Covering for Muslim women
Fatwa No: 82353

Question

What is the reason Muslim ladies need to cover the body and hair?

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

No doubt, wearing Hijab (covering all the body of a woman) and dressing modestly bring many benefits first of all to the woman herself and then to the whole community in general. These benefits include the following: Immorality of women as well as their going outside without covering their whole bodies cause much harm and bring many ill effects. Allah commands women to cover themselves from the gaze of men and forbids them to wear revealing dress.
Allah is addressing Muslim women in the Qur'an as they exclusionary listen to ot and act accordingly. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e.screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allâh is Ever Oft­Forgiving, Most Merciful.}[33: 59]. And He also Says: {And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance, and perform As-Salât (Iqamât­as­Salât), and give Zakât and obey Allâh and His Messenger. Allâh wishes only to remove Ar­Rijs (evil deeds and sins.) from you, O members of the family (of the Prophet SAW), and to purify you with a thorough purification.} [33: 33].

Allah knows best.

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