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Looking at bikinis for instance, I come to understand Islam prohibits this. I don't understand why. I understand in the barbaric age, where men may not have treated women appropriately. But we are in the modern age... Even a women in a bikini is upheld more than a women in burqas. In fact, women in burqas are looked down upon because they have no sense of freedom. And doesnt freedom of clothing also promote physical fitness? Most women in Islam are unfit. This I believe isnt a good thing.

In Saudi, I even see women can't even drive.... what is this?

I feel there should be a newer "modern islam" which promotes things like freedom of dress for women. Freedom to do as they please as well. I'm not saying that they should be slutty and act slutty in front of men. Just saying, if they choose to wear something tighter to show off their bodies that they worked hard to get, they should be allowed to. If they don't want to, they don't have to. It feels like women wear burqas so they don't have to workout or try to look good.

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Here is the original question: answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20140727191113AASuPPn –  user8189 Aug 10 at 1:58
Users are closing this not becasue they don't have an answer, but because you didn't write the question according to the policies of this site. Please go through How to ask and you will understand why we are closing it. To be specific, You claim that people nowadays treat women properly, where is the source of you statement ? On the contrary, I have sources that say women are still being abused like before, 2nd, the way you wrote your question would generate many random answers based on opinion rather than Islamic facts. –  Sohaeb Aug 10 at 9:52
Let Gold go outside and see what happens. Allah knows instincts of men more better then anybody so Allah knows what would happen if Women would go outside like you want. Hijab is protection for Women –  Murtaza Aug 10 at 17:39
@Murtaza: since it is instincts of men which goes wrong so should not we control men rather than women –  Hussain Akhtar Wahid 'Ghouri' Aug 12 at 9:56
BOTH, if both are out of control because women has same instincts 10 times more then men. –  Murtaza Aug 12 at 10:04

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As far as genuine Islamic teachings are considered, far from being hated, women are held in high esteem and should be dearly loved by their parents, husbands and brothers. Also in Islam no one is allowed by Allah to involve in practices and deeds that are considered sinful.

But from the kind of things you expect women to normally do, I assume that you're a westerner and just as every other average westerner, you have hard time understanding Islam and Muslim culture and way of conduct. That's because you have grown up in a secular liberal society and have embraced its values and norms with no question. And that makes you assume that your culture is probably the normal and correct way of life and every other society who doesn't follow you is abnormal, irrational and backward. This is just a natural consequence of someone being raised exclusively in one culture without having yet the opportunity for critical study of his own culture and objective study of others.

The other problem is that even when many westerners try to objectively study and understand other cultures they miserably fail! The fundamental philosophical premises of dominant western thinking and culture prevents the observer to judge and evaluate other cultures objectively. In other words, they tend to see other cultures through their own biased lenses. This makes one for example to assume that muslim women are repressed, sexually discriminated, backward and unintelligent simply because they don't abide with western notions of liberal conduct which celebrate egoism and considers trying to appeal to every random male on the street via exposing of one's body and skin the apex of human freedom!

However in genuine Muslim thinking, those norms and conducts are considered to be clear sings of a blatantly superficial, morally bankrupt, dehumanized society where sacred values such as marriage and morals, commitment to family, modesty, humility and consciousness of the Creator (i.e. things that really make us human according to Islam) have become totally compromised and forgotten for long. The souls of such a society, far from truly free, are considered to be enslaved by carnal, egoistic desires.

In Islam, real happiness is achieved by moderated and responsible sexual life through marriage, purification of one's soul from relentless desires of the flesh and nurturing it with spirituality and Godly humility and compassion. Care for body is encouraged albeit mainly for maintaining one's health for running a successful religious life, not for public display and attracting attention. Burqa or Hijab is used for protecting women's chastity from lustful looks of ill-hearted men who tend to treat women as objects of mere pleasure. That's also how a muslim woman implies that she should be judged and respected for her character traits and human virtues and not be reduced to a doll.

With all that said, I have to admit that the contemporary muslim Ummah has failed to introduce genuine Islamic Wisdom to the world. In fact many muslim groups and governments misrepresent Islam and show a distorted picture of Islam. Disadvantaged conditions of women in some 'muslim' societies must be blamed on bad policies of the government and twisted understanding of many influential muslim scholars and schools of Islamic jurisprudence. For example, so long as women observe hijab and modesty and their dignity is protected, there seems to be no real Islamic basis to deny them the right to engage in social and public activities and jobs such as driving cars or working in the business or government sector.

But Islam and genuine muslim scholars have always held women and feminine role in the society in high esteem. For example, Imam Ruhollah Khomeini the leader of Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979 had a great love and respect for women. He considered women to have a very vital role in creation and human development. This is what he had to say about services of Islam to women on the birth anniversary of the Lady Fatima Zahra, prophet's heavenly daughter:

This joyous birthday occurred in a place and time when women were not considered to be human beings and their very existence was seen as a source of shame for families among the different tribes of the pre-Islamic times. In such a corrupt and barbaric environment, the great Prophet of Islam took woman’s hand and delivered her from the slough of pagan customs. The history of Islam testifies to the limitless respect the Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him and his descendants, showed this noble infant, so as to demonstrate that woman has a special greatness in society, and if she is not superior to man, she is certainly no less than him. So this day is the day of woman’s revivification, and the day to establish her honour and the great role she plays in society.

Thanks to the Islamic revolutionary revival that Imam Khomeini led, Iranian society managed to set a brilliant example in social manifestation of Islamic feminine essence for the world to see. Iranian pious muslim woman played a courageous and crucial role in victory of the Islamic Revolution over the tyranny of Pahlavi secular monarchy and its subsistence through post-revolutionary challenges. In this regard Imam said:

Women are the source of all blessings. We all saw what role the women played in this movement. History has witnessed great women in the world and what it means to be a woman, but history is remote. We ourselves have witnessed the kind of woman Islam has nurtured. In this recent period, the women who rose up were the veiled women from the south of the city, from Qum and other places where Islam enjoys a strong foothold.

I'm not going to mention the more Shiite specific beliefs in regards with women in Islam except to briefly mention that according to Shiites, Lady Fatima Zahra was among the 13 Infallible who share the primordial substance of the Holy Prophet which preceded all creation, the highest possible virtue for a woman that humanity can not even so easily comprehend let alone match! Imam Khomeini alludes to this wisdom in one of his speeches about the status of Lady Zahraa which people can read on the link I provided in the end.

Source for quotations: The Position of Women from the Viewpoint of Imam Khomeini (r.a.), Chapter: Great Women of the World

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I am a Muslim. Born and raised in the United States. I am trying to understand this concept. It has never bothered me to look at women and enjoy them, respect them, interact with them. I do not do it in any harmful way. IMO, I treat them with the same respect than any other Muslim does. But I don't mind what they are wearing. Whether its a bikini, or shorts, or yoga pants, I treat them all the same and adore all of them for their characteristics. I feel other Muslims who follow the Quran strictly hate women. If they wear something different, they look down upon them. –  user8189 Aug 10 at 7:32
@user8189, exposing one's body invites lustful looks. And you already admit that you adore them for their sex not for their humanity. And that is considered sin! –  infatuated Aug 10 at 10:06
@user8189 If Mr. Infatuated will allow me to use his noteworthy response, I would like to recommend a book that would dissolve all your concerns; I had no idea what the role of women was, and what high level of respect Islam gives them until I read this book al-islam.org/rights-women-islam-ayatullah-murtadha-mutahhari (The Rights of Women in Islam by Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari). I recommend reading the whole book, seriously! If you are looking for a direct answer see Part Five: The Human Status of Woman in Quran, enjoy! –  user5608 Aug 10 at 12:31
@user8189 A woman is the source of attraction, and a man pursues her. So, regardless of the number of gentlemen in the world, if she lets loose then there would be men pursuing her solely for her physical attributes. If you are not convinced, then check this out 15th century women wore hijab 3.bp.blogspot.com/-HFQ1AS4OJY8/TvoQZBRyNTI/AAAAAAAAzSA/… non-muslims! –  user5608 Aug 10 at 12:37
Noble Quran 41:34: "Nor can goodness and Evil be equal. Repel (Evil) with what is better: Then will he between whom and thee was hatred become as it were thy friend and intimate!" –  James Aug 10 at 14:06

Hijab is not only for women it is also for men. In Quran, men were ordered first to lower their eyes:

قُلْ لِلْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ يَغُضُّوْا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَ يَحْفَظُوْا فُرُوْجَهُمْ, ذَلِكَ أَزْكَى لَهُمْ.
“Say to the believing men that: they should cast down their glances and guard their private parts (by being chaste). This is better for them.”

Then it was ordered to women:

قُلْ لِلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَ يَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوْجَهُنَّ...
“Say to the believing women that: they should cast down their glances and guard their private parts (by being chaste)…”

And in the end they were order to wear hijab:

وَ لاَ يُبْدِيْنَ زِيْنَتَهُنَّ إِلاَّ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَ لْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلىَ جُيُوْبِهِنَّ...
“...and not display their beauty except what is apparent, and they should place their khumur over their bosoms...”

This is the translation of the whole ayat:

"Say to the believing men that they cast dawn their looks and guard their private parts; that is purer for them; surely Allah is Aware of what they do. And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and not display their ornaments except what appears there of, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their or name except to their husbands..." (Holy Qur’an, 24:30-31).

Now you see it is not only for women to wear hijab, but it is also for men. Women and men are treated equally. Not only women have dress code but also men have dress code. A man must always be covered in loose and unrevealing clothing from his navel to his knee. Men also can't wear silk and gold which are prohibited.

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 808
Narrated by Abu Musa Ash'ari
The Prophet (saws) said: Wearing silk and gold has been made unlawful for the males of my Ummah and lawful for their females.

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Hijabs are headdresses, and Holy Quran, 24:31, is typically interpreted to be just for ladies since, at the end of the verse: ", and not display their or name except to their husbands..." –  James Aug 10 at 15:26
@James yes by hijabs literary means you are right in my language it is called parda and men do parda of eyes to not to see women. –  Hamza Aug 11 at 12:06

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