Have you ever seen a woman wearing a scarf around her head and wondered what it means? You might have heard different opinions and stereotypes about it, but do you know the real reasons behind this practice? This is called a hijab, and it is more than just a piece of cloth. It is a symbol of faith, identity for millions of Muslim women around the world.

But why do muslim women wear hijab?

The Quran has the answer to your question. In the Quran, Allah clearly prescribed the hijab as a requirement for women. That’s why every Muslim woman needs to wear hijab.

In Surah An-Nur (The Light), verse 31, Allah says:

“Allah instructs believing women to be modest in their gaze and to protect their modesty. They should not display their beauty and ornaments except what is ordinarily visible. They should draw their veils over their bosoms and not reveal their beauty except to their immediate family, their women, their slaves, those male servants who lack vigor, or children who are unaware of women’s nudity. Women should also not draw attention to hidden adornments with their walk. All believers are urged to repent to Allah, that they may prosper.”

This verse is one of the main sources of the hijab in Islam, as it implies that women should cover their hair and chest with a hijab, and not display their beauty to anyone except their close relatives and spouses. 

The hijab is also influenced by the culture and tradition of the Muslim community and the society at large. In some regions and countries, such as the Middle East and North Africa, the hijab has a long history and is part of the local identity and heritage. In these places, the hijab may be seen as a symbol of respect, dignity, and honor, and may be expected or enforced by the family, the community, or the state. In other places, such as Europe and America, the hijab may be seen as a symbol of resistance, diversity, and pride, and may be adopted or rejected by the individual, depending on their personal choice and circumstances. In these places, the hijab may also be a source of curiosity, misunderstanding, or discrimination, and may require courage and confidence to wear.

Does a woman have to wear the hijab all the time? No, there are situations where a Muslim woman can take off her hijab, such as when she is with her husband, her female relatives, or her children. To learn more about the rules and etiquette of the hijab, read our blog post on "WHEN CAN A WOMAN TAKE OFF HER HIJAB?"

مارس 10, 2024 — Rifatun Jannat

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