Unis Middle School
According to dictionary.com, a hijab is a traditional scarf worn by Muslim women to cover the hair and neck and sometimes the face. I feel this definition doesn’t give the real meaning or the true beauty of a hijab. To me, a hijab is a scarf that Allah commanded women to wear as a way of protecting themselves from the eyes of strangers. A hijab is worn to cover the true beauty of a woman so that it is not shown to the unwanted eyes of by-passers. It is the most important factor in becoming a real and true Muslim, though most people tend to put it off.
I started wearing a scarf when I was nine, feeling that it was something I wanted to do to get close to God. I was mature for my age and was especially fascinated with Isalm, the religion I followed. When learning new information, I gained knowledge in the love Allah had for women as to command them to cover up to be protected from the average person as a pearl is protected in its shell. Wearing a hijab is a choice I grew up loving, never once regretting. When wearing a scarf, I feel as if I’m safe. It’s a shield, though some may not think so. I feel comfortable and I know that people respect me knowing I wear a scarf.
I was reading some articles on the hijab when I came upon a story about why Islam asks women to cover up. The story is about a conversation between a non-Muslim man and an Islamic cleric.
Then non-muslim man asks, “Why does Islam oblige Muslim women to wear hijab?”
While answering the question, the cleric takes out two candies. He unwraps one of them and throws them both onto the floor. He asks, “If you have to choose, which candy will you pick?”
Like any other person, the man answers ,“Of course I’ll take the wrapped one, because it’s the clean one.”
After the man replies, the cleric gives him the answer. “Indeed. In Islam, we protect our women through hijab.”
I believe that this story makes clear why Muslim women wear hijabs.
Women in Islam are treated as pearls. The cover-up is like a shell, only to be opened to show the real beauty that lays inside.
If a woman is free to dress as she wishes, why shouldn’t she be free to cover up? Women in Islam are not oppressed. It is their decision to wear hijab, and it is their freedom to follow their decision, isn’t it?
The beauty a scarf holds cannot be explained. It’s something that when explained leaves you with so much to say. You would’t be able to explain the feeling unless you are wearing a hijab. It’s the shield that guards us. Allah said in the Quran in surah Nur ( Surah 24) verse 3;
And say to the believing women that they restrain their eyes and guard their private parts, and that they disclose not their natural and artificial beauty except that which is apparent thereof, and that they draw their head-coverings over their bosoms, and that they disclose not their beauty save to their husbands, or to their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands or their sons or the sons of their husbands or their brothers, or the sons of their brothers, or the sons of their sisters, or their women, or what their right hands possess, or such of male attendants as have no sexual appetite, or young children who have no knowledge of the hidden parts of women. And they strike not their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may become known. And turn ye to Allah all together, O believers, that you may succeed.
Wearing a hijab is probably the best thing a Muslim women can do in her life. Some people would disagree with me, but that is because they haven’t felt what it is like to wear a hijab. A hijab to me is true beauty. It is worth to me more then you will ever imagine. I wouldn’t ever change my mind about this. It’s what makes Muslim women the pearls in Islam.