Why Do Women Have To Cover Up There Face And Body But Men Dont? What Does Allah Say About It?

A sister asked a question that she had heard that in islam men and women have equal right...then why do women have to cover up there face and body but men dont? What does Allah say about it? 
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 228:Wives have the same rights as the husbands have on them in accordance with the generally known principles.   And men are a degree above them; and above all is Allah, the All Mighty, All Wise.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzaab verse 59:O Prophet, enjoin your wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons. It is expected that they will thus be recognized, and not molested.   Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah Nur verse 31: (O Prophet) enjoin the believing woman to restrain their gaze and guard their modesty, and not to display their adornment except that which is displayed of itself, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to display their adornments except before their husbands, their fathers,…….and also forbid them to stamp their feet on the ground lest their hidden ornaments should be displayed.
Man and woman were both created by Allah Subhanah, Who bestowed on each of them different nature, personality and temperament.   It is probably incorrect to say that men and women have ‘exactly’ equal rights in Islam; it would be more correct to state that the rights of men and women in Islam are balanced, each according to their particular nature.
If one were to use the same argument of ‘equal’ rights for the men and women in everything, then one could ask why are only women given the honor to bear children and not men?  Or why is the responsibility of providing the family only laid on the man?  But Allah has assigned each of them their rights and responsibilities according to their nature.
As to why Allah has commanded the women to cover up, one may search for the wisdom behind this command of Allah.  Allah has created a very strong physical attraction for the women in the man, so that man and women would unite, a family may be created, and the system of life has continuity.   And Allah has opened a legal way to fulfill this attraction and desire through a proper marriage.
But this physical attraction of the woman can also be abused and used illegally, which would hurt the people themselves and their families, and the society as a whole.  Thus to curb this illegal and immoral physical attraction and to protect the woman against molestation and abuse; Allah has commanded that she cover her beauty in the presence of people who are not her mehram.
Just to give you an example, Allah has also kept a very strong attraction in human beings for accumulating wealth!  It is this love of this wealth, which allows the people to work 16 hour days away from their family,sacrifice their time and effort to make, invent, grow and introduce new things and services; so that the system of life might carry on.  If people did not protect their wealth by keeping them in banks and lockers and left them on the streets; it is very probable that someone might steal or loot their wealth.  The wealth of the person is open only for his family and loved ones to use.   Similarly, if the beauty of the woman is not protected, all and sundry would try to steal and loot this beauty in a way which is not legally acceptable to Islam and the Islamic society.
Thus the command of Allah to a believing woman, who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day, to coverup is for her own protection.  As soon as she puts on this uniform commanded by Allah,  ‘it is expected that they will thus be recognized, and not molested.’  If she is in the Islamic uniform, this believing woman will immediately be recognized as a woman who has submitted herself to the laws of her Creator, and it is expected that no one will try to steal or loot her beauty in an illegal way.
This command of Allah is for their own protection and safety; but unfortunately some of them have not understood the wisdom behind the command and have taken it as a burden and refused to obey and submit to a clear command from their Lord and Creator.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

MuhammadMuhammad MuhammadMuhammad
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9 Responses Sep 25, 2012

u said man is one degree above woman? Is that same as man?
U also said enjoy your wife and daughters, Is that mean enjoy daughter same as enjoy wife?
When woman is raped she has to proved 4 (men) Not women witness to prove that she has been raped? when man rape the woman is jailed that she excited them . Where is justiss here.
Why Mohammad had 11 wives? one of then was 9 year old/ one was his adopted son,s wife?
Is this moral religion?

:) Ahmad deedat answer this question well in the youtube, together with statistic! how awesome is that !

Masha Allah and Jazak Allah my brother for this post.It is not a story,it is a reality in Islam.I do hope so many non muslims will read it and try to get to know what is real in ISLAM,the Islam which is being shown on media or anywhere else or the Islam which our prophet (may Allah peace be upon him)brought for the whole world and which is in the holy Quran.

Jazak Allah and be mercy on you,ameen ya rub!

Mohammad copied from Torah and changed the wording.
He went around and gather bit here bit there and call it holly book.

do you know who is Mohammad? or muhammad? or mohamed? which one are you talking about? torah. emm what torah? do you know what is torah? or..... you just simple accusing people? did you know accusing people in Islam is a sin? muslims called it Fitnah. those who do fitnah, Allah do sure stated their punishment in the Quran. Do please check the type of punishment a fitnah-er will be receive. oh wait, you're not a muslim. Pardon me, I forgot, those who are not muslim will receive a greater and simple punishment. Jahannam. :)

u can call it any thing but Jews call them Torah. They were here before muslim. If I mention torah I must have know some thing about Torah/ Do not change the topic answer what is asked.

Mohammad peace be upon him didnot change as he was not able to read and write, how he can copy even he was not able to read it,

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Thank you for posting this on here. InshaAllah more non-Muslims will read it. I am reverted Muslim and I really think this is very true and what I have also found out about Islam. Women's rights are equal in value to a man's rights but not identical. Men and women were created differently and each for a different role in life so therefore they have different rights and different responsibilities according to their role. I would go as far as to say that women have more rights in Islam than maybe any other religion. I know since I have become Muslim I have been treated with more respect than when I was Christian and I also wear hijab. Islam is by far the better religion for women. Do you know anything about Hinduism? Nobody really says or reports how badly women are treated or mistreated in Hinduism but the western press is always ready to report how "bad" Islam treats the women, but it just isn't true what they say. Check out Hinduism and womens rights then we will see which religion treats its women with respect. Alhamdulillah I found Islam and the respect for women that I had hoped for. Islam has done so much for women's rights.

Jazak Allah my dear i am really so happy,having seen that you are being treated with more respect after reverting.Be more blessed and have more peace not only here but hereafter as well.

Peace,love and more respect for you,ameen ya rub!

What is hear after? do u mean Alah has place some where else then earth?
Can u tell me where it is so I can go there and see it my self

i am a muslim girl , i observe paradah not strictly but as much as possible .................no objections or argument to your article ,instead its so well written and convincindg

I have no problem if women want to cover them self in hazab . But u have to realize now is different times. People are hiding behind burka. All the west asking is not to cover the face so it can be seen if man or woman is in burka. !400 years ago was different time now is diffent time. Co-orate with where one is living. West do not hate Muslim it is the action that west hate. To live in peace one has to chage with time. Obay the laws of the country u live in.

Masha Allah its so well written

Nice article. You wrote: "it is expected that they will thus be recognized, and not molested."..
What if they get recognized THEREFORE molested -like what happens nowadays- because of islamophobia? Is a hijab still for women's protection? An Iraqi woman got killed in CA a few months ago and a hate message was found beside her body. A Pregnant Egyptian woman got shot in Germany a couple of years ago in another hate crime.. and lots of other examples which we don't hear about because they are minor. For example, not being served in a restaurant, being called names, being spit on in the streets. What do you think? Is it always for women's protection?
Hope you don't find my question offensive.

uhmm I maybe not d xpert in religious question, but what has happened to those muslima wasnt bcz the Islam law, dont blamed the law bcz its already written in Koran mean its a GOD words, blamed those damned ******* arrogant ppl that did that, Hijab is the identity as Islam same as an ID, same as a skin, how many ppl threated bad bcz of their race?, being called names, being spit on the street? should they take of their skin too ?

every religion say their words are words of god? How many god are there?

i agree with you ,people hate islam blameing the relegion not realizing their own pitiful state that cannot reapect but hate

when muslin do not counter what their leaders say then what are be to believe It is written in your book if u meet man turn him to muslim if he will not then kill him.

Do we believe your book or just u / If u say it is not that way that mean Quran is wrong? There are proof that muslim kill if people do not convert to muslim

dear frozen............... if some one is molested ,its the people molesting must be blamed not the identity

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Masha'Allah bro.

Enlightening and well written. And of course Allah's light whether placed in words, actions, or thought is always enlightening - always wonderful, alhamdulilah.

Islam is a whole way of life and the more you get to know it, the more clearer life will become.


wonderful! i love the examples you've used...

is Muslim and Islam same thing or there is difference

islam is religion and the follower, believer of islam is called muslim

who started Islam and who started Muslim?

well. I just want to share. That St. Paul started Christianity after his love was rejected by the father of the girl he admired and after he was craving for others attention to honor him with his twisted ideology and "adaptation" of Jesus's faith back then. Jesus brought the right message. but St. Paul was not. and most vast Christianity nowadays are following St. Paul and not Jesus.

we r talking about muslim no other religion. I know what has happened with Paul

Who started Islam? is it from Adam or some one else started Islam/ do not try to give me from any other religion

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