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Is Islam hiding women’s beauty?
Islam has always suffered from many false charges against it due to the misunderstanding of its true teachings.
One example of this is the wide spread false impression that Islam, in general, prevents women of their rights and forces them to go behind the veil and hide their beauty. Some European countries have even attempted to outlaw certain aspects of Islamic dress customs, such as covering the face in public. They think that it is a burden and a restriction, which has been imposed on Muslim women to deprive them of their freedom. This controversy stems largely from a misconception regarding the reasons behind Islamic dress rules. But in reality, the way in which Muslims dress is really driven out of simple modesty and a desire to not draw individual attention in any way. Moreover, if one looks with a deeper glance on this subject, it will be found that veiling or covering of women is not something that Islam has invented. Islam came only to complete and perfect them.
From the Islamic point of view, clothing has two purposes. To cover the body and to beautify the appearance. Islam has made it obligatory on Muslims to cover their body and cleanliness is the essence of good appearance and the beauty of every adornment. Beautification and elegance are not only permitted but are required by Islam, and in general, it refuse any attempts to prohibit them.
It is very well known that the Muslim woman is a creature of modesty. Islam’s code of modesty extends to all aspects of one’s life, including attire. Hijab, worn by Muslim women is an outer manifestation of an inner commitment to worship God.
People are often assuming that the only reason for modest dress is to avoid temptation. While this may be one of the reason, modest dress is not merely about how other people view women, but more about how women view themselves. Often labeled as oppressive, many fail to realize that the Hijab truly empowers every female with the ability to control how she is treated and respected in the society, her safety, and who deserves to see her beauty. The way Muslim women maintain their respect for their body is by keeping it covered. Not because it is shameful, but because it is so beautiful and precious.
Furthermore, the hijab does not symbolize a woman’s subservience to men but it symbolizes a woman’s subservience to her creator. Women are by nature the delicate sex. Thus, Islam treats women as a precious treasure that should be guarded and protected from being inconvenienced by other people in any way. Most of the hijabi women describe wearing hijab as being “set free” from society’s unrealistic expectations. They describe that they no longer have to struggle with objectification, but are desired for their intellect. They are no longer valued for their looks or body shape but for their personality and character. Modest clothing and hijab are precautions to avoid any social violations. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said:
“Whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw-bones (the tongue) and what is between his two legs (the private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him.” [Recorded by Al-Imamal-Bukhari]
So, far from depriving women from their rights or not allowing them to show their beauty, these injunctions show the high status of the Muslim women.
Neither does Islam prevents women to hide their personality or beauty because a woman’s beauty is not in her features, the shade of her skin, or her possessions. Islam honors women and the true beauty is in her heart, in her faith and in her actions.
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