Hijab in Islam

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan has developed the book Hijab in Islam based on an authoritative Arabic book titled Hijab al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah fil Kitab was-Sunnah, by Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani, a famous scholar and traditionist. In it the author discusses the issue of hijab (veil) in the light of the Qur’an and Hadith. According to Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani’s findings the following rules of hijab are applicable: 1. The whole body, except for the exempted parts should be covered; 2. But any veil which in itself becomes an attraction is to be avoided; 3. Garments should not be semi-transparent; 4. Dress should not be tight fitting; 5. Garments should not be perfumed; 6. The form of dress should not in any way resemble that of men; 7. It should not resemble that of non-believers; and 8. Garments should not reflect worldly honor. What this essentially means is that, from the author’s point of view, a woman’s face is not included in the parts of the body that need to be compulsorily covered. He suggests, however, that it is better to cover it. He agrees with those who, in spite of holding the view that the face is not to be covered as a rule, nevertheless advocate the covering of the face in order to discourage mischief, in view of the general moral degradation in present-day society.

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