“Why do you wear that on your face?”
“Aren’t you hot in that?”
“You’re in America. Don’t wear that!”
“Are you carrying a bomb under that?” 😂
As a Muslim woman born and bred in the USA, it is often puzzling for Americans to understand why on Earth a woman living in the west would choose to veil her face.
Unfortunately we live in a society where Islam is always portrayed as violent and backwards in most media outlets(especially FOX news).
So most people watch the news and when they see a Muslim woman in Niqab they immediately think ISIS or extremism/fundamentalism.
Ignorance is widespread and the American public need to educate themselves on Islam and Muslims especially in this “Make America Great Again” era.
And us Muslims living in the West have a responsibility to give dawah and first learn the basics of our Deen and the correct way to respond to and explain things.
Here are some reasons Muslim women choose to wear the Niqab.
1. We wear it out of love and obedience to Allāh, the one and only God worthy of worship.
In Islam, the Muslim woman is obligated to observe the Hijab or jilbab as the Qur’an states (chapter 24 verse 31, chapter 33 verse 59)
Most Muslim women in America don’t wear the Niqab but those who wear it observe it as an extra act of worship.
The early Muslim women in the time of the prophet (sala Allāhu alayhi wa sallam) wore it and they are the best of examples for Muslim women in every era.
2. It is an act of worship.
Some Muslim women wear the Niqab because they believe it is an obligatory part of the Hijab.
Others believe it is Sunnah or an optional act of worship.
3. We wear the Niqab in a society that sexualizes women and so by wearing the Niqab we make a powerful statement and force society to judge us by the way we think and not by how we look.
This can be applied to a Muslim woman who wears Hijab but not the Niqab as well.
4. It is a mark of modesty.
In Islam, modesty and chastity are considered to be beautiful traits of the believers and the Niqab helps us to observe good character in general.
5. Niqab betters our relationship with Allāh.
Some women wear the Niqab to get closer to Islam and become more practicing.
It pushes them to take their religion more seriously and to not care about what others think of their religiosity or etc.
I’m sure there are other reasons but these are the most common ones. Please share other reasons you can think of in the comments section!
And Allāh knows best!