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Q: Why do Muslim women cover themselves?
A: They do so in submission to God. He has asked them to hide their beauty except to those whom He permits and any woman who does so fulfills the command that God has placed on her.
God has legislated for all members of society and each individual will be judged according to commands that were ordained for him or her. The rights a wife has on her husband, or a son on his mother or a brother to his sister all vary – and although they are different, quintessentially our submission to God is judged according to how we observe them. In addition, however, their Hijab (covering) protects them and demands respect from men who otherwise would have judged them by their looks as opposed to what they say or do. The concept of keeping a women’s beauty hidden is not unique to Islām but exists in many other faiths including Christian Nuns who wear similar attire to some Muslim women.
Today Hijab is seen as a sign of oppression while being naked or half naked is considered a sign of modernism/ freedom. This is completely different from the concept of Hijab wearing women. Hijab is worn as submission to God Almighty and not for the men in and around the life of the woman.
Women of faith from any religion including Islam have always denounced this stereotype. We sadly live in the world where true teachings of faith are considered as fundamental/ conservative practices while not following the true teachings are considered as progressive. Hijab is one of those examples.