Sunday, January 17, 2010

Why delaying hijab?

Hijab literally means to cover, to veil or to shelter. In Islam, women have been ordered to cover themselves and be modest. The term hijab has different meanings and connotations in various cultures, peoples and places around the world. The hijab is understood differently and the way it is worn differs from one person to the next. Some Muslim women are of the belief that it is not imperative to don the hijab, while others believe that if a woman neglects to wear hijab, she will be liable to punishment.
The Qur`an states:

(They (the believing women) should draw their head coverings over their bosoms.) (An-Nur 24:31)

(O Prophet [PBUH] Tell thy wives and daughters and the believing women that they should put on their outer garments; that is most convenient in order that they may be recognized (as Muslims) and not be molested.) (Al-Ahzab 33:59)

Thoughts of Young Muslims

There are many Muslim women who proudly wear the hijab. For some it has been a way of life from the time of their youth, while others are only beginning to wear it.
The decision to start wearing the hijab can be complex for some, and it takes many months or years for them to finally put it into action. There are many Muslim women who intend to wear the hijab, but delay the decision for several reasons. spoke to a number of women, some who wear hijab, and some who do not, asking them the reasons why they believe some women delay this decision. We also posed the question to them regarding the benefits of wearing hijab.

Sarah, 25 years, Canada (originally from Afghanistan)

I have been wearing hijab since childhood. Although I agree that inspiration plays a role in everything we do, I am wearing it because my religion requires me to do so. I think one of the major reasons for delaying wearing the hijab is that it is part of human nature to want to look good, and be admired. Women are more conscious of that, and hijab covers a lot of a women's beauty, although to some wearing hijab itself is beautiful. Some of the advantages of wearing hijab are that it covers a Muslim woman’s adornment, so she is safer in the society. It differentiates a Muslim woman from a non-Muslim woman. It protects both men and women from immoral behavior. There are also a lot of times when non-Muslims ask the Muslim woman who wears hijab why she is wearing it, and this gives a great opportunity for da`wah.

Leena, 15 years old, U.S.

I do not wear hijab because no one has ever forced me to wear it. For me hijab means dressing decently, and not necessarily covering the head. To those that do wear hijab, I believe they should not wear heavy make-up and adorn themselves extravagantly, as this defeats its purpose. In reality, they are trying to make up for their hair being covered.

Amani, 16 years old, U.K.

I chose to wear the hijab after understanding Islam. As a teenager I was very interested in whether God really existed. After questioning and finally understanding my faith, I accepted Islam. Even though all my family is Muslim, I decided to make my own decision, instead of blindly following my parents. I have been wearing hijab since the age of twelve or thirteen.

"I think the reasons behind delaying the decision of wearing the hijab include the person’s appearance. Some of my friends feel that if they wear hijab they may look ’ugly’ or people may not accept them. Others feel that wearing hijab is not as important or is unnecessary.

"My response to these people would be that if people do not accept you when you wear your hijab, then there is no point in hanging around with those who truly do not love you, but only care about your appearance.

"Also, what can be more important than being loyal to Almighty Allah and following your heart? And, why should you dress in a way that exploits you for the sake of men, and allow them to treat you like a sex object? You should have more confidence in yourself and who you are. The hijab is a form of modesty, and a way of following the guidelines Almighty Allah has set, and this is surely of great importance.

Israa', 14 years old, Kuwait

I have been wearing hijab for the past two months. My friends started to wear it, and my mother encouraged me, so I decided to wear it. The reason why I wear hijab is that I want Allah the Almighty to love me.

Fatima, 23 years old, South Africa

I do not wear hijab, because I feel that I am not yet ready for it. When you wear hijab your whole lifestyle has to change. I believe that you should start off changing the small things in life for the better. However, by the time you wear hijab, you should not be involved in wrong things, and then people will not accuse you of being hypocritical.

"The importance of wearing hijab is that a woman should only beautify herself for her husband. By wearing hijab, she is protecting herself from the gaze of other men.

Top Ten Excuses for not Wearing Hijab

  • I am not yet convinced (of the necessity) of hijab.

  • I am convinced about the Islamic dress code, but my mother prevents me from wearing it and if I disobey her, I will go to Hell.

  • My position does not allow me to substitute my dress for Islamic dress.

  • It is very hot in my country, and I can not stand it. How could I bear the heat if I wore the hijab?

  • I am afraid that if I wear the hijab, I will take it off at some future time because I have seen so many others do this!

  • If I wear the hijab then nobody will marry me, so I am going to leave it off until then.

  • I do not wear hijab based on what Almighty Allah says, (And proclaim the grace of your Lord) (Ad-Duha 93:11), so how can I cover what Allah the Almighty has blessed me with?

  • I know that hijab is obligatory (wajib), but I will wear it when Almighty Allah guides me to do so.

  • It is not time for that yet. I am still too young to wear hijab. I will do it when I get older, and after I go on Hajj!

  • I am afraid that if I wear Islamic clothing, I will be labeled as belonging to some group or another.
The Benefits of Wearing Hijab

Although there are incidents in which women have been taunted for wearing hijab, a woman wearing it is often looked upon with great respect. One young woman mentioned that she saw a clear distinction in the way the boys at her college treated women who wear hijab compared to those who do not wear it.
When wearing the hijab, you can easily be identified as a Muslim. Contrary to what some may think, many women who wear hijab mentioned that they feel more confident. It covers the adornment of women and generally protects her from being looked upon with lust.

Someone posted the question of the advantages of wearing hijab on Yahoo answers, and a non-Muslim male replied saying:
I am not a Muslim, but I can tell you that people will respect you more. There are too many half-naked women walking the streets these days. Wearing hijab shows that you have dignity and respect for yourself and God. Wearing hijab also makes one feel closer to Allah the Almighty, since you are obeying His commandments in the hope that you will attain His pleasure.

Hijab and Social Responsibility

When hijab is discussed, we usually relate it only to women. However, in the Glorious Qur’an, Allah the Almighty (SWT) first mentions ‘hijab’ for men before ‘hijab’ for women.
(Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.) (An-Nur 24:30)

When a man looks at a woman, and he has an evil thought, he should lower his gaze.

Hijab for Women

(And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons...) (An-Nur 24:31)

In fact, we should remember that hijab has a much deeper meaning than the literal concept of covering ones self. With hijab comes modesty and good e hijab trepresents. It is much more than merely covering our heads. We should not demean those who do not wear the hijab and consider ourselves to be any better than them. Almighty Allah is the best of judges and it is He alone who knows what is in the heart of each person.

May Allah the Almighty grant us all the guidance to live our lives in compliance with His commands.

"Whoever guides [another] to a good deed will get a reward similar to the one who performs it." Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)[Sahih Muslim]


Saturday, January 16, 2010


Seorang penuntut ilmu tidak boleh futur dalam usahanya untuk memperoleh dan mengamalkan ilmu. Futur yaitu rasa malas, enggan, dan lamban dimana sebelumnya ia rajin, bersungguh-sungguh, dan penuh semangat.

Futur adalah satu penyakit yang sering menyerang sebagian ahli ibadah, para da’i, dan penuntut ilmu. Sehingga seseorang menjadi lemah dan malas, bahkan terkadang berhenti sama sekali dari melakukan aktivitas kebaikan.

Orang yang terkena penyakit futur ini berada pada tiga golongan, yaitu:

1). Golongan yang berhenti sama sekali dari aktivitasnya dengan sebab futur, dan golongan ini banyak sekali.

2). Golongan yang terus dalam kemalasan dan patah semangat, namun tidak sampai berhenti sama sekali dari aktivitasnya, dan golongan ini lebih banyak lagi.

3). Golongan yang kembali pada keadaan semula, dan golongan ini sangat sedikit. [1]

Futur memiliki banyak dan bermacam-macam sebab. Apabila seorang muslim selamat dari sebagiannya, maka sedikit sekali kemungkinan selamat dari yang lainnya. Sebab-sebab ini sebagiannya ada yang bersifat umum dan ada yang bersifat khusus.

Di antara sebab-sebab itu adalah.

1). Hilangnya keikhlasan.
2). Lemahnya ilmu syar’i.
3). Ketergantungan hati kepada dunia dan melupakan akhirat.
4). Fitnah (cobaan) berupa isteri dan anak.
5). Hidup di tengah masyarakat yang rusak.
6). Berteman dengan orang-orang yang memiliki keinginan yang lemah dan cita-cita duniawi.
7). Melakukan dosa dan maksiyat serta memakan yang haram.
8). Tidak mempunyai tujuan yang jelas (baik dalam menuntut ilmu maupun berdakwah).
9). Lemahnya iman.
10). Menyendiri (tidak mau berjama’ah).
11). Lemahnya pendidikan. [2]

Futur adalah penyakit yang sangat ganas, namun tidaklah Allah menurunkan penyakit melainkan Dia pun menurunkan obatnya. Akan mengetahuinya orang-orang yang mau mengetahuinya, dan tidak akan mengetahuinya orang-orang yang enggan mengetahuinya.

Di antara obat penyakit futur adalah.

1). Memperbaharui keimanan.
Yaitu dengan mentauhidkan Allah dan memohon kepada-Nya agar ditambah keimanan, serta memperbanyak ibadah, menjaga shalat wajib yang lima waktu dengan berjama’ah, mengerjakan shalat-shalat sunnah rawatib, melakukan shalat Tahajjud dan Witir. Begitu juga dengan bersedekah, silaturahmi, birrul walidain, dan selainnya dari amal-amal ketaatan.
2). Merasa selalu diawasi Allah Ta’ala dan banyak berdzikir kepada-Nya.
3). Ikhlas dan takwa.
4). Mensucikan hati (dari kotoran syirik, bid’ah dan maksiyat).
5). Menuntut ilmu, tekun menghadiri pelajaran, majelis taklim, muhadharah ilmiyyah, dan daurah-daurah syar’iyyah.
6). Mengatur waktu dan mengintrospeksi diri.
7). Mencari teman yang baik (shalih).
8). Memperbanyak mengingat kematian dan takut terhadap suul khatimah (akhir kehidupan yang jelek).
9). Sabar dan belajar untuk sabar.
10). Berdo’a dan memohon pertologan Allah. [3]


Sebab, bosan adalah penyakit yang mematikan, membunuh cita-cita seseorang sebesar sifat bosan yang ada pada dirinya. Setiap kali orang itu menyerah terhadap kebosanan, maka ilmunya akan semakin berkurang. Terkadang sebagian kita berkata dengan tingkah lakunya, bahkan dengan lisannya, “Saya telah pergi ke banyak majlis ilmu, namun saya tidak bisa mengambil manfaat kecuali sedikit.”

Ingatlah wahai saudaraku, kehadiran Anda dalam majlis ilmu cukup membuat Anda mendapatkan pahala. Bagaimana jika Anda mengumpulkan antara pahala dan manfaat? Oleh karena itu, janganlah putus asa. Ketahuilah, ada beberapa orang yang jika saya ceritakan kisah mereka, maka Anda akan terheran-heran. Di antaranya, pengarang kitab Dzail Thabaqaat al-Hanabilah. Ketika menulis biografi, ia menyebutkan banyak cerita unik beberapa orang ketika mereka menuntut ilmu.

‘Abdurrahman bin an-Nafis -salah seorang ulama madzhab Hanbali- dulunya adalah seorang penyanyi. Ia mempunyai suara yang bagus, lalu ia bertaubat dari kemunkaran ini. Ia pun menuntut ilmu dan ia menghafal kitab al-Haraqi, salah satu kitab madzhab Hanbali yang terkenal. Lihatlah bagaimana keadaannya semula. Ketika ia jujur dalam taubatnya, apa yang ia dapatkan?

Demikian pula dengan ‘Abdullah bin Abil Hasan al-Jubba’i. Dahulunya ia seorang Nashrani. Keluarganya juga Nashrani bahkan ayahnya pendeta orang-orang Nashrani sangat mengagungkan mereka. Akhirnya ia masuk Islam, menghafal Al-Qur-an dan menuntut ilmu. Sebagian orang yang sempat melihatnya berkata, “Ia mempunyai pengaruh dan kemuliaan di kota Baghdad.”

Demikian juga dengan Nashiruddin Ahmad bin ‘Abdis Salam. Dahulu ia adalah seorang penyamun (perampok). Ia menceritakan tentang kisah taubatnya dirinya: Suatu hari ketika tengah menghadang orang yang lewat, ia duduk di bawah pohon kurma atau di bawah pagar kurma. Lalu melihat burung berpindah dari pohon kurma dengan teratur. Ia merasa heran lalu memanjat ke salah satu pohon kurma itu. Ia melihat ular yang sudah buta dan burung tersebut melemparkan makanan untuknya. Ia merasa heran dengan apa yang dilihat, lalu ia pun taubat dari dosanya. Kemudian ia menuntut ilmu dan banyak mendengar dari para ulama. Banyak juga dari mereka yang mendengar pelajarannya.

Inilah sosok-sosok yang dahulunya adalah seorang penyamun, penyanyi dan ada pula yang Nashrani. Walau demikian, mereka menjadi pemuka ulama, sosok mereka diacungi jempol dan amal mereka disebut-sebut setelah mereka meninggal.

Jangan putus asa, berusahalah dengan sungguh-sungguh, mohonlah pertolongan kepada Allah dan jangan lemah. Walaupun Anda pada hari ini belum mendapatkan ilmu, maka curahkanlah terus usahamu di hari kedua, ketiga, keempat,.... setahun, dua tahun, dan seterusnya...[4]

Seorang penuntut ilmu tidak boleh terburu-buru dalam meraih ilmu syar’i. Menuntut ilmu syar’i tidak bisa kilat atau dikursuskan dalam waktu singkat. Harus diingat, bahwa perjalanan dalam menuntut ilmu adalah panjang dan lama, oleh karena itu wajib sabar dan selalu memohon pertolongan kepada Allah agar tetap istiqamah dalam kebenaran.

[Disalin dari buku Menuntut Ilmu Jalan Menuju Surga “Panduan Menuntut Ilmu”, Penulis Yazid bin Abdul Qadir Jawas, Penerbit Pustaka At-Taqwa, PO BOX 264 – Bogor 16001 Jawa Barat – Indonesia, Cetakan Pertama Rabi’uts Tsani 1428H/April 2007M]
Foote Notes
[1]. Lihat al-Futur Mazhaahiruhu wa Asbaabuhu wal ‘Ilaaj (hal. 22).
[2]. Lihat al-Futur Mazhaahiruhu wa Asbaabuhu wal ‘Ilaaj (hal. 43-71).
[3]. Ibid (hal. 88-119) dengan diringkas.
[4]. Ma’aalim fii Thariiq Thalabil ‘Ilmi (hal. 278-279)

Oleh: Al-Ustadz Yazid bin Abdul Qadir Jawas