Why do Muslim women wear Hijab? & Müslüman Kadınlar Neden Örtünüyor ?


Why should women wear it?

And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not show off their beauty and ornaments except what is (ordinarily) visible thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards God, that ye may attain Bliss.

(Surah 24 Verse 31)

O 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 God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

(Surah 33 Verse 59)

The first reason for wearing hijab, then, is that it is a command from God. Religious Muslims – like any other religious people belonging to any revealed religion – don’t feel comfortable in deliberately disobeying God! If some Muslims, despite of the semantic clarity of the Qur’anic verses, still think that this ruling is not mandatory, this will not alter the message.

We can have some Muslims who unjustly or ignorantly deny the illegality of drinking alcohol, eating pork or even committing major sins like stealing, fornicating… etc. This does not mean that such things are permitted in Islam! In Islam it is very easy to detect or judge whether a certain ruling is mandatory or not, by going back to the major sources of Islamic legislation. This we technically name as ‘shari’a’. Those sources are the Qur’an, the Holy Book of Muslims, and sunnah, which is the sayings and guiding acts of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), as stated in authentic books. So, simply this is the very same case with hijab.

Notice that this ruling of hijab, is highly esteemed among Muslim women, despite the big pressure of most regimes in the Muslim majority world to forbid it. Sometimes it is forbidden by force or women are discouraged from wearing it. The issue is seen as a means of secularizing or globalizing the Muslim states! This is, in-fact, except for two or three Muslim countries, which encourage their women to observe this ruling or at least “let it go”.


In fact, there is wisdom behind this heavenly command of hijab and behind Muslim women’s challenge to wear it. It is that in the Islamic culture – like many other cultures – the idea of women’s respectability and virtue is related, among other things, to the propriety of their dress. In Christianity for example, nuns cannot show up without their hijab. Also, regular ladies wear it while attending masses, which is a reflection of self-admission that God wants to see them this way! Also, as far as I know, in Judaism, the most religious faction amongst Jews, namely The Hassidics, have their strict rules about covering women’s bodies. Even in secular societies, some women judges have to cover their heads, during sessions, as a way to show their dignity and self-respect.

Remember that your own puritan American society, before being swept over in the 1950s, by this permissive value system, used to look with embarrassment to any woman going out to the street without her hat! Mini skirts only appeared recently together with the secular and atheist style of life that some people in the west – and the East as well – chose for themselves.

You can also tell that hijab is the way Islam neutralizes a woman’s stereotyped role as a mere female, by inciting the society to deal with her as a human being away from her “extra feminine powers”! No wonder then that the majority of Muslim women refuse to let their ‘mill go with all winds’ and that they insist on keeping their Islamic identity. This is regardless of the consistent unfair criticism and sometimes satire against it. They wear hijab, not only in submission to God’s order, but also because their inherent moral code is in full harmony with its philosophy.




22 Yanıt to “Why do Muslim women wear Hijab? & Müslüman Kadınlar Neden Örtünüyor ?”

  1. MashaAllah your blog is great. It’s so informative. I love it. Sheen.

  2. Thank you for allowing me to look inside the world of Muslim women. As women, we need to understand and accept each others cultures in the name of peace. The biggest blockade to understanding is the American film industry centered in Hollywood and Los Angeles, California. People in other countries may think that this is the way that the average woman dresses in America and nothing could be further from the truth. Women in America do not walk around dressed like they are Las Vegas show girls. prostitutes or Hollywood movie stars. There are codes that women follow in business dress, for example. If a woman wore tight clothing with a low neckline or a short skirt, she would be not get the job. Even sleeveless blouses are considered inappropriate in business settings. The response the young woman dressed in tight clothing gets in the clip shown is completely accurate. Any woman dressed like that in New York City would appear to men to be of a low class, uneducated and poor. That is why the men are reacting in that manner. Her clothing is screaming, “I am available to you.” It would be quite dangerous to wear clothing like that in a poor section of the city like in the film clip. American women are trained how to dress by their mothers, grandmothers, aunts and schools from a very early age. There are dress codes at schools. If a mother lets her daughter go to school in any clothing that does not follow the code, she will be picking the child up within a short time and may bring her back only when her clothing is changed. All schools, public and private, have dress codes for girls and boys. Women who dress overly sexy in any setting are not considered in a favorable way by other women. And they will let them know about it by withdrawing their company or removing their men from the situation. Please don’t believe what you see in American films. That is not America. In fact, many people complain that the movies are not good, it is all sex and violence and people wonder who these movies are being made for…17 year old boys?
    I would also like to say, regarding the burka, that Americans are feed a lot of propaganda. We are told on television, and in newspapers and magazines, that the burka is forced on Muslim women. If it seems like America is against the burka, that is because we are told that this clothing is being worn against the women’s wishes. From reading this post, I can see that the opposite is true. That is why finding friends on the Internet is so important. This is one media that allows us to actually talk to each other. Thank you for teaching me today that what we have heard about women wearing the burka is not accurate. Did you know that in America people generally believe that women must wear them all day and all night?
    So much misunderstanding between people….and we are really all the same.

    • hi there… Really wonderful reading your comment and understanding things from your perspective..
      Just to let you know, that the west has indoctrinated most of the worlds minds with regards to a muslim covering themselves..
      I personally grew up in a very modern home with western ideas, but Allah(God) guided me at the age of 15 where I chose to don not only the scarf but the veil,aswel as not interacting with any strange men… This was all by choice and much to many of my familys dismay.. Not forgetting that I am a born muslim… And today.. 15 years later, all praise to God!.. I haven’t taken it off.. I feel protected, liberated and respected… And by now, most of the women in my family have adopted this aswel..
      My point here is that no-one had forced me.. It was merely my understanding of my religion and laws of God that had encouraged me to do so..
      And no, we don’t wear the hijaab or burka in our homes, in our homes, we pretty much wear anything that we like as long as it is modest… Even our hair can remain uncovered within our homes…
      Hope this gave u a little more understanding of this blessed act we choose..
      Lots of hugs and prayers….

      • Thank you for taking the time to share your story with us dear Silentliving ,May Allah swt guide us all to The Straight Path, and keep us on it, until we breathe our last… ❤

    • Thanks for such a nice conversation dear Ginene ,
      it’s really good to talk and share our thoughts on different views
      I hope that during passage of time your views about burqa and hijab will be more clear
      if you will search about islam you will be better understand it.
      burka is just to hide the part of women body that makes sexual attraction to men nothing more..!!
      its depending on us that how we hide our body ( with burka, trouser,full sleeve shirt etc) but the main purpose is to cover your body thats it.
      hope you will understand.
      thanks for your nice and kind friendship !
      it’s really very nice conversation…and i hope if we talk more you will be more understand ❤

  3. Friends,
    I do understand. The burka doesn’t take freedom away from women. It gives you freedom and integrity. I will be able to tell others that this style of dress is a reflection of your close relationship with God.
    Illinois, U.S.A.

  4. Allah razı olsun kardeşim. Video çok şey anlatıyor aslında! Değerli bir paylaşım. Yüreğine emeğine sağlık! Bende inadına 30. Ayeti yazıcam 🙂 yakında ! Sevgiler. Allah’a emanet ol !

    • Teşekkür ederim,burada pek fazla türk arkadaşım olmadığı için türkçe yazmak işi büsbütün uzatıyor.

      Kısacası bu makalede söylenmek istenen.Müslüman kadın zorla değil,inancından dolayı kapanıyor.Ve doğru düzgün tesettüre girmeyenler ise neden kapandıklarını idrak edememiş insanlardır.O kişiler yüzünden İslamı suçlamak yersizdir.

      Sen yaz ben okurum inşaAllah , teşekkür ederim…Sende yanında hiç bir emanetin zayi olmadığı en Emin’e emanet ol 🙂

  5. Interesting post, dear

  6. Very very interesting, and informative. Thank you.
    I have to ask, though – are there similar strictures for male behaviour? Are they required to lower their gaze, to rein in their desires, to behave honourably at all times to all women?
    And do these strictures only apply to interactions with Believers, or with people in general?

    • Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do.

      Surat An-Nur [24:30] – The Noble Qur’an

      Yeah,should also lower his gaze when women comes in front without hizab. most imporatant thing is that, men should respect women with heart while talking and watching and lower his gaze while doing this things.This habit is not easy for beleiver and non beleiver also. For doing this thing, a person should have fear and love for ALLAH, without fear or love for ALLAH yu cant do. for you question, for non beleiver, this is ISLAM and this is QURAN which is for whole humanity ….PROPHET came before just 1400 before for whole human being but some human being get the correct way some cannot get due to evil act…. so, your answer is that …this QURANIC verse is for whole humanity. so, there is no point of disobeying…But once again i am telling, without become beliver people cant do gud things ….without knowing ALLAH and MUHAMMAD, person cannot reach to his/her ultimate ……so, first person love ALLAH and Prophet MUHAMMAD then to stop all evil act become automatically easy …… so love them …then yu understand everything …

      Thank you,may Allah bless you ❤ 🙂

    • The beard is also considered part of a man’s hijab.

      • Thank you Brother Abu Talhah !

      • What happens if a person is unable to grow a beard? Are false ones allowed?

      • The key word there being “false.” No. If you can’t naturally grow a beard (or if it’s patchy or whatever), then that’s just how the Almighty has created you. Some of our Native American brothers don’t have a hint of hair on their faces!

        But the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) order was to leave alone what grows of the beard, not to have a big bushy one!

      • No, it is virtuous to grow a beard but shaving the beard is permissible. If a person does not grow a beard or if he shaves his beard, no judgment against him is given. It will be appropriate to act in accordance with the environment one lives in…!!

      • I doubt I would be able to grow a beard remotely recognisable as such. Thank you for you responses, and your patience.

  7. Dionysus Amber Says:

    Reblogged this on My walk with Allah ☮ ☪.

  8. The question is not the covered or uncoverd woman. If you go to Africa woman ar allmost naked. The question is not cultural. You can wear what you want. The question is more strong: why woman are oblige to use a Burka? The question is the “oblige” not the wears you use. Woman are beatifull with the scarf. But its not nice to oblige people cutting the crucial freedom. For instance, the education or health. We know that in Afeghabistan woman are keap in their poor homes to death or oblige to cover tham selfs. The oblige is the issue. Don’t miss it!

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