Conditions of the Hijaab

Excerpts taken from the book : ‘The Hijaab of the women in the light of the Book and the Sunnah’ by the Sheikh ‘Alee Ibn Ahmed Ar-Raazihee
(from the Mashaayikh of Dammaj) 

Conditions of the Hijaab:-

1) That it is covering the whole body, and the proofs that will come that prove the hijaab being compulsory points to this

2)Thats its not beautiful in itself, and the proof for this is Allahs saying ‘And do not show off your adornments’ the aparent clothing also come under this, for verily if it is beautiful, it attracts the looks of men, and due to this Allah the most high said ‘And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance’ And on the authority of fudhaalah ibn Ubaid, the Prophet salalaahu alaihi wa salam said : (( Three will not be asked about)) upto his saying ((The women whose husband was away from her, sufficient was for her the provisions of this dunyaa and she adorns herself and displays herself(tabarruj) )) Imaam Ash-Shawkaanee said in regards to Tabarruj (displaying one self): ‘It is when the women displays her beauty and her good features, and that which is incumbent upon her to cover from that which causes the men to desire.

3)That its not transparent and see-through, in which you cant see her hair,her face, her neck, and the upper chest and her chest itself, and it comes in the hadeeth in Saheeh Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurairah that two kinds of the people of Hell fire that where not seen by the prophet and the secon kind was ((Women who were dressed, but were’nt really dressed. Ibn Abdilbarr said: ‘What is meant here is that they wear clothing which is thin that features the body and doesnt cover it, for they are dressed by name, but naked in reality’

4)That its loose and flowing, but not tight which features anything from her body. Usaamah ibn Zayed said that ‘the Prophet clothed him with a cotton garment that Daahiyah Alkalbee gave to him as a present, so I clothes my wife with it so the Prophet said ((What is with you that you havent worn your garment?))I said I dressed my wife with it, he said ((Order her to wear a gown under it, for I fear that it will feature the outline of her body))Akhrajahu Imaam Ahmed

5)That it doesnt have Incense or perfume on it, due to the hadeeth that comes in Sunan Nisaa’ee on the authority of Abu Muusa ((Any women that applies perfume and passes by a people so they smell her scent for she is fornicator))

6)That it doesnt resemble the clothing of men, On the authority of Ibn Abbaas ‘The Prophet cursed the men that resemble the women and the women that resemble the men’ Bukhaari

7)That it doesnt resemble the clothing of the disbelieving women, Alhaafidh ibn Katheer said in his explanation to the verse {And they dont become like those who received the Scriptures} ‘and by this Allah made impermissible for the believers to resemble the men’

8)That its not famous and renown clothing, it comes in the hadeeth in Abu Daawuud on the authority of Ibn Umar that the prophet said ((He who wears a famous garment in the dunyaa Allah dresses them with a garment of disgrace in the day of Judgement, then it is set aflame in the hell fire)) Imaam Shawkaane said, Ibn Atheer said ‘What is meant here is that the garment is famous and renown with the people due to its different colours, so it turns the peoples sight towards it so they strut and swagger with self-amazement and pride

[Hijaab Mar’atul Muslimah Fee Dhaw’el Kitaab Wa Sunnah LiShaikh ‘Alee Raazihee Page 14-23]

Translated by:- Abu Shu’ayb Omar Ib Ahmed As-Somali

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