Here is more revelation from the religious scholars themselves. This one is supposedly a thesis written by one Arab scholar, a certain Sheikh Mustafa Mohamed Rashid who submitted a PhD thesis to the Al Azhar University in Cairo.
Sheikh Mustafa Mohamed Rashid argues that the hijab is not a requirement of Islam.
Here is the article from an Arab newspaper. The title says "Al Hijaab laysa fareedat Islameeyah" which means "The hijab is not obligatory in Islam".
Folks, jangan marah saya ok. Ini bukan saya yang cakap. This is what the religious scholars are saying. Itu pun a scholar who submitted his PhD thesis on the subject to the Al Azhar University - the foremost center of learning for the Sunni religion in the entire world.
Here is an English version of Sheikh Mustafa's findings. You can search Yahoo or Google for "Sheikh Mustafa Mohamed Rashid's PhD thesis" and you can double check the article yourself. Note the words in red.
"Al Azhar endorsed Sheikh Mustafa Mohamed Rashid's PhD thesis on Sharia and Law for which he obtained a grade of excellence, where he stated that hijab is not an Islamic requirement (fard), and that the interpretation (tafseer) of the verses (ayat) and the circumstances during which they appeared has led to the widespread misunderstanding about the so-called 'Islamic Hijab' denoting covering the head, of which there is absolutely no mention in the Quran.
Yet some have misconstrued the intent and correct interpretation of the Sharia, refusing the logic and sequence of its appearance, abandoning the proper methods of citing and interpreting of the verses (ayat), their historical background and reason for them. They have done so either intentionally, or with good intention but with lack of the essential analytical savvy.
This hijab issue imposed itself on the Islamic and non-Islamic psyche, and thus becoming the defining factor, meaning, and nature of the Islamic faith to non-Muslims, which led some non-Islamic nations to consider it a divisive political statement. In consequence to the resulting friction, some female students have been expelled from universities and jobs, only due to their adherence to this false belief, thereby attaching to Islam a non existent requirement.
So inconsistent and misguided have the proofs of the supporters of the hijab theory been, that it would sometimes take the form of khimar or jalabeeb, which distanced them from what they meant by head cover, which is indicative of their restrictive set of mind. (My comments : ha ha ha ha ! ! )
'Hijab' was mentioned in verse (ayah) 53 of al Ahzab, where it signifies 'wall' or 'what prevents view' and it was in regards to pure "ummuhat al mo'mineen" where a "hajib" is to be placed between them and any men.
As for verse (ayah) 31 of Al Khimar - Sourrat al Noor, that is also a redundant claim, as the intent here is the covering of the breast and neck - the background here is the covering of the breast whose exposure is un-Islamic, and not what is now understood by hijab for the head.
And in regards to the historical background of verse (ayah) 59 of Sourrat al AHzab was to distinguish between the pure and the promiscuous whores and slaves.
Finally, in the mis-use of the Hadith about Asma'a, daughter of Abu Bakr, when she walked in on the prophet (pbuh)s gathering, and he ordered her to not expose her face or palms - this Hadith is not a binding Hadith, as it is one of al AHaad and not one of the consistent, or the connected confirmed." - End of article.
Well folks, your friendly Blogger OutSyed The Box (thats me) has been saying this for years now and without even having to go to Al Azhar University which is located in the Club of Doom.
I can also tell you that the Book of Corinthians in the Bible speaks of the headcover for women. It is a Biblical teaching. Dont believe me? Then who is this in the picture ? It is not Cik Jah. This is the late Mother Theresa wearing her trademark hijab. It is a Biblical teaching. (Please dont say that Mother Theresa took secret night classes at Al Azhar University).
There is certainly no mention of any headcover in the Quran. I have said it before but not in my Blog, that if anyone can show me the verse in the Quran which says that the woman's hair is her "aurat" or nakedness then I will eat that page. Todate no one has been able to show me any such thing in the Quran.
People have already argued that a PhD thesis is not Islamic Law. These people do not understand what Sheikh Mustafa Mohamed Rasheed has done. He is saying that the belief that hijab is part of Islamic Law has no basis. He says there is no evidence. The more relevant question is : if it is not in the Quran and the other references are questionable, then where does Islamic Law come from?
Laws made by your favorite religious scholar, by your mazhab or by your tok guru CANNOT be Islamic Law. Dont get confused.