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I was browsing through this wonderful site and found a verse, 49:12 where Muslims are forbidden to judge/assume negatively/be suspicious. I was wondering, if a woman does not wear hijab do we hold negative assumptions about her since she doesn`t follow a mandatory law?
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Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah Noor verse 31:And (O Prophet) enjoin the believing women to restrain their gaze and guard their private parts, and not to display their adornment except that which is displayed of itself; and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not display their adornment except before their husbands, their fathers, the fathers of their husbands, (until the end of the aayah).
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzaab verse 59:O Prophet, enjoin your wives and daughters, and the women of the believers that they should let down over their persons a part of their outer-garments. It is expected that they will thus be recognized and not molested.
It is the command of Allah to the believing women to wear the hijaab or veil over themselves, and every women, who sincerely fears Allah and the Last Day, must obey this command of Allah Subhanah.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verses 13-14:
13 Those are limits set by Allah: those who obey Allah and His Messenger will be admitted to Gardens with rivers flowing beneath to abide therein (for ever); and that will be the Supreme Achievement.
14 But those who disobey Allah and His Messenger and transgress His limits will be admitted to a Fire to abide therein: and they shall have a humiliating punishment.
Dear and beloved brother in Islam, the guidance of the Glorious Quran is extremely clear.if one obeys and follows the guidance and Commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws) one will be shown Mercy; and if one intentionally disobeys the Commands and guidance of Allah and His Messenger (saws), they will have an extremely severe accounting in the Presence of their Majestic Lord on that Inevitable and Tumultuous Day of Judgment!
Now to answer your specific question:
My dear beloved brother in Islam, we are commanded by Allah swt among other things not to hurt people's feelings by our utterances, either in front of them or behind their backs.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 49 Surah Hujuraat verse 12: O ye who believe! Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: and spy not on each other, nor speak ill of each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay ye would abhor it...but fear Allah: for Allah is Oft-Returning Most Merciful.
If a sister believer does not adorn a hijab we should not harbor any negative feelings for her this action, ever though she is breaking a direct command from Allah swt.
She will be solely responsible for her deeds and answerable to our Majestic Lord on that inevitable Day. However, if the lady is ones mehram and he/she feels they can make a difference in her attitude by reminding her of her obligations, there is no harm if with hikmah and humility you advise her of her indulgence in the abomination.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is only ones. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,
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