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Why do muslims fast?

Most of us who are fighting the battle of the bulge have experimented with some form of
fasting, like an all fruit fast, a water fast or an sugar-free fast, you name it. But what many may
find rather strange and intriguing is a whole nation of people;
be it man or woman, old or young, rich or poor; going completely without food and drink from
dawn to dusk for a whole month - Ramadan. What is the significance of Ramadan beyond
shortened work hours? Is it not a very harsh practice? Is it merely a time when Muslims sleep
and fast and hardly work all day; and eat, drink, enjoy and stay awake all night? What really is
the spirit of Ramadan?

Fasting Prescribed in All Religions
In English "fasting" means to abstain from food or from certain kinds of food
voluntarily, as an observance of a holy day or as a token of grief, sorrow, or repentance.[1]
This practice can be found in most of the major religions of the world. For example, in
Hinduism, fasting in Sanskrit is called upavaasa. Devout Hindus observe fasting on special
occasions as a mark of respect to their personal gods or as a part of their penance. Most devout
Indians fast regularly or on special occasions like festivals. On such days they do not eat at all,
eat once or make do with fruits or a special diet of simple food.[2] For Jews, the day Yom
Kippur ("Day of Atonement") is the last of the Ten Days of Repentance observed on the 10th of
Tishri. It is forbidden on that day to eat, drink, wash, wear leather, or have sexual relations. In
addition, prohibitions on labor similar to those on the Sabbath are in force.[3] It should also be
noted that Moses (peace be upon him) is recorded in the Torah to have fasted.
"And he was there with the Lord 40 days and 40 nights, he neither ate bread not drank water." (Exodus
For Catholics among Christians, Lent is the major season of fasting, imitative of the
forty-day fast of Jesus (peace be upon him). In the fourth century it was observed as six weeks
of fasting before Easter or before Holy Week. It was adjusted to forty days of actual fasting in
most places in the seventh century.[4] Jesus (peace be upon him) is recorded in the Gospels to
have fasted like Moses.
"And he fasted 40 days and 40 nights, and afterward he was hungry." (Matthew 4:2 & Luke 4:2)
It is in this context that God states in the Quran: "O believers! Fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you in order that you become more conscious of God." (Quran 2:183)

Among the Best Righteous Deeds
Although in most religions, fasting is for expiation of sin or atonement for sin, in Islam it is
primarily to bring one closer to God, as stated in the above-mentioned verse. Since, God-consciousness is the prerequisite for righteousness, great stress is placed on fasting in Islam.
Thus, it is not surprising to find that when Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings
of God be upon him, was asked:
"Which is the best deed?" He replied, "Fasting, for there is nothing equal to it." (Al-Nasa'i)
There are as many levels of fasting as there are facets to being human. Proper fasting should
encompass all dimensions of human existence for it to have the divinely intended effect. The
following are some of the major levels of fasting:

The Levels of Fasting
The Ritual Level
This level of fasting requires that the basic rules for fasting be fulfilled, which are
avoiding food, drink and sexual intercourse between dawn and sunset for 29 or 30 days each
year. On this level, one is basically following the letter of the laws regarding fasting without
particular consideration for the spirit of fasting. It is the entrance level which must be fulfilled
for the fast to be Islamicly correct, but the other levels must be added for the fast to have any
real impact on the fasting person. Fasting on this level alone will not benefit one spiritually,
except from the perspective of submission to divine instructions, if one chooses to follow the
ritual consciously and not merely according to tradition. Thus, by itself, the ritual level will not
purify one of sin or atone for sin.

The Physical Level
Fasting on the "physical" level causes the fasting person to experience the pangs of
hunger and thirst when the prophetic (Sunnah) way of fasting is observed. Prophet
Muhammad used to consume a very light meal before the dawn (suhoor) and moderate meal
(iftaar) to break the fast at sunset, while scrupulously avoiding filling his stomach.
He is reported to have said:
"The worst container a human being can fill is his stomach. A few morsels of food to keep a person's back straight are sufficient. However, if his desire overcomes him, then let him eat a third, drink a third and leave a third for breathing." (Ibn Majah)
before beginning the sunset prayer.[5] This level allows the fasting person to
experience the pangs of hunger and thirst and thereby develops sympathy in him or her for
those starving and dying of thirst in other parts of the world.

Medical Benefits
On the physical level, some chemicals in the brain that transmit messages and create feelings,
called neurotransmitters, are affected by fasting. Fasting encourages the endorphin
neurotransmitter system, related to the feeling of well being and euphoria, to produce more
endorphins and, in fact, makes us "feel" better. This is similar to the effect of exercise (but
without the physical work).It has also been noted by medical experts that fasting improves the
physical health in numerous ways. For example, during the fast the body uses up stored cholesterol (fat) that is often deposited in the blood system, as well as in other fatty areas of the
body. Thus, it helps to keep the body firm and minimizes the danger of heart attacks. The
difference between the ritual level 1 and the physical level 2 is that a person dong only ritual
fasting may eat large meals prior to beginning the fast
and immediately upon ending the fast, and thus not feel any hunger or thirst throughout the
whole month. However, like level one, if the fasting person does not incorporate the other
levels of fasting, the fast will only be physically exhausting. The Prophet said:
"Perhaps a fasting person will gain nothing but hunger and thirst from fasting."(Ibn Majah)

The Libidinal Level
The sexual instinct and drives (libido) are harnessed on this level of fasting. In these times
where the media continually plays on sexual desires to promote and sell products, the ability to
control these powerful desires is a plus. Fasting physically reduces sexual desires and the fact
that the fasting person has to avoid anything which could stimulate him psychologically helps
to further lower the libido. Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon
him, said:
"O youths, whoever among you is able to marry let him do so, for it restrains the eyes and protects the private parts. He who is unable to marry should fast, because it is a shield." (Saheeh AlBukhari)
By restraining oneself from sexual acts which are permissible, the fasting person
makes it easier for himself to restrain himself from forbidden sexual acts when he is not fasting.

The Emotional Level
Fasting on this level involves controlling the many negative emotions which simmer in the
human mind and soul. For example, among the most destructive emotions is anger. Fasting
helps to bring this emotion under control. Prophet Muhammad, said:
"When one of you is fasting, he should abstain from indecent acts and unnecessary talk, and if someone begins an obscene conversation or tries to pick an argument, he should simply tell him, 'I am fasting.'"
(Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
Thus, on this level, whatever negative emotions challenge the fasting person must be avoided.
One must abstain from lewd conversation and heated arguments. Even when one is in the right,
it is better to let that right go and keep one's emotional fast intact. Likewise, the negative
emotion of jealousy is reduced, as every fasting person is reduced to the common denominator
of abstinence; no one is externally superior to another in this regard.

The Psychological Level
This level helps the fasting person psychologically to control evil thoughts and trains him or
her, to some degree, how to overcome stinginess and greed. The Prophet was reported to have
"Allah has no need for the hunger and the thirst of the person who does not restrain himself from telling lies and acting on them even while observing the fast." (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
In this age of immediate gratification, when the things of the world are used to fulfill human
needs and desires almost as soon as they have them the ability to delay gratification is an
important skill. What is between immediate gratification and delayed gratification is patience.
During the fast, the believers learn patience and the benefits of it.
From a psychological perspective, it is good to be somewhat detached from the things of the
world. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a good and full life - in fact, one can and should
expect that. However, it is important that people are able to detach ourselves from material
things so that they do not become the most important part of their lives.
Fasting gives one the opportunity to overcome the many addictions which have become a
major part of modern life. Food, for many people, provides comfort and joy, and the ability to
separate oneself from it gives the fasting people the psychological benefit of knowing that they
do have some degree of control over what they do and what they do not do.

The Spiritual Level
In order to establish this, the highest and most important level of fasting, the level of Godconsciousness, Prophet Muhammad made the renewal of the intention for fasting a requirement
before every day of fasting. He was reported to have said:
"Whoever does not intend to fast before Fajr (the dawn) will have no fast." (Abu Dawud)
The daily renewal of intention helps to establish a spiritual foundation of sincerity
essential for the spiritual cleansing effects of fasting to operate. Sincere fasting purifies and
atones for sin, as the Prophet said:
"Whoever fasts Ramadan out of sincere faith and seeking his reward from God, his previous sins will be forgiven."
He was also reported to have said, "From one Ramadaan to the next is atonement for the sins between them." Sincere fasting brings one closer to Allah and earns a special reward. The
Prophet informed that there is a gate in paradise called Rayyaan reserved for those who fast and
he also said:
"When Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are open." (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
Fasting is primarily between the person and God, as no one can be sure that any
person is actually fasting. Because of this intimate aspect of fasting, Allah was quoted by the
Prophet as saying:
"Every act of Aadam's descendants is for themselves, except fasting. It is meant for Me alone, and I alone will give the reward for it." (Saheeh Muslim)
When combined with the previous levels of fasting, this level transforms a person from within. It restores, revives and regenerates the fasting person's spirituality and radically modifies his or
her personality and character. These are the precious products of aheightened state of Godconsciousness.
On the first day of the following month, after another new moon has been sighted, a special
celebration is made, called Id al-Fitr. A quantity of staple food is donated to the poor (Zakat alFitr), everyone has bathed and put on their best, preferably new, clothes, and communal prayers
are held in the early morning, followed by feasting and visiting relatives and friends.
There are other fast days throughout the year. Muslims are encouraged to fast six
days in Shawwal, the month following Ramadan, Mondays and Thursdays, and the ninth and
tenth, or tenth and eleventh of Muharram, the first month of the year. The tenth day, called
Ashurah, is also a fast day for the Jews (Yom Kippur), and Allah commanded the Muslims to
fast two days to distinguish themselves from the People of the Book.
While fasting per se is encouraged, constant fasting, as well as monasticism, celibacy, and
otherwise retreating from the real world, are condemned in Islam. Fasting on the two festival
days, Id al-Fitr and Id al-Adha, the feast of the Hajj, is strictly forbidden.
Reported article : http://www.islamhouse.com/p/358832 
From yr sister in islam 





The Muslims’ belief in Jesus (PBUH), in summary, is that he is the son of the truthful and honored Mary; he was born miraculously without any male intervention or contact. Allah (S.W) sent him as a prophet and messenger to the Children of Israel, to declare monotheism and to prophesize the coming of the final prophet. Allah (S.W)  also supported him with great miracles. Challenging the Jews, who wanted to kill him as was their habit of killing prophets,   he continued his mission, and Allah (S.W) saved him from their wicked conspiracy and lifted him to the heavens.

Muslims also believe that Jesus (PBUH) will come back again before the Day of Judgment, calling all to worship Allah (S.W), the One and only, following His statute and Law, breaking the cross and raising the flag of monotheism.

To clarify this belief and for more illustration, we will review the verses of the Holy Quran, that Allah (S.W) has revealed regarding Jesus (PBUH).

The Holy Quran mentions that Allah (S.W) has honored Jesus (PBUH) by making him the son of the pure Virgin Mary, whom Allah (S.W) had chosen above the women of all nations.“Behold! The angels said, “O Mary! Allah hath chosen thee and purified thee- chosen thee above the women of all nations.”  (Holy Quran, 3: 42)

It also mentions that, Allah (S.W) honored her with many graces, “Right graciously did her Lord accept her: He made her grow in purity and beauty: To the care of Zakariya was she assigned. Every time that he entered (her) chamber to see her, he found her supplied with sustenance. He said: “O Mary! Whence (comes) this to you?” She said: “From Allah. for Allah Provides sustenance to whom He pleases without measure.” (Holy Quran, 3: 37), that Zachariah adopted her after her mother took a covenant on herself to give her child to Allah (S.W), and that He ordered her to worship Him.“O Mary! Worship Thy Lord devoutly: Prostrate thyself, and bow down (in prayer) with those who bow down.”  (Holy Quran, 3: 43)

Mary (PBUH) became pregnant with her child after Allah (S.W) had given her a glad tiding by the angel, and He gave him a name.“Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah. (Holy Quran, 3: 45)

The verses declare that Allah (S.W) created this coming child, Jesus (PBUH), by a word from Him, without any human intervention. He created him with no father, and that would not make him divine, as Allah (S.W) also created Adam in an unusual way. The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, and then said to him: “Be”. And he was.(Holy Quran, 3: 59) Allah (S.W) created Both, Jesus and Adam (PBUT) by the word “Be”.

The Holy Quran also mentions the birth of this holy child and it was without a father, being his first miracle (PBUH).“And We made the son of Mary and his mother as a Sign” (Holy Quran, 23: 50) then Allah (S.W)Made him speak while he was still in his cradle, to refute the Jews’ wicked accusation to his mother, the pure virgin. “They said: “How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?” He said, I am indeed a servant of Allah. He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet, and He hath made me blessed wherever I be, and hath enjoined on me prayer and charity as long as I live. (He) hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable, so peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)”

(Holy Quran, 19: 28 -33)

“He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous.” (Holy Quran, 3: 46)

When he (PBUH) grew up as a man, Allah (S.W) sent him as he sent many prophets before him.“And in their footsteps we sent Jesus the son of Mary”.(Holy Quran, 5: 46)

His message was to complete the message of Moses (PBUH).“'(I have come to you), to attest the Law which was before me. And to make lawful to you part of what was (before) forbidden to you”  (Holy Quran, 3: 50), therefore, Allah (S.W) had given him the knowledge of the Torah, Behold! I taught thee the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel”(Holy Quran, 5: 110) and He revealed the Gospel to him (PBUH).“We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light”(Holy Quran, 5: 46)

Allah (S.W) had supported Jesus (PBUH) with miracles, and had given him many signs, that were enough to convince his people to believe in him.“Behold! thou makes out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My leave, and thou breathes into it and it becomes a bird by My leave, and thou heals those born blind, and the lepers, by My leave. And behold! thou brings forth the dead by My leave.”(Holy Quran, 5: 110)

Moreover, as a support, Allah (S.W) gave him the knowledge of the unseen, I declare to you what ye eat, and what ye store in your houses. Surely therein is a Sign for you if ye did believe”(Holy Quran, 3: 49) and supported him with the Holy Spirit, Gabriel (PBUH).“We gave Jesus the son of Mary Clear (Signs) and strengthened him with the Holy Spirit.”(Holy Quran, 2: 87)

The Holy Quran illustrates that Jesus’ (PBUH) message was for the Children of Israel only, “And (appoint him) an apostle to the Children of Israel, (with this message): “(Holy Quran, 3: 49) and he delivered that message to them. And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: “O Children of Israel! I am the apostle of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.” (Holy Quran, 61: 6)

The Holy Quran declares Allah’s (S.W) warning of committing excessesorexaggerating Jesus (PBUH). O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an apostle of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him”(Holy Quran, 4: 171) and this is his true nature and identity “Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute. It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! when He determines a matter, He only says to it, “Be”, and it is.” (Holy Quran, 19: 34-35), for Allah (S.W) Created him by His word (Be), God does not need to have a son, Jesus or any other.

Furthermore, the Holy Quran declares that Jesus (PBUH) did not claim divinity. On the contrary, he will reject and deny everyone who claims his divinity, and that will be when Allah (S.W) asks him: “And behold! Allah will say: “O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah.?” He will say: “Glory to Thee! never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my heart, though I know not what is in Thine. For Thou knowest in full all that is hidden. Never said I to them aught except what Thou didst command me to say, ‘worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord’; and I was a witness over them whilst I dwelt amongst them; when Thou didst take me up Thou wast the Watcher over them, and Thou art a witness to all things”.(Holy Quran, 5: 116-117)He (PBUH) would say that, for he is just a man.

Therefore, Christian belief in him as divine, and as a son of God is false.“Such (was) Jesus the son of Mary: (it is) a statement of truth, about which they (vainly) dispute.” (Holy Quran, 19: 34), and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth”(Holy Quran, 9: 30), the verses also condemn those who say that Jesus (PBUH) is Allah (S.W) himself. In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary. Say: “Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all, everyone that is on the earth”?(Holy Quran, 5:17)

Thus, the belief in this great prophet is one of the pillars of the Muslim faith, and Allah (S.W) will not accept one without this belief.“The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in Allah, His angels, His books, and His apostles. “We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His apostles”(Holy Quran, 2: 285). May Allah’s (S.W) mercy and peace be upon them all!





REASON #1. Why Muslims Pray.

Why do we Pray

By Dr. Suhaib Hasan Darussalam Publication and Distribution


After a long and hectic day at work, how difficult it is for a tired person to stand on the prayer-mat and concentrate on his prayers to Allah Almighty. Snuggled in a warm and cozy bed, how difficult it is to get up at the call of Mu’adhdhin: “Come to prayer, come to success.”

The famous doctor and philosopher Ibn Sina (Avicenna), recalls such a moment in his life. Once cold and icy night, he and his slave were resting in an inn in a remote part of Khurasan. During the night he felt thirsty and shouted out to his slave to get him some water. The slave had no desire to leave his warm bed, so he pretended not to hear Avicenna’s call. But finally after repeated calls he reluctantly got up and went to fetch the water. A little while later, the melodious sound of the Adhan filled the air. Avicenna began to think about the person calling the believers to prayer. My slave Abdullah, he mused, has always respected and admired me. He seizes any opportunity to lavish praise and affection on me but tonight, he preferred his own comfort to my needs. On the other hand, look at this Persian slave of Allah. He left his warm bed to go out in the chilly night, he made ablution in the icy water of the stream, and then he ascended the high minaret of the mosque to glorify He Whom he truly serves. “I bear witness that there is none to be worshipped except Allah.” “I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”

Tonight, Avicenna records, I learned the essence of true love; that love which results in complete obedience. The love of Allah demands total and unconditional obedience. Allah almighty says:

“Say (O Muhammad (pbuh) to mankind): ‘If you (really) love Allah then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic monotheism, follow the Quran and the Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive you your sins.’ And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (3:31)

For the Arabic Speaking sisters!!!

رمضان شهر الغفران، في هذا الشهر الفضيل وفي اول يوم الله يصفد شياطين الجن ولا يبقى آلا شياطين الآنس وتغلق ابواب النار وتفتح ابواب الجنان. في شهر رمضان الدعوات فيه مستجابه آنشالله فآكثرو فيه من الدعاء والاستغفار وتلاوة القرآن.

اَللّهُمَّ ارْزُقني فيهِ الذِّهْنَ وَالتَّنْبِيهِ، وَباعِدْني فيهِ مِنَ السَّفاهَةِ وَالتَّمْويهِ، واجْعَل لي نَصيباً مِنْ كُلِّ خَيْرٍ تُنْزِلُ فيهِ، بِجُودكَ يا اَجْوَدَ اْلأَجْوَدينَ.

اَللّهُمَّ قَوِّني فيهِ عَلى إقامَةِ اَمْرِكَ، وأذِقْني فيهِ حَلاوَةَ ذِكْرِكَ، وَاَوْزِعْني فيهِ لأَِدآءِ شُكْرِكَ بِكَرَمِكَ، وَاحْفَظْني فيهِ بِحِفْظِكَ وَسِتْرِكَ، يا أبْصَرَ النّاظِرينَ.

اَللّهُمَّ اجْعَلْني فيهِ مِنَ المُسْتَغْفِرينَ، واجْعَلْني فيهِ مِن عبادِكَ الصّالحينَ القانتين، وَاجْعَلْني فيهِ مِنْ أوْلِيائِكَ الْمُقَرَّبينَ، بِرَأفَتِكَ يا أرْحَمَ الرّاحِمينَ.

اللهم لا تخذلني لتعرضِ معاصيكَ ، وأعذني من سياطِ نقمتكَ ومهاويكَ ، وأجرني من موجباتِ سخطكَ بمنكَ وأياديكَ ، يا منتهى رغبةِ الراغبين

اَللّهُمَّ أعِنّي فيهِ على صِيامِه وقِيامِهِ، وَجَنِّبْني فيهِ مِنْ هَفَواتِهِ وآثامِهِ، وارْزُقْني فيهِ ذِكْرَكَ بِدَوامِهِ، بِتَوْفيقِكَ يا هادِيَ المُضِلّينَ.

اَللّهُمَّ ارْزُقْني فيهِ رَحْمَةَ الأَيْتامِ، وإطْعامَ الطَّعامِ، وَإفْشاءَ السَّلامِ، وَصُحْبَةَ الْكِرامِ، بِطَوْلِكَ يا مَلْجَأَ الآمِلينَ.

اللهمَّ اجعلَ لي فيهِ نصيباً من رحمتكَ الواسعةِ ، واهدني فيهِ ببراهينكَ القاطعةِ ، وخذْ بناصيتي إلى مرضاتكَ الجامعةِ ، بمحبتكَ يا أملَ المشتاقينَ

اللهمَّ اجعلني فيهِ من المتوكلينَ عليكَ ، الفائزينَ لديكَ ، المقربينَ إليكَ ، يا غايةَ الطالبينَ

اللهمَّ حببْ إليَّ فيه الإحسانَ ، وكرهْ إليَّ فيهِ الفسوقَ والعصيانِ ، وحرمْ عليَّ فيهِ السخطَ والنيرانَ ، بقوتكَ يا غوثَ المسنغيثينَ

اللهم ارزقني فيهِ السترَ والعفافَ وألبسني فيهِ لباسَ القنوع والكفافِ ، ونجني فيهِ مما أحذرُ وأخافُ ، بعصمتكَ يا عصمةَ الخائفين

اللهمَّ طهرني فيهِ من الدنسِ والأقذار ، وصبرني على كائناتِ الأقدارِ ، ووفقني للتقى وصحبةِ الأبرار ، بعونكَ يا قرةَ عيونِ المساكين

اللهمَّ لا تؤاخذني فيهِ بالعثراتِ ، وأقلني فيهِ من الخطيئاتِ والهفواتِ ، ولا تجعلني غرضاً للبلايا والآفاتِ ، بعزكَ يا عزَّ المسلمينَ

اللهمَّ ارزقني فيهِ طاعةَ العابدينَ ، واشرحْ فيهِ صدري بإنابةِ المهبتينَ ، بأمانك يا أمانَ الخائفينَ و صلى الله على محمد وآل محمد الطيبين الطاهرين .


1. An act of obedience. The hijab is an act of obedience to Allah and to his prophet (pbuh), Allah says in the Qur’an:

`It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His messenger have decreed a matter that they should have an option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and HisMessenger, has indeed strayed in a plain error.’ (S33:36).

Allah also said: ‘And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc) and not to show off their adornment except what must (ordinarily) appear thereof, that they should draw their veils over their Juyubihinna.'(S24:31).

Juyubihinna: The respected early scholars differed whether the veil cover of the body must include the hands and face or not. Today, respected scholars say that the hands and face must be covered. Other respected scholars say it is preferable for women to cover their whole bodies.

2.The Hijab is IFFAH (Modesty).

Allah (subhana wa’atala) made the adherence to the hijab a manifestation for chastity and modesty. Allah says: ‘O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) over their bodies (when outdoors). That is most convenient that they should be known and not molested.’ (S33:59).

In the above Ayaah there is an evidence that the recognition of the apparent beauty of the woman is harmful to her. When the cause of attraction ends, the restriction is removed. This is illustrated in the case of elderly women who may have lost every aspect of attraction. Allah (swt) made it permissible for them to lay aside their outer garments and expose their faces and hands reminding, however, that is still better for them to keep their modesty.

3. The hijab is Tahara (Purity)

Allah (swt) had shown us the hikma (wisdom) behind the legislation of the hijab: `And when you ask them (the Prophet’s wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen, that is purer for your hearts and their hearts.’ (S33:53).

The hijab makes for greater purity for the hearts of believing men and women because it screens against the desire of the heart. Without the hijab, the heart may or may not desire. That is why the heart is more pure when the sight is blocked (by hijab) and thus the prevention of fitna (evil actions is very much manifested. The hijab cuts off the ill thoughts and the greed of the sick hearts:

`Be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy or evil desire for adultery, etc) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honourable manner.’ (S33:32)

4. The hijab is a Shield

The prophet (pbuh) said: “Allah, Most High, is Heaven, is Ha’yeii (Bashful), Sit’teer (Shielder). He loves Haya’ (Bashfulness) and Sitr (Shielding; Covering).”

The Prophet (pbuh) also said: “Any woman who takes off her clothes in other than her husband’s house (to show off for unlawful purposes), has broken Allah’s shield upon her. ”

The hadith demonstrates that depending upon the kind of action committed there will be either reward (if good) or punishment (if bad).

5. The hijab is Taqwah (Righteousness)

Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an: O children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc) and as an adornment. But the raiment of righteousness, that is better.'(S7:26).

The widespread forms of dresses in the world today are mostly for show off and hardly taken as a cover and shield of the woman’s body. To the believing women, however the purpose is to safeguard their bodies and cover their private parts as a manifestation of the order of Allah. It is an act of Taqwah (righteousness).

6. The hijab is Eemaan (Belief or Faith)

Allah (swt) did not address His words about the hijab except to the believing women, Al-Mo’minat. In many cases in the Qur’an Allah refers to the “the believing women”. Aisha (RA), the wife of the prophet (pbuh), addressed some women from the tribe of Banu Tameem who came to visit her and had light clothes on them, they were improperly dressed: “If indeed you are believing women, then truly this is not the dress of the believing women, and if you are not believing women, then enjoy it.”

7. The hijab is Haya’ (Bashfulness)

There are two authentic hadith which state: “Each religion has a morality and the morality of Islam is haya'” AND “Bashfulness is from belief, and belief is in Al-Jannah (paradise)”. The hijab fits the natural bashfulness which is a part of the nature of women.

8. The hijab is Gheerah

The hijab fits the natural feeling of Gheerah, which is intrinsic in the straight man who does not like people to look at his wife or daughters. Gheerah is a driving emotion that drives the straight man to safeguard women who are related to him from strangers. The straight MUSLIM man has Gheerah for ALL MUSLIM women In response to lust and desire, men look (with desire) at other women while they do not mind that other men do the same to their wives or daughters. The mixing of sexes and absence of hijab destroys the Gheera in men. Islam considers Gheerah an integral part of faith. The dignity of the wife or daughter or any other Muslim woman must be highly respected and defended.



taken from http://www.lutonmuslims.com


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