Question: Where is it written in the Quran that women should wear a veil? and what is the meaning of it? why do they look at a woman as a sexual object? –Dany
Answer: My wife used to wear a head scarf (hijab) but not a veil. We looked into the matter in detail and pored over the Quran (this took months!) and what we found was that the Quran encourages modesty and to keep oneself modestly attired. It does not even mention the word ‘hair’ or that a complete veil should be worn. All the injunctions about covering yourself in an abaya (the black gown) come from ‘scholarly research’ which as a Muslim one has every right to dispute. But if you are going to dispute something you need to have read about it – unfortunately in the Muslim world, not too many people read much of anything and take the words of their Imams. None of my friends or family
wears a hijab or an abaya.
Women are looked at as sexual objects here in the West as well. In fact a naked woman here is equally repressed as the fully- dressed woman in the black veil. The difference is that when a woman is harassed here (USA), it is the fault of the man and hence overt sexual aggression is strongly discouraged and rightfully punished. In many Muslim countries (and I feel sad as I write this) if a woman is sexually assaulted, it is thought of as the fault of the woman because she was not modestly dressed. The veil and abaya are in ways defensive measures that women adopt. They are not religious symbols alone. –Muhammed