What could be the ultimate gain for the sacrifice of one’s comfort, freedom and admiration from others?
Quranic injunctions are aimed at preparing the Muslims for a dignified life in this world and receiving Allah’s favor in the life of the Hereafter. What appears as freedom and flattering admiration is momentary pleasure and vanity. The Quranic message to a practicing Muslim is:”The provision of this world is short, and the Hereafter is better for him who guards against evil.” (Surah An-Nisa 4:77) Again in Surah At-Tauba “The enjoyment of this life is only a trifle compared with the Hereafter.” (Quran 9:38)
A true Muslim woman who has grasped the underlying value of hijab would not mind a small sacrifice of comfort or so-called ‘freedom’ for the greater benefit of Allah’s favor.