My Muslim Sister 2

I Appeal To Your Sense Of Shame
My Muslim Sister...
Will You Not Respond?
Nawaal Bint Abdullah


My Sister: Where is that young woman upon whom you see hayaa written all over to the point where it

practically speaks to you because of her outer appearance, her bashfulness, and complete covering where

she is on guard not to reveal even a finger fearing to reveal any part of her body or the tone of her skin or

any of her physical charms? If you were to see her you would consider her like a black crow for her decorum

and striving to maintain the hijaab.

The image of this modest young lady is such a stark contrast and contrary to the one who is made-up and

leaves her home or school or workplace while at the height of adornment and peak beautification. She

wears enticing clothing with nothing over it except a short abaayah (a lightweight over-garment usually black

in color commonly worn by women in Gulf countries - Ed.) or a long one. However, it is no concern to her if it

flys open in the wind on occasion or if she purposely lifts it up on another. She may even go out with a head

covering that she uses to cover her face but it is sometimes so thin that colors of her face show through or

so tight to the face that the contours of her nose or her cheeks are visible. She goes out adorned with gold

jewelry and displays it up her forearms or on her hands which are also decorated with henna or with a

manicure that she proudly shows to the people around her, not thinking that Allah is watching her from

above the seven heavens!

What a difference between these two women! What a contrast between the one who adheres to the

legislation of her Rabb and safeguards herself, her hijaab and her hayaa’, and the one who neglects the

matters of her religion and follow the ways of here enemies! What a difference between who sees that the

hijaab is a part of deen and shariah and the means of her protection against filthiness, base qualities, and

morass, and the one who views the hijaab as nothing but an antiquated custom. It is (to the latter) now no

more than a sign of backwardness and regression. It is to her shackles that she must be released from so

she can then be free to go on her way to ruin, disgrace and nudity.

My Precious Sister

How impoverished is the countenance and dying of shame is the believer when he looks at our women

today - the mothers of tomorrow and the rearers of the generations to come - as they put their greatest

concerns in trivial matters of no value or weight. Matters that are really contemptible nonsense that is

incumbent for the Muslim to be far above because Islam is the religion of honor, high rank and sublimity.

Take A Look Around You

You, my beloved sister, can see your Muslim sister while she is keeping with shameless magazines, mean

fashion, immoral television serials which a Muslim should be above watching, with lowly propagators all

calling to the annihilation of the deen and morals. You can see your Muslim sister concerned with every hue

and cry made to her by the callers of Shaytaan. Whereas, if the call to the truth is presented to her, she tries

to silence it. You find the Muslim woman occupied with memorization of poetry, romance, and ridiculous

narratives that are written by none other than the most foolish of people. Whereas when it comes to the

Book of her Rabb, she may only have memorized a few odd ayaat and if you ask her what they mean or

about a hadeeth she will not be able to answer you.

This is precisely what the enemies of Islam want They want to distance our youth from the manhaj (way) of

Allah and distance them from the source of light, honor, and elevation. They want them to preoccupy

themselves with other than the Book of our Rabb and the sunnah of our Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)

because without them we are nothing! They want to make those of us who are cherished by this deen, follow

them and be their adherents when it is they who Allah has humiliated and scorned.

We so regretfully find that the majority of our youth are not highly cognizant or knowledgable of deen. So

what is the reason for this?! It is precisely because of their substitution of that learning for the education and

ideas which have come to us from the west, and they coincide with their desires and lusts so that they do

not look elsewhere.

My sister, the invasion of these ideas upon our intellects and conceptions have had an influence and are

manifested in many Muslim women and has changed their understanding. So many women now find the

salaah such a heavy burden that when they are called by the caller to the truth to hurry to the salaah you

see one of them standing around as if lead-footed and moving so lazily you would think the weight of the

worlds mountains was upon her head! However if there is a wedding or a party or a gathering for tea you will

find her rushing to it and getting ready in the best and most beautiful outfits. She longs for the get-together in

which may indeed be surrounded by the shayateen and permeated with back-biting, gossip, and mangling

peoples honor.

My sister, you will find most of the young women of Islam wasting their time on things that are of no benefit.

You may find one of them spending hours before the mirror dolling herself up but if you watch her salaah

she flies through it like the pecking of a crow! Does she not know that her beauty, magnificence, and

happiness is not in her skin, appearance or hairstyle? By Allah, it is rather in her taqwaa, her righteousness,

her eemaan, and preservation of her morality, deen and hayaa.

Don't Be A Leaf In The Wind

My beloved sister, beware of being a characterless female blindly following every noise or new trend

originating from the Zionists. You have your own dignity and independent personality that distinguishes you

from others. If you must follow an example it should be that found in the biographies of the women

companions who were superior and pure. You must look to the righteous and God-fearing callers to Allah for

they are suitable for us to look to, rally around and follow in their footsteps. They are the torchlights on the

path to guidance and upon their companionship is the best of this life and the Hereafter.

Don't follow, my dear sister, the vile callers to corruption who boast of vice...those who are bereft of the

garment of virtue or hayaa'. By Allah what makes the heart weep and severs the grieved soul is to see a

Muslim woman...if she sees her evil counterparts wearing tight, short, thin clothing she wears it and follows

them. If she sees them wearing tight, tempting pants and revealing dresses sometimes even showing their

private parts, thighs and buttocks, she parrots them! She neither upholds the ruling of the shari'ah in her

clothing nor does she see what Allah has deemed acceptable for her of it. Instead she goes along with their

so-called progressiveness and has no desire to divert from the procession of civilization and development

and sees any digression as regression and backward repression despite that the source of regression,

backwardness, self-defeatism and guilelessness is actually in her concepts, portrayal and action.

Amazed, Bewildered, Astonished and Astounded

My believing sister, I am increasingly amazed and astounded by the Muslim sister who wears tight and seethrough

clothing and who appears before strange men while she knows the threat of the Prophet (sallallahu

alaihi wa sallam): There are two types of people in Hellfire among them are the women who are clothed yet

naked, astray, tempting and whose hair is piled upon their heads like the humps of camels. They will neither

enter Al-Jannah nor even smell its fragrance. [Muslim]

Likewise, I am in wonderment at the one who gathers up her dress until her legs are exposed while her

beloved Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) ordered her to lower it by an armspan when he was asked

by one of the noble women companions saying: Lower it by a handspan. So she said: But her feet would

then still be exposed! So he replied: Then by an armspan and don't exceed that. [At-Tirmidhi and others and

ruled as hasan saheeh (good and authentic) in Sunan At-Tirmidhi no. 1415]

I am astounded at the one who knows that the voice of a woman is to be covered (awrah) unless there is a

necessity but nevertheless she raises her voice with neither hayaa or deen. She talks with her girlfriends or

whoever is with her as though they are in her house paying no heed to or concern with the presence of

strange men around her while Allah the Mighty and Sublime states: And do not be too soft in speech lest he

in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy, or evil desire for adultery, etc) should be moved with desire. [Al-

Ahzaab 32]

Astonished again am I with the one who knows the ruling regarding wearing perfume outside of her home or

school, especially when she puts it on and passes by strange men and they smell her scent through the air,

Allah save us from it! Nevertheless she will put on the strongest scent that will surely try the one who smells

it, and she goes out among strange men either in the marketplaces, malls or otherwise and brings upon

herself the statement of Al-Mustafa (sallallahu alaihi was sallam): Verily the woman who is perfumed and

passes by men and they smell her scent, she is called a zaaniyah (fornicator or adultress) in the

heavens.[Ahmed and others with isnaad hasan Saheeh Al-Jaami 2701] But she cares not.

I am really bewildered when I see a bondswoman of Allah who knows the ruling regarding high heels (Many

scholars view them as impermissible to wear due to the deception, physical harm, and tendency to cause a

seductive gait and drawing undue attention. Trans.) and that wearing them is a form of trickery and

seduction of the one who sees her and thinks she is tall while she is not. She knows that they are also

unhealthy and harmful socially and morally. She closes her ears to the caller to the correct way and persists

on wearing flashy, gaudy, eye-catching shoes that are sure to turn heads and bring on fitnah to make

matters worse as they say.

I am amazed at my sisters, those who hear the call to what is right and nevertheless distance themselves

from following it out of pursuing their desires and the diseases of the baser self (an-nafs al-amaarah bis

soo). Can you guarantee, my beloved sister, your lifetime even for a moment what would happen if perhaps

Allah would not permit you another day and you are upon the sinfulness you are commiting? Can you

imagine how you would meet your Rabb?!

Think about that, my Muslim sister, and know that the pleasures of this worldy life are but fleeting and no

person will leave behind anything but their deeds. If they were righteous, then there is only the best

reward...if they were otherwise, then woe to them for what they may meet.

Take Action And Do The Right Thing

My dear sister, safeguard your complete Islamic hijaab and throw away the hijaab of beautification and

proceed to the obedience of your Rabb. Put aside the nonsense and the vices because you are above all

that. Tear apart, no burn every shameless and vile page, novel or sentence that calls for release from

values, deen and hayaa' to depravity, corruption, shame and scandal.

Close your ears to the bleating of the west, their noisemaking and other clamoring and instead open your

ears and heart to the call of goodness and faith. Be acceptant of the Book of your Rabb, the fountainhead of

all good for you in this life and in the Hereafter and adhere to the sunnah of your Prophet (sallallahu alaihi

wa sallam) the example for your life and your torchlight. Throw back the plots of your enemies upon their

necks by holding firm to the Book of your Rabb and the sunnah of your Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)

and cause them to suffocate in exasperation and vexation at your upsetting them. Do it, my beloved sister,

for it is the act of the Muslim woman who is proud of her deen.


The Requirements Of Women's Hijaab In Accordance With The

Qur'aan, The Authentic Sunnah,

And The Practice Of The Pious Predecessors


This essay will attempt to briefly yet concisely enumerate the basic requirements regarding Muslim women's

dress (Hijaab) as stipulated by the Sharee'ah of Islaam. The term Hijaab, itself includes not only dress and

covering the body, but methods of behavior before members of the same and/or opposite sex, promoting

privacy for females and prohibiting loose intermingling between males and females, and thereby

encouraging modesty, decency, and chastity.

Minor differences exist among the scholars regarding the actual number of the requirements because of

varying methods used by them in codifying such. The ones mentioned here represent the ones agreed upon

by the overwhelming majority of scholars and are all solidly backed by firm evidence taken from the Quraan,

the Sunnah and the practice of the Sahaabah (radiallahu ‘anhum).

The First Requirement: The Extent of Covering

The dress worn in public must cover the entire body except what has been specifically excluded, based

upon the following proofs:

Allah Ta'ala says: And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private pans from

sin and not show off their adornment (Zeenah) except only that which is apparent, and draw their

headcovers (Khumur) over their necks and bosoms and not reveal their adornment except to their

husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, or

their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women (i.e., their sisters in Islaam), or their female

slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants free of physical desires, or small

children who have no sense of women's nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal

what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allah all together, 0 you Believers, in order that you

may attain success. [An-Noor: 31]

The word zeenah in the Aayah above, literally means 'adornment', and includes both (a) that which Allah

has adorned, i.e., the woman's natural and/or physical beauty, and (b) that with which they adorn

themselves, i.e., jewelry, eye shadow, attractive clothing, hand dye, etc. Soorah An-Noor spells out

specifically the commands concerning the fact that a woman's natural beauty and her adornments are to be

concealed from strangers except by: (1) What may show due to accidental or uncontrollable factors such as

the blowing of the wind, etc., and (2) What has been exempted (see explanation at end of this section).

Allah also says: O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters the women of the believers to draw

their out garments (jalaabeeb) about themselves (when they go out). That is better so that they may

be recognized and not molested. And Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. [Al-Ahzaab:59)

Abu Dawood narrates that 'Aaishah (radiallahu 'anhaa) said Asmaa' the daughter of Abu Bakr (radiallahu

'anhumaa) came to see the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) wearing a thin dress; Rasool-

Allah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) turned away from her and said: 0 Asmaa', once a woman reaches the

age menstruation, no part of her body should be seen but this - and he pointed to his face and


The word Khumur (p1. of Khimaar) refers to a cloth which covers the head (including the ears), hair, neck

and bosom. The esteemed Mufassir (Quraanic interpreter) Al-Qurtubee explained: Women in the past used

to cover their heads with Khimaar, throwing its ends over their backs. Thus leaving the neck and the upper

part of the chest bare, in manner of the Christians. Then Allah commanded them to cover those parts with

the Khimaar.

Allah states further in this Aayah: And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of

their adornment...

The women in the time of the Prophet (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) wore anklets which could employed to

attract attention by stamping their feet thereby making the anklets tinkle. This practice is not only forbidden

by Allah, but moreover, shows that the legs and ankles are to be covered as well.

Some of modern day Hanafee scholars are of the mistaken view that a woman can display her feet, a

portion of her forearms and her ears; yet there is no authentic proof from the practice of the Prophet

(sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) or Sahaabah to uphold such a view.

Amongst the authentic Ahadeeth which clarify this point is the following: lbn 'Umar (radiallahu 'anhu)

reported that Rasoolullah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: On the Day of Resurrection Allah will not look at

the man who trails his garment along out of pride. Umm Salamah then asked: What should women do with

(the hems of) her garment? He replied: Let them lower them a handspan. She said: Their feet would be

exposed! He then said: Let them lower them a forearm's length but no more. [Reported by


The Aayah of Soorah An-Noor also lists in detail those with whom a woman is permitted to be more at ease.

Furthermore, the ayah from Soorah Al-Ahzaab orders Muslim women to draw their outer garments about

themselves when they go out.

Abu Dawood related that 'Aaishah (radiallahu 'anhaa) said: After this Aayah was revealed the women of the

Ansaar appeared like crows (because of the color and shape of the cloaks they wore). Hence, an outer

garment or cloak must be worn by a Muslim woman whenever she goes out in public or if she is presence of

strangers within her own home or the home of a close relative. Slight differences have arisen among the

scholars concerning the precise meaning of ...except that which is apparent... from Soorah An-Noor which

according to Ibn 'Abbaas (radiallahu 'anhu), includes 'the face and the two hands, and rings.' This view is

shared by Ibn 'Umar, 'Ata'a, and others from the Tabi'een. [Tafseer Ibn Katheer] Also, Imaam Ash-Showkani

states concerning this same ayaah, that it includes: "The dress, the face, and the two hands"; Ibn 'Abbaas

and Qataadah have stated "The adornments include eye shadow (Kuhul), bracelets, hand dye, and rings,

and it is not permissable for women to (uncover) them." [Fath Al-Qadeer]

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