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Hijab; major divine duty for women, not a deprivation

Islam’s code of modesty extends to all aspects of one’s life, including attire. Hijab, the headcovering worn by Muslim women, is an outer manifestation of an inner commitment to worship the one God. The highest thing that Almighty Allah asks of women is to observe chastity and hijab, and Muslim women have a duty to observe this issue to the highest extent and recommend it to others since Islam requires wearing the hijab all the time. Muslims believe that their true purpose in life is to worship the one God according to His instructions, as revealed in the holy book of the Quran and through the teachings of Mohammad, the final prophet of Islam. Worship in Islam is a holistic concept which encourages Godconsciousness in every facet of daily life, from charity and neighborliness to prayer and honest dealings in business. Modest clothing is an integral aspect of worship in Islam as well. In the Quran, Almighty Allah says, “And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms…” (24:31). When Almighty Allah revealed this verse, the female companions of the Prophet Mohammad promptly adopted these guidelines. In a similar spirit of obedience, Muslim women have maintained modest covering (hijab) ever since. Hence, the primary motivation for wearing the hijab is to obey Almighty Allah. Wearing hijab is a divine duty that comes from a sincere yearning to please the one God while appreciating the wisdom underlying His command. Many people mistakenly believe that women are forced to wear the hijab. In reality, Muslim women wear the hijab to seek the pleasure of the one God and to uphold Islam’s code of modesty. The majority of women who wear hijab consider it a constant reminder that they do not adorn their bodies for men. “Hijab forces someone to look past the external and focus on the internal. Islam is a religion of moderation and balance; it does not expect women alone to uphold society’s morality and dignity. Rather, Islam asks men and women to strive mutually to create a healthy social environment of practical values and morality. In short, the concept of modesty in Islam is holistic, and applies to both men and women. The ultimate goal is to please the one God and to maintain a wholesome and stable society. As more and more Muslim women embrace hijab, they renew their commitment to the one God through their appearance as they continue their lifelong spiritual journey. The parts of the body should be veiled except the face and the shroud, provided that the non-Mahram does not look at them with the intention of pleasure, and there is no adornment in these two parts. Mukhtar Safi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.