Concept of Veil for Women in Islam

Khadija Aziz


Oppressed, inferior, and unequal – for many people, these are the first words that come to mind when thinking about women in Islam. These stereotypes confuse Islam with cultural practices and fail to recognize that Islam has empowered women with the most progressive rights since the 7th century. Qur’anic and hadith literature was used for the collection of authentic information about the proposed study. As it is stated in Quran “O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful.Similarly, wearing and bearing of veil in also encouraged in the teachings of the messenger of Allah. And say to the believing women that they cast down their gaze and guard their private parts and not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their ornaments. Based on the present study, it is evident that Allah (SWAT) commanded Muslim women to look differently from that of others, to keep their body covered, modest and to be recognized as pious, pure, and chaste


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