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Ihram

Although clichéd, it truly is the best way to begin with…So here we go:

As we have studied in the article titled “Components of Hajj” we know that Ihram is the first pillar of Hajj, therefore common sense dictates us to realize that our first step for performing Hajj would be to assume Ihram.

In the previous article, we already discussed the sites wherein Ihram has to be assumed from, so In Sha Allah in this article we shall see how is Ihram assumed.

Now, most probably, most of you may already know how to do this, but I still urge you to continue reading, not only because I want you to read this article, written by yours truly, but also, maybe just maybe, you may come across something that you weren’t aware of, and reading an Islamic article is always beneficial. Think about the 101 times you spent reading the lamest jokes ever witnessed on planet Earth! Remember reading this with the correct intention will enable you to get ajar In Sha Allah.

Now, enough with the lecturing and now to the topic of interest:

When we think about Ihram, the first picture that floods our minds are that of white unstitched clothes (something which I used to unfortunately think of as large towels when I was young…) However, ihram does not mean donning on unstitched white clothes, rather this is one of the actions that one does to assume Ihram. Ihram is the ritual consecration either during Hajj or Umrah and is defined as the “intention” to start the rites.

Ihram is derived from the Arabic word “haram,” which means “forbidden” or “prohibited.” Now I am certain we don’t need really need Mr. Sherlock Holmes to conjecture that it is so named because there are certain acts that are prohibited in the state of Ihram, although they are permissible when not in Ihram, we shall mention those actions in a while.

الْحَجُّ أَشْهُرٌ مَّعْلُومَاتٌ ۚ فَمَن فَرَضَ فِيهِنَّ الْحَجَّ فَلَا رَفَثَ وَلَا فُسُوقَ وَلَا جِدَالَ فِي الْحَجِّ ۗ وَمَا تَفْعَلُوا مِنْ خَيْرٍ يَعْلَمْهُ اللَّهُ ۗ وَتَزَوَّدُوا فَإِنَّ خَيْرَ الزَّادِ التَّقْوَىٰ ۚ وَاتَّقُونِ يَا أُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ

“Hajj is [during] well-known months, so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein [by entering the state of ihram], there is [to be for him] no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj. And whatever good you do – Allah knows it. And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah. And fear Me, O you of understanding.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:197)

Now it is important to realize that there are certain pre-requisites for assuming Ihram. To illustrate this Shaykhul- Islam Ibn Taiymiyyah said:

A man is not considered in a state of Ihram once he intends, with his heart, to perform Hajj, for the intention is already in his heart since he has left his hometown (heading for Makkah). So there must be specific words or deeds through which he becomes in a state of Ihram.”

There are mainly 4 pre-requisites before assuming Ihram:

By fulfilling the aforesaid prerequisites, a pilgrim is thus prepared to be in a state of Ihram, but such acts themselves are not called Ihram as many people mistakenly believe. Thus, a pilgrim is not considered to be in a state of Ihram just by wearing the aforementioned clothing of Ihram without having the intention of starting performing the rites of Hajj or Umrah.

As for a female Muhrim, she may wear whatever cloth she likes black or any other color, so long as she avoids wanton display (tabarruj) or clothes of fame and vanity such as tight, see-through, short, thin or decorated clothes. Women must also be careful to avoid clothes that resemble the clothes of men or the kuffaar.
However, she isn’t permitted to wear a burqa (a veil that covers the face and has 2 eyeholes for vision). In this case, the lady covers her face with other things such as a khimar (shawl like clothing that covers the head and shoulders) and a gown.
Moreover the female Muhrim shouldn’t wear gloves

Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin: Riders would pass us when we accompanied the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) while we were in the sacred state (wearing ihram). When they came by us, one of us would let down her outer garment from her head over her face, and when they had passed on, we would have uncover our faces.

A pilgrim is free to choose either of the 3 kinds of Ihram

Steps of Assuming Ihram:

  1. The intention:
    The intention for Ihram is made in the heart, and accompanied by the following wordings:

  • The one who is performing Hajj or Umrah on behalf of someone else should say: “Labbayka an Fulaan” (I am here at the service of so and so) and if he has forgotten their name, he can say “for the one who assigned me.”
  1. If one fears that he or she will not complete the Umrah or Hajj due to illness, he should say:

Allaahumma mahillee haithu habastanee.

O Allah, my place is wherever you prevent me.

  • The benefit of making this condition upon entering the state of Ihram is that if the person is unable to complete his Hajj then he can discontinue (leave the state of Ihram) and he does not have to expiate for it, there is no recommendatory sacrifice due upon him and there is no sin on him.
  • It is not lawful for the pilgrim to make a condition unless he fears that something will prevent him from completing the ritual
  • Making a condition is done when entering the state of Ihram and it must be uttered, as merely having the intention does not suffice.
  • It is not permissible to make the condition a long period after entering the state of Ihram.
  1. Then he should stand facing the Qiblah and say

اللَّهُمَّ حِجَّةٌ لاَ رِيَاءَ فِيهَا وَلاَ سُمْعَة ‏‏
“Allaahumma haadhihi hijjah laa riyaa’a fiha wa la sum’ah
(O Allah, this is a pilgrimage in which there is no showing off or seeking reputation).”

The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him), was reciting this: “O Allah make this Hajj one that has no show or fame.”

  1. Then he should chant the Talbiyah.
  • The virtue of saying the talbiyah is indeed great as we derive form the following hadith:

Sahl bin Sa’d narrated that: The Messenger of Allah said:
“There is no Muslim who says the Talbiyah except that – on his right and left, until the end of the land, from here to there – the rocks, or trees, or mud say the Talbiyah.”

It will be chanted by everything on his right and his left, especially when he ascends or descends somewhere

  • What the Talbiyah means is responding to Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, because the word “labbayk” means: I am responding to You. He should continue reciting the Talbiyah until he begins the tawaaf of umrah
  • And the one saying the Talbiyah is ORDERED to raise his voice with it, as the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) said:

“Jibreel came to me and ordered me to order my companions and those with me to raise their voices with Talbiyah

A woman should recite in such a manner that those who are beside her can hear it, unless there is a man beside her who is not one of her mahrams, in which case she should recite it silently.

  • The muhrim (person who has entered Ihram) should recite the Talbiyah a great deal, especially when circumstances and times change, such as when going up to a high place or going down to a low place, or when night or day begin
  • The one performing Umrah should discontinue the Talbiyah when starting Tawaaf (circumambulating the Ka’bah) and the pilgrim should stop before throwing pebbles at Jamrat Al-‘Aqabah.

The Talbiyah is:

Labbaik allaahumma labbaik labbaika laa shareeka laka labbaik innal hamda wan ni’mata laka wal mulka laa shareeka laka

Here I am O Allah, here I am, there is no partner for You, here I am, Verily all praise is for You, and every bounty is from You, and all dominion is Yours – You have no partner.

And now finally to the last topic of this article. I am aware that this article was extremely long, but Ihram is a long topic, so please be patient and may Allah reward you in quest of knowledge.

The last thing that we shall be talking about are the acts that are forbidden in Ihram,

Abstaining from the actions that are unlawful during Ihram is a form of honoring Allah’s sacred ordinances, some of these include:

And with this we come to our long awaited conclusion

I applaud all those who have reached it till here and pray to Allah that he rewards you abundantly for your patience and earnestness.

Watch out for the next article in the Hajj series.

The Conditions of Hijab

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In our last article we touched on the obligation of Hijab. Here, we will look at the requirements necessary to meet that obligation.

Hijab has become a fashion accessory; the final piece that sets it all off. But this is not what it was intended for. It was intended to protect the muslim woman, to preserve her modesty, to cover her. Today’s modern hijab exposes the woman, adorns her attire or on the other extreme makes her look a right frump. Few are those who have struck the right balance between elegance and full coverage. This should be our aim, to be presentable without being attractive, to be beautiful for who you are, whilst being fully garbed.

So here are some guidelines to help you along the way:

  • Cleanliness: Whatever you choose to cover yourself with, my dear sisters, ensure it is clean. I have seen sisters with food stains decorating their clothes, and kitchen smells to accentuate it. Not the best combination! Our Prophet taught us that cleanliness is half of faith (collected by Muslim) As such if we truly believe in Allah, and His Messenger we should follow their orders and ensure we and our clothes are clean both in the house and outside of it.
  • Ironing: we no longer live in an age where ironing is a luxury, rather it is now a necessity. Please, ensure your clothes have not just been pulled out from under the mattress!
  • Full coverage: Not medium, nor sheer. Ensure everything that is supposed to be covered is fully covered. As a muslimah, that is your whole body, with the exclusion of the hands and face, at most. So my sisters, pull your hijabs forward to cover your hair, unroll your sleeves to cover your forearms, and roll down your trousers to cover your ankles. As women, our awrah is precious, let’s make the effort to cover it all. Your feet should be covered, for Umm Salamah directly asked the prophet regarding covering the feet,

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever lets his garment drag out of pride, Allah will not look at him on the Day of Resurrection.” Umm Salamah said: What should women do with their hems? He said: “They should let them down a hand span.” She said: “Then their feet will show.” He said: “Then let it down a cubit, but no more than that.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi 1731and An-Nasaa’i (5336). The hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 1864)

“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allaah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Al-Ahzab 33:59)

  • Not Transparent: The garments you choose to cover yourself with should not be transparent or see-through. They should be opaque, so as not to reveal your skin or the shape of your body beneath. Our Prophet warned us about this when he said,

“During the last days of my ummah there will be women who are clothed yet naked, with something on their heads like the humps of camels, curse them, for they are cursed” and in another narration he added, ‘they will not enter paradise though its fragrance can be detected from such-and such a distance,” (Collected by Muslim)

Ibn Abdil Barr said about ‘women who are clothed yet naked’ that what the Prophet meant was women who wear clothes made of light fabric which describes and does not cover. They are clothed in name but naked in reality. (Transmitted by al-Suyooti in Tanweer al-Hawaalik)

  • Avoid Camel Humps: Sadly this has evolved into a hijab fashion, where girls tie their hair up high, or add a volumous accessory to give the appearance of large amount of hair under the hijab. I’ve heard many excuses for using this style, such as, ‘it holds my hijab in place,’ and ‘my hair will show otherwise,’ but my sisters, fear Allah, do not lose your jannah! The sahabiyyat were women too, and they managed to cover their hair in appropriate manner without resembling the humps of camels.
  • It should be loose fitting: The clothes you choose sisters, should be loose, not fitted or sitting on your figure. This has become a big issue especially with the uprising of the jersey abayas…Reason being; jersey is naturally a fabric that sits and sticks, and so as a person moves the full shape of their body is seen. My dear sisters, I advise you to refrain from jersey abayas or narrow cut abayas and the like. The purpose of clothing is to prevent fitnah (temptation), and this can only be achieved if clothes are wide and loose. Tight clothes, even if they conceal the colour of the skin, still describe the size and shape of the body or part of it, and create a vivid image in the minds of men. Protect your modesty to earn the pleasure of Allah.

Usaamah ibn Zayd said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) gave me a thick Egyptian garment that was one of the gifts given to him by Dihya al-Kalbi, and I gave it to my wife to wear. He said, ‘Why do I not see you wearing that Egyptian garment?’ I said, ‘I gave it to my wife to wear.’ He said, ‘Tell her to wear a gown underneath it, for I am afraid that it may describe the size of her bones.’” (Narrated by al-Diyaa’ al-Maqdisi in al-Ahaadeeth al-Mukhtaarah, 1/442, and by Ahmad and Al-Bayhaqi)

  • Perfumery: As women our clothes are not allowed to be perfumed before we leave the house, or appear before non-mahram men.

Abu Musa al-Ash’ari said: the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Any woman who puts on perfume then passes by people so that they can smell her fragrance, is an adulteress.”

  • Attractive colours: Many sisters choose their hijab colour because it accentuates their eye colour or brings out the colour in their cheeks. My sisters, your hijab should not be dreary or dull, but neither should it be attractive, remember the purpose of the hijab it to protect you and the men from fitna.
  • Your clothes should not resemble the clothing of men, whether in your home or outside:

Abu Hurayrah said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) cursed the man who wears women’s clothes, and the woman who wears men’s clothes.”

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: ‘They are not part of us, the women who imitate men and the men who imitate women.’”

  • It should not resemble the dressing of the disbelievers: Our Prophet said,

“Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood (4031) and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani) 

  • It should not be a garment of fame or vanity or to express pride:

Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever wears a garment of fame and vanity in this world, Allah will clothe him in a garment of humiliation on the Day of Resurrection, then He will cause Fire to flame up around him.’” (Hijaab al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, p. 54-67).

Choose your outfit wisely my sisters, it represents you before the people, and before Allah. It is a symbol of your virtue, a token of your devotion and a means of protection.

May Allah strengthen us all to come closer to Him, by dressing in the manner most pleasing to Him.

 

Misconception: Hijab is Inequality!

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It would appear to the naked eye that women in Islam have no rights. Shrouded in the hijab, and often covering their faces, many believe that muslim women are masked in this uniform all day long. While muslim men, can dress as they please. ‘See the inequality’; they would say.

First things first; muslim women do not wear their Islamic garb 24/7. Rather the muslim woman’s attire that appears to be an ‘oversized bed sheet’ is merely an over garment which the muslim woman dons when she leaves her home, or in the presence of strange unrelated men. That means, in her home she dresses as she pleases, and can uncover her hair too.

Moreover, men have a dress code too. The minimum requirement for a male to cover is from his naval to his knees. That’s minimum. To you it may seem unequal, but I’m sure you would agree that men and women’s bodies are different! Therefore, a woman’s body necessitates that she covers more, as a woman is more attractive than a man, because Allah has given her that natural beauty.

Women’s covering also acts as a means of protection. Imagine your favourite sweet. Perhaps ‘gummy bears, or cola bottles, or a lollipop. Now, imagine placing that sweet in the middle of the garden, or even in the middle of your dining table with wrappers removed, and served on a plate. Now, if the flies didn’t get to it first, I’m sure someone else would. Do you see my point? No? Ok, here’s another example. Imagine you owned a block of solid gold, encrusted with diamonds, and rubies. If you left that hanging out of your pocket, as you walk down the street, or left it by the window for the world to see. I’m sure you would return home without it that evening.  Apply those above scenarios to women. An unclothed, semi-naked woman, will be feasted upon by hungry eyes, and even approached in an undesirable manner. In comparison, the muslim woman who covers herself, as per the requirements set by the Creator of mankind, will find herself free to walk as she pleases.  In Islam, the muslim woman is more precious than gold and diamonds, she is sweeter that the most delightful sweet. She is worth more, her value is priceless, and thus she is to protect herself.

“O Prophet, tell your wives and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves their outer garments. That is more suitable, that they will be known and not abused. And ever is Allah forgiving and Merciful.” (Surah Al-Ahzab, 33:59)

The hijab, jilbab, or niqab does not limit a muslim woman in any way. Rather it gives her freedom. She is known by it to be an upright, moral individual who possess good character. She is judged for her intellectual ability instead of her physical assets.

In society today, women have become the instrument of advertisement. If their bodies don’t cut it, they are more than often denied their due. In the west, where women have supposedly reached the peak of civilisation in their dressing and so-called ‘freedoms’ women are still not treated equally to men. According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in 2007, approximately 12,000 women were harassed in the workplace.

Sexual abuse to women is a common occurrence. Though the man responsible is charged, many do not realise, that the woman is equally at fault for dressing provocatively. Allah, the Creator of you and me, knew this would happen, that’s why He put laws in place to help us. In addition men have the responsibility to lower their gaze, but how can that be applied, when everywhere he turns, there is a woman who has exposed herself? On the billboards, in the shop windows, in the newspapers and magazines, even on your sweet packets, walking in front of you, driving in their cars, women dressing inappropriately seems to be everywhere.

Allah designated that women should cover themselves. Hijab is a stand against female exploitation, and a means of female liberation. Beneath it, a woman is free to do as she pleases and dress as she pleases. Women are not the trophy of men, but rather individuals with their own goal and attainments. The Hijab preserves our beauty, our character, and protects us from prying eyes. Hijab allows women to be judged for their worth and not their appearance. It is a modus of security and safeguard for the muslim woman.

 

Reflection: Hijab

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As of late, there has been a hijab explosion, especially with the emergence of ‘hijab fashion’. Some would say, “that is good, right?” Well, yes and no. Wearing hijab is always good, but the execution of the principle isn’t always correct.

First, we need to understand the meaning of the term hijab. Hijab literally means a “Veil”, a “Curtain”, a “Partition” or a “Separation”. In shariah, the term hijab is not limited to head covering only. It is the complete covering of a woman, from a non-mahram. That means, it includes the way she dresses, walks, talks, and basically carries herself, as a whole. So, hijab should not be confused with a khimar (head covering).

So, is hijab an obligation? Allah says, “And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts 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.” (24:31)

“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. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59)

“O you who have believed, do not enter the houses of the Prophet except when you are permitted for a meal, without awaiting its readiness. But when you are invited, then enter; and when you have eaten, disperse without seeking to remain for conversation. Indeed, that [behavior] was troubling the Prophet, and he is shy of [dismissing] you. But Allah is not shy of the truth. And when you ask [his wives] for something, ask them from behind a partition. That is purer for your hearts and their hearts. And it is not [conceivable or lawful] for you to harm the Messenger of Allah or to marry his wives after him, ever. Indeed, that would be in the sight of Allah an enormity.” (33:53)

These aforementioned ayahs show that hijab is an obligation, and also tell us that it is not simply covering one’s hair! But what has our Ummah come to? The fashion hijab is nothing like what has been stated in the Qur’an! We have muslimahs caking their faces with tonnes of makeup, and showing it to everyone. Even worse, they have Youtube tutorials for this! They post and upload such videos which the whole world has access to, where non-mahram men can see them! Would the sahabiyyah do that? No they would not, and they did not! It was narrated that Asma’ bint Abi Bakr said: “We used to cover our faces in front of men.” Muslimahs throw themselves shamelessly in front of the camera for the rest of the world to see. Would the Sahabiyah do that? No they would not, and they did not!

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It was narrated from ‘Urwah that ‘Aa’ishah said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to pray Fajr, and the believing women would attend (the prayer) with him, wrapped in their aprons, then they would go back to their houses and no one would recognize them. Narrated by al-Bukhari, and Muslim. We have muslimahs shamelessly accepting and thanking all the non-mahram for their praises, joking with non-mahram on social network. Why? Where is our hayaa? Would the Sahabiyah do that? No they would not, and they did not! ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “The riders used to pass by us when we were with the Messenger of Allah in ihraam, and when they drew near to us we would lower our jilbabs from our heads over our faces, then when they had passed we would uncover them again. [Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah] Have we forgotten the reminders that Rasulullah told us? The grave sins of tabarruj (wanton display)! The Messenger of Allah said: “Of the people of Hell there are two types whom I have never seen, the one possessing whips like the tail of an ox and they flog people with them. The second one, women who would be naked in spite of their being dressed, who are seduced (to wrong paths) and seduce others with their hair high like humps. These women would not get into Al-Jannah and they would not perceive its odor, although its fragrance can be perceived from such and such distance. ” [Sahih Muslim] Allah’s Messenger said: “The best of your women are the affectionate, the fertile, the comforting, and the agreeable – if they fear Allāh. The most evil of your women are those who expose and display themselves, and those who strut (to show off), and they are the hypocrites. Those who enter Paradise are like the red beaked crow.” [Al-Baihaqi]

After seeing the verses from the Qur’an and the Hadith of Rasulullah, why are we still prioritising our desires? Why do we insist on becoming arrogant towards what Allah has instructed us? Do not be like the disbelievers who say “We hear and disobey.” (2:93)

This is the talbis iblis for our ummah. Our muslimahs think covering one’s aurah and hijab is simply covering one’s hair. This is when the shayateen whisper to our ear, telling us to beautify ourselves. Worse, we have muslimahs who get really defensive. Those whose senses are driven by their ‘aqal (intellect) and their desires; they give the excuse; “we are dressing according to the time. This is modern time,” or “we are living in a kuffar countries, we need to blend in,” or even “why can’t a Muslimah follow fashion?” What is this? Ask yourselves this: Dare you question Allah , by saying we are dressing according to modern time? Are we saying the rules stated in the Qur’an are dated? Are we saying Allah did not know the future, when He revealed His laws? Fear Allah! We are no better than the Jew who questioned Musa (AS) about the calf, then! Who are we trying to please? The Creator or the creation? Mu’awiyah once wrote to Aisha asking her to write him a letter giving him advice but not to make it lengthy. She wrote: ‘Peace be upon you! To proceed: I heard Allah’s Messenger (saws) say, “If anyone seeks Allah’s good pleasure at the cost of men’s displeasure Allah will keep from him the trouble caused by men; but if anyone seeks men’s good pleasure at the cost of Allah’s displeasure, Allah will leave him in men’s hands. (Tirmithi)

Why do you want to blend in with the kuffar? Why wouldn’t you stand up for Islam? It was narrated the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you, handspan by hand span, cubit by cubit, until even if they entered the hole of a lizard, you will do so too.” We asked, “O Messenger of Allah, (do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?” He said, “Who else?” ( al-Bukhari, and Muslim. Who are our examples? Who does Islam say to follow? Is it the hijabi bloggers and youtubers? Is it the so-called hijabi celebrities who sing on stage? Is it the hijabi actresses who engage in free mixing with non-mahram? Or, is it the sahabiyyah and the women of the salaf-us-saalih? The Prophet said, ”the best of my Ummah is my generation (Qarni), then those who follow them, then those who follow them.“ [Bukhari and Muslim] Now the question lies on us, “who will we follow?” The answers are in our hands. How long are we willing to succumb to the shayateen, whenever we are dressing to go out? Think first. Is my clothing sufficient for me to do my salah? If the answer is no, change, until you can do salah in your clothes. Life as a muslimah is super simple. We do not need to spend huge amounts of money on makeup, shoes, and clothes. We just need to dress according to the Qur’an and Sunnah, to please our Creator. Remember this every time we step out the door from our home. “O children of Adam, We have bestowed upon you clothing to conceal your private parts and as adornment. But the clothing of righteousness – that is best. That is from the signs of Allah that perhaps they will remember.” (7:26) The Prophet said: “The woman is an object of concealment, when she leaves the house, Shaytaan (the Devil) beautifies her.” [Tirmidhi, and it is Saheeh]

The fitna of women is indeed great, as the Prophet said, “I am not leaving behind me in my ummah any fitna that is more harmful for men than women.” [Bukhari & Muslim] This isn’t an attack on those fashion hijabis out there. This is simply a reminder for myself first and foremost, and for my sisters in Islam, who I love for the sake of Allah. The love I have, so that we can all revive the Ummah, together spreading the words of Islam, dawah and tawheed. This is my love for my dear sisters in Islam. The Messenger of Allah said, “The relationship of the believer with another believer is like (the bricks of) a building, each strengthens the other.” He illustrated this by interlacing the fingers of both his hands. [Bukhari and Muslim] May Allah make everything easy for all of us, and never stop the guidance. “And if they had believed and feared Allah, then the reward from Allah would have been [far] better, if they only knew.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 02:103)