NIQAB; MY JOURNEY, MISCONCEPTIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Many people have consistently inquired curiously why I’m Niqabing. I always tell them” If you ask me why I wear Niqab, then prepare for a lecture”. smiles….
What inspired me to wear the Niqab?
For one factor, I stereotypically hold onto is that the Niqab is Sunnah. Though there are some scholars of the opinion that it’s fard like shaykh bin Baaz and Uthaymeen (رحمهما الله).
I’ve always had an incredible awe for the Niqab even before I started “Niqabing”. The feeling is indefinable anytime I see a Niqabi sister. Am always like ‘Masha Allah’ and then silently make a dua “may Allah keep her steadfast and preserve her”. That has been my reaction whenever I set eyes on a Niqabi till date. AlhamdulilLah, He has blessed me with the opportunity of wearing the Niqab too. Wearing the Niqab is my personal choice without any form of imposition from anyone. None of my relations had ever donned the Niqab and fortunately, I have had no objection nor harassment from any person amongst them since I started “niqabing”. They rather commended and fortified me and thus, made my Niqab journey a smooth one. AlhamdulilLah! As it’s required of anyone venturing into a business to seek/do knowledge/feasibility studies about that business, likewise any act in Islam. So before I took that audacious step of becoming a Niqabi, I probed myself; why are those sisters covering their faces?, what is its basis in Islam?, its stance and the manner in which a Niqabi must conduct herself? To find answers to those questions, I went on a fact-finding tour; articles, books and exegesis on some aayaat and ahadith were the streams of knowledge I dived in to obtain answers. I finally had my convincing answers to those questions that endowed me with a spectrum of understanding about Niqab. Since then, it has been a tremendous journey towards it, being my identity as a Muslimah and a proud slave of Allaah. I’ve never looked back with despair since. AlhamdulilLah.
Narrated Safiya bint Shaiba: “Aisha used to say: ‘When (the Verse): “They should draw their veils (Khumur) over their necks and bosoms (juyyub),” was revealed, (the ladies) cut their waist sheets at the edges and covered their faces with the cut pieces.'”Sahih al-Bukhari,6:60:282 ,32:4091 .
There’s no dispute that the wives of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and some female companions (رضي الله عنهم) covered their faces. These are the Pearls every Muslimah should be emulating as her role model, and this is another reason in of itself that Niqab is Mustahab(highly recommended). And to be among those who follow their footsteps is a privilege. AlhamdulilLah !
There is this widespread perception that the Niqab is a culture of the Arabs. Then Islam in its entirety becomes a culture of the Arabs if that notion is perceived to be true. But does one think Allaah has revealed the Quran as guidance for a certain group of people only? Does one think that the wives of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) are only role models for Arab women and not us? No one should be stopped from following the suits of the Ummahatul Mumineen (رضي الله عنهم).
The last reason, which is my strongest and dearest motivation for wearing the Niqab is, the more you sacrifice for the sake of Allah, the more you’ll be rewarded and the more Allah will love you, and of course, the Niqab comes with a lot of sacrifices. So I know that if am prepared to take that adventurous step, Allah will reward me for it (hopefully). And this reason in of itself is sufficient for me to wear the Niqab.
(………Verily, he who fears Allah with obedience to Him (by abstaining from sins and evil deeds, and by performing righteous good deeds), and is patient, then surely, Allah makes not the reward of the Muhsinun (good-doers) to be lost.) – Qur’an12: V90
As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths (i.e. Allah’s Religion – Islamic Monotheism). And verily, Allah is with the Muhsinun (good doers).” – Qur’an29: V69
It is not easy I must confess, but I kept praying for strength and patience from Allaah. As far as servitude to Allah is concern, that’s the only way to submit to His will completely. It takes a lot of time and courage to get to this point, a step at a time.
It instilled courage in me, I feel protected from any lustful stares. I walk freely feeling liberated knowing that males can’t lasciviously look at me and there’s a limit with their interactions with me. Though I sometimes come across bullheaded guys who act otherwise.The Niqab changes you and the reaction of people towards you. Guys don’t get the opportunity to disc your beauty with lewdness because your comeliness is obscured to them except others that are allowed to see per Qur’an24:V31……..(and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like palms of hands or one eye or both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.)
It is easy to lower my gaze in Niqab because my face is hidden. So I feel like my eyes should conform with my face because it’s very inappropriate for a Niqabi to go about looking at people’s face especially men. It imparts discipline because it takes control of your conduct. Imagine a Niqabi talking/laughing on top of her voice or listening to haraam music. Doesn’t look right. Hence, it helps you to practice the Islamic manners and etiquettes. It segregates one from all crazy fashion trends that comes with contemporary Hijaab geared at stealing the show.Sometimes I’m perceived as stuck-up or even acrimonious just because they can’t see my face. In the midst of non-Muslims, I’m often
It segregates one from all crazy fashion trends that comes with contemporary Hijaab geared at stealing the show.Sometimes I’m perceived as stuck-up or even acrimonious just because they can’t see my face. In the midst of non-Muslims, I’m often labelled “Ninja, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda” and the likes and sadly, by some ignorant Muslims too. Many a time, I use the opportunity to initiate a dawah depending on the nature and approach of the person. Sometimes I designedly fall on deaf ears and peacefully walk away. I cannot be rude to people regardless how I feel because then it won’t be “this lady is rude” but it will be “Niqabis are rude”. So I learnt to be on my best behaviour in Niqab.The Niqab is like a “do not disturb” notice hanging on one’s face. Niqab makes you feel liberated if you get used to some people either scorning or staring at you. It gives you a sense of calmness. They aren’t looking at you, they’re actually looking at the Niqab. Once you finally accepted that, you will be able to enjoy the sweetness of donning the Niqab.
The Niqab is a safeguard for me against the deceptions and corruption of my immediate society and the world at large without depriving me of the constructive societal and worldly benefits. It’s difficult to explain how it really feels though. If there are thousands of Niqabis out there who say that Niqab safeguards them, by Allah it really does. I can walk freely knowing that I’m covered and protected just as Islaam wants me to be.
I always advise sisters who want to wear the Niqab but are reluctant due to the possible reactions they’ll be confronted with, to try it on for a while before making a final decision. At the end, it’s truly your choice. We need to stop being afraid of the world and put our full trust in Allah to protect us. Let the pleasure of Allah be our driving force and momentum.
SubhanAllah, I remember quite recently a Christian guy insulted me and called me a thief and that I deserve to be locked up in the cells because of my Niqab. And believe me, we face insults from both Muslims and Christians every day. So if the Niqab is not donned with the correct intention WalLah you’ll stop, because you can’t tolerate such reactions from people every day. And when people insult me like this, I tell myself that whenever you try to do something sake of Allah, you’ll definitely face challenges, so the more the challenge, the greater the reward bi-izhnilLah
These experiences manifest only when the Niqab is don with the right intention, sincerely seeking Allah’s pleasure. It’s not just putting that black piece of cloth on your face, your conducts both in public and private are of utmost importance than the piece of cloth, because that’s what gives the Niqab it’s true identity.
True freedom is only when you submit to your Creator
May Allah purify our intentions and make us steadfast upon His path of guidance till jannah. Ameen
Quote: The planning of The Almighty (Allah) is better for you than your own planning, and He could deprive you of what you ask to test your patience. So let Him see from you a determined patience and you will soon see from Him what will give you joy. And when you have cleaned the paths of answering (of supplication) from the stains of sin and was patient about what He has chosen for you, then everything that happens to you is better for you whether you were given or deprived of what you have requested. – Imaam ibn Al-Jawzee