Hijab Is Not a Choice

If you get upset or sad when a hijab-wearing Muslima decides not to wear the hijab, that shows you still have some taqwa, some ghayra, some himma still left in your heart. It’s not toxic. Allah says:

“Whoever honors the symbols of Allah – indeed, it is from the piety of hearts.”

But this is a sentiment that you can’t understand if, in your mind, the hijab is not a symbol of Allah and of Islam, but rather, just a symbol of personal choice and self-empowerment. If the hijab just represents personal autonomy, then wearing it is no more or less meaningful than wearing a swimsuit. If all one cares about and celebrates is choice, then choosing to wear the hijab is equivalent to choosing to ditch it. Or choosing to wear something else entirely. It’s all choice!

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But in reality, the hijab is anything but a choice. It is an obligation that requires submission. Just like for all the commands of Allah, obedience is necessary. We must submit to our Master. Allah commands and we obey.

Some of Allah’s commands are gender-specific. Hijab is required of women. Friday prayers are required of men. Etc. Taqwa is not gender-specific. Both genders need it in order to bow their heads and say: we hear and we obey.

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The sweetness of obedience and submission is something the modernized human being can never experience. Modern man is deluded by the mirage of choice, endlessly chasing every desire that bubbles up into his heart. But we were created to submit to our Maker. That’s our natural state and that’s what will bring us the most satisfaction and fulfillment in every sense of those words.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. You should highlight the fact that when we use the word “hijab” in normative discourse, it refers to “the dressing regulations, the principles of modesty, and segregation of sexes in Islam”, rather than the specific product per se (scarf).

    I know it’s obvious but feminist sluts love to latch on to one or two words and go pedantic over it. Also it will drive the point that a feminist slut who wears hijab on the head, but tight fitting or revealing clothes under it or dolled up with 7 lbs of makeup and perfume, is actually as naked as a kafirah in a nudist camp, and has nothing to do with “hijab”.

    • “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 therof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, or their brothers’ sons or their sisters’ sons, or their women or the servants whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex, and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O you Believers, turn you all together towards Allah, that you may attain Bliss.” (The Quran 24:31)

      Far more focus on not wearing tight fitting clothes to stop showing breasts, as well as no makeup or other ornaments, than there is about a head covering. It doesn’t even differentiate between Islam and other religions, it is a religious duty in more than Islam. 1 Corinthians 11 is a commandment for Christians to do the same, which while ignored by a lot of groups, is still practiced by the Eastern Orthodox. Mitpaḥat is also a part of the sniut for Jews

      That isnt to say that head coverings are unimportant – it is absolutely an additional form of modesty, and with that a good practice. I am saying that they are ignoring the literal text in order to cling to a cultural practice.

      • Yeah maybe the wives of the prophet Muhammad SAW got it wrong and he didn’t notice it, maybe the 4 imams of school of thought got it wrong, by Allah the companions(may Allah be pleased with them) would be angered when a sunnah or cultural thing would be made obligatory by the later muslims and yet how surprsing is it that their wives would all cover from head to ankles, perhaps the you know more about something that the best generation of muslims didn’t, stop acting like a degenerate fool and be a pawn for the westerners by following celebrity imams

  2. The sad thing is: many women do not understand the weight of this obligation. They take it far too lightly. And 95% of the ones who wear ‘hijaab’ do it incorrectly. It’s seems like they are trying to find a midlle way which is pleasing to the kuffaar and still fulfils their religious obligation. They end up losing on both fronts: they kuffaar are still displeased with them…and so is Allah. The trend today is a type of turban which strongly resembles the way orthodox Jewish women wear their headscarves (tichel).

    The punishment for not wearing hijaab is jahannam.

    “Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There are two groups among the people of Hellfire whom I did not see: a people who have whips like the tails of oxen with which they beat people, and women who will be naked although they are clothed, who incline to evil and seduce with it. Their heads will be like the humps of a camel, leaning to one side. They will not enter Paradise and they will not smell its fragrance, even though it can be detected from great distance.”

    Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2128”

    “But in reality, the hijab is anything but a choice.”

    Indeed. The choice is in you submitting or transgressing.

  3. “ Modern man is deluded by the mirage of choice, endlessly chasing every desire that bubbles up into his heart. But we were created to submit to our Maker. That’s our natural state and that’s what will bring us the most satisfaction and fulfillment in every sense of those words.”

    Well said brother

  4. Ніjаb may not be a choice in the sense of “this is a mandatory religious duty which you must do, it’s not just sunnah or Nefl, and if you don’t do it you may go to hell”.

    However it is very much a “choice” in the sense that other people cannot force women to wear or not wear it under threat of punishments like beating up or jail or fines for wearing or not wearing it. Instead, if wearing hіjаb is fardh, then every women must voluntarily and willingly force herself to do it of her own free will initiative (not doing it because of being forced to by another person under threat of worldly punishment).

    The same applies with every other fardh including praying daily solah, ramadan fasting, and abstaining from alcohol/pork/gambling/dating, etc.

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