Should He Deal With His Sisters Who Do Not Wear Full
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I am a young man who was guided by Allaah – all praise
be to Him – four months ago. I am surprised at all the
bid’ahs that the people follow, hence I visit this
site of yours all the time. I live in a family where
all the people pray, praise be to Allaah. I have two
sisters aged 14 and 16. They do not wear jilbaabs,
rather they just cover their heads. When I try to
convince them to wear jilbaab my mother stands in my
way even though she wears jilbaab herself, and she
tells me that when they grow up we will make them wear
jilbaab. I adhere to the command in the Qur’aan to
respect our parents, so I keep quiet.
I want to ask:
1 – Should I keep quiet and wait till my sisters grow
2 – Should I go against my parents and make my sisters
wear the jilbaab, especially since my parents are
strongly opposed to this idea at present ?
Please advise me, because I am confused. May Allaah
reward you with all good.
Praise be to Allaah.
We ask Allaah to continue to guide you and to increase
your faith, and to make us and you steadfast in
adhering to His religion.
You should continue advising your sisters to wear the
jilbaab, and advise your parents to make them adhere
to the command of Allaah. But you should do that in a
kind and gentle manner, and perhaps you can use some
tapes and booklets that explain the ruling on the
jilbaab, which is enjoined in the verse
(interpretation of the meaning):
“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the
women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils)
all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves
completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way).
That will be better, that they should be known (as
free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And
Allaah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful”
Al-Qurtubi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
It was the custom of the Arab women to be uncovered.
They used to uncover their faces as slave woman do,
which prompted men to look at them and provoked
desires in them. So Allaah commanded His Messenger
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to tell
them put on their jilbaabs when they went out, if they
wanted to go out to relieve themselves, because they
used to go out into the desert before they began to
use chamber pots. This was in order to distinguish
between them and slave woman, so that free woman would
be recognized by their covering, and no one would
harass them. Before this verse was revealed, believing
women would go out for their needs and the evildoers
would think that they were slave women, so they would
harass them, and the free women would should at them.
They complained about that to the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him), and this verse was
revealed for that reason. This was said by al-Hasan
See also question no. 11774.
What some people say, that a girl does not have to
wear the hijab or jilbaab until after she is married
or until she has completed her education etc has no
basis, rather this shar’i ruling applies to every girl
who has reached the age of adolescence, whether she is
12 years old or 18 or whatever. See question no.
Fathers and mothers should note that they are
responsible before Allaah for the affairs of their
daughters that have been entrusted to them, as Allaah
says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your
families against a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and
stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and)
severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands
they receive from Allaah, but do that which they are
And as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) said: “Each of you is a shepherd and each of
you is responsible for his flock. The ruler is a
shepherd and is responsible for his flock; the man is
the shepherd of his family members and is responsible
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 853; Muslim, 1829.
And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said: “Allaah will ask every person in a position of
responsibility about that which was entrusted to him,
whether he took care of it or was negligent, until He
will ask a man about the members of his household.”
Narrated by Ibn Hibbaan, classed as saheeh by al-Albaani
in Ghaayat al-Maraam, no. 271.
And Allaah knows best.