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The word “hijab” literally means “covering”, “separation”. In today’s world, it has become a common term used to describe the islamic dress code specially for women. The purpose of hijab goes beyond the physical covering and dress code. It is connected to purification of the heart and being preserving modesty and a sense of shame.

“O you Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover your shame, as well as to be an adornment to you. But the raiment of righteousness – that is the best. Such are among the Signs of God, that they may receive admonition!”
[Quran, Chapter 7, Verse 26)

 Apart from our clothes, there is a covering of shame which is more superior and is for both man and woman because the above verse is directed to “Children of Adam”. Modesty is a primary requirement enjoined on us both males and females. Unfortunately, it is stressed more on females and the male counterpart is often neglected. Many males pick on women who don’t cover heads or who aren’t dressed properly but at the same time can’t control staring at other women.

I would like to bring to their attention, that we men (including myself) have an obligation to lower our gazes just as we think it’s an obligation on women to dress modestly.

 “Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and God is well acquainted with all that they do.”

[Quran, Chapter 24, Verse 30]

Hadith reference

Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Avoid sitting on roadsides.” His Companions said: “O Messenger of Allah (PBUH), there is no other alternative but to sit there to talk.” Thereupon the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “If you have to sit at all, then fulfill the rights of the road.” They asked: “What are their rights?” Thereupon he said, “Lowering the gaze (so that you may not stare at unlawful things); refraining from doing some harm to others, responding to greeting  and commanding the good and forbidding the evil.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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