren’t there women dressed black on black, black on black, black on black. No we didn’t say it has to be black. Black is beautiful.
And just to show you the double standard of these liars. Notice how they love black, but they play the double standard when they are trying to address the Muslim woman. Because they want the Muslim woman to take her clothes off; or to be attractive; or to attract the gaze of low lifes! They love black normally. They tell for example, you see them they say, you know you go to the party and you are going to be the talk of the town, you knock their socks off with the black silk dress, right? Or someone in a real, someone real expensive, someone real wealthy, someone real important, he dresses in the black tux, or real rich guy he drives the black Mercedes, or the FBI they ride in black, right? Men in black – the alien fighter, Right? But when it comes to the Muslim woman, all of a sudden black becomes bad; black on black they say.
WAllāhi they are liars, and if you obey them and if you heed their whispers, they will direct you nowhere but towards the anger of Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla.

Chapter Conclusion
Lastly, we want to conclude the chapter on the conditions of Hijāb, by saying be truthful in you tauba. If you are putting Hijāb on for Allāh, then it will be according to the conditions of Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla. Be truthful in that.

Conclusion
I have three final words to conclude the lecture In shaa’ Allāh, and we ask Allāh to make it a benefit for all those that will hear it.

First Advice!
The first word of advice is for the parents.
I am telling you and asking you in the name of the Great, in the name of Allāh, and when you are asked in the name Allāh, do not deny me. I am begging you; don’t worry about your daughter when she puts on Hijāb. Allāh will bring her a good husband. Some of the parents, they have the misconception, may Allāh preserve our parents and yours, that the girl no, no, she puts Hijāb on after marriage. I have to guarantee for her, she gets married: no one can see: how is she going to get married? Parents, do you want to entrust your daughter, the treasure of your eyes and your heart to someone who doesn’t fear Allāh or care about his commands, because he picked someone that doesn’t wear Hijāb. Do you want to entrust your daughter to someone like that. Why do you think so many of the marriage problems exist? Because many times our parents, they put conditions of only a particular degree, and a particular number of zeros on the income, and a particular car, and they left deen out of the picture, they curbed it. You want a happy, content life for your daughter. And the parents are pleased and happy when their children become happy in marriage. Let her put on Hijāb.

Second Advice!
The second word of advice is to the brothers and the males at large, and that is the words of the prophet  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam  , in the hadīth in Bukhari and Muslim narrated by Ibn Umar, wherein the prophet  ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam says, “Every single one of you is responsible; he is a shepherd, and every single one of you will be asked about their following; about their flock.” Don’t be a reason for any sister in your family, or in your community, or any sister you have authority over to fall into this.
Don’t you dare be the reason, either one, because you didn’t inform them – you didn’t inform her, or two, you informed her, but harshly. No, be gentle. Be compassionate. Show her and tell her, I don’t want anything from you except your safety on day of judgement. WAllāhi, I just care about you, and what I want is for you to be separated the furthest distance from anger of Allāh and his punishment. All I want for you is to spend eternity in Jannah, with Aaisha, and Khadija and Zainab and Hafsa radhi Allāhu anhum.

Third Advice!
The third word of advice, we return to our sisters.
Sisters, the current situation of the Ummah: the French Hijāb ban that you all know about; also, some of you may know our sisters in Turkey have to take their Hijāb off at the door to enter a university. All of what’s going on, the (thorn) is about Hijāb, is a test from Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla to make clear who will stand for Allāh and His pleasure, and His sake, and who will sell out.
Ukhti, my sister, you want to service Islām, put a Hijāb on. Sister, you want to defend the prophet ṣallAllāhuʿalay-hi wa-sallam, put the Hijāb on. Sister, you want to support your sisters all over the world that have to pay the heaviest price, just because they are Muslims, put the Hijāb on. There is not a bigger thorn you can put in the side of your enemy than that. And walk the earth with that gown called Hijāb, and that crown of yours called Hijāb, with the utmost confidence and the utmost pride in your personality and in who you are and your decision.
Walk the walk of Aaisha radhi Allāhu ta’ala anha when she saw some of the women of Rome walking about the palaces naked. She said, “May Allāh’s wrath, curse and anger descend upon you. That fame that you are getting you can have it, it’s yours in the Dunya and it’s ours in the Hereafter.”
In conclusion, if you love Allāh  Subḥānahu wa ta’āla you won’t be able to fall asleep tonight; you will be rolling and tumbling and you will beg Allāh: “O Allāh, just let me wake up in the morning, I will show you I am true; I will show you I am loyal; I will show you that I will not let anyone be obeyed if they command me to disobey you.” WAllāhi sister, if you make that decision and you don’t wake up tomorrow morning, Allāh because of your intention will give you the reward as if you were wearing the Hijāb your entire life.

Conclusive Du’aa!
May Allāh write for you a life of purity upon purity. May Allāh guide you and me, and guide with us and make us a reason for those that will be guided in the future. May Allāh gather us with our role models in the highest levels of Jannah. May Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla make us a reason for the upliftment of the punishment upon the Ummah today. May Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla make us leaders for those that are looking for an example. May Allāh Subḥānahu wa Ta’āla make what is left of our lives better than what has passed and make, and make ultimate best day of our lives the day that we meet Him Jalla Jalaala.
I did not mean to upset you, to insult you. It was only out of my care for my sisters that we put this lecture together and wAllāhi I don’t look down upon any one of you because only Allāh knows in what position I will end my life and what position you will end your life. And that is all that matters. Forgive me, if I have upset you and don’t let the manner in which the advice was given prevent you from listening to what may be in it of truth. Subhanak Allāhumma wa bihamdik, Nashhadu an la ilaha illa ant, Nastagfiruka wa natoobu ilaik, Jazak Allāhu khairun everyone for you attentive listening. As-Salamu ‘alaikum wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuhu.

Transcribed by Salma Tajuddin
Edited and Drafted by Umm Daania bint Isa

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