The hijab is a commonly discussed topic among young and teenage Muslim girls. Wearing a hijab is a remarkable milestone and a great decision in 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, which 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 hijab. They are verses 31 and 60 from Surah An-Noor and 53 and 59 from surah Al-Ahzab. However, the main verses that discuss the hijab’s ruling in detail are verses 31 of Surah An-Noor and 59 of Surah Al Ahzab.
Why did Allah reveal the Hijab in verse 31 of Surah An-Noor?
The verse revealed to distinguish the believing women from the women of Jahiliyah and pagan women. Allah revealed verse 31 of 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 obedient toward 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 the 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 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 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 whom a woman should not reveal her adornment to?
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 adolescent boys. A woman should not reveal her adornment before her paternal and maternal uncles. It is because they may describe the woman to their sons. The same goes for Jewish and Christian women. They might do the same.
Learning about the hijab ruling is very interesting and essential for all of us. We should educate and support our family members in practicing Allah’s ruling. As parents, we should inform them of the proper knowledge about hijab as they reach puberty. It 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 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 the link below. Jazakumullahu khairan. May Allah make it easy for all of us to abide by His rulings.
- Tafsir Ibn Kathir Verse 31 Surah An-Noor