The Hijab: A Video that Started of as a Class Project


One morning, I woke up to find an email from a dear sister, Nabihah Rozy. She is from IIUM, like me! So here's part of her email:

"I just want to share with you a video I produced on hijab. 

This video is actually a part of our group project we were doing for our UNGS class.

This came up as a means to foster religious tolerance and understanding about the hijab as well as to support Muslim women’s right of wearing hijab and raising awareness regarding its morals and merits. 

I hope you'll watch it and share with your friends too. May this benefits us in any ways with barakah from Allah. 

Lets share the khayr."

So I clicked on the link and watched their efforts. And I applaud them.

Of course, there are many more videos out there, but sister Nabihah and her classmates didn't just do it for class. They did it with their hearts. I know this because they want to share this video with others outside their circle. We live in a country and university that rarely question the Hijab. They in fact enforce it. We almost never wonder about it. But surely, there are people around the world who do. And this video is just some knowledge that these girls are able to share with the curious. And that's exactly what they are trying to do. To share this knowledge, no matter how vast or how little.

In support of their hard work and this cause that I too am for, I'm sharing this video here. Taken from her Facebook:
Here are some other benefits of wearing the hijab from a science perspective : 

On a sunny weather, 

The sun’s harmful rays, particularly the ultraviolet (UV) radiation caused may health conditions such as:
1.Premature skin aging
2.Eye damage (including cataracts) 
3.Skin cancers 
They also suppress the immune system hence reducing the ability to fight off disease and other maladies 
Medical experts recommend people to cover up with LOOSE-FITTING CLOTHING, especially those made with tightly woven fabrics as they provide a greater barrier between the skin and the sun. 
Bright or dark-coloured clothing tend to reflect more UV radiation than pastel colourd clothing and bleached cottons. 

So now your question about why those Muslims in Arab countries prefer to wear the all-black abayas under the hot sun has been answered by scientific fact eh? 

As for the cold weather conditions, 

Exposure to cold weather upsets the equilibrium of human body that results in ill-health. 

 Frequent exposure to cold and windy conditions without sufficient protection increases the risk of suffering from cold and flu with aches, pains and shivers. 
 Medical tests revealed that 4060% of body heat is lost through the head and people are advised to PROTECT THEIR HEADS IN SUCH COLD CONDITIONS.

Health officials have perfectly described the ‘Islamic dress code’ by recommending that the best form of clothing to wear should be good quality, loose fitting clothing that cover the maximum amount of skin.The headscarf or any form of head covering provides protection from both extremes of temperatures and guards the vital organs from sustaining damage from each of the extremes. The Islamic dress maintains a state of balance within the human body that helps keep it healthy through out its lifetime.

This proves that there are always valid reasons behind any divine rulings and regulations given to mankind and it is clear that the wisdom of Allah in prescribing such rulings related to hijab and the Islamic dress code provides protection not only from sociological and psychological issues but from a health perspective too. 

"And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, their brothers' sons, their sisters' sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed." Quran, Surah An-Nur (24:31)

Feel free to share. 

"And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty." - Quran (5:2)

Alternatively, you can <click here> to the watch the Facebook video.

Special thanks to Nabihah Rozy for sharing the video with me.

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