Parda in Islam

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PARDA (VEIL) IN THE LIGHT OF

QURAN AND SUNNAH

ABSTRACT

The cold war began between the religions and the best subject for west is women to create uncertainty between religions. They are continuously hitting Muslim women with the weapon of Human Rights. From last couple of years the big issue is revolving in west and it create many mess is Parda(veil). The say that parda is human rights violation and Parda humiliates the women dignity. But the Noble Quran says Parda (veil) creates respectful environment for women.

If we read bible it also taught women the importance of Parda(veil).

In Old Testament we read

Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us? “He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself. (Genesis: 24:64-65)

In New Testament

And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head--it is just as though her head were shaved.  If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head. (1 Corinthians: 11:5-6)

Islam the religion of peace stresses the relationship between body and mind. The ultimate goal of Parda is righteousness of the heart because in covering the body one shields the heart from impurities. Women of Islam wear Parda and loose clothing to fulfill the command of Allah Subhan wa tala. It encourages them to be modest and not to dress in a manner that attracts men.

The Parda (veil) can take many forms,

The Hijab

The Niqaab

The Burqa

In first hijab, generally refers to covering only head and neck, leaving face uncovered. This covering may have many styles but its main purpose is to cover the hairs properly.

In Niqaab is generally understood as clothing that covers the face as well as head, with the eyes showing.

The Burqa is a complete and proper form of Parda which covers the body of women from head to toe. This form of Parda (veil) is seen in many region of Islamic world. It may have many different styles and according to the cultural and traditional influence.

Key Words: Islam, Parda(veil), Quran, Hadith(Sunna)

Islam: Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that Allah revealed through all His prophets to every people.  Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the majority has nothing to do with the extremely grave events that have come to be associated with their faith.

 All the prophets sent by Allah brought the same message, i.e. believing in the oneness of Allah and the prophet Mohammad (Sal-Allaho-Alay-hay-Wasal-lam) as his last messenger. We, Muslims, believe in the Bible as the word of God and that it’s not in its exact and right form.  We believe that Old Testament, Muslims call it Torat, was revealed to Prophet Moses (Musa) and New Testament, Muslims call it Injeel, was revealed to Prophet Jesus (Isa) peace be upon them.  Since they were changed by people Allah sent the last testament, that is, the Holy Quran revealed to Prophet Mohammad (Sal-Allaho-Alay-hay-Wasal-lam) and it’s been 1400 years and not even a vowel of the Quran has been changed.  It’s in its exact and perfect form. 

 Christianity is closer to Islam than any other religion.  We don’t believe in Jesus Christ (May peace be upon him) as Son of God but believe in him as a mighty messenger of Allah.  We believe in his miraculous birth.  There is one chapter in the Quran in the name of the mother of Jesus Christ (P.B.U.H) as “Chapter Mary”. http://www.cometoislam.com/aboutislam.htm

 Parda (veil): Hijab is the term used by many Muslim women to describe their head cover that may or may not include covering their face except their eyes and sometimes also covering one eye. The Arabic word Hijab can be translated into veil or yashmak. Other meanings for the word Hijab include screen,...
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