Change of Thinking
With advent of thinking, and in desire of competing ourselves with the so-called ‘western civilization’, we have eluded the teachings of Islam. Islam is the religion that persuades man to obey a set of rules that have been provided by the Holy Quran and practically proved by the Holy Prophet (May the mercy and blessing of God be upon him). Every intellectual person shudders to think about the darkness that we are travelling towards, leaving and shunning all teachings and gradually moving towards our destruction.
Islam focuses on women more than men. A woman is the most respectable citizen of society, but unfortunately, we ourselves have created the circumstances in our surroundings where women and especially younger girls feel deeply insecure.
The actuality is, we ourselves are the reason of chaos and at the same time, we also lament why progress and mental peace are far from our reach. The many verses of the Holy Quran urges women to protect themselves from the gaze of evil and brazen-faced people.
Allah states in the Quran:
“Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty and say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and adornments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers.”
Here in Pakistan, being a Muslim country, we should follow the commandments and orders of Allah Almighty, but take a moment to think how detached we are from the teachings of our religion. Islam focuses on wearing hijab, but unfortunately, our young generation as well as their parents under the guise of so-called fashion and modernism, think that wearing Hijab is a sin and it decreases their beauty. There is also a serious misperception about Hijab. Most people take it as just a piece of clothing. But, the truth is that hijab does not only mean to cover your heads in front of others, the true meaning is much more than that. What Hijab actually means is having purity and regards for Islamic values. The purity in your heart is what actually matters. The Hadith’s of the Holy Prophet S.A.W also emphasize on women to protect themselves. The Holy Prophet S.A.W said:
“Each religion emphasizes on morality, and the morality of Islam is Haya”
Islam emphasizes on decency and modesty. In the Quran, Allah Almighty has ordered the men to not look at other women lustfully. ‘Hijab of eyes’ is something that is even more important than the ‘Hijab of body’. God Almighty has ordered women to cover and protect themselves, and asked the Holy Prophet S.A.W to address women.
“O Prophet! Say to your wives, your daughters and women of believers that: they should let down upon themselves their Jalabib”.
It is a matter of great sorrow that in some countries, women are not allowed to wear Hijab, and if they do so, they’re likely to be rusticated from their job. How ridiculous is this! At one side, Islam urges woman to protect themselves and on the other side, we ourselves are creating such circumstances so that she could not even live a life of solace. The thing is, not only women but men have to play an equal role in this too. It is a delusion that Islam has only ordered women to wear hijab. Islam also focuses on the “Hijab of eyes” for men.
It’s not wrong to call ourselves wretched. We ourselves disobey every law and always seek the opportunity to mock others. We have become a prisoner of our own identities and slaves of our very own desires. We no longer have any control over ourselves. We’ve become pretty much just like ‘dust’, flying wherever the wind of society carries us.
Actually, Hijab does not only protect your body but it is a proof of the sense of religion that we have. Hijab is something different from veil. Quran uses the word of “Jalabib” for the dress with which a woman has to cover herself. According to the teachings of Islam, a woman has been sanctified to a particular man. That is the reason Islam is against celibacy and strongly condemns it.
At the present juncture of life, we are engrossed in deadly sins. Many a times, we are left stunned and startled on hearing about some cases that are also considered as a sin but we happen to have no idea about it. And then, we start to meditate and contemplate about how this sinful act has become so common that it is difficult to remove it from our spongy lives, which is growing softer over time similar to an old party balloon.
The need of the hour is to fight against these transgressions. Everyone has to play their role to make us free from the grips of this storm of vulgarity and ostentation. Parents need to be brave and sensible in order to have full control over their children. Whenever, in their adolescence they stagger, they have to support them as a teacher and as a counselor.
It is commonly said that: “Many a drop make an ocean”.
Starting from small things and then achieving bigger, is a law of nature. Same is the case in this matter. Some foolhardy people often say that: When there are already so many sins around them then what change can be brought by wearing a hijab. Alas! We are the destroyer of our own fate. Our thinking has been intoxicated. The need is to detoxify our thinking…