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Hijab & Family Life

Allah (swt) has created human beings to act as His vicegerents on earth and, like all other forms of living beings, human beings cannot be complete unless they are in a pair. This is incomparable to Allah (swt) Who indeed has no need of a partner. Even the most perfect human being is in need of a partner. >> Continue

Hijab- The Muslim women’s Dress: Islamic or cultural?

Islam is a world religion; its presence can be felt all over the world through conversion or migration. However, the most visible symbol of Islam’s presence in the West is the hijab—the headdress used by a Muslim woman to cover her head. In the Greater Toronto Area, you can see Muslim women in hijabat schools, in colleges and universities, in the workplace, in malls, and on the streets. >> Continue

The Islamic Modest Dress

The Word hijab (Modest Dress) We believe in a particular philosophy in Islam for woman’s hijab or modest dress which forms our intellectual point of view and in regard to analysis, it can be called the basis for the Islamic modest dress. Before we begin our discussion, it is necessary to look at the meaning of the word hijab which is used in our age to refer to a woman’s covering. This word gives the sense of ‘covering’ because it refers to a veil or a means of ‘covering’ . Perhaps it can be said that because of the origin of the word, not every covering is hijab. That ‘covering’ which is referred to as a hijab is that which appears behind a curtain. The Holy Quran describes the setting of the sun in the story of the Prophet Solomon, “…until the sun was covered (bil hijab) and time for the afternoon ritual prayer was over.” (38:32) The diaphragm separating the heart from the stomach is also called ‘hijab’. >> Continue

The Islamic Hijab (Veil)

“And say to the believing women that they lower their gaze and guard their private parts and do not display their adornment save what is apparent of it; and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms…” (Holy Qur’an, 24:31). Islam recorded a great turning point in the history of woman which has no rival to this day. Through it, she regained her honour and rights of which she had been deprived for centuries under the burdens of unjust views of the pre-Islamic era of Ignorance (Jahiliyah). Islam restored her full rights to lead a noble life under the shadow of a glorious civilized system. >> Continue

Hijab A Divine Value

“Tell the believing men that they shall subdue their eyes, and safeguard their private parts (from being seen). This is purer for them. God is fully Cognizant of everything they do. And tell the believing women to subdue their eyes, and safeguard their private parts (from being seen). And they shall not display their beauty and ornaments, except what is apparent of it. And they shall draw their scarves over their bosoms ” (Holy Qur’an, Surah an-Nur, 24:30, 31) Throughout the whole history of the human race, people have wanted to change the appearance of their bodies. Archeological evidence and contemporary practices around the world have shown that humans add clothing, paint or jewelry and even alter the shape of their body parts. >> Continue

Beauty of Concealment and Concealment of Beauty

Hejab in a society has its roots in the culture of that society, a culture comprising the manner of apprehension and the type of views of the society about man and life. It is on the basis of these apprehensions and types of views that culture delineates the human existence in general and the position of women in particular. In the Islamic hejab culture, a human being occupies an honourable and dignified position in whose body, made of clay, God has breathed His soul, and therefore he possesses the innate capability of acquiring the divine qualities in the course of his evolutionary journey. Naturally this holds good even in case of woman, being half of the mankind. However, Islam believes that the Creator of man and the world, in order to regulate the human affairs and the society, has created man and woman in two different forms, and has assigned basically different roles to each of them in the society. >> Continue

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