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6 Jun

Literal meaning:

“Hijaab حجاب ~ From the word Hajaba: To cover, veil, hinder anyone from access, shut out. Hijaab: Barrier

(The Dictionary of the Holy Quran)

Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts). That is purer for them, Verily, Allah is all aware of what they do.

And tell the believing women to lower their gaze, and protect their private parts and not to show off their adornments except that which is apparent, and to draw their veils (khumur- plural of khimar, which means something that covers, and is what is used to cover the head. This is what is known among the people as a veil.) all over their juyub (means that they should wear the outer garment in such a way as to cover their chests and ribs, so that they will be different from the women of the jahiliyyah, who did not do that but would pass infront of men with their chests completely uncovered, and with their necks, forelocks, hair and earrings uncovered…) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or theei brother’s sons, or their siser’s sons, or their women, or their right hand posessions, or the Tabi’in among men who do not have desire, or children who are not aware of the nakedness of women. And let them not stamp their feet as to reveal what they hide of their adonrment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.

(Al Quran 24:30-31)

O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks all over their bodies. That will be better, that they should be known, so as not to be annoyed.

(Al Quran 33:59)

All translations and explanations taken from Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Volume 7

 

 

 

 

A great explanation of Hijaab by our sisters from across the pond- may Allah reward them immensely- Ameen!

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