Author: Dr. Mohammad Ismail Memon Madani
Publisher: Madania Publications (February 2011)
Pages: 127 Binding: Paperback
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There are many issues where there have not been any differences of opinion among the Muslim Ummah since the beginning of Islam. In fact, there has been an almost complete consensus on these issues. But, these are the days of “reform”. “Freedom from old traditions” seems to have become the motto. Attempts are being made to approve and accept as lawful everything that was forbidden in Islam.
Many consented matters are being presented as controversial. One such issue is that of Hijab . One hears claims from everywhere that there is no Commandment in Islam about
Hijab. Some present inaccurate translations of the Holy Verses in this regard. Others bring forth uncommon interpretations of the Qur'anic Verses about Hijab. Still others refute the Ahadith in this respect.
In western countries non-Islamic ideologies are more prevalent than Islamic education. The literature about Islam found in these countries has been written mostly by Christians and Jews, or by those so-called Muslims who have been heavily influenced by western education, or have obtained degrees in Islamic Education under the training of Jews and Christians. They, therefore, view the holy Qur'an and Ahadith of the Prophet ( ) through their colored glasses. As a result, they themselves go astray and lead others on the wrong path as well. Doubts are being created about the Commandments of Hijab also.
Hijab, with its established limits, is a Divine Law and Guidance based on the Holy Qur'an and the Traditions (Ahadith) of Prophet Muhammad ( ), the interpretations of these by the Islamic jurists as well as on the practices of our pious predecessors. It is on these bases that it has been practiced continuously at all times by the Muslim Ummah. It is not something fictitious that was contrived by people and given the status of Islamic Law in Muslim societies based on cultural practices. Such is not the case, nor is it befitting to expect from a comprehensive, complete and protected Divine Constitution of Islam that has no room for any modifications. But, for sometime now, people are going to extremes in its practices and beliefs. Consequently, doubts have been raised in people's minds about the legal status and the basic truth about the Hijab, and it has become
the target of questions and doubts.
Under the influence of western civilization, the practice of women going about without Hijab has resulted in reactionary and extreme points of views about it. This has caused
further doubts about its principles and its legal limits. On the one hand, the legal limits of Hijab are claimed to be the results of conservatism of Islamic scholars and, instead of
simply choosing not to observe Hijab for oneself, people are made to believe that bringing women out in the open is the need of the day as well as the objective of the Divine Law.
On the other hand, pointing out the legitimate flexibility in the Divine Law about Hijab is considered heresy. This has gone on to the point where the traditional and cultural limits
imposed on women are also being incorporated in the Divine Law. It is, therefore, necessary to present the true teachings of the holy Qur'an and the Ahadith on this matter. May Allah give us the true understanding of the Divine Law and the courage to practice it.
In the end, I would like to thank my dear sons Mohammed Mansoor and Mohammed Ibrahim, who truly proved to be my hands and arms in writing this book. I am also thankful to my dear friend Maulana Mohammed Abdul Moez who reviewed the transcript and suggested valuable changes which have made the book better organized and more
beneficial. May Allah ( ) enrich their knowledge and accept them in the service of His Din, and bless them with success of this world and of the world hereafter.
NOTE: These days the word Hijab is often translated in English as Head Scarf, which is not in accordance with its meaning and intent in the Holy Qur'an and Ahadith. It is,
therefore, misleading. The correct translation is “Something that covers and conceals completely”.
Dr. Mohammed Ismail Memon Madani
Zilqadah 26, 1410H
June 20, 1990