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The status of women in Islam is often the target
of attacks in the secular media. The ‘hijaab’ or the Islamic dress is cited by
many as an example of the ‘subjugation’ of women under Islamic law. Before we
analyze the reasoning behind the religiously mandated ‘hijaab’, let us first
study the status of women in societies before the advent of Islam
1. In the past women were degraded and used as objects of lust
The following examples from history amply illustrate the fact that the status of
women in earlier civilizations was very low to the extent that they were denied
basic human dignity:
a. Babylonian Civilization:
were degraded and were denied all rights under the Babylonian law. If a man
murdered a woman, instead of him being punished, his wife was put to
c. Greek Civilization:
Greek Civilization is
considered the most glorious of all ancient civilizations. Under this very
‘glorious’ system, women were deprived of all rights and were looked down upon.
In Greek mythology, an ‘imaginary woman’ called ‘Pandora’ is the root cause of
misfortune of human beings. The Greeks considered women to be subhuman and
inferior to men. Though chastity of women was precious, and women were held in
high esteem, the Greeks were later overwhelmed by ego and sexual perversions.
Prostitution became a regular practice amongst all classes of Greek
d. Roman Civilization:
When Roman Civilization was
at the zenith of its ‘glory’, a man even had the right to take the life of his
wife. Prostitution and nudity were common amongst the Romans.
The Egyptian considered women evil and as a
sign of a devil.
f. Pre-Islamic Arabia:
Before Islam spread
in Arabia, the Arabs looked down upon women and very often when a female child
was born, she was buried alive.
2. Islam uplifted women and gave them
equality and expects them to maintain their status.
the status of women and granted them their just rights 1400 years ago. Islam
expects women to maintain their status.
People usually only discuss ‘hijaab’ in the context of women.
However, in the Glorious Qur’an, Allah (swt) first mentions ‘hijaab’ for men
before ‘hijaab’ for the women. The Qur’an mentions in Surah
"Say to the believing men 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."
The moment a man looks at a woman and if any brazen or unashamed
thought comes to his mind, he should lower his gaze.
The next verse of
Surah Noor, says (about Hijaab for women):
"And say to the
believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that
they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily)
appear thereof; that they should draw veils over their bosoms and not display
their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers,
3. Hijaab includes
conduct and behaviour among other things
Complete ‘hijaab’, besides
the six criteria of clothing, also includes the moral conduct, behaviour,
attitude and intention of the individual. A person only fulfilling the criteria
of ‘hijaab’ of the clothes is observing ‘hijaab’ in a limited sense. ‘Hijaab’ of
the clothes should be accompanied by ‘hijaab’ of the eyes, ‘hijaab’ of the
heart, ‘hijaab’ of thought and ‘hijaab’ of intention. It also includes the way a
person walks, the way a person talks, the way he behaves, etc.
4. Hijaab prevents molestation
The reason why Hijaab is prescribed
for women is mentioned in the Qur’an in the following verses of Surah
"O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the
believing women that they should cast their outer garments over their persons
(when abroad); that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and
not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most
The Qur’an says that Hijaab
has been prescribed for the women so that they are recognized as modest women
and this will also prevent them from being molested.
5. Example of
Suppose two sisters who are twins, and who are equally
beautiful, walk down the street. One of them is attired in the Islamic hijaab
i.e. the complete body is covered, except for the face and the hands up to the
wrists. The other sister is wearing western clothes, a mini skirt or shorts.
Just around the corner there is a hooligan or ruffian who is waiting for a
catch, to tease a girl. Whom will he tease? The girl wearing the Islamic Hijaab
or the girl wearing the skirt or the mini? Naturally he will tease the girl
wearing the skirt or the mini. Such dresses are an indirect invitation to the
opposite sex for teasing and molestation. The Qur’an rightly says that hijaab
prevents women from being molested.
6. Capital punishment for the
Under the Islamic shariah, a man convicted of having raped a
woman, is given capital punishment. Many are astonished at this ‘harsh’
sentence. Some even say that Islam is a ruthless, barbaric religion! I have
asked a simple question to hundreds of non-Muslim men. Suppose, God forbid,
someone rapes your wife, your mother or your sister. You are made the judge and
the rapist is brought in front of you. What punishment would you give him? All
of them said they would put him to death. Some went to the extent of saying they
would torture him to death. To them I ask, if someone rapes your wife or your
mother you want to put him to death. But if the same crime is committed on
somebody else’s wife or daughter you say capital punishment is barbaric. Why
should there be double standards?
7. Western society falsely claims to
have uplifted women
Western talk of women’s liberalization is nothing
but a disguised form of exploitation of her body, degradation of her soul, and
deprivation of her honour. Western society claims to have ‘uplifted’ women. On
the contrary it has actually degraded them to the status of concubines,
mistresses and society butterflies who are mere tools in the hands of pleasure
seekers and sex marketers, hidden behind the colorful screen of ‘art’ and
8. USA has one of the highest rates of rape
United States of America is supposed to be one of the most
advanced countries of the world. It also has one of the highest rates of rape in
any country in the world. According to a FBI report, in the year 1990, every day
on an average 1756 cases of rape were committed in U.S.A alone. Later another
report said that on an average everyday 1900 cases of rapes are committed in
USA. The year was not mentioned. May be it was 1992 or 1993. May be the
Americans got ‘bolder’ in the following years.
Consider a scenario where
the Islamic hijaab is followed in America. Whenever a man looks at a woman and
any brazen or unashamed thought comes to his mind, he lowers his gaze. Every
woman wears the Islamic hijaab, that is the complete body is covered except the
face and the hands upto the wrist. After this if any man commits rape he is
given capital punishment. I ask you, in such a scenario, will the rate of rape
in America increase, will it remain the same, or will it decrease?
9. Implementation of Islamic Shariah will reduce the rate of
Naturally as soon as Islamic Shariah is implemented positive
results will be inevitable. If Islamic Shariah is implemented in any part of the
world, whether it is America or Europe, society will breathe easier. Hijaab does
not degrade a woman but uplifts a woman and protects her modesty and