Is Islam hiding women’s beauty?
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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 widespread 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.  

This maybe quite a touchy subject, but I would love to see you guys in the comments.

Written by Minnu,

I’m Minnu and I’m from the Maldives. I’m currently a college student studying bachelors in business administration with a strong interest in writing and creativity and a love for literature and food. Also, I’m a shopaholic by confession!

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  1. Unfortunately, it is also well-known that Islam is not a religion of peace, but rather one of lies, deception, and false bearing. Therefore, practicing Muslims are the least trustworthy individuals to rely on to tell the truth about Islam, precisely because they are the ones commanded to lie to the disbelievers about the true purpose of their faith.

    Muslim women are often speculated to have a sort of “religious freedom” by wearing the hijab or burqa, saying it “brings them closer to God” and “it’s a feminist statement”. Rather, the reality is that the veil was forced upon them by Arab men during the early centuries of Islam in order to keep their women in check, to hide them from the sights of men, and to ensure that beauty was kept as a private matter. Let me tell you something – beauty is worthless if you cannot show it to others. Beauty is a woman’s biggest weapon and it’s a shame to deprave her of such a powerful ability from the general public. She may be judged based on her looks, but that’s better than not being able to be judged at all due to her “inferiority”. “Preserving” your beauty does not make you more “pure” than a woman who does not cover her hair. The hijab is increasingly becoming a statement of “I’m better than you because I’m modest” sort of thing.

    I will admit that men and women are not equal by nature. However, Islam’s take on gender roles is not only extreme, but also unrealistic. We all know that Muslim men require their wives to cover themselves, otherwise they will beat them to a pulp. We are not blind to how Islam treats women, and the power husbands have over their wives. You can debate us all you want, but the “truth” is more misogynist than you will ever admit it to be. You’ve been taught that women have more “freedom” in Islam because that’s what brainwashing and oppression does to a mindless drone – it convinces you that oppression is normal and “liberating”.

    Islam is the sigh of the oppressed creature. It is the heart of a heartless life. Muslims really only follow the Quran’s teachings because they genuinely have no other goal to pursue in life. In the end, it is only to please God. But you need to realize that true success is only possible when you begin to live for yourself. Not for someone else, and certainly not an ultimate supernatural being who is so “almighty” and “all-powerful” that he lowers himself to the level to care what you wear and how you wear it?

    I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees. You can believe in an “eternal hellfire” if you wish. Is there a hell on EARTH? Yes. And I won’t live in it. Freedom will always come at a price, but I’ll be damned if it won’t stop me from living my life to the fullest.

    The human mind is a powerful thing. Free will exists because humans have the ability to reason, and religion wishes to stamp out this innate ability we have as humans. “Do not question, only blindly follow”. That is contrary to human nature, whether you realize it or not. Religion began when the first liar met the first fool.

  2. This is so true! I hear from a lot of people who are “concerned” that women who choose to dress modestly and cover their hair aren’t allowed to be beautiful. It is quite the opposite! You made so many good points! I definitely agree that the hijab allows not only others but ourselves to focus on what really matters. It’s so liberating! Also, I love the abaya you’re wearing in the photo!

    1. Yes absolutely. A woman’s beauty isn’t just in her features or the way she dress. The true beauty is in her heart, in her faith and in her actions.
      Aw. Thank you so much lovely! 💕

  3. Great post !
    I like how the true essence of covering up was captured here ! I think you hit the nail right at the head when you say it brings into focus specifically a woman’s intellect.

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