Why do Muslim women wear the hijab?

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thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Muslim women wear the hijab for many different reasons. The term is not specifically used to identify a form of female dress in the Koran; instead, it refers to a sort of curtain used to create privacy. Later Islamic scholars interpret it and recommend dress codes in various ways in different denominational and national traditions. For many Islamic women, the hijab represents an expression of modesty, indicating that they are not attempting to flaunt their sexuality. It can range from an indicator of very traditional Islamic values to the equivalent of a European business woman wearing a conservative suit rather than a bikini into a business meeting.
For many Islamic women, it also serves as a statement of identity and solidarity, a way of identifying themselves as part of an Islamic cultural tradition.

The main thing to remember is that Islamic women are individuals and have a variety of different reasons for wearing the hijab and its important not to stereotype Islamic women simply because of clothing choices.

najm1947 | Student

Here are some answers from female Muslims in "Proof of God's Existence":

Post 82 by Just-s

we as the women in islaam feel protected when we wear the hijaab. the hijaab is not for anyone else's good but rather for our own good.

and post 67 by ninsan:

As a muslim i feel the hijab is great as it keeps us modest and protects all women.


amne | Student

The hijab is a sign by women of their religion if I'm correct in saying and it's also a must becasue that is what God wants us to do. Only parents, siblings and husbands are allowed to see the females without the hijab.


najm1947 | Student

The view of some of the Muslims are given in previous post regarding practice. The details about modesty to be observed by women are given in Quran 33:59 and 24:31. A part of which is being reproduces hereunder:

And say to believing women that they cast down their eyes and restrain their appetites and disclose not their ornaments except what is (usually) apparent thereof and they let fall their covering over their bosoms;

And that they show not their ornaments except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their fathers-in-law, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or the sons of their brothers, or the sons of their sisters, or their women, or what their right hand possesses, or their followers from amongst the men who are not inclined to women or boys who are not aware of the secrets of women,

and they strike not (the ground) with their feet in order to make known their concealed ornaments;

And turn towards God, O ye who believe! altogether that you may succeed.

Quran 24:31

Further details may be seen at the given link.

miss-x- | Student
Ok question ? Why do you wear cloths? Bcoz its modesty? Well same answer for a muslim women Only diffrence. One is more modest ten the other
agentblank000 | Student

Muslim women wear hijab for themselves not for anyone else. Nobody else will benefit if they wear the hijab. It is worn to cover oneself and avoid attracting unwanted attention. Also, the hijab is an act of obedience and protection. Allah wanted to protect women from harm . He says:"... this (hijab) will be more proper, that they may be known, and thus they will not be given trouble" (33:59). However, it is not compulsory to wear the hijab. A woman can wear it if she pleases, it is to be her choice.

boeing | Student

when a woman is wearing hijab,she feels much more safer than those who are almost naked.God has told us to do so coz in that way so many benefits will occuer:

1.the society would be a safer place to live

2.your mind would be calmer than other times

3.the realationship between wife and her husband would be so mush better and rate of divorse would be lower

4.and you will be far from ethical problems like sex realations and boy friend and girl friend.

forigami | Student

well,to help you understand,I'll give an example;everybody knows that kings have wonderful castles but not anyone can see them at anytime neither their throne.It's the same thing for al-hejab because it make women feel honorable and precious that there are only a few peoole who can see them without it

alilion | Student

for modesty...

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