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اعوذ بالله من الشيطن الرجيم. بسم الله الرحمن الريم

و الصلات و السلام على رسول لله و على اله وصحبه اجمعين

Asalamu alaikum

I hope this post will help/inspire/answer any doubts/questions/thoughts about Niqab

I have compiled a succinct list of reasons for Niqab from researching websites & have included my own thoughts. I wanted to keep this short so I didn’t go into details about things that are explained better on other websites.

A FEW REASONS FOR WEARING NIQAB:

-Firstly Niqab is an act of worship, to please Allah SWT, our creator
-its a part of the sunnah, the beautiful legacy left by our beloved صل الله عليه و سلم
-Niqab is another form of hijab. Try to think of all the reasons why you chose to wear hijab. The modesty, protection, hayaa, ibadat, and personal choice are all similar reasons for Niqab.
-Niqab deals with hayaa and understanding the difference between the public and the private sphere (home vs outdoors)
-builds Taqwa (awareness of Allah SWT)
-part of spiritual jihad, to purify nafs(ego). ask yourself: who are you dressing up for? what is your standard of beauty?
It is spiritual problem to be obsessed with personal appearances, or showing off one’s beauty or to seek validation and appreciation from other people to feel beautiful.
-Niqab eliminates the idea of superficial beauty
-In the west, Niqab becomes a form of da’waa of Islam, and reminder of the Muslimah Identity

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS

-Niqab is NOT EXTREME. Technically, everything is covered already, except the face and hands. Adding one small extra piece of cloth shouldn’t seem so drastic.
Niqab is not a bad image of Islam or Muslim women.
-The Ummahat al-Mu’mineenرضي الله عنهم were commanded to do so. They are THE role models that all Muslim women should aspire to. ^the commandment is mentioned in surah al-Ahzaab verse 53.

-Niqab is not just a CULTURAL ITEM. Its used for religious purposes as mentioned above^.
-NOT ALL NIQABIS ARE SALAFIS. Islam allows various opinions on the permissibility of wearing one. Most schools of thought recommend it as Mustahaab.
-Niqabs can be worn in different colors & styles. Interested in buying, please check out these online shops:

Niqab.co,

http://www.al-mujalbaba.com/categories/Women/Niqabs/

Mimodesty.com

http://sunnahstyle.com/14-all-niqabs

-although the face is completely veiled, it is NOT A BARRIER TO COMMUNICATION. In the era of technology and rise of social media, phone calling and texting/messaging are more of a concern for “barrier to communication.”
-EYE CONTACT IS KEY IN COMMUNICATION. More eye contact is made with a Niqab on than without it.

In the west, Niqab is a PERSONAL CHOICE
-personal experience of wearing Niqab differs person to person, IT CANNOT BE LABELED AS OPPRESSIVE, in fact it is LIBERATING RATHER THAN OPPRESSIVE.
It hides one’s skin color, ethnicity, race, age, and femininity. This allows the judgmental people to judge the Niqabi by her Muslim Identity first.
Western fashion media makes $$$ by promoting the idea that women are ugly without makeup. with Niqab theres no need to waste time and money on makeup to coverup flaws in order to feel beautiful.

There all kinds of people who choose to wear it for different reasons. “Niqab is a reflection and extension of one’s identity, without it being the sum of one’s existence” 
Quoted from this insightful article – https://medium.com/aj-story-behind-the-story/for-me-niqab-is-a-feminist-statement-13ca2fc2fe9a

My personal reflection of Niqab

From my short experience of wearing one, I find Niqab highly liberating rather than oppressive. ESPECIALLY here in the West. Where I live, I feel blessed to be able to walk in the streets without being fined and without being deterred from entering a College/University classroom.
Alhamdulillah
Mainstream media may not like to popularize the use of Niqab but comic cartoons are beginning to counter stereotypes: http://www.aquila-style.com/lifestyle/cosmopolitan-living/4-female-muslim-superheroes-countering-stereotypes/99117/ and so are, cute animated children’s cartoons, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pdbshf4iPE

there are also great Facebook groups such as,

https://www.facebook.com/groups/AllThingsNiqab/?fref=nf

check out this Youtube Documentary of a Niqabi in NYC sharing her experience of Niqab

Truly Niqab is a beautiful thing in Islam
& I can’t help but smile when I encounter another Niqaabi in the random streets of NYC
I hope to continue wearing mine InshaaAllah ^_^

May Allah SWT make it easy for those who wish to wear niqaab and may He make those who do wear it, steadfast. ameen

Salam