Is it a symbol? Or is it an obligatory act of worship?
The story from its beginning;
Before the coming of Islam, women were living a life of humiliation at best; their life was worse than the life of the slaves and servants.
In the western civilization;
Women were nothing more than slaves or prostitutes; they were for service and pleasure only. They had never been consulted.
In the southeastern civilization;
Their case was not better. However, the noble women were obliged only to sit at houses.
In the Arabian Peninsula;
Girls had to be buried alive, as a result of fearing shame and poverty. Only few girls had survived.
Then Islam came from 1400 years ago;
It came to endue the Muslim woman with honor after her humiliation, and to declare her importance after her neglecting. Islam gave the woman the right to express her opinion in all her house’s affairs, the right of taking the decision of marriage, the financial independence, inheritance like the man, and the right of work. The western people knew this only from a few decades ago.
Nowadays, they claim that
Islam had mistreated the woman, humiliated and chained her.
Did you see how the facts are reversed?
Misconceptions delay wearing the veil;
Veil’s essence is the point:
The essence is the point; Allah judges people according to what is in their hearts. Many veiled women are not good Muslims; so, being good is more important.
And I say:
“Actually, being good is an important issue. However, it is not acceptable to obey Allah almighty in something and disobey Him in another. Allah has ordained the veil for specific reason_ protecting the woman from the spying eyes. When the woman wears the veil, she protects her movements from being spied.”
I am convinced that veil is an important thing and that it is an obligatory act of worship ordained by Allah. However, I want to postpone wearing it for some time.
And I say:
“How could you know that you will live to that time? Who guarantees that s/he will live till tomorrow? Who guarantees that s/he will get out the air that has entered his/her lungs right now?
“And for every nation is a [specified] term. So when their time has come, they will not remain behind an hour, nor will they precede [it]” [Al-Araf 7:34]
I want to marry:
Nowadays, the young men seek the beautiful and sexy girl. If I wore the veil, I would not be able to display my charm. I want to marry in order to relive my family from the burdens of my expenses.
I warn you
I warn you from that kind of marriage which is based upon your beauty. The man who seeks for a beautiful woman and does not care for her manners will throw her tomorrow and search for the more beautiful and sexy woman.
Look for the man who seeks the manners in addition to the acceptable beauty. The acceptable beauty is not disappeared by the veil.
I want to work:
The economic case is bad. I want to help my father and the employers want the girls’ hair to be unveiled in order to attract the clients.
I invite you
I invite you to make the employer wants you because of your excellence in work not shape. Perform your work professionally, enhance your abilities, acquire knowledge and understand; then the employer will need you more than your need to him.
And you should know that the provision is in the hand of Allah, not the employer.
Allah’s satisfaction or people’s satisfaction
Actually, nobody is able to satisfy people because their trends and natures are different; therefore, Allah’s satisfaction is the most important. Worshipping Allah leads to people’s satisfaction in addition to the pleasure in this life and in the hereafter too.
“Whoever satisfies people by Allah’s discontent; Allah would be dissatisfied with him and would make people dissatisfied with him. And whoever satisfies Allah by people’s discontent; Allah would be satisfied with him and would make people satisfied with him.”
The veil in the Shariah
All Muslim jurists, in all ages, had agreed upon the obligatory of the veil; it is an obligatory act of worship ordained upon women by the Lord of the worlds. The woman is not allowed to take off her veil as long as she is able to wear it.
Allah says: “And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests” [An-Nur 24:31]
The prophet, peace be upon him, said: “When the woman reaches the age of menstruation, nothing of her body is allowed to appear except those two,” then he pointed to the face and the two palms.
What is meant by the veil
Veil means that the woman should protect her private parts and beauty lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy, or evil desire for adultery) should be moved with desire_ that is why veil was ordained.
· To cover; nothing Allah has forbade could be displayed.
· Not to be see-through; it must not display the body underneath.
· Not to show; it must not reveal the shape of the body or part of it.
The Fatwa of Dar Al-Ifta
The fatwa that is issued at 28th Rajab 1422, and is signed by the Mufti declares the following:
It is illegal for the woman to wear the pants that describe her body. Moreover, the woman is prohibited from exposing her hair or legs.
The lawful dress for the woman is every dress that covers the whole body except the face, palms and heels provided that it is wide and is not see-through and does not describe the body (or parts of it).
In the Day of Judgment, The punishment of not wearing the lawful dress is severe, because it is a grave sin.
Those who ask women to take off the veil in work or study are sinful, and the woman is not allowed to obey them, because the prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There should be no obedience for a creature in what is considered as disobedience to the Creator.”
And Allah almighty is the Exalted and He knows best
Fatwa registration No. 158/421
28th Rajab 1422