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  • is it compulsory for women to cover all except her face and forearms??

    hey folks,
    doesnt Qur'an only command a woman to dress modestly??

    where does the Qur'an directly command a woman to cover all except her face and forearms??

    also, i didnt find any saheeh hadith that commands a Muslim woman to cover everything except her face and forearms.

    also in the medieval times, when slavery was present, the Islamic scholars stipulated the slave women to compulsorily cover only between her navel and knees, if my knowledge is correct.
    also these same Islamic scholars stipulated a free woman to cover compulsorily everything except her face and forearms.

    so isnt this a big error on part of these scholars??

    Qur'an commands a woman to dress modestly, yet, those scholars allowed a slave woman to reveal her upper body parts!

  • #2
    Why repost this
    يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ ٱعْبُدُوا۟ رَبَّكُمُ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكُمْ وَٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

    O mankind, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous

    Surah Al Baqarah ayah 21


    • #3

      And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, their brothers' sons, their sisters' sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.
      -Quran 24:31

      “Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) reported that Asma’, the daughter of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) came to the Messenger of Allah (may peace and blessings be upon him) while wearing thin clothing. He approached her and said: ‘O Asma’! When a girl reaches the menstrual age, it is not proper that anything should remain exposed except this and this. He pointed to the face and hands.”
      -Abu Dawud 4104
      With regards to what the scholars say, there is no ijma (consensus) on this matter. Some of the scholars said the slave women should not cover, others said they should not cover except when fitnah occurs. There are also some scholars who say that a slave should always cover. There is no clear Hadeeth on this matter and, according to some, the Quran seems to go contrary to some of the scholars who say a slave women should not cover.

      Regardless, there are no slave muslim women today, except those who have been unrightfully enslaved. So you need not pay attention to this matter. Instead focus on what the Quran and Sunnah say about the hijab for the normal muslimah.

      I recommend you use this website to learn more:


      • #4
        Also even the medieval scholars did not reach an agreement on this.

        Ibn Jurayj asked Ata ibn Abi Rabah about the woman, does she pray in a diraa (a type of shirt)? He said, “Yes, it has reached me that the slave woman during the time of the Prophet and afterwards did not pray until she had put something on her head: An izar, khimar, or a sheet, to hide her head with it.”
        -Abd al-Razzaq al-Sanani, Al-Musannaf

        Ibn Jurayj reported that it had reached him from some of the sheikhs of the people of Medina that slave women wear the khimar when they begin to menstruate, but they do not wear the jilbab.
        -Abd al-Razzaq al-Sanani, Al-Musannaf
        Ibn Jurayj asked Ata ibn Abi Rabah, “Can a woman wear the jilbab, and there is no khimar upon her?” He replied, “That does not harm her.”
        -Abd al-Razzaq al-Sanani, Al-Musannaf
        Last edited by ConfusedMuslim; 31-08-18, 10:37 AM.