Posted by: mjaga | November 17, 2011

Devil’s Advocates

Qur’aanic Verse 24.31:



31. Waqul lilmu/minati yaghdudna min absarihinna wayahfathna furoojahunna wala yubdeena zeenatahunna illa ma thahara minha walyadribna bikhumurihinna AAala juyoobihinna wala yubdeena zeenatahunna illa libuAAoolatihinna aw aba-ihinna aw aba-i buAAoolatihinna aw abna-ihinna aw abna-i buAAoolatihinna aw ikhwanihinna aw banee ikhwanihinna aw banee akhawatihinna aw nisa-ihinna aw ma malakat aymanuhunna awi alttabiAAeena ghayri olee al-irbati mina alrrijali awi alttifli allatheena lam yathharoo AAala AAawrati alnnisa-i wala yadribna bi-arjulihinna liyuAAlama ma yukhfeena min zeenatihinna watooboo ila Allahi jameeAAan ayyuha almu/minoona laAAallakum tuflihoona


31. And say to the believing women that they cast their looks down and guard their chastity and display not their beauty/charm except what has to remain open thereof8, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms/cleavages, and not display their beauty/charm 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 who are beyond sexual desire, or the children who have not attained knowledge of the private aspects of women; and let them not strike their feet so that their hidden charm may get exposed; and turn in repentance to Allah all of you, O believers! so that you attain success. 

Study Note:

8. Everything about a woman has its charm for a man. The very way a young woman walks is attractive to him even if she covers herself in a veil from head to feet. She just cannot hide that attraction. Her face too is attractive, but the Creater has made the face her identity – which by its very nature has to be open and not hidden. Those who advocate that a female face should be covered along with other parts of her body are literally the devil’s advocates. The Creator has made adequate provision in this part of the Verse for keeping the female face – her very identity card – uncovered.


The above is an extract from Qur’aanic Studies Manzil IV, which will soon, inshaAllah, be published on Amazon Kindle. Manzil IMabzil II & Manzil III of the series are already published.

Mohammad Shafi



  1. According to the Quran men and women are equal human beings and they both have unique role in the life. Woman’s life is not only to fulfill any man’s goals. The Quran therefore wants to remove her mind this wrong thought,of which She has been a victim for a long time .(This is the reason for stopping her from showing off her adornment.) The Quran does not wants women to become men’s playmates.It wants her to high position.It wants both men and women to meet as human being.This world will change the day when this is clearly understood.

  2. “and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms/cleavages,”

    The Arabic word for CHEST, GAYB is in the verse (24:31), but is there any Arabic words for HEAD, (RAAS) or HAIR, (SHAAR) or Head covering in this verse?

    • *Khumur* mentioned in this Verse are the head coverings that extended over the back. Apparently, the Verse urged females to cover their bosoms with that extension of the *Khumur.*

  3. The word KHAMRA used for intoxicant in Arabic has the same root with Khimar, because both covers, the Khimar covers (a window, a body, a table . . . etc.) while KHAMRA covers the state of mind. if this is the case Allah is telling to to use their cover (khimar)( being a dress, a coat, a shawl, a shirt, a blouse, a tie, a scarf . . . etc.) to cover their bosoms, can it be like that?

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