WORLD HIJAB DAY
In honor of the World Hijab Day, I took some time to reflect on what the hijab really means for us Muslim Women in America. The cliché that 'hijab is much more than a cloth we wrap around our heads' is constantly said and heard because it is a statement of modesty that encompasses the way we talk, the way we walk, and the way we think. It is a source of peace for us. We wear it with pride, and we wear it unapologetically.
Abdullah ibn Umar (RA/May God be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW/Peace be upon him) said:
"Indeed Haya (modesty) and Iman (faith) are Companions. When one of them is lifted, the other leaves as well."
Prophet (SAW) said:
"Haya and Trustworthiness will be the first to go from this world; therefore keep asking Allah for them."
“Al Haya’u Kullu Khair”
'Haya in anything is good,' and this hadith (saying of the Prophet) particularly illustrates the paramount significance of having haya (modesty) and keeping your Iman (faith).
The hijab reminds us not to focus on what we look like from the outside, rather focus on our inner self. Instead of adorning our bodies, we should adorn our ruh (soul) with the obedience and worship of Allah. It does not matter what we look from the outside because true beauty is found within the relationship between the slave and the Lord.