◕ Hijab and Niqab in the Bible
● A common misconception is that Muslim women are the only ones who cover their hair. It may be true that Islam is the only religion in which most women follow its directives to cover the hair, but it is not the only religion to have such directives.
● Is covering hair a religious obligatory commandment for the Christian Women? Answer is simply Yes!
Paul has this to say in his letter in [1 Corinthians 11:3-10]
“But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered, disgraces his head. But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered disgraces her head, for it is the same as if she were shaven. For if a woman is not covered, let her be shaven. But if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, ⇨ let her cover her head. A man indeed ought not to cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God. But woman is the glory of man. For man was not created for woman, but woman for man. This is why the woman ought to have ⇨ a sign of authority over her head, because of the angels.”
● The most clear example to Christians is Mary mother of Jesus
we see her picture in the Christian churches and everywhere.
How is she dressed? she was fully covered from head to toe except for the face and hands!
● The famous early Christian theologian, St. Tertullian, in his famous treatise, ‘On The Veiling of Virgins’ wrote, “Young women, you wear your veils out on the streets, so you should wear them in the church; you wear them when you are among strangers, then wear them among your brothers…”
● Biblical teachings: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jeweleries and fine clothes. Instead it should be that of your inner self , the unfading beauty of a quiet and gentle spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way, the holy women of the past, who put their hope in God, used to make themselves beautiful”. [1Peter 3 v 3-5]
● Hijab and Niqab (Veil) was a biblical custom of all pious women to represent modesty, bashfulness and good manners
‘And Rebecca lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she alighted from the camel, and said to the servant, “Who is the man yonder, coming to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my Master”. So she took her veil and covered herself’.
“In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,the earrings and bracelets and veils…”
Take millstones and grind flour; take off your veil. Lift up your skirts, bare your legs, and wade through the streams.
and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the women who sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own?
● According to Rabbi Dr. Menachem M. Brayer, “…it was customary that Jewish women went out in public covering their heads. Some even covered the whole face, leaving only one eye free. He further stated that, “During the Tannaitic period, the Jewish women’s failure to cover her head was considered an affront to her modesty. When her head was uncovered she might be fined four hundred zuzim for this offence.”