4 Hijab Facts Your Pastor Did Not Inform You About

Hijab is an Arabic word used to refer to a veil worn by some Muslim women in the presence of any male outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the head and chest. The term can refer to any head, face, or body covering worn by Muslim women that conforms to Islamic standards of modesty.

As the definition highlighted, hijab is only an Arabic word used majorly but not only in the Muslim realm.

The lack of understanding of the guidelines surrounding usage of Hijab has resulted in a lot of crisis around the world, many of which have been described as Islamophobic attiude.

Recently, there was uproar from the Muslim residents of Ibadan in the South Western part of Nigeria when the security guards of the University of Ibadan International School forced young Muslim Children to remove their Hijab at the School’s entrance. They described the school premises as an arena where Hijab is banned as seen in videos going round the social media.

This act has however been condemned by many Nigerians.

According to Section 204 of the Nigeria’s Criminal Code entitled “Insult to Religion”. It states that:

Any person who does an act which any class of persons consider as a public insult on their religion, with the intention that they should consider the act such an insult, and any person who does an unlawful act with the knowledge that any class of persons will consider it such an insult, is guilty of a misdemeanour, and is liable to imprisonment for two years.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Many Nigerians have wondered if the Constitutional Law against Blasphemy is to be set aside in premises of one of the many Federal Institutions in the country.

In a study carried out by Intel Region, it was observed that many of the citizens in Nigeria despite living among the Muslims as far back as the 11th century are not well informed about Hijab.

In a discussion with a citizen of the Christian faith concerning his opinion on the issue, he said:

Hijab is not part of uniform, the reasons why they use hijab was due to the weather in desert when the wind blows sand so they use hijab to protect their face. We have adopted dressing, culture and traditions into religion May Almighty God save us

It is definitely not the duty of a pastor to share knowledge concerning Hijab since it is an Islam related subject, but it is also the duty of a teacher and spiritual guardian to ensure his/her subjects does not possess the wrong intel that could be of great influence.

We will take a look at 4 things you might have never heard about the Hijab.

1. Modesty

The Hijab is a veil used to cover the head and the chest in the presence of Men who are not family members and implies a dress worn by modest women.

The Hijab was worn historically as a garment that depicts modesty. It was practiced by most Christian women until the latter part of the 20th century, it is now a minority practice among contemporary Christians in the West, though it continues to be the normal practice in other parts of the world, such as RussiaUkraineIndiaPakistan, and South Korea.

1 Corinthians 11:2–16 states:

 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved.  For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.

Holy Bible

The bible emphasized in strong terms how important it is for women to appear before God in full adorement.

2. Mary, Mother of Jesus

Beautiful Hijab Sister Reading
Hijab Sister Reading

There was no controversy generated by either the Bible or Qur’an concerning the Modesty of Mary (Maryam), the Mother of Jesus (Isa). According to the Christian theology, she conceived Jesus miraculously through the Holy Spirt while she is still a virgin and has always remained modest. Mary is referred by many to be the most meritorious saint of the religion and has always had her body covered including her head and chest.

According to the Qur’an, Maryam was described to be a holy lady who has always shun bad deeds and stay in a seclusion supplicating to Allah. Allah sent an angel to her who presented himself as a well proportioned man to inform her that she will have a son (Isa). The Angel informed her that it is a decreed matter to serve as a sign to the people and a mercy from Him to Maryam.

Maryam is a modest woman and always appear covered.

3. Hijab: A Commandment from Allah

While it is important for every woman to dress modestly, Allah (God) has commanded the Muslim women to always appear in Hijab except in the presence of some selected category.

Allah says in Suratul Nur. Qur’an 24 Verse 31

And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private part and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chest and not expose their adornment except to their husband, their fathers, their husbands’ father, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ son, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hand possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.”

An Noor Verse 31

The verse highlights the existence of the use of headcover before the revelation of the verse itself. It built on the already existing protocol by asking women to use a portion of their headcover to cover their chests except in the presence of the mentioned categories as applicable.

This is direct commandment from Allah, placed above all, in the Islamic belief is the reason why they must put it on except in the midst of the mentioned categories.

Asking her to remove it for whatsoever reason is the same as asking her to disobey her God.

A character which is directly against the Freedom of Religion and the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All form of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief passed in 1981.

4. Beauty

There is no gainsaying the fact that putting on a Hijab makes women look more beautiful. In fact, women not under any obligation to put hijab on uses it to accrue the beauty that comes with it.

Beautiful Uniformed Hijab Sister

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