Religious, But Doesn’t Wear Hijab

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgement (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

Questioner: I am a young Muslimah, Islam entered my heart when was young because I was raised in a conserved and religious family. I perform my Salah at their appropriate times and I do not perform an action except that Allah puts it in front of my eyes. I constently contemplate to myself about the Day of Judgement, and I fear the punishment of Allah. Along with all of that, I don’t wear Hijab even though I always think about wearing it in the future. Will the hell-fire be my recompense in the Afterlife?

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih ibn Al-Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) answered: This question comprises of two issues. The first issue is what was mentioned concerning her adherence to Allah’s religion (‘azza wa jal — mighty and majestic) due to the fact that she was raised in a righteous atmosphere. If the purpose behind mentioning this description is to display the bounty of Allah (‘azza wa jal) upon her and make this information a means of upholding it, then it is a good thing which she will be rewarded for and could possibly be considered in conjunction with His exhaled statement,

“But as for the favor of your Lord, then speak about it.” — Surah Ad-Duha (93) : 11

As well as the statement of the Prophet ﷺ, “Whoever makes a good tradition in Islam then he will have its reward and the reward of whoever performs it until the Day of Judgment.” [Muslim] But if her purpose is praising herself and bragging with her actions, then this purpose is repugnant and destructive. And I don’t think that this is what you intenedd Insha Allah (Allah willing).

As for the second issue, it is leaving off the Hijab as she mentioned about herself. She asked will she be punished with the Hellfire in the afterlife for that. The answer is that whoever disobeys Allah (‘azza wa jal), with an disobedience that is not nullified by righteous actions, is truly in danger. If the transgression is Kufr (disbelief) or Shirk (associating partners with Allah), which removes you from the religion, then the punishment is warranted for whoever does so. Allah said,

“Indeed, he who associates others with Allah – Allah has forbidden Paradise for him, and his abode will be the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers.” — Surah Al-Ma’idah (5) : 72

And He (ta’ala — the exhalted) said,

“Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin.” — Surah An-Nisa (4) : 48

If it is less than that (i.e., than Kufr that removes you from the religion), and is disobedience that is not nullified by righteous actions, then it is under the will of Allah (‘azza wa jal); if He wills He will punish for it and if He wills He will forgive it.

Hijab is obligatory for the woman to maintain and it is a protection for her entire body from other than her husband or Mahaarim (those close of kin that are mentioned in the Qur’an who are prohibited to marry the woman, thus are permitted to see without wearing Hijab). As Allah (ta’ala) said,

“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused.” — Surah Al-Ahzaab (33) : 59

With this, when ‘Aisha (radiAllahu ‘anha — mah Allah be pleased with her) was asked about why does the mestruating woman have to make up the fast (that she missed due to her menstration) but not the Salah she said, “We used to be concerned with this during the time of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and we were commanded with making up the fasting and we were not commanded with making up Salah.” [Muslim] Therefore, ‘Aisha realised the wisdom (behind making up fasting and not Salah) simply by being commanded to do so.

With that, the wisdom of the Hijab is apparent, because displaying the adornments and beauty of a woman is a means of fitnah (trials and tribulation). If fitnah takes place so will transgression and corruption, and if transgression and corruption prevails that will be the main cause for destruction and damnation.

I send peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and his companions.

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About Abdul-Malik Merchant
A student at Umm al-Qura University, but nowhere NEAR a scholar. Just a normal dude who was blessed with a wonderful opportunity

4 Responses to Religious, But Doesn’t Wear Hijab

  1. Pingback: Religious, But Doesn’t Wear Hijab | al Balad al Ameen

  2. Seyyid ahmad ibn Abdullah says:

    A degree does not mean your one who truly understands islam although on paper it says so and after your statement just a reminder that jealousy is from shaytan. The brothers answer was on the spot. Please dont backbite

  3. Pingback: “I do not wear Hijab even though I always think about wearing it in the future….” | Dawat-us-Salafiyyah: an-Nisā' (the women)

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