I know very well that this is a sensitive topic. But sometimes, it is better to say the truth than keep quiet. Everywhere in the islamic world we see women trapped in head covers, face covers and i dont know what else? What is this hejab? How did it come to existance? And why would a sophisticated religion such as Islam prescribe a uniform?
I wanted to explore and see if the religion really spoke about such a cover. Therefore, i searched. This is my results. I believe in one thing. If you want to research a religion. Take a look at the history, the book and culture where the religion originatd from. Some facts that claims to be belonging to the religion may not even be from the gospels but brought forward from other cultures.
Verses that indicate such a headgear?
The verse goes like this
“Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty……And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should draw veils over their bosoms…..”
The Quran indicates that women should draw veils over their bosoms. The veil does not only belong to the religion of Islam. It can also be found in the bible and Torah.
11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman [is] the man; and the head of Christ [is] God. 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having [his] head covered, dishonoureth his head. 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with [her] head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover [his] head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. 11:8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. 11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on [her] head because of the angels.
As you can see the hejab does not only belong to Islam but other religions as well.
2) Origins of the headcover
Arabs werent the only ones who wore these headcovers. In the past, many cultures wore them too. In ancient india, women wore sarees over their heads. In europe, they had bonnets.
The headcover was more of a cultural costume. In ancient arabia, women covered their heads and not their bosoms. Another thing that contributed to wearing headcovers was the climate. Protecting the head in desert environment is very important.
In Arabia, women didnt cover their bosoms. Lets Imagine if this verse were to come to India. Women in India expose their waist. So, is the verse were to come to India, it might be, “Extend your sarees to cover your waist.”
So, does that make covering the waist compulsory or wearing the
Hijab in arabic does not mean headcover. It means conceal. It could also mean to cover your heart more than literally covering your bosom. The “Hijab” isnt only for women, but for men too? Why preserve an ancient cultural costume so blindly and claim it belongs to the religion. Are these the works of oppresive men?
I have seen many women who conceal themselves and yet make out in public with head covers still on them. What is most important is your heart. Cover your heart. And then your bosom.