News reports from Pakistan brought to my attention some self appointed moral policemen who walk to women in Karachi and tell them to cover up their heads. According to the widely held belief among Muslims, women are required to cover themselves from head to toe.

‘Of course and why not? ‘, I thought. ‘They are doing the rightful task assigned to them by Allah in divine text. I decided to support and contribute in this holy task by making my mum, sister and wife cover up themselves using Burkas (body veil). I thought of doing some research as I will need help to convince them.

While googling over the internet for some support for my cause, I discovered this individual called Queen Rania of Jordan. She claimed herself as a devout Muslim, offers prayers five times in a day and yet wear sleeveless shirts and knee high skirts. That is a contradiction, I thought. Shouldn’t she at least wear a Hijab to cover up her head, if not a complete Burka, in order to call herself a devout Muslim? How can she be a devout Muslim, while she is violating Quran on its prescribed dress code for women? I was outraged by her hypocrisy. I decided to contradict Rania by putting direct quotes from the Quran on her website and expose this hypocrite to the world.

Using indexes, I could only find one such verse in Quran that state dressing requirements for Muslim women:

24.31 “Enjoin believing women to turn their eyes away from temptation and to preserve their chastity; not to display their adornments; to draw their veils over their bosoms and not to display their finery except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ father, their sons, their step-sons, their slave-girls; male attendants lacking in natural vigour, and children who have no carnal knowledge of women. And let them not stamp feet when walking so as to reveal their hidden trinkets”

For my better understanding, I broke Surah into smaller, manageable portions and used an English dictionary for my aid. The results were not that helpful and instead pointed in the opposite direction:

Enjoin believing women to turn their eyes away from temptation and to preserve their chastity.”

Turning eyes away from temptation and preserve chastity (chastity means purity or virginity). Common knowledge tells that wearing skirts and short sleeves does not result in loss of virginity. If I can think of this then so can my wife, mum and sister, so no help here.

not to display their adornments; to draw their veils over their bosoms and not to display their finery”

Adornments mean ornaments, jewellery or other accessories, drawing veils over bosoms means covering their breasts (not the head, not arms, not legs, not the shoulders or abdomen but only breasts) and not to display their finery, meaning fine or fancy clothing. Damn! No help here.

except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ father, their sons, their step-sons, their slave-girls; male attendants lacking in natural vigour, and children who have no carnal knowledge of women.”

I thought, ‘hmm! Interesting, if applied smartly, it can help me save on some of the shopping expenses. ‘ But nothing to build a case for my argument on Burka.

And let them not stamp feet when walking so as to reveal their hidden trinkets”

To stamp feet when walking so as to reveal their hidden trinket (trinkets meaning small ornaments or small pieces of jewellery).

So all help I could get from the Quran was that they must not wear jewellery and fancy clothings while leaving home. They don’t have to cover head, use a Burka or to stay indoors. Even worse, they now have complete legitimacy to wear clothings showing off arms, legs and even abdomen. Grrrr….!

Outraged by my discovery, I turn my anger towards the so called Muslim Ulmaz (clerics) instead, who have somehow managed to deceive me and many others like me into the absurd concept of forcing women into head to toe Burka and locking them indoors.

I do not understand how was this straight forward Surah translated as such that it would make common folks lock-up women indoors, cover them up head to toe and bar women from talking to men? Even if for a while we assume that women are violating prescribed dress code, where does the Quran ask men to self-appoint ourselves as moral police over women folks and ask them to cover up?