Hijab (حِجَاب) in the Qur’an

Word: ḥijāb (حِجَاب)
Root: Hā-Jim-Bā
Occurrences In Qur’an: 7 times
Root verb meanings: barrier, distance, separation, something which prevents / precludes / covers / protects, to hide a thing.

The Arabic word hijab is conventionally understood to reference a piece of religious clothing which religious Traditionalist Muslim women wear on their heads as demanded by Traditionalist Islamic doctrine. The mandate requires that Traditionalist Muslim women cover their hair with a headscarf whenever they leave their homes or are in the presence of men (excluding their husband or set list of exceptions such as particular male blood relations).

I urge you to read my article titled Qur’an Alone: Islam & Hadith so that you understand why I reject this Traditionalist Islamic law. In short, this statute is derived from both erroneous and extraneous doctrines of hadith literature which the organised religion of Islam are predominantly founded upon.

I do not have a particular issue whether or not women decide to wear a headscarf, so long as their decision to do so is an act of their own volition. I do however take up an issue with those proponents of the claim that such an statute is mandated by the One, the Absolute vis-à-vis the revelation from Him known as the Qur’an. Why? Because such statute does not exist within the Qur’an itself.

Besides the headscarf, some Traditionalist Islamic doctrine prescribes women with the mandate to cover their entire face with a piece of cloth known as niqab, a concept found nowhere in the Qur’an.

There is an argument from Traditionalist Muslim women that the headscarf is a sign of modesty in a day and age where immodesty and both sexual perversity and immorality permeates throughout the majority of the world. I agree that it can be, and as I made clear, from the perspective of the Qur’an, women do have the prerogative to wear a headscarf if they desire to do so; but this a personal choice. A personal choice no different to than say choosing to remain employed at a company whose policies require you to conform to behaviours stipulated by Marxist doctrine.


Qur’anic Verses On Hijab

And between them is a barrier (hijabun), and upon the elevations are men recognising each one by their mark. And the companions of the garden call out: peace be onto you. They have not entered it but they desire to.

7:46

And when you recitest the Quran, We place between thee and those who believe not in the Hereafter an invisible barrier (hijaban).

17:45

And separated (hijaban) herself from them. And We sent to her Our Spirit. And it appeared to her as a sound mortal.

19:17

O you who heed warning: Enter not the households of the prophet for a meal without waiting for its time save that leave be given to you. But when you are called, enter. And when you have eaten, disperse. And seek not familiarity through storytelling. That hinders the prophet and he is shy of you. But God is not shy of the truth. And when you ask of his wives any item: ask of it from behind a partition (hijabin)..

33:53

He said: I have loved the love of good things out of remembrance of my Lord until it has disappeared behind the partition (tawarat-bil-hijabi)..

38:32

And they say: Upon our hearts are coverings against that to which thou invitest us and in our ears is deafness and between us and thee is a barrier (hijabun)..

41:5

And it is for a mortal that God should speak to him only by instruction or from behind a barrier (hijabin).

42:51

To Conclude

It is axiomatic that the Arabic word hijab in the Qur’an does not mean headscarf, and in addition to this there is no mention of the concept which the Traditionalist Islamic religion mandates upon its female followers.

Regardless of how popular an act or practice may be, one should ensure that one never follows blindly. It may very well be that the majority have got it wrong, and 3000+ years of human civilisation will prove just that. Do not be afraid by pursuing truth for the betterment of your own soul.

And if all the trees on the earth were made into pens, and the ocean were supplied by seven more oceans, the words of God would not run out. God is Noble, Wise.

31:27

The Gracious, the Merciful does not run out of words, and so had He intended to prescribe the wearing of a headscarf upon women, it would have been declared, but it does not therefore a headscarf is not part of your doctrine as a believing woman.


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Alex Matityahu

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