In the beginning of male and female relationship, human beings blundered into a blind alley of reducing the female not only to a low statues but shifting her to position that transformed her into another species as it were, separate and distinct from the human species. Naturally, this has been an unhappy experience for the women but many men still do not appreciate the fact that they too have robbed themselves of the happiness that could have been theirs. However, the Muslim criteria of fixing the status of a women, or man, are neither these social laws nor this moral code. For the Muslims, there is only one standard under the sky, and that is the book of God, which they profess to believe in. What status does the Quran endows for women. The details are lengthy, but their gist reminds me of a joke which Allama Iqbal used to relate. He would say, If I were not a Muslim, and I had studied the Quran like an ordinary student, then I would have concluded that this book was written by a woman, who was taking revenge on man, for the usurped rights of her community. If one studies the religions and cultures of the world, it leaves no doubt in one's mind that a women has been pushed to extreme degradation. On the other hand, in the Quranic study it appears as if she has been favored very much. For a start, the Quran has rejected the common belief that God created men (Adam) first and then woman (Eve) was created out of his rib. By now, you must have understood that according to the Quran, this very concept that human beings were created by a special couple called Adam and Eve, is wrong. The Quran, in effect, presents Adam as the representative of mankind or humanity.
At this point of time the status quo of entire Islamic world more or less 50 to 55 autonomous states where Quran has considered as essence of formal constitution, there is hardly any pure Islamic law is being practicing. Millions of die hard self proclaimed true Islamic sects has mend their ways according to their self interests. So in that situation where truth has been lost in mass how can one identify the true spirit and concept of Hijab. Yes there was a time when Muslims were the masters of the earth, controller of the destiny, but today they are on a path of continuous decline. Their Condition is horrible, they face miserable poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, disease and sickness. There is a feeling of helplessness, hopelessness, and frustration among the Muslims. They are just living, for the sake of living, without any sense of direction. Neither the rulers, nor the intellectuals of this nation, have any plan, for this huge mass of suffering humanity. It is really painful to see them suffer, despite the best lands, resources, and vast number. It is very important for those, who are concerned about the future of the Islamic Ummah, to ponder about as to what is the cause of Muslim decline , What if anything can be done to end this misery. The cultivation of a sterling character is the most important pre-requisite for becoming a Momin. Carelessness to unsullied character not only spoils one's personal integrity, but is also detrimental to national culture and civilization. Hence the Quran directs: You do not display your adornments except those parts of the body that remain exposed inevitably. They should spread their head-gear on their chests (24:31) . In another place it is said: O Nabi, tell your wives and daughters and other Momineen women that when they go out, they should wear their cloaks over their clothes so as not to display their adornment (24:31). This will help them to be recognized (as decent women) so that they may not be annoyed by any one with ill intent. This style will protect them and go a long way in their upbringing - Quran Chapter 33 Verse 59 . The Quranic aim is to conceal your adornments when going out. For this purpose we can wear what we like. The cut and style of the dress is dictated by your social mode, which keeps on changing with time. The main purpose is to adhere to the Quranic goal of hiding your adornment. The above was in answer to the question on how woman should go out. The Quran also explained the aim of the style of walk and talk? The purpose is this: Tell them that they should not exhibit their beauty and adornment around like it was being done in the dark ages (33:33) . By the way readers, you must have noticed the great value chastity holds, in the principles of life. So much so, that preserving chastity has been called a permanent practice of Allah and these laws are never to be altered. These laws can never be changed, no matter what the circumstances of a particular era. In other words, the sanctity of chastity is a permanent value that cannot be affected by the changes in time. It is just as a permanent value today, as it was a thousand years ago. Such would be the society molded on Islamic lines. Now keep this in mind, and observe your own society. Today the motive for going out is sheer the exhibition of 'beauty', even if they are devoid of any such attributes. Beauty is a blessing of good health and endures with chastity, and there is a dearth of both of these in our society. 'Need' and 'errand' are either conscious or sub-conscious excuses.