Why Wear The Veil?

Women may decide to wear the Veil for various reasons. But the ultimate aim is to please God, Allah and increase ones modesty. They follow the Quran and Hadiths regarding this being an obligatoryact of worship.
These women will wear the niqab in all situations where they may find them selves in the presence of men outside of their immediate family.
They usually follow the opinion from the quran in Chapter Al-Noor Verse 31

“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, head cover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms)…”
Drawing the veil all over the juyoob implies covering the face. When Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) was asked about the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):
“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies”
[al-Ahzaab 33:59] –
he covered his face, leaving only one eye showing. This indicates that what was meant by the aayah was covering the face. This was the interpretation of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) of this aayah, as narrated from him by ‘Ubaydah al-Salmaani when he asked him about it.
In the Sunnah there are many ahaadeeth, such as: the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The woman in ihraam is forbidden to veil her face (wear niqaab) or to wear the burqa’.” This indicates that when women were not in ihraam, women used to cover their faces.
This does not mean that if a woman takes off her niqaab or burqa’ in the state of ihraam that she should leave her face uncovered in the presence of non-mahram men. Rather she is obliged to cover it with something other than the niqaab or burqa’, on the evidence of the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) who said: “We were with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in ihraam, and when men passed by us, we would lower the khimaar on our heads over our faces, and when they moved on we would lift it again.”

Other Muslim women believe that it is a highly recommended act of worship, so they decide to wear the niqab in order to bring them selves closer to God and to increase their spirituality.
These women choose to wear the niqab in most situations.

Some muslim women simply prefer not to show their faces to random men in order to avoid unwanted and unnecessary attention,and at the same time, feel protected from desires that may lead to committing sins.They may believe that it is obligatory or recommended or it may simply be a personal preference to which they have a right to because they feel their body is their own business.

Are the Muslim women rejecting Western culture?

The intent behind wearing the Veil is usually a good one, and that is to adhere to a Religious opinion or to increase one’s modesty. The idea that Veiled Women conspire to reject Western society or cut themselves offis a paranoia, and one would find a normal human being behind the veil.
There are other groups in society that have agendas based on hate. Why pick on innocent women with veils who cause no harm to society? We live in such a diverse multi-cultural world and we can’t accept anything different!

Veiled women don’t force society to wear the Veil so Niqaabi Women feel society shouldn’t force them NOT to wear the veil. Just as other women enjoy the choice to dress as they please Veiled Women should have the same rights.

Is the Veiled Woman a security threat?

Many Veiled women pass through airports and other security checks everyday and have no problem proving their Identity. As for identification purposes Muslim women remove their veil when required of them.
As for the few isolated cases where men have dressed as women in the veil to get through security, then there are many far stranger cases of other ways to hide ones identity, such as wigs, glasses, makeup etc.It is an unfair association and again just a paranoia that can be worked around.

Does the veil hinder communication?

People communicate in many ways and one’s facial expressions are just a small part of communication. We live in such a tech no society whereby we listen to the radio, use Mobile phones and write emails without having to see the person.
It is in fact for the women to reconcile the hindrance her veil may casein her interaction with people, and not a single woman who covers has expressed that there is any problem.
People that assume they have a problem with Veiled women should have second thoughts before using modern technology such as telephones, radios and email because the person is veiled too!!!

Is your Husband or Father forcing you to dress that way?

No our husbands, fathers and brothers did not force us to wear the veil, it is a free personal choice. Veiled women feel extremely honored and privileged to have the opportunity to dress in the way that is God Pleasing. Covering in the complete Islamic hijab gives us dignity and self respect and nobody questions why a nun dresses the same as us except the covering of her face, something to think about.

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