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Hijab is debatable

April 28, 2008 by isiscat19


The hijab is certainly a debatable topic. In the Qur’an, the prescription for the hijab is a statement in reference to the Prophet’s wives. To expand the requirement of the veil to all Muslim women is an interpretation. There have been many fatwas made stating the conditions of what types of hijab are required and where. Many of these fatwas reason that in a Western place where Western attire is dominant, it is permissible for a woman to go without covering her hair. After all, modesty is a relevant issue. If everyone is walking around in swim suits, keeping a towel on could be perceived and an act of modesty. Covering more than what is normal is precisely what modesty is. Besides, the issue at heart for a lot of Muslim women in America is not if the hijab is required but rather do women have the freedom to make the choice of wearing it. If the hijab is forced on or off a woman then her spiritual dignity is at stake. How could a woman be rewarded for wearing the hijab her whole life if she only did it to stay out of jail? Wouldn’t it be the spiritual dedication translated into physical commitment be what reaps her the reward in the after life? 

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