What does the Quran really say about a Muslim woman’s hijab? | Samina Ali | TEDxUniversityofNevada

What does the Quran really say about a Muslim woman’s hijab? | Samina Ali | TEDxUniversityofNevada


Reviewer: Peter van de Ven I’m going to take you back
in time, 1400 years, to the city of Medina, Saudi Arabia. To a time when Prophet Mouhammed
was given the task of finding a solution to women in the city
being attacked and molested. The situation was this: It was around the year 600 AD, long before the modern convenience, of plumbing. When a woman awoke
in the middle of the night with the urge to relieve herself, she would have to walk out, past the outskirts of the city,
and into the wild by herself, for privacy. Believe it or not, a group of men actually began
to see an opportunity in women’s nightly tracks, and started to linger
at the outskirts of the city – their identities hidden
in the dark, watching. If a woman walked by, and she happened to be wearing a jilbab, which was a garment like a coat, the men knew to leave her alone. A jilbab of centuries ago
was a status symbol, like a Burberry trench or a Chanel jacket. It announced that the woman was free, and a free woman
was protected by her clan. She would have no problems
speaking out against the attacker and identifying him. But if the woman walking out at night
wasn’t wearing a jilbab, if she happened to be dressed
a bit more freely, then the men knew she was a slave, and they attacked her. Concerned members of the community
brought the situation to the Prophet, and like so many other social,
political, and familial issues that Muhammed faced
during his Prophethood, he turned this particular
matter over to God, and a verse was revealed for the Quran, the Muslim holy book. “O Prophet,” it reads, “tell your wives, your daughters,
and the women of the believers to draw upon themselves their garments. This is better, so that they
not be known and molested.” Basically, the verse advises
that all women dress similarly, so that they can’t be
picked out from one another, zeroed in on, and attacked. Now, on the surface, this may seem like a relatively
easy solution to the problem, but turns out it wasn’t. The early Muslim community was tribal,
and so deeply entrenched in social status, and the idea that a slave
would look like a free woman, that was almost insulting. And then there was
the matter of practicality. How would a slave do her work? How would she function,
if her body was constricted by a coat? How would she cook, clean, fetch water? In the end, the early
Muslim scholars ruled that a woman’s way of dress
should be based on two considerations: a woman’s function in society – her role, what we might consider her job – and the society’s specific customs. Or, in another way: when in Rome. Muslims like to take historical rulings
and apply them to the modern era. So, let’s do that. A woman’s way of dress
should be based on custom and function. So, what does that mean for
a Muslim woman living in America today, for someone like me? First, it means that I have a function,
a role in society, a contribution that I can make. Second, it means that while I’m making that contribution, and living in a society
where veiling is not the custom, and where, in fact, if I veil
it might actually lead to harassment, then wearing what is the custom, such as a dress, a pair of jeans
or even yoga pants, is not only acceptable, it’s recommended. But wait, could that be right? After all, haven’t we all come to assume that a Muslim woman must veil, that veiling is
a requirement of her faith? There is even a term that we’ve all come to associate
with the Muslim woman’s veil, an Arabic term
that we’ve all heard use, whether or not we’ve been aware of it: “Hijab.” So, maybe I missed it. Maybe the requirement that a woman veil
is in a different part of the Quran. For those of you who don’t know,
the Quran consists of 114 chapters, each chapter is written out
in verses, like poetry. There are more
than 6,000 verses in the Quran. Out of the 6,000 plus verses, three refer to how a woman should dress. The first is the verse
I’ve already told you about. The second is a verse that directly
speaks to the Prophet’s wives, asking that they begin to dress
a bit more modestly because of their role,
their function in society as his wives. And the third verse
is similar to the first, in that it was revealed in direct response
to a historical situation. Early records show that the custom, the fashion during the pre-Islamic era, was for women to wear a scarf
on the head, called a khimar, which would be tucked behind the ears
and allowed to flow behind the back. In the front, a woman wore
a tight vest or a bodice, which she left open exposing her breasts – sort of like the images
you’ve seen in Game of Thrones. (Laughter) When Islam spread through
the Arabian Peninsula, a verse was sent down asking
that women use this scarf, or any other garment, to cover the breasts. And that’s it. That’s basically all there is in the Quran
concerning how a woman should dress. Turns out, God doesn’t give a bullet point
of all the parts on a woman’s body that he wants hidden from view. And in fact, it might be argued,
and it is argued, I cannot stress enough that it is argued
by many Muslim scholars that the reason these verses
were left intentionally vague is so that a woman could choose
for herself how to dress according to her specific culture and the progression of time. And that the term “hijab,” guess what? It’s not in any of these three verses. In fact, it’s nowhere in the Quran,
directly meaning a woman’s veil. That’s not to say that the word
doesn’t appear in the Quran because it does appear. But when it appears,
it’s actually used correctly, to mean a barrier or a divide. Such as the barrier or divide that exists
between us humans and the divine, or between believers and non-believers. Or it means a barrier,
like a physical screen, that men during Muhammad’s time
were asked to stand behind when speaking to his wives. Or it means the seclusion,
the separation that Mary sought when she was giving birth to Jesus. That separation and seclusion, that means hijab; that physical screen, that means hijab; that barrier, that divide, that means hijab. Hijab doesn’t mean a woman’s veil. And yet, isn’t it strange
that what the term actually means, being screened off, divided away,
barred, separated out, these are the very terms
that come to our minds when we think of a Muslim woman? Why shouldn’t they? We have all seen the way some Muslim women
are treated around the world: if she attempts to go to school, she’s shot in the head; if she attempts to drive a car, she’s jailed; if she attempts to take part in the political uprisings
happening in her own country, to be heard, to be counted, she is publicly assaulted. Forget about hiding out in the dark
at the outskirts of the city, some men now feel comfortable enough
to assault a woman on the sidewalk, for the world to see. And they don’t care
to hide their identities, they’re more interested
in making international headlines. They’re too busy making videos
and uploading them onto YouTube, bragging about what they’ve done. Why don’t they care
to hide their crimes? They don’t feel like
they’ve committed any crimes. It’s the women
who’ve committed the crimes. It’s the women who got
these funny ideas in their heads, ideas that actually
led them out of the house, led them into society, believing that they
can make a contribution, and we all know, honorable women, they stay at home; honorable women stay invisible. Just as it was the custom
for honorable women to do during the Prophet’s time. Is that true? 1400 years ago is long before feminism. Were women locked away
behind doors, screened off by veils? Well, it turns out
that the Prophet’s first wife was what we would define today as a CEO. She was a successful merchant whose caravan equaled the caravans
of all the other traders put together. She essentially headed up
a successful import-export company. When she hired Muhammed to work for her, she was so taken with his honesty that eventually she proposed. (Laughter) I’m not sure how many women
feel comfortable proposing marriage to a man today. And Muhammad’s second wife? She was no slacker either. She rode into battle
on the back of a camel, which is equivalent to a woman
riding into battle today inside of a Humvee or a tank. And what of the other women? Early records show that women
demanded to be included in the Islamic revolution
taking place around the Prophet. One woman became famous as a general when she led her army of men
into battle and crushed a rebellion. Men and women freely associated
with one another, exchanged gifts. It was custom for a woman
to select her own husband and propose. And when things didn’t work out, to initiate divorce. Women even loudly debated
with the Prophet himself. Seems to me that if fundamentalists want to return
current Muslim society to 680 AD, it might be a huge step forward. (Laughter) Progress. (Applause) But we still have to answer
an important question. If not from Islamic history,
and if not from the Quran, how is it that we, in the modern era, have come to associate
Muslim women with hijab? With being separated out from society, secluded and isolated, barred from the most basic human rights? I hope it’s not any surprise to you
that this isn’t by accident. For the past few decades, the very people
who have been given the important task of reading and interpreting the Quran in a variety of different
Muslim communities, certain clerics have been
inserting a certain meaning into those three verses concerning women. For instance that verse
I told you about earlier: “O Prophet, tell your wives,
your daughters, and the women of the believers
to draw upon themselves their garments, this is better, so that they
not be known and molested.” Some clerics, not all, some clerics have added a few words to that, so that in certain
translations of the Quran, that verse reads like this: “O Prophet, tell your wives,
your daughters, and the women of the believers,
to draw upon themselves their garments, parentheses, a garment is a veil that covers the entire head and the face, the neck and the breast
all the way down to the ankles and all the way to the wrists. Everything on a woman’s body
is covered except for one eye because she must see where she is headed, and the hands must be covered in gloves. Because, of course, there was certainly a lot of gloves
back in the desert of Saudi Arabia. (Laughter) Etc., etc., etc., etc.,
on, and on, and on, end of parentheses, so that she not be known and molested.” And what these so-called clerics have concluded based
on these types of insertions is that a woman only has one function. To understand what that function is, all you have to do is read
some of the fatwas or legal rulings that these so-called clerics
have actually gone ahead and issued. Let me give you a sampling. A woman need only finish elementary school before she gets married. Which puts her, what,
at the ripe old age of 11, 12 years old? A woman cannot fulfill
her spiritual obligations to God until she first fulfills
her physical obligations to her husband. If he desires her while she sits
on the mount of a camel, she should submit. Islam has forbidden a woman
from wearing a bra because bras lift up
and make a woman appear younger, and this is calculated deception. My personal favorite: if a man has an ulcer excreting puss, from the top of his head
to the bottom of his feet, and she licked it for him, she would still not fulfill
what she owes him. What these and the many other rulings
just like it concerning women boil down to is this: The best of women,
the most honorable among them is uneducated, and so powerless, not very different from a slave. So, she remains at home
without complaint, without a bra. (Laughter) Ready and available at all times
to satisfy his every whim, even if it’s to lick his entire body; satisfying him whenever he calls, whether it’s in his bed
or on the mount of a camel. Does this sound like God’s will to you? Does this sound like scripture? Or does this sound strangely,
uncomfortably erotic, like the worst kind of misogynist fantasy? Are these so-called clerics, and the fundamentalists
and extremists who support them, truly purifying Islam from within, bringing it back to its intended form? Or are these men
no different from those men standing out in the dark
at the outskirts of the city, eager to prey upon a woman? Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “What does the Quran really say about a Muslim woman’s hijab? | Samina Ali | TEDxUniversityofNevada

  1. Is there anything about editing the texts? Cuz Iโ€™m pretty sure adding and being selective is not ethical

  2. OK you have a logic point but many things are wrong in your speech you need to search in another way to know know the truth by the way I am Muslim guy but it's the first time to heard this transliteration of Quran

  3. …. am a muslim and all i know is god ORDRED us women to wear hijab for protection , to cover us from the gazez of men … we aren't meant to walk alone at night because we're weak and easy prey , also she said that verse wrong (you can't change words in the coran or give words closer in meaning ) , also our prophet freed all slaves little by little ( when he spread his influence ) like BIlel , also the early muslim community didn't stay the same, after the years passed what was considered as unacceptable by god became forbidden like drinking , our prophet had to go slow and change those people slowly ,the hijab is not a CUSTOM it is part of our religion a fundamental part , coran is not poetry it is god's words the truth .
    The prophet said plenty of ahadith those count as much as the coran itself , so if it's not mentioned in the coran and the prophet said it it counts , litterally hijab stands for veil : it means a barriar to hide something or someone from someone , and hijab is meant to hide women from men's sight …. god didn't forbid women from studying , or working it's their society, their county not all muslim women can't drive cars miss am from Algeria in here women drive cars , and yes we went out the streets this year to kick our dying president andhis groupe we are included in expressing ourselves in political matters .
    what this woman is saying is in fact wrong , if anybody reads this pls read the coran for yourself and read what our prophet had said , this woman is misleading and am upset .

  4. Remember what the Prophet may peace be upon him say to you O women after what he saw in Miraaj.
    And here i understood that why this umma in this situation (humiliation). Becuse they follow kafirs. Wou to you o women who are agree with her, Wou to you

  5. Amazing. This has always been my argument. Wish she specified cultural influence in religion. This is the cause of confusion. Coming from orthodox muslim society in a corner of India, we did not see Burkas yet we dress humbly. So always made me question when they argue hijab represent a muslim. Im sorry it doesnt.

  6. In this comment section: Salty, religious zealots who want to keep women opressed and at the same time be in denial about the flaws of their beliefs.

  7. How does traditional Hijab impede Muslim women from fully functioning in any given society that it warrants an attack on it now ?! can't you see a lot of sophisticated, successful Muslim women here in the west or even back in the middle east who abide by Hijab ?! If the presenter does not like Hijab or does not agree with it, that is her choice, but it is NOT god's word or prophet Mohamed"s word. Both men and women are commanded to lower their gaze and both men and women are commanded to dress modestly and cover their body; men from Belly button to knees and women from head to toe. here's a food for thought, as a man, do you think I'd rather not look at women or feast my eyes on their beauties ? but it is not up to me to negotiate with god about his commandments.

  8. i love this talk so much because even as a supposedly 'woke' liberal this educated me on things i had no idea of. it's so important to step outside of our bubbles and listen to experts in their field rather than just relying on our own alien conception of the 'other' based on our limited experience.

  9. THE PIT OF FITNA .I SEE LOTS OF NON-MUSLIMS HERE ENCOURAGING HER AND TELLING HER SHE'S RIGHT .BACK OFF .YOU GUYS KNOW NOTHING OF OUR RELIGION AND YET YOU DARE TO SAY SHE'S RIGHT?? HOW SHAMELESS ARE YOU ??

  10. Dear Lady

    If you are no Aalim, no molvi, no Mufti, please don't take up the task of interpreting deen. If you wish to interpret it, you should first study it. The niqaab etc, is a barrier, it creates a barrier between men and women, so that they are not tempted to do haraam. Its not only men who fall for women, women also fall for men.

    Where do you keep pearls ? Covered.
    So us women are pearls , we should be covered.

    You should wear purdah( niqaab) and hijaab and jilbaab for it is waajib, and for misleading people, you will go to jahannam if you do not repent.
    By the way how you talk, dress and act, you are attracting non mahrams attention. Now, that's not their fault, it's yours.

    DONT INTERPRET DEEN IF YOU HAVE NOT STUDIED IT!!!!

  11. i hope she is safe after this,, i know muslim ppl in my country , my state , my town.. they don't likw this idea very much.

  12. What does she say about Muslim woman clothes ..when she has not put on good Muslim clothes .. her hair is out .. her pants are tight I can see the but … So shut up and do the necessary

  13. So why not just blindfold men, so that they can't see. Since obviously, according to her underlying assumptions, men actions against women can be warranted depending upon the clothing they wear. Listen to what is not said, don't get caught by her delivery, and physical attributes. Islam subjugates women.

  14. ๐™๐จ ๐๐š๐ง, ๐จ๐ฆ๐๐š๐ญ ๐ ๐ข๐ฃ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฎ๐ฐ ๐ณ๐ข๐ฃ๐ญ, ๐ž๐ง ๐ง๐จ๐œ๐ก
    ๐ค๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ง๐จ๐œ๐ก ๐ก๐ž๐ž๐ญ, ๐ˆ๐ค ๐ณ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฎ ๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ ๐Œ๐ข๐ฃ๐ง ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐
    ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ฐ๐ž๐ง.
    Gematigden gaan naar de HEL,die weten wie GOD is

    99% christenen zijn gematigd 1 salafist
    ๐–๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐›๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ง ๐ค๐ฎ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ง ๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฎ๐ ๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง ,
    dat is zondigen tegen de Heilige Geest
    en wordt tot in de eeuwigheid nooit meer vergeven.

    99% moslims zijn salafist 1% gematigd.
    ๐‘๐š๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ž๐ง ๐ค๐ฎ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ง ๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฎ๐ ๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง
    die gaan liever dood dan ๐š๐Ÿ๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐  ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ง

    ๐‰๐„๐™๐”๐’ ๐Œ๐„๐๐’ ๐๐„๐‘๐’๐Ž๐Ž๐ ๐†๐Ž๐ƒ
    ๐•๐€๐ƒ๐„๐‘ ๐™๐Ž๐Ž๐ ๐†๐„๐„๐’๐“
    ๐ƒ๐„๐™๐„ ๐ˆ๐’ ๐ƒ๐„ ๐Š๐Ž๐๐ˆ๐๐† ๐ƒ๐„๐‘ ๐‰๐Ž๐ƒ๐„๐.
    En een der kwaaddoeners, die gehangen waren, lasterde Hem, zeggende: Indien Gij de Christus zijt, verlos Uzelven en ons.

    Maar de andere, antwoordende, bestrafte hem, zeggende: Vreest gij ook God niet, daar gij in hetzelfde oordeel zijt?
    En
    wij toch rechtvaardiglijk; want wij ontvangen straf, waardig hetgeen
    wij gedaan hebben; maar Deze heeft niets onbehoorlijks gedaan.

    Daarom
    is deradicalisering is verspillen van miljoenen euro's zonder
    resultaat. 100% gelovige moslims kan je niet van hun RELIGIE afbrengen
    ONMOGELIJK
    ย Er is toch vrijheid van RELIGIE?

  15. IDIOTIC MEN! WORTHLESS MEN OUT THERE! WASTE OF OUR PLANET WHO CAN'T BE RECYCLED.
    GO WEAR HIJAB IF YOU WANT WOMEN TO HAVE HIJAB!

  16. Fascinating! Prior to hearing this speech, I had little interest in Muslim women and their place in their society [as they seemed to interact very rarely in the western society that I inhabit] But after hearing this I now understand [although no doubt there will be many dissenters] that their veiling is not always their choice, but a factor of a misrepresentation of their faith. The Quran appears to have been tampered with to downgrade the place of women in society and women reading the newer version believe that they have to veil to be good believers. Sadly religions are used to subjugate and define people of all nations. Thanks to Samina Ali for an informative speech.

  17. I am a Muslim, hijab is not just about culture, hijab is much much valuable than just a culture. You are not learning Islam from Islam, you just learn by your self and history. You don't understand because you just think just from your logic wich you think is true. But you are not learn from islamic view

  18. Would like to see her talking to one of the cleric.
    I am never too impressed by one side of the equation to jump to a conclusion.
    How about a dialogue with the most famous English speaker on Islam aka Nouman Ali Khan.

  19. Women can posess increddible power over a man if they learn to control their weapons. Malevolence can be found in all of creatures, not just men or women. Men have always feared the emotional damage that women can inflict on them and women have always feared the physical damage that men can inflict on them.

    Thus a balance between the sexes was supposed to be established. Tragically, lot of it has turned to just warring between the sexes like there's no tomorow – as if we were two opposing factions in a world war, instead of two halves of a whole.

    Men and women have hurt each other in unimaginable ways over milennias. Who was first? Does it matter? There is no point in this blood feud anymore. Stop blaming others and stop looking for others to stand up for you. Stand up for yourself and respect others' right to stand up for themselves.

    We have a chance now to forget settling scores at long last and build a new society of understanding, tolerance and acceptance. So embrace it. Quit bickering in comment sections on YouTube as that brings you litterally zero "character progression" – zero personal development. Instead listen to another video or read a book or litterally anything else. Better yet, go work on what you love.

    Now that I wrote this, I feel like this message is meant mainly for me. Thanks, myself. lol.

  20. women's shoes are another form of torture that is also bad for health, and can cause crippling, plus inability to run fast.

  21. It is taught in islam that it is better to stay away from the doubtful. If you aren't sure whether something is prohibited or not, it is better to refrain from it. This is one of those situations, (if you have doubt).

  22. Learn this or that does nothing to the fact that ISLAM MUSLIMS Extremists are still stuck in the stone age. They have been left behind . And they refuse to wake up.

  23. I feel sad when she didn't said peace be upon him saying the name of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him)…. I doubt it…

  24. The โ€œhijabโ€ as we know it today is cumpolsory for women. in the Quran itโ€™s called a Khimar. the definition of a Khimar is a head scarf which reaches the torso. it also tells women to wear a jilbab in another verse. you can search up what those look like. so whatโ€™s cumpolsory for women, whether you love it or hate it, is a khimar and a jilbab. hijab in its actual meaning is a screening between you and something else. not a piece of clothing. whatโ€™s compulsory for men is to wear loose fitting clothing that doesnโ€™t reveal the shape of the body and covers the necessary areas. this is what the Quran says about what we call โ€œhijabโ€ today.

  25. 2:00 Except that it was Muhammadโ€™s pal Umar who โ€œrevealedโ€ the hijab verse. ๐Ÿคฅ

  26. She clearly forgot to read the bible…
    Because if she did she surely wouldn't be standing there coz the Qur'an and the bible nearly have the same massage. Wat makes the Qur'an so had for pipo to understand is the fact that amongst all books that came wth al the prophets of God, the Qur'an as not been rewritten like the Bible, just take a look at how many versions of the bible ther ar today, ask yourselves who is changing the word because as far am concerned ther is no living prophet today.Thez a difference between just "reading" and "understanding" the word of God.she was very confident pointing out verses in the Qur'an which clearly ddnt even understand but spoke nuthn about the message in the bible regarding the modesty of a woman, who amongst you can show me picture of Mary without her Vail? were in the Bible does it state that "the only time Mary covered wen she was giving birth to the prophet Jesus?

  27. If she truely believe her understanding is the best, she should read the verses not the translations. And never ever i heard the fatwas. She Should be clear about the fatwa. Where doea this fatwas are being applied and followed. which cleric did the insertions to the translations. I hope young muslim girls didn't takes this idea into consideration at all. One should always follow the specialist of the field.

  28. Ok fine… She doesn't agree with the scholars of islam and their rulings, by the way im not sure which pocket she pulled out the "lick his whole body etc" no reference given and as a student of Islamic knowledge for many years now its impossible that I havnt come across such a verse of the quran or narration of the prophet, its probable that it might be a ruling of an insane cleric but you cant judge a religion by what wrongs or injustices are committed by muslims, so i was saying the best way to understand what those verses meant would be to look at how the daughter and wives of the prophet understood it and practised its ruling… That requires some open minded research… Thanks

  29. you dont understand any bit of religion. you dont know that women wore Hijab in christianity and judiasm. you presentation skills are great but that does not make you even having any knowledge of real reliogion
    keep your brain enslaved in a culture where you dont belong and dream on that they will accept you for insulting Allah and Quraan.

  30. Oh my god, it's the most interesting, and at the same time, the most horrible thing that I've ever learned about the world. Stay strong muslim women, you're worth so much more than any man in your country has admitted you are (in a long time). My heart is with you!

  31. It's not about harassment, it's about dignity and most importantly Allah subhana wa ta'ala said that women should cover themselves!

  32. Death to Islamism. Death to Sharia. Death to the Global Jihad. Derision to those who speak in its favor, especially women. Delusional creatures.

  33. Dear… Hijab is meant to cover women's modesty. It has nothing to do with her freedom & right. No need for deep cycle research… In Islam we don't search for logics to follow the prophet, else everyone will come up with his logic to accept rules suiting their logic

  34. Like all religions, the male leaders twist the origins to give themselves power and to put women down. It is a common theme in most religions in the world. They start out equal, then become servants, then progress back to equal. I hope more women will feel strong and free enough to speak out and find their own path with God, not under the control of the twisted rules of a man made idea.

  35. although she present in well manner ,as a moslem i feel like she added many personal idea from her own opinion which seems wrong . partially disagree with her, she need to know Islam better she just know so few stories that she generalize and get to conclusion based on that.

  36. But com on we cant say all men are bad some of them like my self support women and are feminists and think that woman and man have the same equality rights

  37. 'If fundamentalists want to return current Muslim society to 680 AD, it will be a huge step forward. ' well-justified!

  38. The people like her are fitnas for muslim ummah who follow islaam according to their will but not according to Allah's will ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ 

  39. No one needs a 20 minute talk. Just read this people, this is what the Quran says:

    [24:30] Say to the believing men that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts; that is purer for them; surely Allah is Aware of what they do.

    [24:31] And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants not having need (of women), or the children who have not attained knowledge of what is hidden of women; and let them not strike their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may be known; and turn to Allah all of you, O believers! so that you may be successful.

  40. She's using verses of Quran and adding her own stories to it. When you exaggerate with false info, your practically a liar or propagandist.

  41. ุชุนู„ู… ุงู„ู„ุบุฉ ุงู„ู‡ู†ุฏูŠุฉ ูˆุงู„ุงุฑุฏูˆ says:

    You are very stuped. You don't know any tbing about islam. Lol

  42. I have afew questions… Why its said " tell ur wives and muslims women"… If this is gods words… He was able to say … Tell ur wives and ur friends wives… Or madinas muslim women…or any other phase that can clearly show that its not for all muslim women… And if it so as u said… Why the prophet Muhammad was very specific in telling how the "jilbab" should look? Why does it matter if its tight or not if it was just to save women who is going out in the dark? Dont u think the prophet had an ability to say kill those who r going out to look at women at night instead of saying let the women cover themselves?

  43. Idk from where u brought those stuff from at the end… As a parctising muslim women … Who wear hijab(not covering face and hands)… Graduated from highschool and university… And still not married… Who studying religion… I have never heard about those stuff u have said at the end…u just attacked women… That i havent ever heard of it…
    Why didnt u tell them… The mothers place in Islam? That even if the son took his mother on his back went to mecca and do "haj" while hes carrying her on his back… Its not gonna be enought ? That what the prophet Mohammad said when some1 asked him how am supposed to return the faver to my mom…

    Why didnt u mentioned that the prophet Mohammad said the one who have 3 daughters and took care of them… Is going to heaven straightly?
    Same as how women have obligations upon her husband… Same as the husband who have obligations upon his wife…

    In islam the prophet said " you(for a male) and you're money r belong to ur father" that does not count the daughter…
    If a women have alot of money … Its her decision wiether to share it with her family/ husband or not… But not the same with men…

    The women in islam r not any less than men… If we just understand the religion correctly…

    There is alot of what u have said at the end r not based on nither the quran nor what the prophet said…u didnt even brought a resources…

    Ted talk is not the best place to talk about stuff like that within 17 min…

  44. Before you all start posting, abuse, please watch this video in its entirety. That's coming from a western atheist.

  45. Aah…so let me think , r u ashamed of your identity as Muslim woman and therefore u try to dress like a non muslim one just to "veil" that shame???AND U "FEAR" THAT U MIGHT BE ASSAULTED IF U WEAR A HIJAB!!! clearly a lack of imaan (faith)!!! Just to tell u I m a proud muslim girl and I wear my HIJAB PROUDLY!!! I FEAR NO ONE EXCEPT ALLAH!!!bcoz I have no fear of these people who target muslims as my Rabb is wid the muslims nd yes if u CONSIDER urself as a muslim DO U KNOW WE MUSLIMS DONT SAY THE NAME OF THE PROPHET WITHOUT SAYING "PEACE BE UPON HIM"???? what kind of a muslim r u ??A person who has crammed the translation of 3 verses of the Glorious Qur'an and is standing on the stage to give a ted talk about ur OWN MUSINGS ABOUT THE "HIJAB"???? And yes dont think that we muslims dont know what are the commandments of the Glorious Qur'an!!! The KHIMR which u were talking about… it is mentioned that the woman should draw a garment over her chest AS WELL IT MEANS THAT IN ADDITION TO KHIMR THERE HAS TO BE A GARMENT OVER THE CHEST AS WELL WHICH ACTUALLY "FITS" THE DEFINITION OF "HIJAB " THAT WE WEAR , RIGHT??? we cover our head (as in khimr) and also have a garment over the chest!! Isnt that MORE THAN ENOUGH???Just to tell u we muslim girls dont wear hijab bcoz it is forced on us we wear it bcoz we follow the order of our RABB!!! and plz STOP TRYING TO MANIPULATE THE MUSLIMS WITH UR WORDS as u wont be able to induce even a slightest doubt in the hearts of the believers…
    And the "history" thing that u mentioned…wait are u reading the Glorious Qur'an as a story book that has nothing to do wid the present???? The Quranic verses were not only for the arabs at that time, They are meant for the WHOLE HUMANITY AND FOR ALL TIMES!!!

  46. Mike drop!!! Women kept powerless due to men's insecurities and projections of their own violent intentions onto women. Can't understand why alot of men don't see how weak this makes them.

  47. Omg I'm going to have nightmares now…. Those women do not deserve to live like that. It's so sad. This is why so many people are starting to reject many religions… People need to use logic and kindness. We don't need a book to confuse us about God and the rules. Those men were just straight up papers. Smh… Just horrible

  48. She did a good job at proving that she does not read or understand the Quran. She also showed how she speaks absolutely no Arabic

  49. Indeed Allah SWT knows the best.
    Veil is a difference story.

    Has ever Islam told to keep opened and visible of your hair???

  50. Intentionally misleading. It must be nice to speak from a place of privilege while real women are forced to wear hijab in Islamic countries based on their interpretation of the scriptures.

  51. How can a religion who taught men to give equality to women hundreds of years ago be so unfair & injustice towards women…..

  52. Anything for publicity lol ๐Ÿ˜
    Anyone with the slightest Iman in their qalb knows Hijab is MUST upon all believing women not munaqfis tho

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