- Firstly , Inspiration or in other words taufeeq comes only from Allah and if someone is unwilling to adopt it then even the Ayat 31 of Surah Nur cannot convince them. However the hijabis should not look down upon them. Instead should keep on inspiring them and invite them towards the right things as this is our duty towards our Muslim sisters. The key is to not force by words instead show by action. Encourage them instead of deflating them. When weak, we should carry each other, not run over each other. Also always remember to praise publicly and advice privately, even your positive words can make them feel as if they are being shamed in front of others. In short, inspire and couch others wisely.
- Secondly, never judge them. When Allah doesn’t want to judge human beings before the Resurrection Day then who we are to do that. We women should be a positive force in this world seeking modesty and spirituality in our hearts and once we do it, hijab comes by itself. Don’t fall into trap of judging others who are not fully practicing yet. If you are among people who at a point in time act as a critic over others wearing it or not, then you are only making them care even less about it. Don’t watch people, instead watch yourself. What do you tell people who prays twice a day, do you tell them to give up entirely until they are ready to pray five times a day! No u don’t, so why discourage women who are not fully compliant to hijab yet. Remember its all about the journey and if you really want to contribute then oh get her that silky hijab or pashmina shawl!!
Written by Saima Asghar: A business graduate and a free lance writer, writing for others, both paid and non-paid. research based and general insight ones.