Women's Covering

Trying to isolate women, it's desired that they wear hijab. Kezban Hatemi says that this is not commanded in the Qur'an. Is hijab necessary or not?

Covering of women is mentioned in the Qur'an, but it doesn't specify how or in what form this should be done. Dwelling on the form narrows Islam's broad horizon. In fact, it would be a mistake to make a religious costume. The same thing is true for covering the head. It's a mistake to make this into one of the main principles of Islam and faith. The headscarf isn't one of Islam's main principles or conditions. It's against the spirit of Islam to regard uncovered women as outside of religion. We have so many things in common; we shouldn't be divided by details. If we're going to quarrel with one another in the mosque, first let's make peace in the mosque courtyard by giving priority to the spirit or essence of something before its form. July 20-29, 1997

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