Laughing, Talking, Joking with Non-Mehrams is not a Hijab;
Some sisters assume that since they are properly covered, its okay for them to sit around and talk, laugh, joke, etc. with the men, but that’s not right, even if he is ‘the Shaikh’.
(This is not Hijab)
ALLAAH Subhana Wa Taala Says :
". . . then be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease should be moved with desire, but speak in an honorable manner."
[Quran : al-Ahzaab - 32]
So talk to them when there is a specific need, and in a manner that is not necessarily rude, yet it is polite but firm.
Staring at the brothers or ‘checking them out’ is NOT Hijab;
ALLAH Subhana Wa Taala orders us to “lower your gaze” in the above verse.
Because a single ‘look’ can say more than a thousand words.
So, even if you are properly covered, keep those eyes down, conduct yourself with ‘Hayaa’, and avoid ‘fitnah’.
‘Chatting’ on the Internet/phone with Non-Mahrams is not part of Hijab;
It is haraam for a man or woman to listen to each others words with enjoyment, for fear of fitnah (temptation)
There is no such thing as “we’re just friends”.
Talking to non-Mahrams is wrong even if it is through the internet or telephone. There are too many stories of illegal relationships, fornications, broken homes, extra-marital affairs and runaway brides to even mention. That is why in Islam anything that leads to haraam is also haraam.
ALLAAH Subhana Wa Taala says:
“Do not (even) come close to fornication, for it is an indecency, and its way is evil.”
(AL-Quran : Surah Israa -32)
Hijab is not only about clothes, Hijab includes moral conduct, behavior, attitude and intentions of individual. Hijab also means lowering the gaze to avoid the sins of the eye and the heart. Modesty is lowering your gaze.
A woman’s beauty is not in her features, the shade of her skin, or her possessions. True beauty is in her heart, in her imaan, her Taqwa & love for her Deen which is shown through her Hijab & her righteous actions.
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