What is Hijab? Is it just a scarf that I put on my head?
Or perhaps a new fashion trend that I’d like to follow?
What is Hijab?
My Hijab is my pride, my glory. Hijab is the one thing between me and my Lord that no one can interfere with. It’s the one deed that no one can affect no matter what they say or do. They may mock or discourage me, but it’ll always be the one thing that I take pride in regardless of what anybody thinks.
It’s like, my Hijab is my crown and my Jilbab is my black gown. Without them, my majesty is gone. I’m a walking queen. Nobody gets to see me unless I give them permission to. How is that not freedom? How can they not see it the way I do?
If you have a beautiful pearl, would you keep it lying around? Would you have it on you everywhere you go and keep showing it to people? Or would you lock it up in a black velvet box and keep it safe and sound at home where it belongs, the place where it’ll be the safest.
Just like that, Allah SWT ordered us to cover up because He thinks we’re precious. It’s for our own protection. He created the world and He created man and He knows what man is capable of. Then why don’t we obey His orders? Why do we take them for granted?
Imagine meeting Him on the Day of Judgment and having Him smile at you! The most exalted, smiling at YOU of all people! Why? Because you battled your Nafs. You fought your inner desires and obeyed His orders instead. You chose to be among the Ghurabaa’ (the strangers), and not to follow all the fashion trends and statements. What better thing to have than His contentment? What more can you possibly ask for?
A man asked the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), “When will the Hour be established O Allah’s Apostle?” The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked, “What have you prepared for it?” The man said, “I haven’t prepared for it much of prayers or fast or alms, but I love Allah and His Apostle.” The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “You will be with those whom you love.” [Bukhari].
The Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,“Whoever resembles a people is one of them.” [Abu Dawood].
In retrospect to the previously mentioned Hadiths, when you obey Allah and the Prophet’s orders to the best of your capabilities, you’ll get a chance to be with them in Jannah. And if you mimic someone’s acts (The Prophets’ wives), you’ll be deemed as one of them.
Wouldn’t it be worth it? Him smiling at you? A sign of His pleasure? And getting to see His face? Spending time with Muhammad PBUH and his wives in Jannah?
My Hijab is my way to Jannah.