IS A WOMAN'S HAIR HER 'AURAT?
By: Kassim Ahmad
10 June, 2017
Most Muslim women throughout the world wear the inavitble tudung or fully-clad headscarf, wrongly thinking that her hair is her 'aurat and should be covered. 'Aurat is an Arabic word meaning "nakedness" It is not logical her hair is her nakedness.
Let me quoted the Quran on the dress code for women, "Tell the believing women that they subdue their eyes and maintain their chastity. They shall not reveal any parts of their bodies, except that which is necessaru. They shall cover their chests and shall not relax this code in the presence of other than their husbands, their fathers ..." (24: 31) Thus a woman's hair is not her 'aurat and need not be covered. Covering her hair is also not healthy. It smells.
However, the origin of this is traceable to the Torah in Korintus, 11: 5. Bunyinya, "Tetapi tiap-tiap perempuan yang berdoa atau bernubuat dengan kepala yang tidak bertudung, menghina kepalanya, sebab ia sama dengan perempuan yang dicukur rambutnya. Sebab jika perempuan tidak mahu menudungi kepalanya, maka haruslah ia juga menggunting rambutnya .."
How many of our tudung-clad women know this? I bet none. If they do, they would scurry to do away with their tudung! On the other hand, some are proud of wearing the tudung, wrongly thinking that the tudung shows their religiosity. What amazes me why their religious scholars do not tell them this. Is it they too do not know?
KASSIM AHMAD is a Malaysian author. His website is