Women's Clothing

Is it obligatory for a Muslim women and or girl to wear the head scarf?

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October 03, 2015 6:48AM

The following extract from the Quran seems to say that it is

advisable for women believers to dress modestly, but does not make

it obligatory, nor does it specify the veil or


33.59 "O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the

women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when

they go abroad). That will be better, so that they may be

recognised and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving,


The following is more direct, although there is no actual

requirement for a head-covering.

24.031 "And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and

be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is

apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to

reveal their adornment save to their own husbands or fathers or

husbands' fathers, or their sons or their husbands' sons, or their

brothers or their brothers' sons or sisters' sons, or their women,

or their slaves, or male attendants who lack vigour, or children

who know naught of women's nakedness. And let them not stamp their

feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn

unto Allah together, O believers, in order that ye may

succeed." However, the wives of the Prophet were required to

cover their heads and wear veils across their faces.

In the words of Karen Armstrong (Islam: A Short History,


The Quran prescribes some degree of segregation and veiling

for the Prophet's wives, but there is nothing in the Quran that

requires the veiling of all women or their seclusion in a separate

part of the house. Muslims adopted these customs some 3 or 4

generations after the Prophet's death, copying the Greek Christians

of Byzantium, who had long veiled and segregated their women in

this manner.

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November 05, 2010 10:12AM

Yes, in the Qu'ran it is strongly recommended that women

must wear the head scarf in order to cover themselves. This

is optional and not a forced law. Women do not have to wear the

headscarf all the time, only in public and in front of people who

are not their fathers, brothers, husbands (known as


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