The Hijab is a piece of clothing, typically a headscarf, worn by Muslim women to express modesty. The Hijab typically covers the hair and ears, but other forms, such as the Niqab and Burqa, cover the body and face. Veils like these are worn when outside the home, or at home when males who are not direct relatives are present. Although Muslims are well-known for veiling, modest headwear is practised by groups in other major religions like Christianity and Judaism.
What is the point of Hijab?
Hijab acts as a barrier between a woman and the world. A hijab is worn to express modesty and piety, and to reflect devotion to God. Wearing a veil causes onlookers to focus on the inward beauty, and from sexualizing or lusting after the wearer.
When should women start wearing hijab?
Although it varies from culture to culture, girls typically begin observing hijab as early as they want to, or once they are in puberty. Some young girls like wearing hijab for practice, or to play pretend and feel grown up, but it is not required of them.
Why did women start veiling?
Historians indicate that veiling was already practised in Arabia pre-Islam, but that instead of indicating modesty, it was to indicate a high-social status. After Islam was introduced into the region, wearing hijab became a sign of piety and devotion to God.
In the Qur’an 33:59, it says:
“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the
believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments.
That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused.
And ever is Allāh Forgiving and Merciful.”
Some historians believe that only the wives of Mohammad were prescribed to veil to indicate their social status, but not matter how you interpret the scripture, millions of Muslim women today choose to veil to express their devotion.