Behind every command of Allah there would be a reason. Hence when hijab comes to my mind, the so-called reasons people claim for the reason to wear hijab are:
Even though men and women both are attractive to each other, the cause of evil on earth due to men's attraction towards women is large. Hence hijab acts as a barrier thereby letting women not showing off their attractiveness, reduces such evil.
Hijab acts as barrier thereby protecting them from the evil eyes or from the ugly men (like a wrapper covering a chocolate protects from house flies).
Well, even though Hijab protects women from the evil, I feel keeping such a ruling of hijab to protect them from men is a little weird because when hijab of the eyes is common for both sexes. Why did Allah make women follow an extra ruling (veil) just because of men's uncontrollable attractiveness?
I mean both sexes are attractive to each other and hijab of the eyes is common for both and we do know that if men were to really follow hijab of the eyes. Such protection wouldn't be needed. If men can't control only if women were to follow hijab of the eyes, isn't it the defect of God's creation for creating men in such a way?
Note: The questions above I asked are only regarding the so-called reasons people claim (which I mentioned above) so as to make someone understand that, that's the reason Allah made such orders for women.but to me such reasons feel illogical because of the so-called questions I asked above.
There are some other reasons which some people claim to be reasons behind Allah ordered hijab which are mentioned below:
- Allah ordered hijab not to be protected from evil eyes or from men. It is only given to women for them to be modest. It is only a dress code (covering except their face, hand, and feet) like given for men, but they could wear it as beautiful as they wish unless they don't have an intention of attracting an opposite sex with their dress. hijab is just an act of dressing their dresses in an Islamic way.
Well, even though many do explain hijab in such a way, when we were to examine the Quranic verse 24:60
Sahih International: And women of post-menstrual age who have no desire for marriage - there is no blame upon them for putting aside their outer garments [but] not displaying adornment. But to modestly refrain [from that] is better for them. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.
From this verse, we could understand that women of post-menstrual age are allowed to keep aside of outer veil but they are not allowed to show their adornment.
Well (بِزِينَةٍ) adornment could be women's attractive body, it could be clothes, it could be ornaments they wear. But whatever it may be, it's clear that even women of post-menstrual age are not allowed to show off their adornment. If that's the case, then women before that age will surely not be allowed to show off their adornment. Hence from the above verse, it could be clearly understood that the reason behind women wearing hijab has an intention of not to show off their beauty and not to wear beautiful clothes in front of opposite genders.
It's clearly even seen from the hadith that women should not use perfumes
*Zaynab, the wife of ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood, said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to us: “If one of you attends the mosque, let her not put on perfume.” Narrated by Muslim (443).I
I do know some scholars who claim, its even bad for women to show of their face. Link: https://islamqa.info/en/11774.
Well, isn't it clear from the above explanation that people who feel offended or whom seems weird to claim (that hijab is a black cloth just for not showing of their adornments) are just giving such above reasons to make others feel satisfactory about hijab?
Well, isn't hijab an old age idea to keep the society free from sins when only men walked through streets and went for work while women stayed in houses. I mean I feel it would be safe for women with hijab at those times to mingle in a men dominated place or society.but now a days streets and work places are for both men and women. Hence isnt hijab of the eyes enough for both? and why cant men be made to control rather that imposing women with an extra veil for not to show off their beauty?
NOTE: This post is actually a doubt that has been in my mind for a long. i need clarifications and explanations and not a debating answer, and my question is all about hijab and i know how much Islam provided provisions for women which no other religions gave.