The current climate with the acceleration of consciousness of Islam within Muslims and non-Muslims has resorted to a better understanding of what identifies a person as a Muslim.
What is Hijab?
The meaning of the word Muslim means “one who submits [to Allah]”, therefore the identity of a Muslim is one who adorns themselves with the Commands of Allah Shown by the beloved Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be upon Him).
There is a misconception that the external attire or clothing of a Muslim is relevant in identifying a Muslim, this is an incorrect assumption. A Muslim adheres to any actions as a means of attaining the pleasure of Allah and this is magnified if this fulfillment is done according to the Sunnah (Prophetic Way) of the beloved prophet of Allah (Peace be Upon him).
Therefore if a person wears a certain attire or clothing that is a traditional Islamic practice then this is because it is a Sunnah of the beloved Prophet of Allah (Peace be upon). In a popular Islamic magazine it was stated that a ‘hijab’ is the identity of a Muslim. This would be an incorrect definition as ‘hijab’ is a command of Allah and a command that serves specific purposes.
Let us look the definition according to Wiki, in light of the Islamic history:
Hijab or ħijāb (حجاب) is the Arabic term for “cover” (noun), based on the root حجب meaning “to veil, to cover (verb), to screen, to shelter”
In Islamic scholarship, hijab is given the wider meaning of modesty, privacy, and morality. The word used in the Quran for a headscarf or veil is khimār (خمار).
The Quran instructs Muslims to dress in a “modest” fashion. The following verses are generally interpreted as applying to all Muslim men and women.
Why do Muslim Women Wear Hijab?
In the following verse, Muslim women are asked to draw their jalābib (when they go out), as a measure to distinguish themselves from others, so that they are not harassed.
As can be seen from the above, Allah makes an explicit explanation about what is the definition of ‘hijab’ and the correct attire or clothing to be worn when outside the homes and that the adherence of it is a command of Allah and it should be reserved in this light.
However the modernists have manipulated the understanding of this and resort to believing that the ‘hijab’ is the noun for the headscarf. How does this sentence fair in a conversation, ‘I have to put on my screen [hijab]’ and then someone puts on a headscarf?! The worst thing is in regards to the adornment of the body whilst having a headscarf on.
Women of all ages, and more so prevalent within in younger women and children are putting on a headscarf but yet not at all conscious about displaying other parts of their body in what is in a sexual provocative manner.