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How to Encourage your Daughters to Wear Hijab in Modern Times

Seeing the rise of modernity in today's time, and the false conception of hijab, I had to pursue to publish this article that had been waiting for ages in my draft box.


This was put off for so long due to the fear of being judged and labeled as dress policing. However, I believe that now, more than ever, we must teach our daughters the importance of dressing modestly. Because they are more likely to wear what they see than what is right as they are exposed to how women dress in our dramas/movies or society in general. Here's how to encourage your daughters to wear hijab in modern times.


mother and two daughters wearing hijabs
A Mother and Two Daughters wearing Hijabs

Islam has ordered its believers to cover their awrah and present themselves in public with modesty. This law applies to both male and female Muslims. However, women are more strongly advised to cover their heads and refrain from showing any body parts to men who are not their mahram. This advice was given to Muslim women for several reasons, which is why the Quran and Sunnah both place significant attention on them. We'll talk about the significance of the hijab and how you can encourage your daughter to wear hijab in this article, as well as the challenges modern Muslim women face in maintaining their headscarves.


Let's first discuss what a hijab is.


What is a hijab?

"A hijab is a piece of garment that Muslim women use to cover their heads and sometimes their faces as well".


girl wearing hijab
A Muslim Girl wearing Hijab

Muslim women are identified by their hijab. This modest item of clothing sets Muslim women apart from the rest. In Islam, women are required to cover their heads with a hijab in public or in front of those who are not mahrams. Muslim women can cover themselves in a variety of ways, such as with a hijab, which only covers the head and neck, a burqa, which covers the entire body, or a niqab, which covers the rest of the face. Among these, the hijab is the most popular.


Why do Muslim women wear hijabs?


“And tell the believing women to reduce of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which appears thereof and to wrap their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, fathers, sons, husband’s sons, brothers, brother’s son, sister’s sons…”

[Qur’an 24:31]

The Quran itself imposes the hijab as a requirement on Muslim women. All Muslim women are instructed by Allah SWT to cover their heads and private parts and to keep their beauty and charm hidden from people who aren't their mahrams. Muslimahs are told to wear a hijab to set themselves apart from western or non-religious women. For them, the hijab is a representation of pride as well as dignity and modesty. Muslim women are respected around the world because of this tiny item of clothing. A hijab gives women a sense of security and increases their confidence. Moreover, the hijab is a representation of obeying their Lord as well as it distinguishes and respects them for reasons other than their beauty. Furthermore, Muslimahs carry hijabs not just to identify themselves as Muslims or because of traditional norms but also because they are proud to please their Lord by obeying His commands.


Importance of hijab in Islam

The respect and honor Islam has given to Muslim women are second to none. Hijab has been ordered by Allah SWT for all believer women so that they can guard their chastity and protect their beauty from evil eyes. It is advised for women to keep their charm under wraps when interacting with non-mahrams because doing otherwise could lead to dangerous consequences and the emergence of evil in society. The importance of the hijab has been instructed by both Allah SWT in Quran and our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW in his teachings.

In Quran


“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better, so that they may be recognized and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.”

(Quran 33:59).

According to the verse above from the Qur'an, Allah has commanded Muslim women to dress modestly so that they can be identified and not irritated by non-mahrams or strangers when they are out.


Additionally, it is important to avoid wearing garments that are excessively tight or exposing and to cover yourself with a loose cloak so that your body contour is concealed.

In Hadiths


It was narrated from Safiyyah bint Shaybah that ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) used to say:

When these words were revealed –“and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks, and bosoms)” – they took their izars (a kind of garment) and tore them from the edges and covered their faces with them.

[Narrated by al-Bukhari, 4481]

Many hadiths state that the wives of the Prophet SAW wore hijabs so that no one could identify them and only exposed themselves in front of their mahrams. Muslim women are encouraged to wear the hijab by the Quran and hadiths because it will only shield them from threats or evil.



Instructing Hijab to our Daughters


Mothers must instill in their daughters the value of wearing a hijab and encourage them to adopt it as a way of life. However, adhering to Islamic teachings and morality in the current world is equivalent to walking on fire. And occasionally, your daughter, or perhaps you, can feel discouraged for acting in a way that is no longer considered normal. It is quite challenging to raise your children in a culture where Muslims have long since forgotten their customs and religious values. However, it is your responsibility as a mother to teach your child the difference between right and wrong. As a mother, you must teach her Islamic waqayas and Sahaba stories to develop a love for Islamic teachings.

parents teaching her daughter to wear hijab
Parents practicing their daughter wearing Hijab

Start by explaining to your children the true significance of the hijab and that wearing one is not just for the body but also for the soul and the heart. Additionally, instruct your sons to respect women, lower their sight in front of them, and dress modestly. Teach your girls the value of the hijab and the harm it may cause if they don't wear one. Then, encourage them to feel strong and self-assured in their hijab and make them wear one from an early age so they can maintain the habit and feel incomplete without it.

Takeaway

The hijab is an accurate representation of Muslim women. It is more challenging to uphold your moral principles and cultural customs in today's environment. It's time for a motivating session with your daughter if she feels discouraged about wearing the hijab and thinks it hides her beauty. Encourage your daughter that wearing a hijab is meant to hide her beauty and attractiveness so that no one may harm her.

Tell your girls that they are the jewels of Islam and that a diamond is never exposed; somewhat, it is constantly concealed to ward off prying eyes. How it will make them appear more respectable and noble. Explain to them how this will benefit them in the hereafter and please Allah SWT.

May Allah SWT be pleased with us and guide us to righteous paths. Ameen!

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