Special File Regarding Covering (Tasattur) and Headscarf

The headscarf, keeping women from men’s gaze and determining limits between genders, draws a line around the private zone with prohibition. The unity of a society is so bound to men’s honor that the criterion for this honor is women’s chastity preserved in the private zone.

The headscarf, keeping women from men’s gaze and determining limits between genders, draws a line around the private zone with prohibition. The unity of a society is so bound to men’s honor that the criterion for this honor is women’s chastity preserved in the private zone.

The headscarf is mentioned in the Qur’an :

Let them ( women) draw their veils over their bosoms”. (the Qur’an, an-Nur, 24:31)

The word “humur” from this verse in the original text of the Qur’an is the plural form of the word “himar” which means headscarf.

Those who say “The word himar in this verse from the Qur’an only means covering not headscarf” are definitely mistaken. Even though in the root of this word, there are the meanings of “covering, drawing near”, different words derived from this root have also different meanings.

For example, from the same root, the word “hamr” means wine while the word “hamir” means yeast and “humar” means a person who had a hangover. The word “himar”, the matter of our discussion, has been used in the meaning of headscarf and outfit that covers the body.

Articles, questions and answers on the matter of “covering”:

Is not being in tasattur (for a woman to cover her head and her body) a disgrace, crime or sin?

Unveiling Oppression

How can I cover my head (and body as prescribed by Islamic Law)? (An interview with ÜMİT MERİÇ)

What is the decree over head-scarf? What kind of danger does going out without a headscarf take women to?

Is there any religious objection for women's working? Is it religiously permissible for women to work among man?

How should a woman’s outside covering be? To what extent can hands and feet be uncovered? How should the head be covered?

How did the first tasattur (veiling, covering oneself) start? How did the wives of the Companions of the Prophet (PBUH) carry out the command of tasattur?

What kind of clothes should women wear (for tasattur)?

Should women wear overcoat or jilbab to cover themselves (for tasattur)?

Doesn’t women face draw more attention comparing to their hair? Why is hair covered up but not face?

Is it right for women who are dressed according to Islamic rules to wear their headscarves covering their shoulders?

How must be the way of dressing of a Muslim woman?

How were Muslim women commanded to veil themselves?

How is a free Muslim woman dresses when there are other people near her?

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