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.
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.