Veiling for Allah, not Fashion
Repeat “I am ‘Abd Allah.” out loud at least 5 times!
You see, from breaking the words ‘Abd & Allah, subsequently one will end up saying “I am Abdillah.” or “I am Abdullah.” which sounds like a name! What are we saying, nevertheless? Well, the term ‘Abd itself means slave, so when you say “I am ‘Abd Allah”, you are saying “I am the slave of Allah.”
Let’s register this in our head. We are not ‘Abd Dinar, ‘Abd Dollar, ‘Abd Ringgit, or ‘Abd anything monetary. We are but the slave of Allah SWT & the slave of Allah SWT prostrate to their Creator each day in their Salah.
What is the “uniform” to perform Salah, then? It is the garments of the righteous – the believing women, modestly covered and veiled. Once, I chanced upon a quote which hit me hard. It went, “If you can’t pray in it, you can’t leave the house in it.” I think every being is entitled to their own opinion but let’s start pondering, do we see truth in this impactful quote? Or at least, a slight truth? Because I personally do. I felt the pinch.
The believing women veil themselves because they are ‘Abd Allah. On a lighter note, the believing women do not veil themselves because they are ‘Abd Blogging where they see other hijabis getting known because of blogging. Neither do they veil themselves because they are ‘Abd Chiffon where they start liking the Chiffon Shawls and so they use it to veil themselves. But it’s only because they are ‘Abd Allah – the slave of Allah! (Or Amatullah, if you’re particular about the proper Arabic usage)
Allah SWT tells the believing women to hide their beauty. When we know sincerely that to veil is for Allah SWT, InsyaAllah, a great self-development is bound to happen. After all, change is a beautiful process – it is but a learning journey.
To all women who veil themselves and hide their beauty, I would like to present a standing ovation for your courage and bravery to put on your crown, and to those who do not, I would like to present you another standing ovation, even for your slightest niyyah to put on the veil. Allah SWT is always by our side for His Guidance, InsyaAllah.
Let’s constantly remind ourselves that in Suratul Tin [Ayat 4] Allah SWT mentions that He has created all of us in the best of moulds, and when our Creator says so, it is so. Similarly, when Allah SWT says that the clothing of the righteousness is the best, it is the best. It is not merely conjecture.
May all of us, the slaves of Allah SWT, be amongst the guided and may we open our hearts. Amin.
Faridah is an aspiring film student who strongly believes in finding knowledge. She believes in counting her blessings in times of struggles.