Hijab is a topic that is commonly discussed, especially with young and teenage Muslim girls. Wearing a hijab is a remarkable milestone and a great decision of life for believing young women. Many great scholars and authors have beautifully written articles and explanations based on the Quran and hadith about the hijab. Today we want to highlight some interesting points that we can ponder and share with our children on the hijab verse, specifically verse 31 Surah An-Noor, that discusses the hijab’s rulings for all believing women.
What are the Hijab verses in the Quran?
There are four verses in the Quran explicitly discussing the hijab. They are verse 31 and 60 from Surah An-Noor, and verses 53 and 59 for surah Al-Ahzab. However, the main verses discuss the hijab’s ruling with the details are verse 31 of Surah An-Noor and verse 59 Surah Al Ahzab.
What is the reason why Allah revealed the Hijab verse 31 Surah An-Noor?
The verse revealed to distinguish the believing women from the women of Jahiliyah and pagan women. Allah revealed verse 31 Surah An Noor during the Madinah period. The believing sahabah have taught their believing wives among the Muhajirin and Ansar about the verse. It was narrated from Safiyyah bint Shaybah that ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) used to say: When these words “and to draw their veils all over their Juyub” were revealed, they took their izaars (waist sheets/ aprons) and tore them from the edges, and Akhtamar (cover themselves) themselves with them. (Fath Al-Bari 8:347). The believing women of Muhajirin and Ansar were obedience towards Allah. They immediately covered themselves as required when Allah revealed the verse.
What are the essential lessons of verse 31 Surah An-Noor?
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
‘And tell the believing women to lower their gaze, and protect their private parts and not to show off their adornment except that which is apparent, and to draw their veils all over their Juyub and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their women, or their right-hand possessions, or the Tabi’in among men who do not have desire or children who are not aware of the nakedness of women. And let them not stamp their feet to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.’ [al-Noor 24:31]
The verse is long and compact, with many rulings and pieces of information for all Muslimah believers. In this verse, Allah informs the believing women to lower their gaze and protect themselves from immoral actions. Believing women should also protect themselves from being seen by any non-mahram men and draw their veils (something that covers, used to be on the head) over their necks and chests.
Who are the people that a woman should not reveal her adornment?
The believing woman should not reveal her adornment in front of the Non-Mahram Men, the paternal uncle and maternal uncle, Ahl Adh-Dhimmah (Jewish and Christian women), and adolescent or approaching adolescence boys. The believing woman should not reveal her adornment in front of her paternal and maternal uncle because they may describe the woman to their sons. It same goes for the Jewish and Christian women. They might do the same.
Learning about the hijab ruling is very interesting and essential for all of us, not only women but also men. We should be educating and supporting our family members in practicing Allah’s ruling. As parents, we should inform them of the proper knowledge of the hijab before they reach puberty. They should be made clear that wearing a hijab shows them that they are blessed with Allah’s love.
Allah loves them and always protects them. To learn more about the hijab and get the pieces of information about the above issue, please go through the lecture by Mufti Menk, the Islamqa website, and Tafsir ibn Kathir verse 31 Surah An Noor.
This writing is in collaboration with other Muslimah bloggers. To read more expressions, personal stories and articles related to the HIJAB, please click on the below link. Jazakumullahu khairan. May Allah make it easy for all of us to abide by His rulings.
- Tafsir Ibn Kathir Verse 31 Surah An-Noor