This is a question that is applicable to all religions. I read that all major religions have some ruling for covering the hair for women. In my experience in Islam it is more strict.

In Islam, what is the reason for that?

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Islamic tradition holds that women's beauty should be reserved for their spouses. The primary reason behind this practice is the concept of modesty, which is highly emphasized in Islam. Modesty encompasses both physical and behavioral aspects, and covering the hair is considered a part of it.

  • "for their spouses" only? I guess not ...
    – owari
    Commented Apr 1 at 14:15

In Islam, a Muslim must be submitted to Allah and if he understands that a command is given by Allah that will suffice for him to obey the command. Therefore it is not always the case that the Muslims know exactly why a rule is set forward by Allah, but sometimes we are told some hints, and sometimes scholars think about the rules and propose some guesses.

According to Shia Fiqh that I'm somewhat more familiar, wearing Hijab for women is obligatory before anyone who can imagine to marry according to the rules of Allah. For example a woman can wear no Hijab (in its common sense) before his father and grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles and etc. Even if a woman is such old that no one in the gathering may even think of marriage with her, she is not obligated to wear a strict Hijab, although it is still recommended. Those who need not to wear Hijab before each other are called Mahram. Spouse are not Mahram to each other although is sometimes mistakenly stated to be so. Those who are Mahram to each other should avoid lustful looking, touching and feeling against each other, but those who marry with each other are Halal to each other and need not to consider any covering of any type in each other's front.

These rules and the extent of covering being obligated may change to some extent from case to case, but all in all they seem to be there to protect the family as the smallest and the most important brick of the society. A woman in the family as a spouse or/and mother, is somewhat a strong pillar of the family, or as a light in the room which glow the room and give spirit to it. Weakening the place a spouse/mother has in a family is like destroying the family, a place where next generation of humankind is to be produced, treated and learned.

It has however other probable reasons as well. When a woman wears a Hijab and goes to work, the men co-workers will less feel lustful, the whole atmosphere will be safer for both the genders working together, and efficiency will grow. Wearing Hijab is a reflection of that women can appear in society, work as hard as men, and at the same time be viewed as a human, not a sex toy or things like that ...

  • If spouse is not Mahram, then what is the term used for him/her? Also I don't get how hair makes men lustful.
    – Kawrno
    Commented Apr 1 at 17:18
  • @Kawrno, it is commonly said Mahram and assumed as a Special Mahram, but some insist on calling them Halal instead of Mahram, since Mahram means somewhat being protected by having Hareem (حریم) and spouse has no Hareem in that regard! Strangers have no such Hareem and are not Halal either, but they can marry to become Halal to each other.
    – owari
    Commented Apr 1 at 17:40
  • Also hair in some Ahadeeth are considered as a great portion of women's beauty, something that absorb men toward them, so if it does not strictly make men lustful by itself it can absorb their attention for their lust to awake and raise gradually then after ...
    – owari
    Commented Apr 1 at 17:47

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