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Discussing the Islamic dress code for women: the Hijab.

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In my essay I will be discussing the Islamic dress code for women: the Hijab. The Hijab is the headscarf worn by Muslim women and girls to conceal their beauty from men. They do so not because they are forced to, but they do it freely. The question arises: "why do Muslim women have to follow the dress code?" women observing the Hijab in front of men is something that is obligatory in Islam as is shown in the holy book of Islam, The Qur'an.. Muslim women wear the Hijab (the covering of their heads) because they have been told do so by Allah (God) in the holy Quran (the Book of God) "O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believing women (Muslim women) to draw their outer garments around them (when they go out or are among men). ...read more.

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There is a strange importance placed on the Hijab and women without any mention about the real overall purpose, and also the fact that Men have been shown by Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) to wear clothes which are loose and do not show off the figure. They are also recommended to keep a beard and preferably to wear a Topi (cap). The dress code of females AND males has been prescribed to Muslims by their Creator and Lord again quoted in the Quran "O Children of Adam! (The Muslims) Wear your beautiful apparel (Topi) at every time and place of prayer" (Qur'an 7: 31). The point is that Muslims males AND females are carrying out what they see as Allah's (God's) commands, it is not the business of those who have no understanding of Islam to criticise it's teachings. ...read more.

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Recently the French government initiated a similar act upon the women of France by banning the Hijab because it is a 'symbol of religion' the same ban on large crosses for Christians and skullcaps for Jewish boys doesn't compare to the illegalised headscarf, for the Hijab is regarded as a necessity to the millions of Muslim girls and women all over the world. A law of such resolution would be a crime against religious freedom. The Government had a specific target: aiming at the Islamic headscarves of young women, members of the 3.26 million-strong Muslim population of France How can the wearing of a piece of fabric pose any form threat to a vibrant and a leading democratic society, bearing in mind that a similar cloth has been worn by the Catholic Nuns for centuries? To summarize the oppression of women in France is no different to the oppression carried out by the Taliban in Afghanistan. So where are the Americans to set free the oppressed women in France? ...read more.

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