Lyrics to the song "The Veil" by Dawud Wharnsby

(This song is also featured in the Sound Vision documentary Hijab: An Act of Faith)

They say, "Oh, poor girl, you're so beautiful you know
It's a shame that you cover up your beauty so."
She just smiles and graciously responds reassuringly,
"This beauty that I have is just one simple part of me.
This body that I have, no stranger has the right to see.
These long clothes, this shawl I wear, ensure my modesty.
Faith is more essential than fashion, wouldn't you agree?"
This hijab,
This mark of piety,
Is an act of faith, a symbol,
For all the world to see.
A simple cloth, to protect her dignity.
So lift the veil from your heart to see the heart of purity.

They tell her, "Girl, don't you know this is the West and you are free?
You don't need to be oppressed, ashamed of your femininity."
She just shakes her head and she speaks so assuredly,
"See the bill-boards and the magazines that line the check-out isles,
with their phony painted faces and their air-brushed smiles?
Well their sheer clothes and low cut gowns they are really not for me.
You call it freedom, I call it anarchy."
This hijab,
This mark of piety,
Is an act of faith, a symbol,
For all the world to see.
A simple cloth, to protect her dignity.
So lift the veil from your heart to see the heart of purity.
Lift the veil from your heart and seek the heart of purity.

 

Comments

Aasalamoalykum, This was a great nasheed to here on Womena Day. Its a very inspirational, that really helps the Muslim Ummah progress toward Islam.

Location

Massachusetts

Slams. I thought that it was really great. Some of my friends , non, muslims thought that it was great also. I think doing things like this really makes a big impact on our society.

Location

Oxford

salam alaikum,i love the hijab anasheed.IVE recently heard it by co-incedence.In a place where there are so many muslims we feel left out.Alhamdullilah we have alot of muslim lectures here by lectures from all over the world.But to have something like an anasheed extavaganza would realy inspire and motivate all the muslim youth.Please come and visit us here downunder.Youll make adifference.

Location

sydney Australia

Salaam. I don't usually give my comments on line, but when i heard this song in RadioIslam.com, I felt I just had to read the lyrics and send it forward. "The Veil" is such a beautiful song! and im so happy and proud that we as Muslims can also produce songs but the right way. It's motivational, inspirational and Islamic! As a Muslim youth, I know we often turn to the Western form of music. This kind of music, halal music, is so much better and purer for the soul. Id like to motivate all Muslim youths to rather listen and support these kinds of songs. It'll benifit you in the end, you'll see. Shukran. Wasalaam.

Location

cape town, south africa

I want you all to know this is a song from god it shows that you love your god so i just have one thing to say to you by this song you can see god lives in you so god bless you and thank you for helping me understand why you wear the Hijabs and that you have strong faith

Location

tx

This is a beautiful song and really emphasizes the importance of the Hijab. Mashallah!

Location

USA

salam alaikum, this was a very interesting song i really enjoyed it! i am not arab or anything but i have been studying the culture for some time because i have alot of muslim friends! and that song really touched me on why muslim women wear hijabs and i am glad i came across this site it was great to look at and learn more about the culture i am thinking of one day converting to becoming a muslim! thank so much Ma' salamasalwa

Location

Michigan

Mashaallah, the hijab song really touched me and i've recommended it to all my friends. Thanks alot

Location

Canada

I got sister that are scarfies and i think this song more than explains the importance of the hijab. Alhamdullilah

Location

Chi-Town

Alhumdo lillah, i was lucky to be one of the people who could listen to ur songs. I love all of them esp. the one on Hijaab. They're just great! I think I've got all of ur cassettes(up until now) and I'd recommend these songs to everybody, esp the new generation (like us).

Location

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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