Honour of the believing women
Umar Ibn Al Khattab رضي الله عنه when he used to see a disbelieving slave girl imitating the chaste believing women (who are supposed to be like the crow, dressed in black and covered), when a slave girl was dressed like that he used to hit her because she's wearing a veil and dressing like the sahabiyyat. He used to say to her, ‘you are imitating the righteous, chaste and modest women?!’ He doesn't like her dressing like the dignified chaste
He wants the slave to be distinguished from the believing righteous women, (she is imitating the good, righteous, modest, decent believing women whilst she does not possess those characteristics of the female believers).
That tells you the Muslim ladies during that time were dressed differently from the slaves. The veil, being covered etc. is a sign of respect, chastity and honour for them. However, today on the contrary, the Muslim women are imitating the slaves. He used to say to her,
‘Ya lukaee' - you are imitating the free women, the masters, the sahabiyyat?!’
Abu Sufyaan's wife, when she came to pledge to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, one of the stipulated conditions was that the believing women should not commit adultery. She replied ‘the chaste and righteous women can commit adultery?!’ We're talking about Abu Sufyaan's wife!
May Allah AlMighty God be pleased with all of them.
- Shaykh Musa Jibril حفظه الله