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"No to Hijab: means "no to the Quran and God"

January 13 , 2008


Concerning the statement, 'no to Hijab' I would like to share the following. The issue of Hijab is a Quranic issue. If you review the following Quranic verses we would find the meaning of the word hijab being screen in between and separator etc. These are the references: 33:53, 7:46, 17:45, 19:17, 38:32, 41:5 and 42:51. So, hijab does not necessarily mean woman dress or of covering their face, but it could be overlapping these codes as well, not literally but figuratively.

For the specific issues of woman's covering their body, bosom, head, and face including socializing with the outside society and making their voice public, references have been found in the following verses: 24:30-31, and 33:32-33, 59. One may interpret these verses in different ways, but they are definitely relevant to the issue at hand.

There is also a verse that unbound the injunction of conservative dress code upon women who are elderly, let say passed 55 years of age: 24:60. That means the issue of hijab and dress code is relevant to the younger woman. For the elderly woman, however, the ruling is optional.

One small note, many things happened in the history of Islamic civilization that contributed to the deviation of Muslim ummah from the Quranic and Sunnaic teaching of Islam, especially during the time of Umayyad and late Abbasid period, even beyond that period, but that should not be used to make a general conclusion on any issue of Islam, including the issue of hijab. Similarly, not to use the issue of Aqsa in order to advance any body's agenda against Islamic institutions but carefully. Hijab is an Islamic institution introduced by the Quran and Prophet, sm. With all that they did to distort the teaching of the Quran, the Umayyads, Abbasids, Fatimids, and Ottomans did not introduce hijab to Muslims. To say that they did is incorrect. Even the issue of slave castration, it was widely practiced by the pre-Islamic society under the Byzantine and Sassanid powers that Islam and Muslims only inherited and eventually purified the society by banning the practice of castration. It took time, but it was banned by the Muslim rulers. So, please be careful in making such general statement and attack on any Quranic institution, small or big. We do have problem, but we do also need to be careful in dealing with those problems.

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