Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Will women wear hijab in Paradise too?


I heard that muslim women would be in islamic hijab in jannah(paradise) too, or she soul not be able to see men other than her mahram relatives .what i knew was that a women must wear niqab and Islamic hijab in this world only. please i need clarification because someone told me a hadith regarding this issue.

Praise be to Allaah.

Paradise is the abode of
bliss and not the abode of responsibilities. Allaah has created in it
delights that no eye has seen, no ear has heard and it has not crossed the
mind of man. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “No person
knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to
do” [al-Sajdah 32:17]. 

The Muslim should not ask
too many questions about what is in Paradise, with regard to matters that he
may think of as restrictions or hardships. Paradise is a different world
that has nothing in common with this world except names only; the realities
of things are completely different. We should not go out of our way to
compare things in Paradise with their counterparts in this world.  

The main thing mentioned
with regard to the relationship between men and non-mahram women is lowering
the gaze and not looking at the share that others have of the delights of
Paradise. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Wherein both will
be Qaasiraat‑ut‑Tarf [chaste females (wives) restraining their glances,
desiring none except their husbands], whom no man or jinni has touched
before them” [al-Rahmaan 55:56]. This refers to al-hoor al-‘iyn; does it
indicate that this applies to other women too? This is a matter that is
subject to further examination. 

Al-Haafiz Ibn Katheer (may
Allaah have mercy on him) said: 

“restraining their glances”
means that they lower their gaze and avoid looking at men other than their
husbands, so they do not think that there is anything in Paradise that is
more handsome than their husbands. This was stated by Ibn ‘Abbaas, Qataadah,
‘Ata’ al-Khuraasaani and Ibn Zayd. And it was narrated that one of them will
say to her husband: By Allaah I do not think that there is anything in
Paradise finer than you, or that there is anything in Paradise dearer to me
than you; praise be to Allaah Who has made you for me and made me for you.
End quote. 

Tafseer al-Qur’aan
al-‘Azeem (7/504). 

With regard to wearing the
khimaar or head cover, we have not come across any report which speaks of
that in detail, rather there is a reference to it in a hadeeth narrated by
Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the
Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say:
“To go out and come back (in jihad) for the sake of Allaah is better than
this world and everything in it. The space of the bow of one of you in
Paradise or the space of his whip is better than this world and everything
in it. If a woman from among the people of Paradise were to look out over
the people of this world, everything between them would be illuminated and
filled with fragrance, and her kerchief on her head is better than this
world and everything in it.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (hadeeth no. 2796). 

Abu ‘Ubayd al-Qaasim ibn
Salaam (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: 

Kerchief means the khimar
(head cover). End quote. 

Ghareeb al-Hadeeth

But that is not sufficient
to be certain that the women of Paradise will be obliged to cover their
heads, for three reasons: 


Some scholars interpret the
word naseef (translated above as kerchief) as referring to the band that a
woman wraps around her head, which does not cover the head, rather women
wear it for adornment. 


The context of the hadeeth
does not reflect that meaning, because what is meant in the hadeeth is to
emphasise the extreme beauty of the womenfolk of the people of Paradise and
the hoor al-‘iyn, such that the smallest thing worn by them is better than
this world and everything in it. The focus is not the kerchief itself. There
is another report in which it says: “and her crown on her head…” 


Moreover this casual
mention of the kerchief does not mean that all the women wear it or at all
times and in all places, and in front of all people. To understand it in
such general terms requires special evidence, which we cannot find. 

Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may
Allaah have mercy on him) said: 

The words “her kerchief” in
the hadeeth are understood to refer to the khimaar. This interpretation
comes from Qutaybah and was narrated by al-Ismaa’eeli in another isnaad from
Ismaa’eel ibn Ja’far. 

In the report of
al-Tabaraani it says, “her crown on her head.” 

Abu ‘Ubayd al-Harawi
narrated that the naseef (kerchief) is the wrapper that a woman wears on her

Al-Azhari said: It is like
the band that a woman wraps around her head. End quote. 

Fath al-Baari

And Allaah knows best.

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