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The Supreme Leader’s View of Hijab

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Hijab, consistent with human nature

Hijab is a value that is consistent with human nature. Wearing immodest clothes and the unnecessary mixing of men and women go against natural human tendencies.

In order to harmonize couples’ life, Allah the Exalted has specified a natural procedure so that they can manage their life together. God has divided responsibilities between wives and husbands. God Almighty has specified some rights for men and some other rights for women. For instance, the rules of women’s hijab are stricter than those of men’s hijab. Of course men should also observe hijab in some cases, but Islamic rules are stricter in the case of women’s hijab. That is because the delicate nature of women and their characteristics are considered the embodiment of delicacy and beauty in the world. And if we want to prevent our society from being plunged into corruption and turmoil, we should keep women in hijab. Men are not exactly like women in this regard, and they have more freedom in this matter. This state of affairs is the result of their natural characteristics and the divine view of how worldly affairs should be managed.

The importance of beauty in Islam

Islam has attached a lot of importance to beauty. Attraction to beauty and love of beauty is human nature. Of course this may be a little different from the issue of fashion – fashion is more general. Wearing cosmetics and beautiful clothes is a more specific issue. People, especially young people, love beauty and want to look beautiful. We have frequently heard that God is beautiful and loves beauty. There are many traditions about the importance of paying attention to our appearance. The book “Nikah” [marriage] explains in detail that couples should take care of their appearance. Some people think that men should, for instance, shave their heads. That is not the case. Young men are advised to grow long hair in Islamic sharia. According to a tradition, “Beautiful hair is among divine virtues and you should appreciate it.” Similarly, according to another tradition, when the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) wanted to call on his friends, he used to check his appearance in a bowl of water [used as a mirror]. At that time, mirrors were not as commonplace as they are today, and the people of Medina were too poor. The Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) would use a bowl of water instead of a mirror before calling on his friends. This shows that being neat in appearance, wearing good clothes, and paying attention to one’s appearance are good in Islamic sharia. However, when beauty turns into a means of promoting fitna and corruption, it becomes bad and harmful, and the harmful effects will be passed on to future generations.

 

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