7 responses to “Head Scarfs

  1. Here’s where I get so frustrated when it comes to Islam … the head scarf was never a religious imperative!

    I practiced Islam for five years. I’ve read the Qur’an from cover to cover three times. The head scarf was implemented by Mohammed for his wives because they were being accosted every time they went out in public (being the wives of the Prophet and all.)

    People began to copy this in order to align themselves with the Prophet. At no point in the Qur’an are women admonished to cover their heads as a religious rite. They are admonished to “dress modestly” THAT’S ALL!


    Rather than follow their actual holy book, modern Muslim’s follow the Hadith. This is like me deciding to follow the biography of Mohammed written by an author rather than the book written by the man himself with his teachings.

    Don’t even get me started on Shariah!

    Okay .. enough ranting.

    I hope you’re well.

    All the best,

    E.S. (formerly Gillian)

    • E-

      Thank you for your thoughts. As always, I am slow to reply. Life distracts and my blog suffers.

      I think you and I have been over some details of Islam previously, including the content of the Koran. For the time being, I believe the following link is sufficient answer to your assertion that there is nothing in the Koran requiring Hijab. One might, I suppose, argue the details, but the admonition exceeds mere modesty.


      • As always, this passage is being taken out of context. If you read it in conjunction wiht the REST OF THE CHAPTER, you see that this passage relates to the decision of the prophet to have his wives cover their faces in public to avoid being accosted. Also, this is a desert people who wore headcovers to protect against the sun.

        The only admonition to women IN GENERAL, not specific to the wives of the prophet, is to dress and behave modestly.

        Any single passage can be taken out and used out of context. That is what has happened with Hijab. It’s origin has been lost. It’s origin is secular not religious.

        I could admonish women to continue to sacrifice pigeons every time they have a period simply because that passage exists in the Bible. But that removes context. The same thing is happeneng here.

  2. E-

    I have re-read the chapter and not found any contextual exclusions to modesty admonitions except for post-menopausal women, and those are partial and include further conditions for exceptions besides menopause. Please share how you establish the context you describe.

    • T- I’m clearly confusing this chapter which delves into the punishments for adultery, etc. with the chapter where Mohammed specifically directs his wives to cover their faces.

      That being said, this passage only admonished the women to specifically cover their “bosoms” not their faces. One of the inherent issues in any translation is that you’re dealing with what the translator thought the words meant rather than the original wording and inflection.

      The Arab people already wore head scarves due to the climate they lived in. Women and men alike are admonished in this chapter to dress modestly and “guard their private parts” women are told to cover their chests.

      Also, “According to the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, modesty in the Qur’an concerns both men’s and women’s gaze, gait, garments, and genitalia.”[6] Although the Qur’an stresses modesty, it does not specifically require women to keep their heads or faces covered. In fact, the Qur’an never explicitly uses the term hijab in reference to body veiling in any context, instead utilizing the words khimār (خمار) and jilbāb (جلباب), not hijab. Hijab or (Hejab) refers to The Rules of covering up. It never references the specific item or items of clothing used to cover up.”

      It was a Fatwa (legal judgment by the Muslim patriarchy) that determined a woman’s face must be covered. Specifically, the Islamic leadership determined a woman’s face was the “most tempting” part of her and therefore must be covered. I’m not sure when the first fatwa was written on this, but many Islamic scholars have come back and reasserted them. Most recently I believe it was Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid who determined that a woman’s face is dangerous to a man and therefore must be covered.

      • I’d say its her eyes, not her face, that is most tempting. The Quran agrees with me, advocating something that loosely translated implies a woman only needs one eye to get about and do business – also in chapter 24, wherein the head coverings are prescribed.

        The opinions you describe were expressed by Quranic teachers generally from about 200 to 300 years after the death of Muhammed, but those opinions and the ensuing enforcements could have been predicted from Christianity and Buddhism. One teacher in particular had enough influence that he may reasonably be credited with destroying muslim civilization, but I forget his name.

        I suspect mormons are less than 100 years from a similar re-entrenchment, probably sometime after gay marriage paves the way for the reintroduction of polygyny to America and Europe, and general dissatisfaction with Christianity and Islam leads most of the West to embrace another fantasy more comforting than the terror the real universe inflicts. The east probably won’t fall just yet but its nearly ready for a new religion since communism hasn’t satisfied the soul, perhaps something communal.

        And with that, I believe we’re well off course…

        I end by advocating for Ferengi moral standards: women must remain naked because clothing tempts men to disrobe women, covering a woman is akin to covering a masterpiece sculpture, commerce is religion, business is a sacrament, and charity is sinful. 🙂

      • T – The fact that you know the Ferengi moral code puts you tops in my book!

        I have a Quark beanie baby toy .. LOL.

        Take care,


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