• Date: 2015 Mar 06

Karbala's Lesson of Hijab - Part I


           


  
         
            
After the tragedy of Karbala, Imam Zainul Abideen (peace be upon him) was often asked what the most difficult and painful experience of Karbala was.
One would assume that after witnessing more than 70 friends and family members being martyred, his uncle Abbas\'s both arms being severed, his father\'s head being decapitated, and his six-month-old baby brother\'s neck being pierced by a three-prong arrow, that Imam Hussain\'s son would surely find these unspeakable and barbaric acts of the enemies of Islam as the most painful. However, we see that our Imam always replied to those who asked with the same statement, "Ash-Sham, Ash-Sham, Ash-Sham..."
      
After the tragedy of Karbala, Imam Zainul Abideen (peace be upon him) was often asked what the most difficult and painful experience of Karbala was. One would assume that after witnessing more than 70 friends and family members being martyred, his uncle Abbas\'s both arms being severed, his father\'s head being decapitated, and his six-month-old baby brother\'s neck being pierced by a three-prong arrow, that Imam Hussain\'s son would surely find these unspeakable and barbaric acts of the enemies of Islam as the most painful. 
However, we see that our Imam always replied to those who asked with the same statement, "Ash-Sham, Ash-Sham, Ash-Sham..."
   
Every Muharram, we cry and lament the tragedies of Karbala in order to keep the story of Imam Hussain alive, to learn the principles of justice and sacrifice, to become better believers, and to not be among the oppressors. 
Yet we see Muharram after Muharram that our Hijab as Muslim women is no different to what it was before Muharram.
       
At times, one may think that the so-called followers and supporters of Lady Fatima and Lady Zainab (peace be upon them) are committing oppression towards them. 
Oppression is to do injustice. 
These women gave their entire families for the sake of this religion. 
And for most of us, we don\'t even have the courtesy of valuing that. 
Lady Fatima\'s family was killed so that we today have true Islam in our grasp. 
Do we not care at all about Lady Fatima\'s family being destroyed?
    
According to some narrations, Lady Fatima is present wherever the tragedy of her son is mentioned. In order to do justice to Lady Fatima and the holy women of Karbala, and if we wish to make them proud this Muharram season, let us consider the following points.
    
       
To the Non-Hijabi
   
These otherwise magnificent sisters for one reason or another have not been observing Hijab even though it becomes obligatory upon girls at eight and a half years of age. 
Some have courageously tried to observe Hijab yet did not succeed, while others plan on insha\'Allah concealing their beauty one day, just not today. Amazingly though, all that is needed is a small initiative to move towards the right direction, and subhan\'Allah, Hijab will be easy! 
Allah says in a Hadith Qudsi, "When a believer takes one step towards me, I take ten towards him.
When a believer walks towards me, I come running."
   
In the cities of Kufa and Damascus, the holy women of the Prophet\'s household (peace be upon them) were paraded around without their veils, with their sacred beauty visible to unrelated strange men to gawk at. 
Their hair was visible, they had been looted of their jewels from their ears and hands, their necks were shown, they were chained up as though they were prisoners of a heinous crime, and they were pushed around and dealt with by the men of Yazid ibn Muawiya. 
These are the women who were the pearls of Prophet Muhammad...who had been kept safe and always protected.
    
If today we claim to lament and grieve the suffering of these women, surely it behooves us to not insult their memory and observe the Hijab that they were so mercilessly deprived of. 
Indeed, that is the least we can do to express our sympathy and prove how real our tears are.
      
      
To the Part-Time Hijabi
     
This group of sisters is great at doing what they do best, and that is Hijab. In fact, some of these sisters have such great Hijab talent that when they practice Hijab, they make the full-time Hijabis look like amateurs. However, there\'s only area in which these sisters seem to falter. 
At times we see them covered at a dinner party at the Shaikh\'s house, and other times, we can\'t recognize them if we ever happen to run into them at the shopping center. 
Some days these sisters understand the beauty of covering up, how doing so demands self-respect, and that we as Hijabi women do not let strange unrelated men take a bite out of our beauty, in addition to the fact that we do not wish to break Allah\'s laws. 
But on the other hand, these sisters are capable of waking up one morning completely hating the Hijab. It\'s as though somebody killed the "Hijab is my right to protection" angel within her.
     
These sisters should be saluted for at the very least observing Hijab on the days they do. But we sincerely do encourage such sisters to consider becoming full-time Hijabis. Why? 
Because it has been narrated that Allah loves his creatures 70 times more than a mother is ever capable to love her child. 
If doing it for the rewards or saving one\'s self from facing punishment in this life and the next doesn\'t entice the part-time Hijabis, then perhaps realizing that in addition to saluting the women who sacrificed their Hijab in Karbala to keep true Islam alive, we will be pleasing the One who loves and cares for us more than anyone else, Allah!

       
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