Thursday

Three reasons why I wear niqab.

Asalamualaikum. I am more than flabbergasted if you have actually opened up this link and you're reading this post of mine even after so many highly intellectual and knowledge oriented articles regarding hijabs and niqabs on hand. Lol. This is just my take on being a niqabi/ hijabi/ whatsoever and howsoever you wanna put it. =)

The Divine Word.
Very evident and uncomplicated to interpret.

Transliteration:
Ya ayyuha annabiyyuqul li-azwajika wabanatika wanisa-ialmumineena yudneena AAalayhinna min jalabeebihinna thalikaadna an yuAArafna fala yuthayna wakanaAllahu ghafooran raheema.
Translation:
O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful.

Ahzab: 59. Nothing to qualm about. Crystal clear.

Our Legacy.
The words in the above mentioned verse from the Quran always struck me to go into their deeper meaning. Predominantly, the part ‘that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed’ in the explanation. Now, this could very well be already known for you but this piece of information was from top to bottom new and full of delight for me. *big grin*
When a woman used to belong to a respectable and reputable and noble family back in the earlier Islamic days, they were recognized by their faces covered. Slave girls or non-believer captives from the wars, in contrast, were not supposed to cover their faces and thus, it could simply be understood that they are either the slaves or the captives or the non-believers. It was for this reasons that the ill minded men of those days used to tease women (well, they still do =/) but then they wouldn’t dare to tease someone from a reputable family but a slave.
The Prophet (SAW) used to screen his wives from the rest of the ghayr mahrams so there must be a reason behind it. Think.
If you are a Muslimah and you already wear hijab, it’s high time you start covering your face too because you neither are a slave girl, nor a non-believer captive! =)

My Standpoint.
Honestly. I think a woman looks dazzling and OMG in a niqab. Haha.
These are just three reasons that I, alhamdulilah, observe niqab for. There is plenty of content available on internet with a lot of traditions and verses quoted, you should go through them too. I’m just writing my motivations. Which don’t have to be a fatwa for wearing a niqab (joke?) but these are the grounds which are more than enough for convincing me to stretch my paradigm to what’s to come next and throw all the glitters of this world into oblivion. =)

JazakAllah Khair for reading this. Walaikumasalam.
Content for the second point has been taken from a book called Tuhfae Khwaateen, from it’s one of the initial editions.
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