Assalamualaikum and good morning to all my friends and readers.
Firstly, I'd like to apologize (again) for my lack of update for this blog. Whenever I have some personal issues I seem not to be able to write in English and that's why the absence of any new post. And yesterday when I was planning to update, my laptop crashed and right now I'm using my office desktop, borrowed for a while with my boss consent. I do not like to use the office equipments for my personal benefits. It's not right otherwise it's ok with the b o s s.
As for today, I'd like to reply to questions from different people but has the same purpose.They would like to know why as a Malaysian, I wear niqab.
My simple answer would be I'm wearing it because I want to get closer to Allah. It has nothing connected with people. It has nothing about being Malaysian or not. Niqab is for everyone who wish to wear it. No one ask me to wear it. Not my husband and not my parent. I found that after I started wearing it more than 14 years ago, I become better in my belief in Islam, I practice more, I do more religious work, I learn more about Islam and of course I grew more confident to tell people that I am Muslim. And I found peace.
Insyaallah both ways of hijab is correct. Don't you think so?
Another reason for wearing this niqab is that I believe niqab is sunnah. Some believe it to be fard, depends on which opinion you stand for. As for me it is sunnah but I try to be committed in wearing it whenever I'm out of my house and around non-mahram (A non-mahram is someone who you can marry, someone who you should cover yourself in front of).
I've read so many stories and hadiths about women during the time of our beloved Rasulullah saw who put on the veil in certain situations. There are hadiths that say that niqab is sunnah and not fard but still everyone is open for their own belief. Do not force others to believe what you believed but you can tell them about it. If they also later want to believe the same opinion, alhamdulillah.
There are many ayat from the Qur'an that ask the women of the believers to cover themselves. For example the ayat below:
‘O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks ("Jalabib") veils all over their bodies (screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way Tafseer Al-Qurtabi) that is most convenient that they should be known (as such) and not molested: and Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful." Surah al-Ahzaab: 59
As I am not a scholar, I do not really know how to give my argument on this but if you'd like to read more, please use your internet access to search on 'dalil on niqab' insyaallah you'll find some texts that are interesting to read. Then please make your own conclusion.
Wearing full hijab as what Islam has teaches us is very good, alhamdulillah. I am not complaining. For me niqab is a personal thing between you and Allah. As a Muslim woman, I am an ambassador of Islam and my niqab has been one of the tool, to open the door to communication between me and non-Muslim. I combine my niqab with the best Islamic attitude that I know of. It's not easy to write about my feelings but if you know me in person, you'll know that wearing niqab does not restrict me from doing so many things socially, politically, economically or academically.
That's it. I do not know what else to write. Believe it or not, wearing niqab has make me a person as I am now. I'm not perfect. Not at all but insyaallah I will always fear Allah every time I think of doing something bad. Na'uzubillah.