Veiling is not failing
“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and guard their private parts (from illegal sexual act) and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed”
An-Noor verse 31
Using the face veil is the commandment of Allah as seen in the above quoted verse. May Allah reward sisters using it and make it possible for sisters yet to use it.
Gone are the days when people perceive veiled Muslimahs as mentally incompetent, lazy, dirty, intellutually bankrupt, backward people, ignorant people and illiterate to mention a few. Today Muslimahs in face veil have climbed up the ladder, to become something big we’re proud of for themselves, family, society and Islam.
Today Muslimah in face veil have shown to the world that the hijab/niqab is neither a sign of backwardness nor ignorance nor mental incompetence but a woman’s duty and her right to her Lord.
Amongst us are lawyers, doctors, teachers, engineers and honorable home managers who are raising scholars to mention a few.
When a veiled Muslimah walks into a banking hall, a shopping mall or a hospital, the first language she’s addressed with is Yoruba or any local language because they believe she’s illiterate and ignorant. At ATM stand, some would even offer assistance because they think she’s mentally incompetent to use the ATM.
The narrative has changed long ago with Muslimah striving hard to achieve their dreams without leaving or abandoning their purpose on earth. But still Muslimahs in veils are being underrated. People link veiled sisters with pap sellers, nylon sellers, and a lazy sit at home wife who just eats and contributes nothing meaningful to the family.
Even if a veiled Muslimah is a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer or a teacher, as long as she wears the veil, the society sees her as a failed woman being enslaved and being oppressed. The society sees her as a nonentity who’s being married to a man who enforces the veil on her and make her pop out babies.
Veiling is not failing does not aim at competing with the male folks. Neither is it aimed at pushing women out unnecessarily. By Allah, the goal is to motivate, encourage and inspires Muslim women through true life stories that the veil is not an hindrance to achieving your goal in life and to also assure you it’s a beautiful road that leads to Jannah biithnillah.
You can be in veil and pursue an ambition and also become successful. You can be married to an honorable man, raise a beautiful family upon the righteousness of Islam and also juggle between career and family.
You can choose to stay at home and raise your kids while doing your business from the four walls of your husband’s house. And you can choose to stay at home and just be a home manager. Being a home manager is in itself a big task.
You can choose to work outside the home while observing the correct ettiquetes of veiling without unnecessary intermingling with the opposite sex. Without stamping your feet for attention or engaging in loud speech where non Mahrams are.
Aisha (ra) was a teacher of repute, a doctor, a veiled Muslimah and above all an honorable wife of the best man that ever liveth. She participated in war by assisting to treat the injured warriors. This is a pointer to the fact that a veiled Muslimah can be a stay at home or work out wife and mom. She can pursue a career and be useful to the community without throwing Islamic consciousness to the wind.
Khadijah (ra) was a wealthy and yet submissive wife and mom. This is a pointer to the fact that a Muslim woman despite the veil can work and accrue wealth. She can work to support her husband and be a dutiful wife and mom without lording over the husband no matter how successful she might be.
Veiling is not failing is aimed at celebrating veiled Muslimahs who have cut a niche for themselves in their chosen careers and who have also been able to maintain the home front and Deen such that one doesn’t affect the other.
Their stories is aimed at inspiring, motivating and encouraging other muslimahs who might be discouraged about using the veil for the reason that it’s the end of their dreams, end of the road and an ambition killer. Some people actually believe once they use the veil, they’ll be confined to the four walls of their husbands house and wouldn’t see the daylight again. This is not true. You can be whatever and whoever you wishes to be despite the veil.
I will in shaa Allah upload three or four stories before Ramadhan then continue after Ramadhan in shaa Allah.
Proximity is a very important factor in broadcasting, so I’ll start from Ibadan then move to other parts of Nigeria and then go international biithnillah.
I wish you’re inspired with the stories and I hope it changes your life and Deen positively.
The first story in a bit!
Lateefah Adewunmi Jumah