The Religious Debate on Muslim Women Wearing the Hijab Essay

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Should Muslim women be required to wear the traditional hijab is a religious debate I was never aware existed, I just always believed it was mandatory to wear the veil and that was that. There are many that say the hijab is a symbol of their religion but they are being challenged by the view that it is a personal choice. The Islam religion has five fundamental requirements: Ramadan fasting, believing that the only God is Allah and that Prophet Mohammed is Allah's messenger, praying five times daily, giving to charity, and making a pilgrimage to Mecca if possible. Is the covering of a women's head a personal choice or mandatory? That is one of the most frequently asked questions concerning Muslim women. I never found out the answer to…show more content…
We want them to take us seriously and treat us as equals and not just chase us around for our bodies and physical looks." Muslim women that choose to wear the hijab claim that when covered they are filled will self-esteem and dignity. The Koran is very sacred to the Islamic religion. Those who say the hijab is required point it out in a passage from the book.
"Say to the believing man that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that will make for greater purity for them; and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do. And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; and that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands…"
(Qur'an 24; 30-31)

These verses from the Koran contain to main ideas. First "a woman should not show her beauty except what appears by uncontrolled factors such as the wind blowing her clothes, and second, the head covers should be drawn so as to cover the hair, the neck and the bosom." Allah is the only God to the Islamic religion. And if Allah says the hijab must be worn then who would refuse to wear it? There are the Muslim that don't think the wearing of the hijab should be questioned, but the majoring believe that wearing the hijab isn't a
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