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Why are Muslims (particularly women) required to cover their bodies if the theology of original sin is considered antithetical to Islam?
I'm an Eastern Orthodox Christian, and we believe the theology of original sin (so fundamental to Protestants & Catholics) to be a heresy. We understand humanity, specifically the body, to be inherently good. It's likely the reason why a lot of Eastern Orthodox Christians (including myself) are practicing nudists (nudity is part of our tradition). If Muslims believe "original sin" to be anathema as well, then why is public nudity shunned and Muslims requiring their bodies to be covered?
Muslim women cover their body because ALLAH has commanded it in the Quran to do so.
There are two verses that deal with this question. They are Surah an-Nur verse 31 and Surah al-Ahzab verse 59.
Surah an-Nur verse 31 reads:
And say to the faithful women to lower their gazes, and to guard their private parts, and not to display their beauty except what is apparent of it, and to extend their headcoverings (khimars) to cover their bosoms, and not to display their beauty except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband's fathers, or their sons, or their husband's sons, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their womenfolk, or what their right hands rule (slaves), or the followers from the men who do not feel sexual desire, or the small children to whom the nakedness of women is not apparent, and not to strike their feet (on the ground) so as to make known what they hide of their adornments. And turn in repentance to God together, O you the faithful, in order that you are successful.
Surah al-Ahzab verse 59 reads:
O Prophet! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the faithful to draw their outergarments (jilbabs) close around them; that is better that they will be recognized and not annoyed. And God is ever Forgiving, Gentle.
These verses contain a total of seven commands for women. Three are related to your question, which are:
the last and the most important reason behind women covering their bodies is to stop fitna(sexual desire) for men...which may lead to adultery..this is the reason why islamic rules are strict in modesty for both men and women..!
further than this, ISLAM does not believe/approve in the concept of "NUDITY" and infact not only women but even men are strictly commanded to cover their body..!! now this NUDITY is infact a tradition in your religion but it is absolutely denied in ISLAM..!!
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peace be upon you, Allah ays "O children of Adam, We have bestowed upon you clothing to conceal your private parts and as adornment. But the clothing of righteousness - that is best. That is from the signs of Allah that perhaps they will remember." not only muslim women but also christian women do wear veil and cover their body. you won´t be comfortable if you know that your wife or sister attract men by parts of her body, will you?.as we know, being covered isn´t only benefit us reigiously but also in a healthy way. let´s take it logically, why do people wear clothes and cover their body? why not walking nude? it is because they feel ashamed and uncomfortable, people will look at them, it is a sin, don´t feel safe,....etc. so why nudity! covring our body is a bless. may Allah guide you to the right path.