Crown Of A Believer
By Shaykh Husain Kadodia
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Crown Of A Believer A DETAILED TREATISE ON THE STATUS OF ISLAMIC HEADGEAR IN THE LIGHT OF THE AHADITH AND THE LIVES OF THE SAHABAH.
Preface Crown Of A Believer
The way we conduct ourselves speaks much of the values we hold. Likewise, the way we dress reflects our cultural heritage, religious values, and speaks a language of its own. A religiously dressed person portrays piety and a definite set of values.
Islam is not merely a belief structure, but a complete code of life. Not only does it provide guidelines for every aspect of life, but it further endeavours to reconcile the inner with the outer, the mundane with the spiritual and the metaphysical with the realistic. It is possessed of a harmonious and moderate outlook, and emphasises that whatever is within should be reflected without — failure to do so tends to lead to either fanaticism or liberalism.
Our attitude towards the Islamic attire should be likewise understood, The Islamic headgear too is fashioned in a particular way and for a particular purpose. It represents the noble qualities of submission, humility, and discipline. Whatever the design, the headgear reflects Islam and one’s attitude towards Divinity.
Indeed, the headgear is not unique to Islam. It was also prevalent in other customs, and also reflected a certain ethos. The first reference of head-dress is found in the pre-historic rock paintings which were created by hunter-gatherers some ten to thirty thousand years ago. In the Indian rock art sites of Kumaun and Bhimbetka or in Rock art sites in Kerala one can find enormous reference of visual records that depict people wearing the headgear. During the Byzantine civilization in the 11 th century head-dress became a regular feature which was later passed onto the European world, whereas Indian society was sporting headdress as a regular costume by 10 000 B.C.E.
As part of the requirements of the oath, most of the nations of Europe demanded (and some still demand) that the Jews swear with their heads covered. A law of Hungary issued in 1517 demands that a Jew should swear “Pileum Judaicum in capite habens”. Similar are the laws of Saxony, Nov. 22, 1838; May 13, 1839; and May 30, 1840; of Schaumburg-Lippe, March 19, 1842; of Denmark, 1843; of Brunswick, Jan. 14, 1845; and of Austria, 1846. In a trial at a police court in London, a Jew swore with uncovered head, and the attorney for his opponent objected to the oath, because the Jews did not consider such an oath valid; and the judge sustained the objection (“Jewish Chronicle,” Aug. 9, 1901, p. 17). Jewish custom has for ages required men to cover the head in order to show their humility and reverence before God.