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An experience with Hijab
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A Story of a Muslimah who became a
Hijabi on her way through
the spiritual Journey,guided
by Almighty Allah…




In the name of Almighty Allah, Most Gracious, Most Benevolent.

Assalaamu Alayikkum Dear Sisters,
May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad and all
those who follow him till the Last Judgement Day.
I would like to share my experience on Hijab, what I felt after getting covered myself and
how I got it covered etc to all my sisters who still hesitates to do that. First of all I would
like to say that if you are a Muslimah you must obey Allah and His Messenger and their
commandments, which includes our Hijab as well. Hope this article on my experience
will give you a platform for self examination and I will try my maximum to give you every
aspect on Hijab, and why it is important to wear both physically and spiritually, insha
Allah. You can see some links from this article which will take you to another sphere of
Knowledge, which insha Allah may quench your knowledge thirst to some extend at
least.
For that let me take you to my past. Even if I was born and brought up in a Muslim
family I was unfortunate that I was not at all a practicing Muslim as my parents all were



the same. But all of them are so good at heart and believed in Allah and was doing
charity and doing prayers occasionally. More over the teachers who taught me Quran
and Islam gave me little knowledge about the peaceful religion, as they themselves
were incomplete about the depth of our religion, though they provided me everything
superficially and I was taken back with very many doubts in my mind, with no one to
answer .I was just thinking then “what if I showed my hair? What is the big deal in that”,
as I can understand showing other body parts may lead to provocation to the opposite
sex. I was so upset with many such doubts that I even feared to join under any Islamic
institutions who demand Hijaab as part of the uniform.
During that time I hardly read Quran and I think now, If I could have read the Beautiful
Divine Book Quran, then I would not have dared to ask such stupid questions. Because
I thought Hijaab was made by male world to suppress woman. So sorry to write this as
a Muslim Woman, but that was me in those past dark years of my life. I was more
influenced by Christianity as I was studying in a Christian School from my kindergarten
to Bachelors. But Alhamndhulliah Allah kept HIS eye on me that I was saved and was
thrown to the light of truth by His blessings in the disguise of my husband. Everything
around me turned upside down when I saw my Old-in-laws doing their prayers however
tired and sick they were. My husband use to do his regular prayers and my inner
conscious started to prick me and I was questioned by myself and I felt ashamed to say
that I am a Muslim as I was not doing my obligatory prayers in time. I slowly realized the
peace I got when I did my prayers on time and started taking fast in all the month of
Ramadan. Even if I miss, I somehow manage to makeup the days by taking equal days
from other months. I got into a peaceful track, which once were so hard for me.
I bought a Quran with explanations and translations. I read many times many verses
but failed to understand many verses meaning in its real sense. I read Quran
occasionally as I was a working woman at that time. But Alhamndhullilah Allah doesn’t
want me to be among the wrong doers. As a result my husband got an offer from United
States of America and I took my Quran with me. The first flight in the plane, the take off
kindled a spiritual flame inside me. That was my first flight. I started looking down
through the flight window and I saw the earth and all its inhabitants so tiny and small, I
just thought of Almighty, thinking How tiny we will be then in His eyes and yet we take
pride in us. Tears rolled down through my cheeks and I was spiritually fuelled by that
sight. There in States I got leisure time and I started reading Quran and taking Sunnah
fasting and did Night prayers which I did even when I was not a complete practicing
woman during my school, graduation days. May be because of that only I was blessed
by Almighty with a good husband and almost all of my prayers of Duniya were
answered and hope my prayers for Life Hereafter will also be answered by Him, insha
Allah.



As my eyes were going through Holy Quran, it got stuck on the below verses and I
started to ponder over those ayats:-
“O you Children of Adam! We have bestowed on you raiment to cover your shame as
well as to be an adornment to you. But the raiment of righteousness, that is the best.
Such are among the Signs of Allah, that they may receive admonition.” (Quran 7:26)


“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their
modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must
ordinarily appear therof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not
display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their
sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, or their brothers' sons or their sisters' sons,
or their women or the servants whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of
physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex, and that they
should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O
you Believers turn you all together towards Allah, that you may attain Bliss.” (Quran
24:31).

“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw
their cloaks close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better, so that they
may be recognized and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.” (Quran 33:59)

Then only I realized, Hijab is not male made but Allah’s demand to believing women
and rest fashionable dresses are male made to expose women as a commodity. I also
did many researches on science regarding male psychology and how seeing hair ignites
male sex hormones. Moreover I just looked on Christians portrait of Mary and statue
where she is always portrayed as wearing long loose dress with head covering to toe
and also nuns and old generation women who more or less cover their whole body and
hair with clothes and thinking upon all these, I also wrote a small blog post here “Role of
Dress in Islam “http://eemaantevazhi.blogspot.com/2010/04/role-of-dress-in-islam.html.
After learning by myself and finding what is truth and what is false I got myself covered,
Alhamndullilah. At that moment I just don’t want to hear what scholars were saying
because many scholars have different opinions on different things. I just want to learn
what Allah demanded and what Prophet Muhammad [pbuh] showed as role model
throughout his life. Alhamndhullilah I am feeling secured now while I walk around and
my dress itself is showing the message of Allah and I feel confidence while I wear my
Hijab .



Another point which attracted to Hijab was that, as I am a literature post graduate and
basically Indian, I love Kamala Das who was a world renowned controversial poetess. I
was moved when she, who is born in a typical Hindu family, declared her Shahada and
embraced Islam and became Kamala Suraya. I was shocked to read her comments on
Purdah and Hijab. Just have a look to her concept on dressing,
“The purdah (Islamic face veil) that I wear protects me. I like the purdah which Muslim
women wear. I like the lifestyle of Muslim women. Purdah is a wonderful dress. No man
ever makes a pass at a woman in purdah. It provides her with a sense of security.
In Delhi alone, most of the offices have a woman worker to comfort the customers with
a melodious voice. In the recently-held book fair at Pragati Maidan, female models in
semi-nude were installed as a statue so as to attract and allure more and more visitors.
The oglers thronged such venues and were in a hurry to touch their body. What a
shame! A woman's body has become a commodity to popularize products. In a society
where incidents of eye-teasing are on the increase, molestation in offices goes
unabated, promotion is done only after a female employee entertains her boss, what a
woman needs is nothing but protection of her freedom.”
You
can
read
about
her
by
going
through
this
link.http://eemaantevazhi.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-i-embraced-islam-kamala-das.html
From States we moved to France where I continued my studies on my Deen. Once I
was taken by a Muslim, [but she hardly observes Islamic dress code] friend to a French
administrative office to get me registered for unemployment as I am a qualified teacher.
When we were to enter the main entrance of the office she said I must take off the Hijab
to get into the office and she added you can’t wear your hijab if you work in France as a
teacher. She was my husband’s Bose’s wife, that I couldn’t say NO to her and I
removed my Hijab. But that moment tears were rolling from my eyes and even if I was
standing infront of ladies I felt that I was naked, only because I removed Hijab. And
soon after I rushed back to my home and prayed to Allah to forgive me for disobeying
Him and that moment I decided I don’t need a job by sacrificing my religion and
disobeying Allah and I turned to online teaching, which alhamndullilah is a great
success. But I think with that incident, Allah want me to realize that Hijaab has become
a part of my soul. Otheriwse how could I know how will be a Muslimah feeling when she
is forced to take off her Hijaab .I am thankful to Allah who opened my eyes to the true
world of Light. I am still continuing as house wife. But no complains as Allah wants me
to acquire more knowledge on Islam and help others to understand Islam, insha Allah.
That is the real blessing of my life.
I also learned from an authentic Hadees that Women are not supposed to pluck their
eyebrows and I was shocked to read that [Sahih Al-Bukhari 7.815 Narrated by Abdullah]
Allah has cursed those women who practice tattooing and those who get themselves
tattooed, and those who remove their eyebrow hairs, and those who create a space



between their teeth artificially to look beautiful, and such women as change the features
created by Allah. Why then should I not curse those whom the Prophet (saws) has
cursed? [“Is beauty parlor allowed in Islam or not?” a quoted question and answer
section. You can read that from this link http://eemaantevazhi.blogspot.com/2009/09/is-
beauty-parlour-allowed-in-islam.html] I stopped eye brow plucking as I don’t want Allah
and Prophet’s [pbuh] curse be upon me even in the slightest way.

Moreover now my family is also a practicing Muslim family, as they were guided by
Allah through various incidents that touched their life, Alhmandhullilah. Now I am here
on this stage of my spiritual life which Allah planned for me and He himself guided me to
this point with very many testing’s throughout my life. Nobody except Allah could help
me to face all such situations, with great reward of His mercy showered upon us.
Please include us in your Duas.
"Do not fear this world. But be fearful of the next world. That will be a better decision of
the intelligent believer"
Jazzakha ALLAHU khyran...




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