Allah has made wearing hijaab an obligation upon the woman as a safeguard of
her chastity and protection of her honor and sign of her Imaan. Hijaab is
not a piece of cloth on your head. It also includes that you be covered
decently, from head to toe, something not tight, or see-through nor
elaborate. It is also a manner in which you carry yourself….with dignity and
honor…. that reflects your pride in this religion of Islam. Unfortunately,
many sisters have either given it up completely or they don’t understand the
full implication of Hijaab.
Excuse # 1: I am not ready yet!
Reply: When will you be ready? When the angel of Death knocks on your door?
Or will you be ready when you say; “Alas, my grief that I was undutiful to
Allah and I was indeed among those who mocked (at the truth).” (Az-Zumar:56)
The question that you have to ask yourself is… Will you EVER be ready?
Excuse # 2: I’m not yet convinced (of the necessity) of hijaab.
Reply: Are you truly convinced of the correctness of the religion of Islam?
If you are convinced of Islam, how then can you not be convinced of its
orders? For Allah has commanded wearing hijaab in His Book and the noble
Prophet (pbuh)has commanded wearing the hijaab in his Sunnah.
Excuse #3 : I am convinced of Islamic dress but my Husband/Mother prevents
me from wearing it and if I disobey him/her I will go to the Fire.
Reply: Does your husband/mother deserve more obedience than Allaah? Do you
want to please them while you displease Allaah?
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “There is no obedience to the created in the
disobedience of Allah.” [Ahmed]
Remember, your husband/mother won’t be there to answer for you on Day of
Excuse #4 : I know that hijaab is obligatory, but I will wear it when Allah
guides me to do so.
Reply: So what steps have you taken to deserve Allah’s guidance such as:
Supplicating Allah sincerely:“Guide us to the Straight
Path.”[Al-Faatihah:6]; or Keeping company with the righteous good sisters-
for they are among the best to assist you to guidance until Allah guides
you. If you are really serious about seeking guidance you would really exert
Remember, Allah will never guide you unless YOU SEEK TO BE GUIDED.
Excuse #5 : I’m still too young for wearing hijaab. I’ll do it when I get
older and after I make Hajj!
Reply: Can you guarantee even a single breath of yours, let alone a whole
“When their term comes, neither can they delay it nor can they advance it
and hour (or a moment).” [Al-An’aam:34].
What if it is too late?? What if you were “going to wear hijaab later” and
death came to you before that? Would you be able to stand in front of Allah
and face Him?
Excuse #6: Hijaab is of the “eyes/heart”. As long as my heart is pure, I
don’t need hijaab
Reply: Are you and “your heart” better than the Sahaba and our Ummahaat, the
wives of the Prophet (pbuh)? No heart is purer than them and no one is more
pious. When they covered themselves from top to bottom, and recognized this
as an order from Allaah, how dare we think this does not apply to us?
Excuse #7: It is too hot to wear the the hijaab!
Reply: How can you compare the heat of this earth to the heat of the
“The Fire of Hell is more intense in heat if they only understand.”
Know that the Shaytaan wants to drag you from the heat of this world to the
heat of the Hellfire. And remember tha
t Jannah is surrounded by hardships and toil, while Hellfire is surrounded
by temptations, lusts and desires.
Excuse#8: If I wear the hijaab I might take it off later on because I have
seen so many people do so!!
Reply: If everyone was to apply this logic then they would have left the
Deen in its entirety! They would have left off Salaat because some would be
afraid of leaving it later. They would have left fasting in Ramadan because
so many are afraid of not doing it later, etc. Don’t you see how Shaytaan
has trapped you and tricked you into disobeying Allaah?
“If they had done what they were told, it would have been better for them
and would have strengthened their faith.” [ Al-Baqarah:66]
If you hold tight to the laws of Allah, you will taste the sweetness of
faith and you will not neglect the orders of Allah after having held on to
Excuse #9: If I wear the hijaab then nobody will marry me, so I’m going to
leave it off until then.
Reply: Any husband who desires that you be uncovered and adorned in public
in defiance of and in disobedience to Allah, is not a worthy husband in the
first place. A home which is founded upon disobedience to Allah is doomed to
misery and hardship in this life and in the Hereafter. As Allah stated:
“But whosoever turns away from My reminder (i.e. neither believes in the
Qur’aan nor acts upon its teachings) verily for him is a life of hardship
and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.” [Ta Ha:124]
Excuse #10: None of my friends wear it and if I do, I won’t fit in
Reply: Friends like these don’t deserve your company. The Prophet (pbuh)
warned us of keeping bad company. It is “friends” like these who will take a
person to the Fire and he will say:
“Ah! Woe to me! Would that I had never taken so-and-so as my friend. He
indeed led me astray from the Reminder (Qur’an) after it had come to me. And
Shaytaan is to man ever a deserter in the hour of need.” (Al-Furqan:28-29)
Excuse #11: If I wear the hijaab, I will lose my job!
Reply: To this I say: Is it your “hair and body” that got you the job or is
it Allaah that provides me and you and everything else that is on the face
of the earth with its Rizq? And even if you do lose that job, it would be a
test of your faith and soon Allah will provide for you a much better job,
where you can wear the hijaab.
“And whoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for
him to get out (from every difficulty) and He will provide him from sources
he never could imagine” [Soorah At-Talaaq:2-3]
Excuse#12: My position does not allow me to substitute my dress for Islamic
Reply: Honor and position is something determined by Allah and it is not due
to embellishment of clothing and show of colors and keeping up with the
trendsetters. It is rather due to obedience to Allah and His Messenger (s)
and following the pure law of Allah and correct Islamic hijaab.
“Indeed, the most honorable amongst you are those who are the most pious.”
Do things so that you may seek Allah’s pleasure and enter His Jannah and
give less value to the high priced and costly objects and wealth of this
Excuse#13:Allah has blessed me with silky soft hair and beauty. How can I
cover it up while Allah says: “And proclaim the grace of your Rabb“[Ad-Duhaa
Reply: Do you follow the Book of Allah and its commands as long as they
coincide with your personal desires and understanding and leave behind those
matters that don’t please you? If you follow this Ayaah, then there are
other Ayaahs in the Quran as well:
“And do not show off their adornment except only that which is apparent.”
(An-Noor:31) and “Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the
believers to draw their cloaks all over their bodies.” [Al-Ahzaab:59]
And remember, there is no greater blessing and favor upon the woman than
guidance and hijaab.
Excuse #14: I’m afraid that if I wear Islamic clothing that I’ll be labeled
as belonging to some group or another and I hate partisanship.
Reply: My sister in Islam, there are only two parties in Islam, and they are
both mentioned by Allah Almighty in His Noble Book. The first party is the
party of Allah (hizbullah) that He gives victory to because of their
obedience to His commands and staying away from what He has forbidden. The
second party is the party of the Shaitaan (hizbush-Shaitaan) which disobeys
Allaah and increase corruption in the earth. When you hold tight to and
adhere to the commands of Allah (among them is wearing the hijaab) – you
then become a part of the successful party of Allah. When you beautify and
display your charms you are riding in the boat of Shaytaan and his friends,
the hypocrites and the disbelievers.
Your body is on display in the market of Shaytaan seducing the hearts of
men. The hairstyles, the tight clothing showing every detail of your figure,
the showy, decorative and fragrant clothing all angers Ar-Rahmaan and
pleases the Shaytaan. Every day that passes while you are in this condition,
distances you further from Allah and brings you closer to Shaytaan. Each day
curses and anger are directed toward you from the heavens until you repent.
Every day brings you closer to the grave and the Angel of Death is ready to
capture your soul.
May Allah reward you for reading Inshallah!