Hijab is mandatory for a woman and she cannot leave it after reaching the age of puberty which is completing the age of nine lunar years. She must continue to wear it till she reaches the time of discontinuing the monthly cycle of menstruation which is known as the age of despair.
‘Hijab’ is an Arabic word which literally means to put on, to cover, curtain, veil or covering (noun); however, among all these meanings, curtain or veil is more common and as a result it has led many people to suppose that Islam wants women to always stay at home behind the curtains and not to go out. In this regard, the great scholar, Martyr Morteza Motahhari states: “Covering for women in Islam means that in their interactions with men, women
cover their bodies and don’t try to exhibit themselves or have coquettish behavior. The related verses in Qur’an as well as jurists’ Fatwa in this regard refer to and highlight this principle. In related verses, the term ‘hijab’ is not directly used. In other words, the verses in this regard, in holy chapters of either Noor or Al-Ahzaab indirectly refer to the limitations with regard to dress code and the interaction between men and women without using the word ‘hijab’.
The divine commandments and clear orders of the Almighty God in the Qur’an impart to us the following points in describing the philosophy of necessity of hijab:
1. When the woman’s nudity turns into a value in the society, it will be normal for her to start making up and exhibiting herself within the society. In such a society, woman would not be any more evaluated on the basis of her knowledge, wisdom and awareness, and she turns into a puppet of sexiness and tool to earn money for a wicked, tricky and infernal group of people; In fact, it finally comes to the point when this principle shapes up social trends: “the more the sexual attraction, the greater the personality values