As the Muslim population continues to grow, you will probably find yourself seeing more and more Muslim women wearing a scarf, or hijab. While some people believe that the hijab should be banned for various reasons, the truth about why Muslim women cover themselves is a mystery to many. Unlike some people think, the hijab isn't a source of oppression, rather something that these women wear as an act of faith, and it is their right to be able to wear what they want to express their beliefs.
First and foremost, the hijab is a command of God to all believing Muslim women, as is quoted from the Quran: (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, that so they may be recognized (as decent women) and not annoyed. God is ever Forgiving, most Merciful). -(33:59)
The hijab is commanded once again in another place in the Quran as well: (Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest. That is purer for them! God is Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms. . .) -(24:31-32)
However, many people, including Muslim women, still question the reason for the hijab. Once a person understands these words of the Quran, the answer becomes quite clear. The hijab is an act of modesty, as well as protection from men's eyes. Women in Islam are not viewed as objects for males to stare at, therefore God commanded that they wear hijab so as to make it clear that their beauty is for themselves, and not something that other people can take advantage of. The hijab also distinguishes Muslim women from non-Muslims, and is a test for the believing women, as many Muslim women actually don't wear a scarf, for various different reasons. Many Muslim women fear of being made fun of for wearing it, while others do not realize the reason behind God's commandment to wear a hijab. The hijab is really meant to help women in Islam, and is not a sign of oppression in any way. Plus, since women have the freedom to choose whether they wear a hijab, it makes the reward for wearing it much greater.