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Why Women Should Wear the
Women throughout the world spend millions of Dollars on
facial beauty. Companies manufacturing 'beauty' products make
a colossal figure in sales. It would be nothing short saying
that the products used on the face far exceed other products.
This in itself proves that humans are particularly possessive
of their looks - facial expression. People especially women
take great pride and time in making up their faces.
Allah Ta'ala has placed the beauty of man and woman in the
face. Perhaps the busiest part of the body is the face - used
extensively in communication. The face communicates the
person's mood and facial expressions and expresses the
character and mannerism.
Because so much of identification is assembled by the face,
least to mention the beauty of women, Muslim women are
required to hide away their beauty. The veil forms part of
The Noble Qur'an declares:
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."
Furthermore, the Noble Qur'an declares in Sura Nur verse
31, that the believing women 'should not display their beauty
and ornamentation' except to their husbands and immediate
Allah Ta'ala says clearly that a woman's body should be
covered by loose-fitting, non-transparent clothing so that the
shape of her body is not revealed. The Hijaab hides the beauty
of the woman's form.
No one can dispute that a woman's primary focus of beauty
is her face. Therefore, if Allah Ta'ala places so much of
emphasis on hiding the beauty of a woman's body, it's only
logical that the centre of greater attraction - the face -
should without a doubt also be covered.
Referring to the wives (Radhiallaahu Anhunna) of Rasulullah
(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) warns the men:
"And when you ask (His ladies) for
anything you want, ask them from behind a curtain: that makes
for greater purity for your hearts and theirs." (Ahzaab
If Allah Ta'ala expects the prophet's wives to be so
guarded then surely none of the believing women can claim
greater purity of heart and consequently exemption from the
directive to hide their beauty.
Hadhrat Aaisha (Radhiyallaahu Anha) says, '(during Hajj in
the state of Ihraam) when the male should walk in front of us
while in the company of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi
Wasallam), then we would drop our veils from the head over the
This Hadith emphatically shows the manner adopted by the
honoured wives of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam).
They have exemplified an extremely dignified way of life for
the women of the Ummah.
Source: Jamiatul Ulama (Kwazulu-Natal)