LIVING THE AYAH OF QURAN – ISLAMIC DRESS CODE OF WOMEN

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ قُل لِّأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَاءِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِن جَلَابِيبِهِنَّ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَدْنَىٰ أَن يُعْرَفْنَ فَلَا يُؤْذَيْنَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا

“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.”

اے پیغمبر اپنی بیویوں اور بیٹیوں اور مسلمانوں کی عورتوں سے کہہ دو کہ (باہر نکلا کریں تو) اپنے (مونہوں) پر چادر لٹکا (کر گھونگھٹ نکال) لیا کریں۔ یہ امر ان کے لئے موجب شناخت (وامتیاز) ہوگا تو کوئی ان کو ایذا نہ دے گا۔ اور خدا بخشنے والا مہربان ہے

(Surah Ahzab:59)

It could be the hardest decision any muslimah take in her life. When I came across this ayah, i read and listened different Tafaseer of scholars, related to this ayah, searched about the dress code, looked into my closest with the critical eye whether I have modest dresses that could save me from wearing another layer over it. How and when I can avoid this 2nd layer. You can say I was trying to avoid as much I can. For few days I didn’t go out just to make sure, as I wasn’t ready to wear it. My nafs was complaining and saying it’s a burden, you are already wearing a hijab, you don’t use any cosmetic, you don’t do this and that, so you are not attractive for na-mahram and you are not showing off your self. In short, I was doing all excuses I can, and was battling, as my inner was not convinced with my logics because it is command of Allah and it is said to all believing women. How come I could segregate myself from this honor? My heart won the fight, and I started wearing it alhamdulilah.

But today, an amazing incident happened, I was coming out of Doctor’s clinic, one lady who was sitting at the distance, praised my black abaya by saying it’s so pretty hijab (for a moment I thought she is talking about my headscarf) so I went back and thanked her, she started conversation regarding the fabric, clothing, Islamic dress code, etc. when I saw her interest in islam, i took this as an opportunity and politely explain few concepts. She was telling how ill she is, and facing issues. Then, she told about her experience of visiting masjid in our area. I felt that she is pursuing real truth; as she told me her interest in listening of bilblical verses, and she also liked to go to church; similarly join other activities of different religions. Then she asked about the status of women in islam, as her own observation and knowledge was that muslim women are oppressed and doesn’t have more freedom.

To sum up, all that happens just because of my outer garment, subhanAllah. I am grateful that Allah swt has guided me towards the right decision and my garment became source of dawah. To me hijab and jilbab affect people in our surrounding in positive manner. I have interacted more people in last couple of days because of it. They are more interested to know why a Muslimah prefer to wear it, how much we are comfortable with it etc.

I am still progressing to better myself, it might be tough sometimes, but I know as with any journey, it takes time, dedication and commitment to fully love and appreciate what you do for the sake of Allah.

My idea of writing this post, is to comfort my sisters that their struggle is for good reason, and we are doing dawah by wearing an ayah. So keep going, inshAllah a big reward is waiting for us and you are an inspiration for others, none knows when our modesty ll turn anyone towards Allah swt.

If you like this post, please do share your experiences in the comments.

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REFLECTIONS ON JUZZ 22

Surah Al-Ahzaab

  • We should always send darood , when Prophet’s sallulaho copy name is mentioned. (33: 56)
  • A muslim woman‘s hijab (outer garments) is her identity. Do not feel shy to observe hijab. (33: 59)
  • Say what is clear cut, rightful & truthful . Do not gossip or beat about the bush. (33: 70)

Surah Saba

  • Jinns do not have knowledge of unseen (ilm ul Ghaib) some people used it, to predict future. (34:14)
  • Word ‘kufr’ is used for being ungrateful to Allah subhana’watalah. We should be very thankful to His blessings & shukr preserves ‘naimah’  (34: 15-17)
  • Muhammad sallulaho copyis rasul for all mankind not for Muslims only. (34:28)
  • Common misconception is that one who has wealth & children, is blessed one, but Allah subhana’watalah says that its iman & righteous deeds that makes one near & dear to Him. (33:37)

Surah Fatir

  • Some people are sweet in nature while some are bitter in their dealings, but its up to us how we get benefit from both. (35:12)
  • Actions speak louder than words‘ is a famous saying. So one who speaks well, but do not act upon his/her words than that good speech has no value. (35:10)
  • There are 3 categories of people of book (Quran):
  1.  who does not follow (zalim)
  2.  who is moderate (muqtasid), follows deen when easy and in one’s benefit
  3.  who excels in doing good .

We have to contemplate, where do we stand? (35:32)

  • Its Allah subhana’watalah mercy that he does not punish us right away. We should not become heedless, because He subhana’watalah, is the Watchful upon us. (35:45)

Shared By: Sr. Uzma Hussain

REFLECTIONS ON JUZZ 22 – Surah Al-Ahzaab

Surah Al-Ahzaab

Ayah 35

Allah subhana’watalah gave us a list of qualities to have, how’s our character should be

  • Muslilm, Believer, Obedient, Truthful, Patient
  • Humility, give charity, Fast, Be modest and guard your private parts, Increase rememberance of Allah

For these people, men or women, Allah has perpared a great reward and grant them His forgiveness.

Ayah 37 -40

Prophet’s marrige to Zaynab R.A:  Prophet sallulaho copy had an adopted son, named Zayd bin Harithah, whose ex-wife was Zaynab bint Jahsh Al-Asadiyyah, may Allah be pleased with her, whose mother was Umaymah bint `Abd Al-Muttalib. When her marriage to Zayd R.A was over and he had separated from her, Allah subhana’watalah chose Prophet sallulaho copy as her husband. That was unheard in arab society, but Allah did that, so there would no longer be any difficulty for the believers with regard to their marrying the ex-wives of their adopted sons. Also, Zayd R.A is the only companion that is mentioned in the Quran by name. Allah subhana’watalah revealed this marriage from above the heaven. Zayd R.A used to be called as Zayd ibn Muhammad, the son of Muhammad. Allah put a stop to this.

Ayah 41-44 

Allah commands His believing servants to remember their Lord much, Who has bestowed upon them all kinds of blessings and favors, because this will bring them a great reward and a wonderful destiny. Do tasbeeh in the morning and evening . Allah sends salutaions on believers and His angels do the same. The greetings from Allah on the Day that they meet Him, will be “Salam“.

Ayah 45-47

Prophet will testify for believers مبشرا, a bearer of glad tidings to the believers of a great reward, and testify against non believers نذيرا, a warner of a great punishment.  The duty of a Prophet was to call people towards the guidance of Allah.

Ayah 53

Manners to enter in Rasul Allah’ s sallulaho copy house.

  • Take permission before entering the house.
  • If invited, leave as the purpose served.
  • If you have to ask something, ask from a partition.

Ayah 56

Send salutations (salam) upon Prophet sallulaho copy and follow his sunnah.

Ayah 70

Fear Allah and speak truthfully in straight manner.

By Sr. Shabana Chaudhary, shared with slight modifications