People often conflate “hijab” and “headscarf”. Wearing the headscarf is one form of hijab, but users often forget that hijab is much more.
And at the genesis of the hijab discussion, the Quran commands men to not stare at women and to not be promiscuous. The Quran 24:30 obliges men to observe modesty: “Say to the believing men that they restrain their eyes and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Surely, Allah is well aware of what they do.” But you will hardly hear an Imam discussing this to those men showing their branded underwear even in mosques?
The above verse rebukes forced laws on women that claim “women must cover otherwise men are distracted”. It destroys rape culture because it commands men to reform themselves first and exclusively. It demolishes complaints that what a woman is wearing is “too provocative”, whatever that means, because it flat out forbids men from gawking at women.
In Islam, men have an obligation to God and to women to observe hijab. I wonder how many Muslim men will agree on this?
Written by Abu Maruf, 10 October 2019