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THE  HIJAB..... HISTORY  


Women  -  Veiling  -  History of the Hijab


The first reference to veiling dates to an Assyrian text in 13 B.C. In the text, the practice of veiling was described as reserved for elite, ‘respectable’ women; prostitutes and women of lower-classes were forbidden from veiling (Hoodfar, 2003). Likewise, elite women in ancient Greco-Roman, pre-Islamic Iranian, and Byzantine societies practiced veiling. It was not until the reign of the Safavids in the Ottoman Empire, an area that extends through the Middle East and North Africa, in the 16th century that the veil emerged as a symbol of social status among Muslims. Since the 19th century Muslims have embraced veiling as a cultural practice rather than simply an Islamic practice (Hood far, 2003).


Where in the Qu’ran does it talk about the hijab?


One of the most frequently cited Qu’ranic verses used to defend the wearing of the hijab is the surah 24:30-31:


The believing men are enjoined to lower their gaze and conceal their genitals and the believing women are enjoined to lower their gaze and conceal their genitals, draw their headdress to cover their cleavage, and not to display their beauty, except that which has to be revealed, except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or their slaves, or eunuchs or children under age; and they should not strike their feet to draw attention to their hidden beauty. O believers, turn to God, that you may know bliss. (Qur’an 24:30-31)


In the following verse, Muslim women are encouraged to draw their  hijab around them in public, as a means of distinguishing them from others and as a way of avoiding harassment:


Those who harass believing men and believing women undeservedly, bear (on themselves) a calumny and a grievous sin. O Prophet! Enjoin your wives, your daughters, and the wives of true believers that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): That is most convenient, that they may be distinguished and not be harassed. (Qur’an 33:58–59)


There are various interpretations applied to the reading of these verses. There are also several hadiths, or narrations describing the words and deeds of the prophet Muhammad, believed to clarify and supplement the Qu’ranic description of the hijab.

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NOTICE  IT  IS  RESULT  OF  THESE  VERSES  IN  THE  QUAN,  THAT  HAVE  GIVEN  THE  IDEA  OF  BEING  PHYSICALLY  "MODEST"  -  GUESS  YOU  CAN  BE  MODEST  IF  YOU  HAVE  A  GLORIOUS  BODY  OF  HAIR;  YET  IN  THE  WESTERN  NATIONS  THE  LENGTH  AND  BEAUTY  OF  THE  HEAD  HAIR,  MAY  BE  NICE  AND  MAY  DRAW  COMMENTS  LIKE  "YOU  CERTAINLY  HAVE  WONDERFUL  HAIR"  OR  "I  LIKE  YOUR  HAIR, YOU  STYLE  IT  NICELY."  BUT  MOST  MEN,  THE  VAST  MAJORITY  OF  MEN  DO  NOT  GET  SEXUALLY  AROUSED  BY  A  HEAD  OF  HAIR  EVEN  ADMITTING  IT  IS  NICE  LOOKING  AND  WELL CARED  FOR.


NOW  MAYBE  SOME  WEAR  THE  HIJAB  BECAUSE  IF  THEY  TOOK  IT  OFF,  THE  MALE  MIGHT  SEE  A  NOT  SO  GOOD [JUST  EVERY  ORDINARY]  - A HEAD  OF  HAIR  THAT  WOULD  NOT  GET  A  SECOND  LOOK,  MAYBE  NOT  A  FIRST  LOOK.


YOU  WILL  NOTICE  THE  JEWS  AND  ISRAELITES  OF  THE  BIBLE  ARE  NOT  MENTIONED  IN  REFERENCE  TO  A  WHATEVER  IS  WORN   ON  THE  HEAD  AND  FOR  WHATEVER  REASON.  IN  JEWISH  OR  ISRAEL  HISTORY  THERE  IS  NO  HISTORY  OF  ANYTHING  LIKE  THE  HIJAB  BEING  WORE  BY  WOMEN.  GOD  NEVER  REQUIRED  ISRAEL  WOMEN  TO  WEAR  A  SCARF  OVER   THEIR  HEAD  OF  HAIR.


SOME  IN  CERTAIN  SECTS  OF  CHRISTIANITY,  DO  WEAR  HEAD  COVERING;  THEY  MAY  AGAIN  TERM  THIS  MODEST,  AS  THEY  INTERPRET  MODESTY;  THEY  MAY  WEAR  IT  AS  A  MISUNDERSTAND  OF  PAUL  IN  1  CORINTHIANS  1:1-16.  THIS  HAS  NOTHING  TO  DO  WITH  A  VIEL  OF  SOME  KIND,  BUT LONG  HAIR!  THE  CONTEXT  CLEARLY  TELLS  US.....THE  DISCUSSION  OF  "COVERING"  WAS  TO  THE  "HAIR"  -  NOT  SOME  OTHER  COVERING  TO  CONCEAL  THE  WOMEN'S  HAIR...... 


ALL  EXPLAIN  IN  DETAIL  ON  THIS  WEBSITE  IN  VARIOUS  STUDIES.


I CAN ASSURE YOU WITH UP FRONT  THEOLOGY......GOD  NEVER  INTENDED  A  WOMAN'S  HAIR  BE  COVERED  -  INSIDE  OR  OUTSIDE  AS  A  MATTER  OF  DAILY  LIVING [OF  COURSE  HATS  CAN  BE  WORE  FOR  THIS  OR  THAT  OCCASION],  IT  IS  A  GLORY  TO  HER.  THE  WOMAN  IS  THE  GLORY  OF  MAN.  AND  SO  ONE  GLORY  IS  TO  SHOW  THE  GLORY  OF  THEM  BOTH  -  THEIR  WOMEN  AND  THEIR  BEAUTIFUL  HAIR,  IN  VARIOUS  STYLES  AS  THE  WOMAN  DECIDES.


NOW  THIS  SECTION  IN  1  CORINTHIANS  11  IS  ABOUT  HAIR  ON  THE  HEAD  OF  THE  WOMEN,  WHICH  CAN  BE  GLORIOUS  EVEN  IN  OLD  AGE,  AS  OPPOSED  TO  MOST  MEN,  WHO  TEND  TO  LOOSE  THEIR  HAIR,  OR  SEE  IT  THIN  OUT,  SOME  MORE  THAN  OTHERS.


MOST  CHRISTIAN  SECTS  WHO  ALSO  WEAR  HEADSCARVES   DO  IT  FROM  THE  WRONG  UNDERSTAND  OF  1  CORINTHIANS  11,  AND  FROM  WRONG  IDEAS  ABOUT  SEXUALITY.


MOST,  THE  MAJORITY  OF  MEN,  DO  NOT  GET  "TURNED  ON"  BY  THE  HAIR  ON  A  WOMEN'S  HEAD.  


IT  IS  THE  FACE,  THE  EYES,  THE  FORM  OF  THE  NOSE,  THE  PRETTIER  FACE,  AND  HOW  MAKE-UP  IS  USED;  EVEN  THE  VOICE  ON  THE  PHONE  WITH  A  FEMALE.  I  WAS  TOLD  THIS  BY  SOME  MEN.  GUESS  THE  MUSLIM  MEN  MAY  KNOW,  SO  THEIR   WIFE  IS  TO  REMAIN  SILENT,  AROUND  MEN.  I’M  SURE  ISLAM  TEACHING  HAS  OTHER  REASONS  ALSO.


CERTAINLY  BEAUTIFUL  ALLURING  BREASTS,  CAN  LEAD  TO  MEN  LUSTING.  YES  CHRISTIAN  LADIES  NEED  TO  COVER  THEM  FULLY  EVEN  WHEN  IN  THE  SWIMMING  POOL. 


AND  YES  TOO  MUCH  LEG  SHOWING  IN  CERTAIN  WAYS,  CAN  LEAD  MEN  TO  LUSTING;  YET  IN  THE  SWIMMING  POOL  IT  DOES  NOT  HAPPEN,  WELL  I'VE  NEVER  HEARD  IT  AS  SOME  "LOCKER  ROOM  TALK"  AND  I  GO  TO  A  PUBLIC  SWIMMING  POOL.  THERE  IS  BALLET  DANCING,  BALLROOM  DANCING, CIRCUS  ACTS,  GYMNASTICS,  THAT  SHOW  THE  FORM  OF  THE  FEMALE.  I’VE  NEVER  HEARD  IN  “MEN’S  TALK”  THAT  THESE  ENTERTAINMENT  SKILLS,  ARE  A  BIG  TURN  ON.  THERE  IS  SPOKEN  IN  THE  CHRISTIAN  NEW  TESTAMENT,  A  CONTROLLING  OF  THE  MIND,  A  PUTTING  AWAY  OF  LUSTING,  THOUGHTS  OF  HATE,  JEALOUSY,  REVENGE,  MEAN  SPIRITNESS  AND  THE  LIKE.


THOSE  WHO  ARE  GRACED  WITH  PRETTY  LOOKS  AND  SHAPELY  FIGURES,  LIKE  A  MISS  WORLD, MARILYN  MONROE;  JANE  RUSSELL,  DALE  EVANS,  DORIS  DAY,  LUCELE  BALL,  AND  SOME  OTHERS  OF  TODAY,  WHO  CAN  BE  PIN-UP-GIRLS; THOSE MORE  LIKE  MARILYN  MONROE,  CAN  TAKE  THE EXAMPLE  FROM  MARILYN  AND  DRESS  MODESTLY  AS  SHE  DID  OUT  IN  PUBLIC.


TO  BE  CONTINUED  WITH  WHY  OR  WHY  NOT  THE  HIJAB  IS  WORN.

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