What is hijab?
Is it merely a cover we have over our heads?
A representation of who we are?
I’ll tell you what hijab is not.
Hijab is not a reflection of your relationship with God.
In the literal sense, hijab means curtain; or partition.
Typically though, it refers to a veil traditionally worn by Muslim women in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family.
Now, I am not about to hinder the use of hijabs, for I am a hijab-wearing Muslim myself, but what I am going to vocalise is the fact that people, Muslims especially, need to stop with this condemning of other Muslim women who do not wear the hijab “properly”.
Let me repeat that line, hijab is not a reflection of your relationship with God.
Of course it is mandatory, of course it is necessary, but you do not get to judge a person’s faith based on a piece of cloth you wear over your head.
Calm down, fellow hijabis. Did you forget I am hijab-clad as well?
You do not get to decide if a person is worth hell or heaven. You do not get to decide if a person is worthy of the Islamic religion. You do not get to blatantly judge this person, because it is not your place to do so.
You want to bring up verses from the Qur’an speaking of how it is necessary to ‘remind’ a person of their duties towards their religion, fine, but I’ll counter that with verses on how it is not in anyone’s place to judge others. [49:12]
Yes, hijab is mandatory.
Yes, it is said so in the Qur’an.
But it also speaks of how understanding Allah is.
How He knows of the struggles a human being goes through.
So if you ever want to go about with how Allah would be disappointed, how He would be ashamed of Muslims who are not in hijab, please, check yourself to make sure that you are without sin.
Because not everyone sins the same way you do.