HIJAB... Its Not Just For Muslims...
Saturday, March 15, 2008 /a>
It astounds me how critical non-muslims are concerning hijab. They pretend that they are not aware of the commandment to wear hijab does not occur in their own scriptures. For example, in Corinthians there is a very clear injunction to wear hijab there:
"11:2 I praise you 1 because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions just as I passed them on to you. 11:3 But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, 2 and God is the head of Christ. 11:4 Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered disgraces his head. 11:5 But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered disgraces her head, for it is one and the same thing as having a shaved head. 11:6 For if a woman will not cover her head, she should cut off her hair. But if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, she should cover her head. 11:7 For a man should not have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of the man. 11:8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man. 11:9 Neither was man created for the sake of woman, but woman for man. 11:10 For this reason a woman should have a symbol of authority 3 on her head, because of the angels. 4 11:11 In any case, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 11:12 For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman. But all things come from God. 11:13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 11:14 Does not nature 5 itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace for him, 11:15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 6 11:16 If anyone intends to quarrel about this, we have no other practice, nor do the churches of God." (courtesy of NETBible.org)
Pretty deep hunh? Along with that, it is well documented that women of nobility and honor veiled themselves when going about. Their heads were covered and upon meeting a man, during some eras, women would hide their faces behind a fan. The more noble the woman, the more she was hidden. It was the loose women, the servants and maids who wore more revealing clothing. The women of ill-repute as they say began a renaissance in the early twenties after the first world war, shortening hemlines and intermingling with men. Not to bore you with a bunch of historical blah, blah... take a look at examples of women's dress from various ages...