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The Hijab

What is our stance on the hijab or head veil for women?

Hijab or the head veil is considered a practice in many sects of Orthodox Islam. The wearing of a head veil is also practiced by certain sects of Christianity and Judaism.

But what is the stance of Imam Ahmed Al Hassan pbuh regarding the covering of the hair for women?

The wearing of a head covering has not been mentioned as an obligatory practice by the Almighty God in any covenant. In fact, the evidence provided by various religions is not concrete, and is mostly based on interpretation of the scholars of religion, rather than the direct words of God through His Prophets and Messengers.

From the Quran, we see the following verse,

The verse of the Khimar (The covering or scarf for the chest)

“And tell the faithful women to cast down their looks and to guard their private parts, and not to display their charms, beyond what is [acceptably] visible, and let them draw their shawls (Khumurihinna) over their bosoms (Jeubihinna), and not display their charms 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 brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or their slave girls, or male dependants lacking [sexual] desire, or children who are not yet conscious of female sexuality. And let them not thump their feet to make known their hidden ornaments. Rally to Allah in repentance, O faithful, so that you may be felicitous.”

Quran 24:31

The word Khumurihinna is Arabic, and refers to the scarf or shawl, their cloth that covers the specified location of the chest (Juyubihinna).

Another mention on how to dress modestly that we see in the Quran:

O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the faithful to draw closely over themselves their Jalabibihinna (a type of clothing which has many styles, from hoodie to no head cover.) That makes it likely for them to be recognized and not be troubled, and Allah is all-forgiving, all-merciful.

Quran 33:59

We see that dressing modestly is a clear commandment towards women from Allah SWT in the Quran. However, the command does not entail covering the hair. 

In this day and age, the term ‘hijab’ has been made to be understood as the covering scarf for the hair of a woman.

But how does the Quran use the term ‘hijab’?

“There will be a Hijab (Veil) between them. And on the Elevations will be certain men who recognize each of them by their mark. They will call out to the inhabitants of paradise, ‘Peace be to you!’ (They will not have entered it, though they would be eager to do so.”

Quran 7:46

“When you recite the Quran, We draw a hidden Hijab (Veil) between you and those who do not believe in the Hereafter…”

Quran 17:45

“Thus did she veil herself  from them, whereupon We sent to her Our Spirit and he became incarnate for her as a well-proportioned human.”

Quran 19:17

“O you who have faith! Do not enter the Prophet’s houses for a meal until you are granted permission, without hanging around for it to be readied. But enter when you are invited, and disperse when you have taken your meal, without cozying up for chats. Such conduct on your part offends the Prophet, and he is ashamed of [asking] you [to leave]; but Allah is not ashamed of [expressing] the truth. When you ask [his] womenfolk for something, do so from behind a Hijab (Veil) . That is more chaste for your hearts and theirs. You should not offend the Messenger of Allah, nor may you ever marry his wives after him. Indeed that would be a grave [sin] with Allah.”

Quran 33:53

“…he said, ‘Indeed I have preferred the love of [worldly] niceties to the remembrance of my Lord until [the sun] disappeared behind the [night’s] Hijab veil.’”

Quran 38:32

“They say, ‘Our hearts are veiled  from what you invite us to, and there is a deafness in our ears, and there is a Hijab between us and you. So act [as your faith requires]; we too are acting [according to our own].’”

Quran 41:5

“It is not [possible] for any human that Allah should speak to him except through revelation or from behind a Hijab veil, or send a Messenger who reveals by His permission whatever He wishes. Indeed He is all-exalted, all-wise.”

Quran 42:51

So the word hijab can clearly be used in various ways, all of which are based on the hijab being a veil that separates, whether a metaphorical veil or a spiritual veil between man and God, or any such separation that is being indicated. 

However, Hijab is not seen in the Quran as a term that indicates a scarf that the woman must cover her hair with.

So where did the concept of covering the hair as an obligation on women appear in Islam, if not through the words of God and his Messenger Muhammad pbuhahf?

Certain sayings that are found in hadith books of Islam, such as Bukhari, mention historical events that took place, concerning the commandment to cover the hair, such as:

Narrated from Aisha, the wives of the Prophet PBUHAHF, would go out at night when they went out to the Manasi’ (toilet). Omar used to say to the Prophet PBUHAHF: “Hajib (Veil) your women.” But the Prophet pbuhaf did not do so, so one night Sawda daughter of Zam’a, the wife of the Prophet pbuhahf, came out to the toilet area – and she was a tall woman – so Omar called out to her saying: “We know you, Sawda”, in order to ensure that the Hijab (Veil) would comes down, and so God revealed the verse of  Hijab (veiling).”

Narrated by Al-Bukhari (146) and Muslim (2170).

It can be seen from this narration that the concept of hijab was insisted on by Omar, not the Prophet Muhammad pbuhahf. In fact, if we look carefully at the history of Islam, we do not find evidence at all of Prophet Muhammad pbuhahf saying that covering the hair is an obligation. It is a sunnah, but not a requirement.

 

The Covering of hair in Christianity

 

Some Christian women, based on Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Moravian, Anglican, Reformed, Methodist, and Quaker teachings, wear the head covering in public worship and during private prayer at home.

Does the concept of covering the hair come from the Prophet Jesus pbuh?

If we take a look at the scriptures, we will not find verses pertaining to Jesus pbuh that command or even recommend the head covering.

 

We do however find verses from the epistle of Paul to the Corinthians.

 

It is clear from the scriptures that it was Paul who commanded women to cover their heads.  In the New Testament of the Bible Paul wrote:

 “…I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.  A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels”

1 Corinthians 11:3-10

So neither did Jesus pbuh make the hijab or head covering obligatory on his followers, nor did Prophet Muhammad pbuhahf.

But it became considered an obligation on the people based on the interpretation of the alleged scholars and those that considered themselves capable of interpreting the words of God and establishing rulings from their own understandings, instead of taking rulings from God’s caliph.

The truth of the matter is that covering the hair was never an obligation in any of God’s covenants. And since the revelation of the Seventh Covenant, Imam Ahmed Al Hassan pbuh as God’s proof on earth today has allowed us to understand the truth and reality of the falsehood of the head covering being obligatory. And our Imam and caliph Imam Ahmed Al hassan pbuh is far better than to impose on the people of God a ruling that did not even come from him. In fact, he pbuh is the true shepherd, freeing the people of the false chains and shackles that the non-working scholars are attempting to put on the masses. And as the saviour of mankind, Imam Ahmed Al Hassan pbuh is setting us free with the truth.

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