It is worth emphasizing that parents’ responsibility towards their daughters is so great as they will be held accountable for it before Allah. In order words, their daughters are trust and they have to do their best to grow them up on the Islamic teachings from their early ages.
Hijab is obligatory upon every adult Muslimah. There is no disagreement among all Muslim scholars to this fact and Allah has made it clear in surat an-Nur, “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their own husbands or fathers or husbands’ fathers, or their sons or their husbands’ sons, or their brothers or their brothers’ sons or sisters’ sons, or their women, or their slaves, or male attendants who lack vigour, or children who know naught of women’s nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allah together, O believers, in order that you may succeed” (An-Nur: 31)
Therefore, parents have to make their children get used to doing the obligatory duties and avoiding haram (unlawful) things before puberty, so that it will not be too hard for them to adhere to Islamic rules when they reach puberty. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Train your children to pray when they are seven years old, and beat them if they do not do so when they are ten, and separate them in their beds” (Reported by Abu Dawud).
From an early age, daughters should be taught that hijab is an ordinance from Allah to protect their chastity. When a girl reaches puberty she is obliged to do all the obligatory duties and to avoid all haram acts. One of the obligatory duties in Islam is wearing hijab.
Addressing this issue, a great scholar, Sheikh Muhammad Al-Mukhtar Al-Shinqiti, says:
‘Muslim parents should try their best to convince their daughter to wear hijab. They should let her know that she is not to refuse something that has been ordained by Allah in the first place and that which is also ordained by her parents, who deserve her obedience.’
Sheikh `Abdul-Majeed Subh, a prominent Azhar scholar, adds:
“The guardian of a family may stress that his/her daughter should wear hijab in case she refuses to wear it. Here, I would seize the opportunity to give a piece of advice to Muslim parents. Fathers and mothers should note that they are responsible before Allah for the affairs of their daughters that have been entrusted to them; they should raise their daughters according to the Islamic manners. So if a girl is approaching puberty, there is the fear that her not wearing hijab may cause young men to be tempted by her or her by them. Hence in this situation her parents or guardian has to make her wear hijab so as to prevent means that may lead to evil or immorality.”