HIJAAB FOR WOMEN
Why does Islam degrade women by keeping them behind the veil?
status of women in Islam is often the target of attacks in the secular
media. The ‘hijaab’ or the Islamic dress is cited by many as an example
of the ‘subjugation’ of women under Islamic law. Before we analyze the
reasoning behind the religiously mandated ‘hijaab’, let us first study
the status of women in societies before the advent of Islam.
1. In the past women were degraded and used as objects of lust
following examples from history amply illustrate the fact that the
status of women in earlier civilizations was very low to the extent that
they were denied basic human dignity:
1. Babylonian Civilization:
women were degraded and were denied all rights under the Babylonian
law. If a man murdered a woman, instead of him being punished, his wife
was put to death.
2. Greek Civilization:
Civilization is considered the most glorious of all ancient
civilizations. Under this very ‘glorious’ system, women were deprived of
all rights and were looked down upon. In Greek mythology, an ‘imaginary
woman’ called ‘Pandora’ is the root cause of misfortune of human
beings. The Greeks considered women to be subhuman and inferior to men.
Though chastity of women was precious, and women were held in high
esteem, the Greeks were later overwhelmed by ego and sexual perversions.
Prostitution became a regular practice amongst all classes of Greek
3. Roman Civilization:
Roman Civilization was at the zenith of its ‘glory’, a man even had the
right to take the life of his wife. Prostitution and nudity were common
amongst the Romans.
4. Egyptian Civilization:
The Egyptian considered women evil and as a sign of a devil.
5. Pre-Islamic Arabia:
Islam spread in Arabia, the Arabs looked down upon women and very often
when a female child was born, she was buried alive.
2. Islam uplifted women and gave them equality and expects them to maintain their status
uplifted the status of women and granted them their just rights 1400
years ago. Islam expects women to maintain their status.
Hijaab for men
usually only discuss ‘hijaab’ in the context of women. However, in the
Glorious Qur’an, Allah (swt) first mentions ‘hijaab’ for men before
‘hijaab’ for the women. The Qur’an mentions in Surah An Noor:
to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their
modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well
acquainted with all that they do.”
[Al Qur’an 24:30]
The moment a man looks at a woman and if any brazen or unashamed thought comes to his mind, he should lower his gaze.
Hijaab for women.
The next verse of Surah An Noor, says:
And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and
guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and
ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should
draw veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to
their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons...”
[Al Qur’an 24:31]
3. Six criteria for Hijaab.
According to Qur’an and Sunnah there are basically six criteria for observing hijaab:
first criterion is the extent of the body that should be covered. This
is different for men and women. The extent of covering obligatory on the
male is to cover the body at least from the navel to the knees. For
women, the extent of covering obligatory is to cover the complete body
except the face and the hands upto the wrists. If they wish to, they can
cover even these parts of the body. Some scholars of Islam insist that
the face and the hands are part of the obligatory extent of ‘hijaab’
All the remaining five criteria are the same for men and women.
2. The clothes worn should be loose and should not reveal the figure.
3. The clothes worn should not be transparent or translucent such that one can see through them.
4. The clothes worn should not be so glamorous as to attract the opposite sex.
5. The clothes worn should not resemble that of the opposite sex.
The clothes worn should not resemble that of the unbelievers i.e. they
should not wear clothes that are specifically identities or symbols of
the unbelievers’ religions.
4. Hijaab includes conduct and behaviour among other things
‘hijaab’, besides the six criteria of clothing, also includes the moral
conduct, behaviour, attitude and intention of the individual. A person
only fulfilling the criteria of ‘hijaab’ of the clothes is observing
‘hijaab’ in a limited sense. ‘Hijaab’ of the clothes should be
accompanied by ‘hijaab’ of the eyes, ‘hijaab’ of the heart, ‘hijaab’ of
thought and ‘hijaab’ of intention. It also includes the way a person
walks, the way a person talks, the way he behaves, etc.
5. Hijaab prevents molestation
The reason why hijaab is prescribed for women is mentioned in the Qur’an in the following verse of Surah Al Ahzaab:
Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women that
they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad);
that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not
molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
[Al Qur’an 33:59]
Qur’an says that Hijaab has been prescribed for the women so that they
are recognized as modest women and this will also prevent them from
6. Example of twin sisters
two sisters who are twins, and who are equally beautiful, walk down the
street. One of them is attired in the Islamic hijaab i.e. the complete
body is covered, except for the face and the hands upto the wrists. The
other sister is wearing western clothes, a miniskirt or shorts. Just
around the corner there is a hooligan or ruffian who is waiting for a
catch, to tease a girl. Whom will he tease? The girl wearing the Islamic
Hijaab or the girl wearing the skirt or the mini? Naturally he will
tease the girl wearing the skirt or the mini. Such dresses are an
indirect invitation to the opposite sex for teasing and molestation. The
Qur’an rightly says that hijaab prevents women from being molested.
7. Capital punishment for the rapists
the Islamic Shari’ah, a man convicted of having raped a woman, is given
capital punishment. Many are astonished at this ‘harsh’ sentence. Some
even say that Islam is a ruthless and barbaric religion! I have asked a
simple question to hundreds of non-Muslim men. Suppose, God forbid,
someone rapes your wife, your mother or your sister. You are made the
judge and the rapist is brought in front of you. What punishment would
you give him? All of them said they would put him to death. Some went to
the extent of saying they would torture him to death. To them I ask, if
someone rapes your wife or your mother you want to put him to death.
But if the same crime is committed on somebody else’s wife or daughter
you say capital punishment is barbaric. Why should there be double
8. Western society falsely claims to have uplifted women
talk of women’s liberalization is nothing but a disguised form of
exploitation of her body, degradation of her soul and deprivation of her
honour. Western society claims to have ‘uplifted’ women. On the
contrary it has actually degraded them to the status of concubines,
mistresses and society butterflies who are mere tools in the hands of
pleasure seekers and sex marketeers, hidden behind the colourful screen
of ‘art’ and ‘culture’.
9. USA has one of the highest rates of rape
States of America is supposed to be one of the most advanced countries
of the world. It also has one of the highest rates of rape in any
country in the world. According to an FBI report, in the year 1990,
everyday on an average 1756 rapes were committed in USA alone. Later
another report said that on an average everyday 1900 rapes are committed
in USA. The year was not mentioned. May be it was 1992 or 1993. May be
the Americans got ‘bolder’ in the following years.
a scenario where the Islamic hijaab is followed in America. Whenever a
man looks at a woman and any brazen or unashamed thought comes to his
mind, he lowers his gaze. Every woman wears the Islamic hijaab, that is
the complete body is covered except the face and the hands upto the
wrists. After this if any man commits rape he is given capital
punishment. I ask you, in such a scenario, will the rate of rape in
America increase, will it remain the same, or will it decrease?
10. Implementation of Islamic Shari’ah will reduce the rate of rapes
as soon as Islamic Shari’ah is implemented positive results will be
inevitable. If Islamic Shari’ah is implemented in any part of the world,
whether it is America or Europe, society will breathe easier. Hijaab
does not degrade a woman but uplifts a woman and protects her modesty
By: omer bhatti
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