A Question About Hij’ab

A Question About Hij’ab
niqab_2Question: I have read that the hij’ab we use should extend to cover our bosom. If we are wearing salwar which has a long piece of extra cloth which perfectly covers the bosom, should we still wear the head scarf in a way that covers the bosom. Wouldn’t the long piece of clothe draped over the bosom serve the purpose ?

Answer:
In the name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Assalāmu ῾alaykum wa Rahmatullāhi Wabarakātuh

As Muslims, we are very fortunate to be the followers of such a deen which is complete and comprehensive. In our daily lives we ought to be vigilant of falling into the traps of shaitaan. A person at every given moment should be aware of obeying every single commandment of Allah Ta’āla more so in today’s times keeping in mind the amount of fitnah that has befallen us.
The aspect of hijāb is considered to be something of the past. It is such a delicate and renowned issue at this present moment throughout the world.  There are so many people for it and at the same time so many against it. Nevertheless, it is the duty of every Muslimah individual to uphold and revere this outstsanding practice of Islam. Furthemore, the aspect of hijāb all boils down to modesty and shame. The most important thing is to conceal ones body from those who have been prohibited to glance at any woman no matter what type of garb is adorned.
Modesty is a noble characteristic which should be adopted into every aspect of life. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:

إن مما أدرك الناس من كلام النبوة ، إذا لم تستحى فافعل ما شئت

“Indeed, surely people will come to know the words of prophethood. If you do not have shame, then do as you wish.”
(Sahīh Al-Bukhari, Vol. 4, Pg. 183, Dār Al-Fikr)

الحياء من الإيمان والإيمان فى الجنة والبذاء من الجفاء والجفاء فى النار

“Modesty is from Iman, and Iman leads you to Paradise. Shamelessness is from futile things, and futile things lead you to the fire of Hell.”
(Sunan Al-Tirmidhi, Vol. 2, Pg. 21, HM Saeed)

Allah Ta’ala says in the Quran “Oh Nabi, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers that they should draw down their jilbābs (outer covering) over them’’ (33:59)
This command is addressed to the women of the ummat until the day of judgment. Ibn Masūd and Ibn Abbās (Radhi yallāhu anhum) states that this verse refers to covering the entire body including the face.                                                               
(Sahīh mukhatasr ibn kathīr, Vol. 3, Pg. 1458-1459 Dār as Salām)
Umme Salama (Radhi yallāhu anha) was asked regarding the interpretation of this verse, she replied, This verse was revealed regarding the Ansāri women who were seen wearing long black garments”
Hijāb essentially requires that women not appear infront of strange males without proper covering (hijāb). This has been an established practice amongst all the Ambiyā (Alayhimus salātu wa salām) , Sahāba (Radhi yallāhu anhum) and all righteous people.
The essence of hijāb is that the body is concealed with such a covering that does not expose the figure or shape of the body and it should not be done with such clothing that clings to the body. If the shalwār khamees fulfills these criterias, then it will be perfectly normal to wear it considering ones self to be in a state of hijāb.

And Allāh Ta῾āla Knows Best
Wassalāmu ῾alaykum

Ml. Ebrahim Desai,
Student Dārul Iftā

Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Dārul Iftā, Madrasah In῾āmiyyah

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