Wearing Hijab

Should we keep our hijab?

We can see that in the recent times with the way of banning of hijab, the Muslim head scarf, the khimar across Europe beginning with France, spreading to Germany, Belgium etc. And the niqab, the covering of the face with the veil, something which in the past a very small fraction of the Muslim women have worn and nothing was said.  But out of political convenience, it became a point of attack. What we hear coming from political figures of Europe and elsewhere is that, they want Muslims in these countries, as a minority, to integrate. In fact, what is really wanted is to assimilate, so that the Muslim loses his or her identity, that they become indistinguishable from the common citizens of society. Their religion is something secondary which they are not denying, but what is primary is that they are the citizens of the country in such a way as to be indistinguishable from other citizens who are non Muslims. However the teachings of Islam require Muslims to distinguish themselves. Require them to be Muslims first, anything else after. It doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be productive members of the society, but they are Muslim productive members of the society. This, you can say Islamo-centric view is something which is not new, it is not a result of recent movements etc. This is an ancient view. It is the view founded in the Qur'an and found in the Sunnah of Prophet Mohammed (ﷺ).  When the Prophet Mohammed (ﷺ) said:

"whoever imitates the ways of the people is one of them." [1]

He (ﷺ), with that statement, underscored the necessity of Muslims to distinguish themselves in whatever circumstance, whatever society they find themselves in. Once they are in a majority, they have distinctive way to dress, character, principles etc., which can stand by regardless of changes that may take place in elements or parts of the society or even on a world scale.


[1] Narrated by Abu Dawood, 3512

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