I Am Muslim And Wear The Hijab. But Sometimes I Want To Do Western Things Like Going Out And Showing My Hair; But I Think If I Did It I Would Feel Horrendous Because I Really Believe In Islam. Please Help?
You can't be doing anything wrong by keeping your inner faith and enjoying life too.
A woman's hair is a lovely thing and too lovely to be hidden.
You sound like a lovely person and it would be a shame if you hid all that personality away instead of sharing it with the world.
There's nothing in Islam that dictates that you should wear the hijab. I think that was made up by men to hide their women and became part of the tradition of some followers of Islam but by no means all. In fact in some Islamic countries the hijab is being banned as women go out into the world and express themselves.
It's difficult for me as a very liberated woman to know how you feel but I admire you and hope you free yourself from your fear that you would be wrong to express yourself in your own way. I'm sure if you decide not to wear the hijab you'll meet lots of new friends and open up a whole new world whilst still being a good Muslim in your heart and you'll be doing nothing harmful and horrendous - quite the opposite you'll be contributing a lot to society and the world.
Muslim women are free to show their faith and belief in Allah as they please. However, God created me and and knew that I would have to interact with people. We are all social beings. My covering is the authority in my life be that my husband or my father. God gave me my beauty as a gift. I am made in His image. I will cover my intimate parts but I will not cover my hair or face to keep men from sinning against God. THEY are the ones that must control themselves. I have never felt convicted about going outside with no hat or covering on my head. God has made me free from old traditions.
So dear poster, you have to decide what is convicting you. Your religion--what man has said you should do or do you believe Allah will hate you and send you to hell because you simply did not cover your head when in public. I know this is very "in your face" however ask yourself. Is it fear of man says or is it honoring Allah? You decide.
As far as I have been able to discover, the Quran doesn't command women to wear the veil but only recommends it in certain cases. It is also true that the covering of women's heads is not just an Islamic practice but has been carried out in many countries throughout history. For example, when I lived in Orthodox Christian Greece in the 1980s, many rural woman still never went out without their headscarves; and I'm pretty sure such dress codes existed long before either either Christianity or Islam.
You sound like an intelligent, lively and conscientious person who has much to offer any community, religious or secular. I hope you come to a decision which allows you to enjoy harmless freedoms without sacrificing important values. Good luck.
Hello my friend. I think you can find your answer here
This is not the place to look for answers. It is something you have to come to terms with yourself and strike a balance. To us no religion is utmost importance. We do not want our lives to be dictated by any of the half cocked zealots. No person on earth deserves to be killed in the name god or religion. There is no heaven or hell, it is just a figment of zealots imagination to keep you in check to suit their agenda. God should never dictate terms to your living. You've been given a life live that one first instead of demanding for another in heaven or hell.
You can show your hair and still have dignity. The holy Koran does not stop you from that.