Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WHY I WEAR THE NIQAB




Many people have asked me what made me wear the Niqab. To be honest, there was nothing in particular that made me wear the Niqab. My mother and older sisters were already wearing the Niqab, and I felt it was only right that I did the same. I've always have an incredible awe for the Niqab, and even before I started wearing it, I used to put my mother's Niqab, just to see if it would look good on me. Alhamdulillah, Allah blessed me with the opportunity of wearing the Niqab. Everyday since then, has been a tremendous journey towards being prouder of my identity as a Muslim and a prouder slave of Allah. I've never looked back since!

Thankfully, my family never objected to my choice of wearing the Niqab. In fact, they only encouraged it, so my Niqab journey has been very smooth, Alhamdulillah, apart from a few relatives who thought that I was too young for the Niqab and that it wasn't necessary, and of course, a few insults I get from non-Muslims. Although I live in a Muslim minority country, the non-Muslims have never done anything more than laugh, snigger or call me a 'ninja' for wearing the Niqab. So a huge Alhamdulillah for that!

What inspired me to wear the Niqab? For one thing, I stick to the opinion that Wearing the Niqab is compulsory. The other thing is that the wives and daughters of Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wassalam) all wore the Niqab, as did the other Sahaba women. These are the women we should be following, and to be among those who follow in their footsteps... I feel so privileged, Alhamdulillah!

Even if the Niqab isn't obligatory, there is no doubt that it's highly recommended in Islam, and Wallahi, I fear the Day of Judgement when I'll be standing before Allah and He'll question me for not wearing the Niqab when I knew that it was either Fardh or highly recommended in Islam. What would I ever answer to Him?

The other reason, which is probably my strongest and proudest reason for wearing the Niqab, is that I know deep down (as I'm sure all other Muslimahs do as well), that the more you sacrifice for the sake of Allah, the more you'll be rewarded and the more Allah will love you. And of course, the Niqab comes with a lot of sacrifices, so I know that if I'm prepared to take that step, Allah will reward me for it and He'll love me for it (hopefully), and this reason in itself is a more than sufficient reason for me to wear the Niqab.

The Niqab acts like a huge shield for me. No, it doesn't cut me away from the world or the society. It's just that when there is so much of corruption in the world now, I feel so very protected with my Niqab on. It's tough to explain how it feels. It's just the sort of thing that can only be felt, not said. If there are thousands of Niqabis out there who say that the Niqab has liberated them, it's because it really has. Wallahi is does. And I can walk freely knowing that I'm covered and I'm protected- just as Islam wants me to be.





11 comments:

  1. Asalamu alaikum,

    Masha'Allah fantiastic :)

    Take Care.

    p.s Share some wise words over at i-reminsices...

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  2. Asalamu alaikum,

    The food looks good share share..

    Look out for my "After Hajj" post coming soon! Your wise words welcomed..

    Take Care

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  3. MashaAllah! I am a niqabi too n I cannot go out without wearing one.. may Allah give you the courage to wear it everyday. Please check out my blog as well. Patiencewitheverything

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    1. Ameen sis, glad to know another Niqabi :)

      MashaAllah, you have a lovely blog, I've followed it :)

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  4. Beautiful blog entry! Sending love and support, from a non-Muslim.

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    1. Thank you so much Amy! Much appreciated :)

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    2. I've always wondered if there were actually other Niqabis like me who love the Hijab and write about it online - here I am! :-) Loved the post, not only because I can relate to you, but because more people need to be educated about why we make the choices we do. Jazak Allah Khair, and may Allah keep us all steadfast in our faith in Him alone.

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  5. Reading posts like this just makes me so happy!
    May Allah bless you sister :)
    I also started the niqab at a young age (but even I feel like I could've done it earlier.)
    I also always believed that the niqab is fardh, but even that wasn't enough reason for me to even cover my head, let alone actually cover my face. A few years I have spent without my head covered, and now I sort of regret it, but what's done is done.

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  6. Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, alhamdulillah and jazak Allah kher for this article. I think the author is right, and even if we are sincere in not knowing for certain whether required or recommended, a very large number of us who wear hijab are also wearing impermissible makeup, questionable clothing, questionable styling of the hijab and are violating matters of modesty and adornment that are clearly prohibited in the Qur'an al Kareem, and further described and warned against in ahadith. Perhaps I can't speak for everyone, but I do not see those problems present with women who are wearing niqab. There is a hadith that describes women who are clothed but naked, and wearing camel hump hijabs, these women were described as being in hellfire (https://islamqa.info/en/47017). We should support our sisters and strive as much as possible, even if we are with hijab at the very least, Allahu Alam, it should not include anything of known haraam in addition. I know I have room for improvement, in the west, and I'm sure elsewhere, wearing niqab can be difficult. After I started wearing hijab, I was fired, but I do not doubt the benefit of what believers do for Allah's (SWT) sake! May Allah (SWT) guide us all and help us with understanding and help us with striving, and bless the writer and the good example she is to us.

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  7. I should have added Allah (SWT) knows best after the writing and may He forgive me for anything lacking in my previous response and in this response! When I have a question, I attempt to reference the evidence in the Qur'an, Sunnah and the scholars' view on the matter, I also benefit from the writings like those of this author. I want to follow their example in caution and consideration. I want to clarify that my response was about what is happening right now, and not regarding the fiqh or jurisprudence. I share the author's concern for our position on the day the matter is decided because the question of impermissible beautification is currently visible and women's dress that is very similar in description to what is prevalent now was announced as a sign that the hour is near (Sahih Muslim 2128, Book 37, Hadith 190), though this matter likely has varying degrees of severity according to the region. I think the thought of us all being in proximity to excellence and not wrongdoers is enough to make any Muslim feel real happiness, may Allah (SWT) bless us to be like the mother's, and the Sahaba, the best of the people. However, even though I agree with the need for compliance I didn’t want to increase a restriction in my wording beyond what Allah (SWT) made halal/haram and what Prophet Muhammad (SAW) reported regarding what is lawful/unlawful [Hadith Hasan related by ad-Daaraqutnee]. While we go forth with perfecting our faith, or at least attempting to purify it, may Allah (SWT) safeguard us, and also help us to be part of those who avoid a thing for His sake. This matter makes the believer feel closer to crying and reforming, may Allah (SWT) protect us, make us among those He grants forgiveness and grant us a turning point. I wish to start with myself, and I should mention it would be completely inappropriate to falsely accuse anyone else on my part, its just emotional having been a part of it, because whenever we break a covenant with Allah, or do not listen, looking at the example of the former people, or very generally speaking, there are usually problems. Ya Allah (SWT) please help us, “We believe in what has been sent down to us, and what has been sent down to you; our God and your God is One, and to Him we have surrendered”. [Holy Qur’an, Surah Al ‘Ankabut]. There is no god but God La ilaha illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah. Ameen.

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