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21 May 2019 CE | 17 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Veil in Happiness and Sorrow


“A woman whose name was Ummi Khalid came to see the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) to inquire about her son who had been martyred in a battle. She had her face hidden by a veil. One of the Companions said to her, ‘You have come to inquire about your son and you have covered your face with a veil?’ She responded, ‘I am distressed by the loss of my son, I don’t wish to be distressed by the loss of my Haya as well.’ The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said to her, ‘Your son will have the reward of two martyrs.’ She asked him, ‘How come, O Prophet of Allah?’ He replied, ‘Because he was killed by the People of the Book.’” [Abu Dawud]

While it is evident from this Hadith that Ummi Khalid covered her face in front of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and his Companions (radi Allahu anhum), we also note how high a standard women had reached in following the commandments of Hijab. This woman, despite the distress of losing her son, showed high loyalty to the commands of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), and equated the possible distress of losing her Haya to losing her son.

Haya means modesty and shyness and includes in its meaning the shyness which a person feels before his own conscience and before Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

The Commands of Hijab are essential regardless of the circumstances of sorrow or happiness. Nowadays some people believe that under distressing or jubilant circumstances a person is exempt from following the Divine Law and he/she is not required to follow the Shariah. This is clearly great ignorance. We see women attending funerals and even joining funeral processions to the graveyard (itself forbidden) without Hijab, not observing Hijab in weddings, and travelling without Hijab. All of these are forbidden.

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