When Discussing The Topic Of Veiling, One Must Understand

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When discussing the topic of veiling, one must understand the original significance and the traditions behind it. Veiling is traced back to the Prophet Muhammad, who God had spoken to instructing his wives to create a barrier between themselves and those that didn’t relate to them. The Islamic veiling then developed from allowing men and women to show modesty per the Quran with many styles of veiling such as the Hijab, Chador-full cloak that covers the body and the hair, Niqab- covers the woman entirely with a small opening for the eyes, and the Burqa, which covers the head and the body and has a grill which covers the eyes, each style evolving on taking a cultural meaning with the origins of its religious right behind it. Signifying…show more content…
It is divided into 114 chapters, which is then divided into verses, and touch up aspects of human existence such as social organization. There are more than 6,000 verses in the Quran in which out of those 6,000 verses only three refer to how a woman should dress. During his Prophethood, Muhammad had to solve the issue of women getting attacked during the night. As he asked God what to do He responded “O Prophet, tell your wives, your daughters and the women of belief to draw upon themselves, their garments, so that they not be known and molested” The verse advises that all women dress similar so that they are not differentiated from one another. Looking for an easy solution, this was anything but easy because early Muslim communities were entrenched in social status and the idea that a slave would look like a free woman was preposterous. The second verse is one that speaks directly to the wives of Muhammad. According to Reza Aslan, an international known writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar in the field of religion(s), the “veil applied solely to Muhammad’s wives.” He argues that “it is difficult to stay when the veil was adopted. Muslim women probably began wearing the veil as a way to emulate the Prophet’s wives,” therefore not making it a compulsory. The third verse is in direct response to a historic situation. Before the spread of Islam around the Arabian Peninsula, women wore a Khimar, a scarf on the head which would be tucked behind the
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