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Do Muslim women have to be covered from head to toe?

Many so-called Muslim scholars have invented extreme rules for women’s dress which are not found in the Quran. Some, like the ones putting the pressure on you, say that all the woman’s body must be covered except for her face, while others even more extreme say that all the woman’s body must be covered from head to toe exceot for two holes where the eyes can peep out from!

Proof 1: There are no words in all the Quran where God commands the woman to cover all her body. We must accept that the Quran has all the details (6:114), and that God does not forget. If God wanted the woman to cover all her body from the neck to the feet God would have said that clearly. Those who make such un-Quranic claims cannot find words in the Quran with such extreme commands, so they manipulate Quranic words, mainly in 24:31 and 33:59, to comply with their false claims.

Proof 2: The fact that God says in 24:31 to specifically cover the breast indicates clearly that there are other parts of the woman’s body that do not have to be covered.
The following example God willing should make the point clear:
Think of your house and in it you have a garden. You have a gardener who comes to look after your garden.

One day you ask him: please water the area around the trees and also water the back of the garden.
What does this example tell us?

It tells us that since you specified only certain areas to be watered, then this is a clear indication that there will be other areas in the garden that do not need to be watered. If you wanted the gardener to water the whole garden you would have asked exactly that, by saying: please water the whole garden.
When we apply this example to the issue of women’s dress code in the Quran, the same principle applies, if God wanted the whole body of the woman to be covered, God would not have bothered saying “cover your chest” since an overall command to cover all the body would be a more appropriate command, and it would also be the only command that is needed. But since God specifies certain parts of the woman’s body to be covered, then this is clear proof that here are other parts of the woman’s body that do not have to be covered, as long as the are not beauty spots of sexual connotation (zinah), and as long as righteousness in dress is maintained (7:26).

Proof 3: The command to “lengthen the garment” also proves that the woman is not commanded to be all covered from head to feet. For if that is the case, and the woman is covered down to the ground, there would be no meaning to “lengthen the garment”. How can the woman lengthen a garment that is already down to the ground?

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