What Everyone Needs to Know about the Hijab/Veil in Islam | What the Patriarchy?!

hashtag what the patriarchy where we are working to completely upload the patriarchy from islam hashtag inshallah and hashtag islamic feminism zindabad today’s episode is going to be about the most popular topic that is related to islam unfortunately the hijab or the veil the thing that muslim women cover their hair with sometimes when muslim women talk about the hijab they usually ask if it’s obligatory it does it does islam require that we cover our hair in other words will god punish us if we don’t the quick answer to that is no it’s not obligatory and no god will not punish you if you don’t cover your hair the long answer is throughout this video we usually talk about it if we are pressured to do so by muslims or by non-muslims are we supposed to cover why do we cover it why don’t we cover it cover our hair do we also cover our hair when we’re in the shower aren’t we hot in the hijab and so on no matter what we do no matter what muslim women do our decision is always political it’s always some political statement open to speculation somehow never the correct choice or the correct decision the correct thing to do and somehow it is a statement on all muslims on all muslim women and all of islam when muslim men talk about the hijab it’s usually to either say that we are supposed to be wearing it so basically mansplaining and i don’t care if it is your favorite male scholars saying this that’s still mansplaining or to praise us for wearing it and the irony here is that the comment usually is about modesty but it usually goes something like oh you look so pretty in a hijab or to challenge us and say that we are not supposed to be wearing it so why are we wearing it basically reducing what a woman does and does not do to whether we have to do something um so basically more mansplaining and i don’t trust men’s opinions on the hijab without an exception and you shouldn’t either so the good ones will just say that we can’t that they these good men cannot speak on the issue of hijab um not only do they have no experience with it but it’s not their place to speak on it and if they’re male scholars of islam whom i also don’t recommend listening to or trusting too much by the way they’re probably not scholars anyway but in that case the good ones the legitimate scholars of islam should give you a wide range of opinions on the hijab and their individual opinions are also irrelevant when non-muslims typically ask about the hijab or talk about it they usually want to know why women cover their hair or they want to pity us for wearing it or they want to defend us i haven’t seen much nuance in the ways that non-muslims talk about the hijab it’s either it is oppressive or it is liberatory there’s an in-between there and it’s a little more complicated than being simply a source of liberation or source of oppression and that’s entirely what this video is about these folks the most the non-muslims that i have experience with they do associate the hijab with the ultimate symbol of oppression and they associate this oppression only with islam and with muslims nuns for example or other christians around the world who also were the hijab jews also wear it hindus and sikhs they also cover their hair so many people that i’m going to talk about in a bit but nobody seems to associate oppression with anyone else just with muslims and bt dubs if you’re not muslim and you associate the hijab with oppression and the oppression the repression of female sexuality then you are buying into colonialist ideas of the veil and you should correct that like yesterday there’s a lot of references that i’m going to provide in the description of this video that you can turn to for a more complicated more complex conversation on the hijab but let me not get too ahead of myself here what i’m going to do first is to answer the question of why muslim women might cover their hair choice or whatever my intended audience there is not is primarily non-muslim um but for the remainder of the episode my intended audience is primarily muslims non-muslims are still welcome and very much encouraged to listen but don’t you dare misunderstand anything that i say here or take it out of context and claim that islam is patriarchal because you know the hijab when my whole argument in this channel if you’ve watched any of my episodes is that patriarchy not religion is the root cause of problems that women and lgbtq people around the world face and whatever problem you can find in islam that’s related to patriarchy i guarantee you it exists in every other religion including in their in other religions scriptures too sometimes in identical ways and then after the question of why do muslims or why might muslim women cover their hair i will address the historical background

of the veil where did it originate how why what did it mean historically and then we’ll talk about the quran and what it has to say about the about the veil and maybe some hadith as well um because hashtag islam and then i’ll give you some random thoughts about the hijab here and there as well oh and just so we’re clear by hijab or veil here i’m talking about only the head covering i’m not talking about the face covering or a full body covering i think that most muslims today understand that face coverings are not required in islam even if some totally false translations of the quran might say things like you know so they have women have to cover everything except one eye so they can see the road what the hell is up with that so why do muslim women wear it why do other muslim women not wear it for all kinds of reasons some believe that it is an expectation from god herself others don’t believe that they don’t they don’t believe it’s a requirement on expectation from god but they do believe that it is a great symbol of modesty some believe both some feel more pious more religious that way some do it to resist the sexualization and the objectification of their female bodies if they do not wear the hijab because in patriarchy is everywhere we are expected to look sexy and show skin and wearing the hijab according to this group of people depending on how you wear it of course but for some women it helps to prevent feeling objectified for other muslim women it is an assertion of their muslim identity especially in a context where their muslim faith is constantly on trial or where they are marginalized or persecuted for being muslim so the hijab there becomes a form of resistance to oppression and marginalization for other women it represents solidarity with those oppressed and marginalized groups because of their muslim identity so all kinds of reasons it’s never simply we have to or we don’t have to um or we do it because pressure or we do it because modesty it’s a lot more than that in my opinion though the way that muslim patriarchy talks about the hijab and requires that it be worn in a very ridiculous effort to completely erase the woman’s body and the woman from the public view means to me that the hijab also can be understood as rooted in sexualization your body is inherently an object of desire by certain people who are allowed to desire your body the responsibility basically falls on the person wearing the hijab rather than the onlooker men who are considered too irresponsible and are excused for being too irresponsible to respect a woman’s choice not to wear it or to respect a woman’s body without a head covering or without anybody covering and i think that if it’s about identity which i completely agree is totally a valid thing and everything but i have to ask how are muslim men supposed to display their identity how do they display solidarity with marginalized people i ask this because i’m not okay with the fact that the burden of representation of identity and culture and faith falls on women in every patriarchy all over the world not just among muslims and as for the question of choice do muslim women cover their hair because they choose to or are they being forced to by someone or some deity out there the answer to that question is it depends on so many factors but before i get to those i want to unpack the word choice here what exactly makes something a choice and why are we so obsessed with it i think it’s a very recent thing that we’re obsessed with choices as long as you choose to do something no matter what it is no matter its impact it’s okay and it’s valid but the problem with thinking that something is okay no matter what it is and no matter its impact just because a person chooses to do it is that we aren’t contending with the fact that choices do not occur in a vacuum and what i mean by this is that choices don’t come out of nowhere they’re always response to something they are informed by various factors like experiences expectations ideas of what is normal what is not normal and in many cases the same choices that we make in one particular time or one particular place would be completely inappropriate or invalid or illogical or probably not safe in a different time or in a different place and and the other problem with the word with the idea of choice here is that we’re not defining the word choice here so can we talk for example about the fact that having to show skin is also not always a choice the western beauty standards that we are smothered by on a daily basis are also not choices that we’re given they are expectations they are social requirements that come with consequences if we do not fulfill them and do not live up to them breast reduction breast enlargement clitoridectomy the idea that your clitoris your genitalia need to

look a particular way in order to be considered appealing to men primarily um these are not inherent choices we don’t nobody wakes up one day and says i’m going to go ahead and you know enlarge my breasts and that choice is informed by something else something beyond us so they are responses these choices or the things that we’re calling choices our responses to expectations to pressure to things that we have to do in order to be considered attractive and desirable and this sexualization by the way begins so early on that if you pay attention to what toddler female babies and little girls who have no breasts at all who have completely flat chests are still socially required to cover their chest when in public and you have to understand this is actually not a universal thing it’s not a natural or normal thing to expect little babies or baby girls who have no breasts who are completely flat chested to cover their head their chest because when i was a kid in pakistan my male cousins and i would go swimming in the public topless and it was not considered weird or normal it would have been more weird to actually cover our breasts when we didn’t have any so choice i want you to interrogate that some more question what you are taught is a choice and what isn’t ask yourself how many of us choose to wear dresses of a certain length when in professional spaces are how many of us are comfortable comfortable in those how many of us choose to wear blazers i hate blazers how many of us choose to wear high heels and makeup in order to look attractive and sometimes professional in certain settings how many of us choose not to come to work in pajamas i mean i would love to live in my pajamas they’re so comfortable or how many women choose quote unquote to change our last names after marriage to a man similarly how many of us choose again supposedly to give our children the last names of our husbands instead of our own how is this a choice when it is so explicitly gendered and who is this choice supposedly the supposed choice available to exactly why don’t men in heterosexual marriages ever seem to choose to change their last name or give their kids their mother’s last name so the point that i’m making here is that what we call choices are actually not really choices they are more complicated than that they are decisions that we make that are informed by and sort of enforced by things beyond us non-muslims also sometimes ask me if the hijab is a violation of human rights or in any way related to human rights issues this is interesting i think i mean it’s not inherently related to a human rights issue but it can be right when it is forced on you and when it is denied to you then it becomes a human rights violation and it becomes a violation of somebody’s rights you have to understand that being denied the right to wear the hijab is just as much about the control of the female body as being forced to where it is so just like i just mentioned that sometimes we have to look certain ways or behave certain ways or dress certain ways because otherwise we might get weird looks or we might be treated in a way that we’re not comfortable with the hijab works in similar ways depending on the kinds of spaces that you’re in the hijab may be the appropriate or the better choice versus not wearing it in other spaces or contexts it may not be an appropriate choice it’s not necessarily a permanent decision either and many muslim women take it on and off depending on the context and location and a bunch of other factors and some try it on for a few months or just a couple days maybe they decide that it’s not for them so they take it off others never try it some do decide to wear it permanently and have been doing it since their teenage years which is typically the age that many muslim women begin covering their hair or following what they believe are obligations and requirements from islam now me personally i wear it sometimes i don’t wear it other times i generally don’t wear it because i don’t look good in it to me and you have to understand i need to look good to myself that’s very important to me now for the history so first head coverings have been historically i think in so many cultures and religions and communities around the world and it still is in many of them um that includes many south asian religions hinduism jainism sikhism for example and then also many many religions that originated in the middle east like zerationism judaism christianity islam obviously most cultures around the world have thought that the head needs to be covered and actually not just women’s head but also men’s heads so think for example about the kippah which is an orthodox jewish practice it’s something it’s it’s basically a small cap that men wear on their heads which at least for some jews represents the idea that there is a god above you

and so it is supposed to indicate humility piety modesty etc and awareness of god and this applies to married and unmarried orthodox jewish men whereas according to orthodox jewish traditions women have to cover their hair only when they are married which is really really fascinating in jewish history too at different times the head covering was a way to distinguish themselves from non-jews and we will come back to this idea for islam as well because many muslims historically thought this way about the hijab too and in islam too in many muslim cultures men are socially expected and may be religiously expected to cover their hair with something um different kinds of cloths with a cap or or a hat my dad up until recently i did not ever see him um praying with his head uncovered so he would always cover his hair when praying and he would cover it with something called a toby so a little cap thingy a lot of arab men in much of the arab world cover their hair with something and christians too many around the world and in the u.s up until this past generation of women had to cover their hair in some form in order to attend church many churches around the world still require that women cover their hair when entering the church i had an experience with such a church in the republic of georgia in the summer of 2019 so for me given that so much of human history the idea of a covering on the head has been so prominent it’s not at all unusual or weird or silly that the islamic tradition too interpreted quranic verses uncovering and modesty to mean that covering the head for women is required but the good thing is that that was never god talking that was men talking and the good thing also is that we don’t have to listen to those people now let’s talk about where the hijab comes from this is incredibly offensive because patriarchy but here’s the fact historically it is about hierarchies covering your hair in your body was about hierarchies maintaining those hierarchies it was about power it was about status who is better than whom whose body is the is the public entitled to you know seeing and and observing and watching and admiring and whose it was not entitled due to doing so so rich and upper-class women wore the veil because they had to because that meant that they were being hidden from the public view the rich woman’s sexuality and body was too sacred and too private um to be available to the public but the poor woman’s was so poor women and women who had to work outside of the home they were expect they were not expected to cover their bodies the same way that rich women were and what i’m about to say next is also very offensive so enslaved women were not allowed they were forbidden to cover their bodies not just their hair but also their breasts and and this is connected to being seen as an object um being seen as property being bought and sold and the person who was buying you needed to know what they were getting into very very incredibly offensive and unacceptable things there are reports attributed to the khalifa allah matter in which he punishes a woman who is enslaved or a slave woman for covering her body with ajalbab or some say the hijab so how dare a woman beautify herself with the hijab with the covering how dare she be dulled up he uses a language that indicates beautifying her body with the jailbab and he’s really angry that a slave woman is being permitted to cover her body in another report omar literally hates a woman who is enslaved because he sees her covering her head and he says you’re not supposed to cover your head stop pretending to be a free woman um it’s it’s a whole mess and this idea that enslaved women were not to cover their body uh like free women were is completely normalized historically it’s a normalized thing in assyrian laws in ancient middle eastern laws it sometimes came with very violent punishments for those who broke this rule and here’s a very fascinating thing muslim jurists did think and write a lot about omar’s opinion on the hijab for enslaved women but y’all they also literally concluded that enslaved women were not allowed to cover their heads and that they could even pray without a head covering and it doesn’t end that they could also walk topless in public they did not have to wear a top at all in public in fact some made such offensive comments like the enslaved woman is offensive in a shirt if she’s wearing a top an enslaved woman’s aura was historically identified as differently than that of the free woman’s agra agra is an arabic word that literally means something that has to be covered it includes

genitalia or private parts but it generally refers to anything that a person is supposed to cover out of shame or whatever in front of others and some reports even describe the whole woman as as aura what’s so ridiculous is that i’ve seen muslims on the internet or patriarchal muslims who promote the hijab and critically casually pointing this slave-free distinction out as if it’s nothing so here in this example from reddit we have a muslim dude bro who conveniently uses these references of past muslim dude bros who explicitly prohibited enslaved women from covering their hair by making it about symbolism a reddit dude bro thinks that it’s about symbolism and that all women who cover are like free women and all women who don’t cover are like enslaved women but he’s not doing his homework or his research and he isn’t understanding what his patriarchal ancestors actually said and meant these quotes are nothing to be proud of we cannot be throwing them around like they just mean to show how important covering is because it’s not what they’re doing what they actually meant to do was to pit women against each other and create a hierarchy that’s non-existent in the quran when i die i’m going to tell on these patriarchal enslaving men and their supporters whom some muslims mistakenly identify as scholars and authorities of islam when they’re clearly objectively not legit scholars or legit authorities in islam certainly should not be considered such but all of this said fortunately the islamic tradition is diverse and there are multiple opinions on almost anything not on everything and so the idea that enslaved women must not wear the hijab when praying isn’t shared by all scholars so many scholars claimed that an enslaved woman could cover her her the rest of her body but not her hair so all of this to say that the things that you’ve been taught about the hijab about the islamic view on the hijab is probably wrong and it’s not about modesty like we’re taught it is it’s the rules are different for free and enslaved women and they’re and they’re also different for young and older women so fun fact here did you know that women who are considered not sexually desirable and postmenopausal don’t have to cover their hair so yeah i have a friend who loves to troll people with this when she attends islamic events or conferences and there’s young girls and boys giving her weird looks because how dare she not cover her hair in this islamic setting she tells them well technically islam allows me not to cover my hair anymore because i’m old and sexually not desirable this is not a quranic thing it’s something in the filk bottom line is historically both in islam and outside of islam ideas of covering are rooted in a person’s status in society whether you’re free whether you’re enslaved a concubine a rich person a poor person working outside of the home and so on they’re also rooted in specific groups of men’s assumptions about what is desirable and not desirable in a woman and therefore requiring for that desirable thing to be covered now for the quran what does the quran say about covering the head or wearing the hijab i should probably note here that the quran doesn’t use the word hijab to mean a head covering it actually uses it to mean a curtain a barrier and the word appears a few times in the quran like in surat maryam and in the context of the prophet’s marriage to zainab this doesn’t mean however that because the quran doesn’t use it in that way we can’t either language is a fascinating thing and meanings and uses of words change all the time and this is one example of it i think the logic of the evolution of the meaning of hijab to what we to the way that we use it today can be explained as follows the hijab as a head covering indicates the barrier between the woman who’s wearing the hijab and the source the outside world right so the hijab becomes a barrier between her and the rest of the world but the rest of the world here symbolizes evil temptation all things bad so it becomes symbolic surat nur chapter 24 and chapter 33 are where we read about the what we call the hijab today and here’s what those verses commonly believed falsely to be what the head covering say so surah 24 31 which is a continuation of 2430 in which god has just told men to lower their gazes reads and say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their private parts the arabic here is furuja na that they should not display their beauty beauty here for the arabic is xena except what must ordinarily appear thereof or accept what is apparent the arabic here is

that they should draw their himaar over their breasts and not display their beauty other translations say make their outer garments hang low over them the arabic here is xena except to their husbands their fathers their husbands fathers the list goes on and includes women men who have no physical desires of women and this is very important because that includes gay or queer people queer men or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex the arabic word here actually for the shame of sex is the word aura and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments the arabic here again is zina and it goes on that’s the most relevant part of the verse and then chapter 33 verse number 59 reads oh prophet and join your wives your daughters and the wives of the believers that they in the translations differ on this but some say should draw their veils over themselves other translations say that they make their outer garments hang low over them some translations actually use the words when abroad but that’s not in the text itself and the quran continues that is most convenient that they be distinguished and not be harmed and sometimes harmed here the arabic for which is is translated as harassed or molested or so that they’re identified and i’m going to add here verse number 3360 because it is directly related to 3359 but no one ever talks about it 3360 says that the men who keep harassing women right because of whom apparently 59 was just revealed will be banished if they continue to cause harm now before we take a moment to process these verses let me give you a couple of quick definitions the arabic word fimar that is used here too many it has too many conflicting definitions that include just a piece of cloth including even a tablecloth a piece of cloth that covers just the head a piece of cloth that covers the head and breasts and the face and so on in reality we actually don’t know what the himaar was supposed to cover and what it must have looked like in the seventh century we just know that it was a covering and in the arabic the other word that is relevant here is jilbab so it’s it’s um and i’m using here father’s definition of the word and i’m going to give you a link to abu fateh’s fatwa on as well because he also argues that it’s not mandatory so he defines jilbab as any outer garment worn by men or women that covers unspecified parts of the body so it’s again another kind of covering scholars have historically debated if you look at eighth of seal tradition or the uncovering until bob’s you’ll see that they there is very little agreement on what exactly these terms mean and what exactly a woman is supposed to cover and this idea of the xena or beauty or charms of a woman has been discussed extensively by male muslim scholars in the past and today their definitions vary for some of them it includes kajal eyeliner basically for for a woman any accessory like jewelry or even the clothes that she’s wearing if they’re pretty because then they need to be covered up by another layer of clothing or sorry of covering some schools of islamic law literally required women to cover their faces because the whole face would have thunk is too covering rules or modest rules are so complicated even further because at hajj all of this changes many of the scholars who required the covering of the face for for women actually forbade women to cover their faces when at hajj has a fatwa on the hijab that i’m going to give a link to in the description and he too reads these verses to mean that the head covering is not required to quote him on quranic verse 33 59 he says the only thing that the verse allows us to say conclusively is that muslim women are called upon to draw a piece of cloth khimar over there over the jube or their bosoms whether it covered the hair or the face we don’t know in other words the quran in this verse calls upon women to cover their bosoms anything beyond that would require extensive research into the social practices of himar dressing at the time of revelation and the historical evidence is far more diverse and complex than many contemporary scholars assume it to be but i want us to get out of this discussion and from these two quranic verses and their translations and interpretations is that interpretation is a very very human process the verses themselves don’t define the key terms that the key terms like xena and aura or you know beauty and charm and all of that or what must ordinarily appear thereof the interpretations are going to be subjective and they have to be

because the verses here are not setting an objective standard of modesty very easily anyone can argue that the head or the hair is something that in most cultures must ordinarily appear thereof who decides what these terms mean and why weren’t women historically consulted before these interpretations or interpretive decisions were made i mean i have opinions okay on men’s voice and and certain men’s laughter for example and certain men’s faces and certain men’s recitation of the quran but the historical islamic tradition even decided that a woman’s voice is agra what even and this is why we have to be critical about the positionality of the people who created often literally invented these rules their identity their experiences their assumptions their biases the impact that these particular rules would have on them and or on the people who these rules were being created for cis heterosexual men in a specific time period a specific culture with a specific world view and a specific set of realities making decisions about what is and isn’t attractive in a woman what is charming and what is not charming and desirable in a woman where are the women’s opinions about i don’t know how attractive how attractive a man’s voice can be and therefore they should not be allowed to recite the quran in public because hashtag mail aura so the listener can concentrate hashtag asking for a friend in terms of the context of these verses we actually can’t know that for sure for any verse really but scholars have historically claimed that the context of quranic verse 33 59 the one about covering so that they’re identified in a certain way is that men were harassing women who weren’t covered because these men didn’t know that these women were free women and so god sent the verses on women’s covering telling them to cover so that they can be identified as free women and not as slaves and therefore must be respected and left alone do you not see the problem here like that doesn’t sound like god at all the way that god talks about enslaved people in the quran versus how muslim male scholarship talks about enslaved people especially enslaved women is dramatically different there is literally nothing in the quran that suggests that free people and enslaved people are different except actually this is a really important exception the punishment for adultery for a free person versus an enslaved person for the enslaved person who commits adultery the quran says that it’s half that of whatever it is for the for the free person which by the way is a separate topic but clearly means that it’s not stoning to death or death so this whole explanation right this whole idea of oh this is a context which i think too many people just accept without even thinking critically about is totally suspect not to mention of course that it doesn’t even address the problem at hand which is men harassing women and then of course such an explanation raises all kinds of problems and questions like wait how were women covering their bodies in public actually and why the need to make sure an enslaved woman is distinguished from a free woman and is that giving men permission to go ahead and harass women because hey they’re choosing to be viewed as similar to enslaved women i mean it’s a whole can of worms here but the good news is that this is not true it’s not from god um it’s just some patriarchal insecure men’s opinions and we know not to take those seriously other hadiths tell us that the khalifa omar yes he is everywhere really really kept begging muhammad to make his wives cover but muhammad kept ignoring him and then one night omar sauda who is a wife of muhammad who is said to have been very large she was fat and omar tells her hey soda i recognize you and so the verses on women’s covering were revealed to make women cover and so that they not be recognized this is this hadith is like everywhere in bihari now don’t tell me that we’re just going to sit here and accept this as a legit thing that’s okay um and not ask a bunch of questions here about the problem with our mother and if this really happened this is deeply problematic and insulting and not okay you know i think someone should compile if they haven’t yet already a list of all of the hadiths that are attributed to our mother all of the reports that are attributed to all minor and check for his opinions on women and whether he’s a reliable source of islam or not because we need to recognize that men who speak this way of women or about women or to women should never be trusted as authorities or sources of islamic knowledge and that is also the same guy by the way who absolutely hated

that his wife kept going to mosques to the mosque and he tell he she knew he didn’t like it but she didn’t care because she said who are you to stop me when allah has given me the right to go so the lesson that we can learn from omar’s wife here is that she didn’t take his opinion seriously and we shouldn’t either trust her so the bottom line here is that the quran doesn’t talk about the hijab in the sense of covering the head but covering is i want to say understandably necessary from a religious perspective i think that what we can conclude for sure from the quranic verses on covering is that it’s promoting an idea of modesty in the context of clothing because of course modesty is beyond clothing sure we can problematize these gendered notions of modesty as well as this idea that women need to not bring too much attention to themselves before we do that we’ll have to acknowledge that this isn’t something exclusive to the quran or to islam and that only very very recently in like the last couple of decades have we begun to give language to the patriarchy of asking women to be more modest than than men are or to not take up space and to not be drawing too much attention to themselves now back to the quran though the modesty doesn’t uh doesn’t look the same way everywhere in all times and it shouldn’t so it doesn’t provide specific guidelines like muslim patriarchy does which is for women to cover the outlines of their bodies and basically look very unappealing because i’m sure as we’ve all heard a muslim dude saying at some point to us what’s the point of the hijab if you’re going to look that beautiful as for other hadiths on the hijab or the covering of the body there are a few that do mention covering the body some of them are very disturbing and should completely be discarded and many of them supposedly explain the context of the hijab verses that i mentioned earlier and the general context is that omar was obsessed with making women cover and no one listened to him so god took his side and said okay women need to cover because alma is right so women should be hidden in public the idea goes um in these particular hadiths objectively speaking no one cares what any man thinks about women’s covering or we certainly should not you know also though objectively speaking men who want women to cover usually want us to cover because we are apparently a source of temptation for them these men should be the ones to stay at home never leave their homes and not be visibly in public so that they’re not tempted right it should be on them that’s the obvious natural logical thing to do since no matter what a woman wears it’s men who are the problem right they’re the ones who are harassing us they’re the ones commenting on what we’re wearing and not wearing they’re the ones who want us to cover they’re the ones who are raping us right so they should be the ones they’re clearly the problem they should be the ones to stay at home and never leave their home so that we’re all safer and besides even if hadiths do say that we have to cover our hair or our face or whatever else so what if they say that women should cover their hair like is that a universal and permanent rule or is it a statement on how women at that particular time probably covered or should be covering in their particular context because i reject the idea that arab customs should be a source of islam i have my own culture thank you i need to end this but i have to ask here i don’t know why men don’t wear the hijab i haven’t received a compelling and convincing argument convincing answer to the question of why don’t men wear the hijab or cover their hair and also sure men don’t have to wear the hijab according to what apparently all the male scholars of islam have decided but are they forbidden from covering their hair from doing so no right they’re not so why don’t they do it so anyway i’m going to stop here just a quick recap of what we’ve talked about in this episode we talked about the hijab why do muslim women wear it or do muslim women wear it because it’s a choice because apparently then that’s okay but it’s not okay if they’re not doing it by choice so we questioned what even a choice means we talked about how choices never really happen in a vacuum they’re always informed by larger factors or other things beyond us we talked about the quranic verses on the hijab and we discussed the problems with the translations and interpretations of those verses and we unpack them to show that actually the quran doesn’t require that we cover our hair and we talked about the his the history of where the ideas of or how the ideas of veil are related to um status a person’s status in society based on freedom or age and so on and so in other words these ideas of the veil are rooted in very problematic things and and that history is important because some of that does make it into

a lot of the fic and the interpretations of seer on these particular verses because they are very problematic that the verses themselves are not problematic their interpretations are problematic all right so that’s all i have for today and i will see you next episode salam