Regarding the hijab (Muslim woman’s headscarf), some people argue that it’s not Islamic, but rather a Jewish thing, and that it is not actually specified in the Quran that a female must cover her hair.
In addition, they say that the ‘Khimar’ was a cape used back in the old days, rather than it actually referring to something that ‘covers’.
Can you please address these points?
The argument is very simple:
When they say ‘there is no obligation’ do they mean:
1. It is recommended, or
2. It does not exist in Islam at all
Either way what is their proof?
We say its obligatory for the following reasons:
1) ولیضربن بخمرهن علی جیوبهن “And they shall draw their head scarves all over their necks and chests..” (Holy Quran: Surat Noor, Ayah 31) is an imperative verb and hence it means that it is obligatory.
Khimar ‘بخمرهن ‘ literally means whatever that covers the head; scarf. For example, wine is called ‘Khamr’ in Arabic as it covers and conceals the intellect of a drunk person, due to its effect on the person’s brain.
2) ولایبدین زینتهن… “And they shall not show off their beauty…” (Holy Quran: Surat Noor, Ayah 31) is also a strong command.
3. The fact that all practicing Muslim women throughout history have been practicing the act of covering the head – irrespective of their Islamic denomination- confirms that the issue is one of the necessities of Islamic practical laws.
4. A law that is so directly related to the modesty of the society cannot be optional unless the law-makers wish to suggest that maintaining social modesty is optional. If so, they should not oppose their wives, daughters, and sisters if they do not wish to be modest and chaste. Well, it is optional, not obligatory!
5. In expressing Islamic views we must be fearing God to Whom alone we return, not our immediate personal worldly interests.
For more info. on the Hijab please see here
Answered by: Sheikh Mansour Leghaei