By: eislaminfo (with minor edits for accuracy and clarity)
Walking down the road, sporting the latest handbag, designer shoes and the trendiest figure hugging abayah (cloak/gown).
Wow is she turning heads around here! Is this our new cover girl?
The Beloved Messenger of Allah (Allah’s peace be upon him) said:
“There are two types of people who will be punished in Hell and whom I have not seen: men having whips like the tails of cows and they will be beating people with them, and, women who will be dressed yet naked, inviting to evil; and they themselves will be inclined to it. Their heads will appear like the humps of the Bactrian camel inclined to one side. They will not enter Jannah and they will not smell its fragrance which is perceptible from such and such a distance.” (Muslim)
Satan’s ambition is to mislead. When a muslimah (Muslim female) intends to wear the hijab he jumps into action:
Plot 1 – He tries to stop her.
Plot 2 – If plot 1 fails, he misleads her in donning hijab – yet without modesty. She thinks covering is merely not exposing skin to the extent of non-Muslims, and so she chooses a figure hugging abayah thereby lifting her outer garments away from her body instead of lowering them as the Quran instructs (see the verse at the end of the article).
So we have to ask ourselves, “Are we really covered girls or are we more like ‘cover girls’?”
There is a parable of a flower and a pearl both striking in their beauty, lets ponder and take a lesson, which one do we want to be?
Suddenly, a tinge of distress appeared on the flower.
“Nothing accounts for sorrow in your talk; so why are u depressed?” The pearl asked.
The flower said, “Human beings deal with us carelessly; they slight us. They don’t grow us for our sake but to get pleasure from our fragrance and beautiful appearance. They throw us on the street or in the garbage after we are dispossessed of the most valuable properties; brilliance and fragrance”
The flower sighed. And then the flower said to the pearl, “Speak to me about your life! How do you live? How do you feel it? You are buried in the bottom of the sea.”
The pearl answered, “Although I have none of your distinctive colors and sweet scents, humans think I am precious. They do the impossible to procure me. They go on long journeys, dive deep in the seas searching for me. You might be astounded to know that the further I lay, the more beautiful and brilliant I become. That’s what increases my value to them. I live in a protective shell in the dark seas. However, I’m happy and content to be safe far from wanton and mischievous hands and still the humans consider me highly valuable.”
Do you know what the flower and the pearl symbolize?
The flower is the woman who shows her charms and the pearl is the veiled woman who conceals her beauties, not for the sake of men, but for Allah, the Might and Sublime.
“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to lower over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (Quran 33:59)