ENEMIES OF JILBAAB By Sanni Kay Yusuf
ENEMIES OF JILBAAB
The first point of enmity against the donning of jilbaab is the home. The father hates the garment as much as the mother despises it. Aunts, uncles, grandparents including nieces and nephews usually see their relative-jilbaabites as complete strangers who are sojourning a different planet. Are these haters not Muslims? They are, of course. In fact, they are occupiers of the most sensitive posts in our dear mosques. They are high-ranking czars of societies and organizations. They are the Baba Adinis, Iya Sunnahs, Olori Giwas of asalatu assemblies.
As soon as their daughter takes to jilbaab, the parental love seemingly ceases and stereotypes whispered by shaytan becloud their reasoning. They pretend as if such was alien to Islam; as if it was never obligated by the One they claim to worship. And any attempt to remind them of its stipulation in the Holy Scripture, they turn deaf ears as if it were incantations being rendered.
“O Prophet! Tell your wives, your daughters and the women of the believers that they should draw their ‘JILBAAB’ all over their bodies. That will be better, that they should be known (as respectable women) so as not to be hurt. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiven, Most Merciful.” (Surah Al-Ahzab, 33:59)
Jilbaab is an all-covering wide, long garment worn by a muslim woman or lady on the cloths she wears to adorn herself.
Parents whose hearts were completely, uncontrollably overridden by shaytan had had to strip their daughters naked in the open for her tenacity to step up her spiritual game. Such a luciferous act does not go without a corresponding legal punishment in any society where sanity reigns. But the order of the day in this part of the world is impunity. Isn’t that Child Abuse? I cannot fathom why a muslim parent would go that gaga over what is as clear as the fourteenth-day moon in the Book he claims to be his Scripture.
Where the minds of parents are softened by their daughters’ explanations of the need to adhere to the dictate of Allah, some relations who have little or no stake in the lives of the jilbaabites tend to reharden the already-softened minds of the parents. These are people whose daughters roam the street almost naked, and all efforts to get them back to sanity have entered deaf ears. Rather than go remedy the awkwardness in their daughters, they want to create a problem where there is progress.
Those who compound this worry are the self-acclaimed Alfas, Imams, Missioners, Sheikhs who mislead parents of jilbaab wearers. Their hate for the garment makes them interpret the aforementioned verse out of context – the reason their wives and daughters wander about in outfits devoid of hijab, let alone jilbaab. And our holy houses – the mosques – are administered by such unholy haters of Allah’s holiness. This is why jilbaabites are usually voiceless with their parents. They cannot successfully convince their parents to allow them exercise that spiritual, religious franchise because the alfas who are supposed to know better are on a different page. Unfortunate! Painful! Pitiable!
Hatred for jilbaab is also exhibited by the so-called liberals – muslims who are selective of Allah’s dictates. They practise Islam halfway. They do it as they so wish. To them, some verses of the Quran are unreasonable, or have become outdated. Therefore, they are not practicable. And since they have taken to the straying path of liberality, jilbaab to them is extremity. The one who is attired in it is a fanatic. Anyone who supports it’s use is a fundamentalist. People in this category deprive jilbaabites of work in their led companies or departments, even if they are convincingly competent to do more than paid for. Innaa liLlaahi wa innaa ileihi raaji’uun! They prefer people of other faiths to their fellow faithful. This is why I say that the problem of Islam are the practitioners of Islam.
Parents, Alfas, Imams, relations and muslims in general should fear Allah as expected by Him. They shouldn’t manipulate Allah’s injunctions to suit their whims and caprices. That is a grievance sin in the sight of Allah.
“And it is not allowed for a Mu’min or a Mu’minah that when Allah and His messenger have concluded a matter, that they manipulate it as they so wish. And whoever disobeys Allah and His messenger has gone astray real big.” (Surah Al-Ahzab, 33:36)
O Allah, soften our hearts for the love of Your wish. Save us from the deceits of shaytan and arrogance against Your sovereignty. Âmîn!
© Sanni Kay Yusuf
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