SHAFAQNA- The importance of Hijab will be briefly discussed in the light of the verses of the Holy Qur’an on the subject. Allah says:
“Say unto the believer men to cast down their gaze and guard their private part; that is purer for them. Verily Allah is Well-Aware of what you do.
And say unto the believing women that they cast down their gaze and guard their private parts; and not to display their adornment (Zeenat) except what becomes apparent of it; and to draw their head covers (Khumur) over their neck slits (Juyoob); and not to display their “Zeenat” except to their husbands…” (Noor, 24:31, 32)
The verse first informs men of their duty in Hijab and then the women. Some important words in the second verse are:
Zeenat: This is something we use to beautify ourselves like clothes, ornaments, jewelry, etc.
Khumur: These are head covers or scarves.
Juyoob: The neck slit was usually low in Arab dress and the women did not cover their necks. So in this verse they were ordered to cover their exposed necks with the head covers.
In another verse Allah says:
“O Prophet! Say unto your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers that they let down upon themselves a robe (Jilbab); so that they may be distinguished, so that they will not be troubled; Allah is Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” (Ahzab, 33:59)
Here the word Jilbab refers to a covering that is bigger than a head cover and shorter than a shawl and is designed to cover the head and shoulders.
According to the command of Allah, the coverings for women that form their Hijab is Wajib, and disobedience of this command earns Allah’s anger.
The entire body of the woman except hands and face should be covered. The overall appearance of the dress is that it must be loose so it does not reveal the form of the woman, and it should not be attractive in a way that it draws the eyes of the people to the wearer.
Taken from: sibtayn