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Head Covering or Hijab in Christianity



Iran, Islamic Republic Of


A common misconception is that Muslim women are the only ones who cover their hair. It may be true that Islam is the only religion in which most women follow its directives to cover the hair, but it is not the only religion to have such directives.

It is particularly interesting to look at the case of Christianity, since Christianity is the predominant religion in the West, and it is Westerners, including observant Christians, who are often the first to criticize Islam because of the hijab (modest dress, including headcovering).

Is Covering the Hair a Religious Commandment for Christian Women?

There can be only one answer to this: yes, it is! Simply open the Bible to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, chapter 11. Read verses 3-10.

But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered, disgraces his head. But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered disgraces her head, for it is the same as if she were shaven. For if a woman is not covered, let her be shaven. But if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head. A man indeed ought not to cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God. But woman is the glory of man. For man was not created for woman, but woman for man. This is why the woman ought to have a sign of authority over her head, because of the angels.

The meaning of this passage is plain enough. We can make the following syllogisms:

Syllogism 1

Praying with an uncovered head is a disgrace

Having a shaved head is the same as praying with an uncovered head

Therefore, having a shaved head is a disgrace

Syllogism 2

If it is a disgrace for a woman to have a shaved head, she should cover her head

It is a disgrace for a woman to have a shaved head – see syllogism 1

Therefore, a woman should cover her head

In other words, the passage means what it says. Have you ever wondered why Catholic nuns dress like they"re wearing hijab (Muslim hijabi women, have you ever been mistaken for a nun? I have, more than once).

Have you ever wondered why Mary the mother of Jesus (peace be upon them both) is always depicted in Christian art with her hair covered? Did you know that until the 1960s, it was obligatory for Catholic women to cover their heads in church (then they "modernized" the service)?

There are some interesting points that can be made about the Christian directive.

1) The explicit purpose of the Christian woman"s head covering, as stated by Paul, is that it is a sign of man"s authority over woman. The explicit purpose of Islamic hijab is modesty. Strange how so many Westerners think that the purpose of hijab is a symbol of male authority.

2) The Christian woman is to cover her head whenever she is praying, whether it be at the church service or just personal prayer at home. This may mean that if she is not praying at home, she is uncovered around male guests who are not related to her; or if she is praying at home, that she is covered around her own husband and family. If any more proof were needed than Paul"s own words that the Christian head covering is not about modesty, this must certainly be it!

This puts hijab (head covering) in a whole new perspective, doesn"t it! To my non-hijabi Muslim sister who feels that hijab is a sign of oppression for the Muslim female, please do read the above and then read the Quran. Believe me, if Allah SWT meant for hijab to be a sign of male authority, the Quran would be as unambiguous about it as Paul is in the Bible. Isn"t this difference the kind of thing that attracted you to Islam in the first place?

Do Any Christian Women Today Cover Their Heads?

It is true that most Christian women do not, and many don"t take other teachings of the Bible (against pre-marital sex, adultery, etc) literally either. However, there do seem to be a growing number of Christian women out there who are committed to following the Bible as it is written.

Christian Women wearing Head covering and practicing what it says in Bible:

Below are some of the Picture and comments of our Christian sister who practices according to bible teaching. I have manage to get the details from one of the website.

Source is: Charming the Birds from the Trees

Other Link:


Bible Verses regarding Head Covering

History of Hijab or Head covering

03:19 PM May 08 2008 |

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United States

Right, but Paul isn't Jesus. His authority in the Christian tradition varies from denomination to denomination.

Beyond that, Christianity simply does not have as much authority in the West as Islam does in the Islamic world. Western governments do not base their laws on direct readings of any holy book, but rather on reason and individual rights.

05:11 PM May 08 2008 |



Also, according to Bible,you cant get divorced.

According to Torah,the prophets got maried more than a women. 

06:46 PM May 08 2008 |



Saudi Arabia


thank you roshendel   ,

 realy good article , I heard that bible include an order for christian women to wear headcover but was not sure about that  till you paste this article with all this picture 


thank you again .      

07:43 PM May 08 2008 |

M. Augustus

United States

Al is right on two counts.

a) Paul isn't Jesus. He might be called, if you like, the earliest of the Church Fathers; as such the authority of his writings is widely varied depending on how much religious authority is given to people other than Jesus.  That said, however, for a LOT of Christians, it is all considered 'the Bible' and distinctions like this don't matter.

b) More importantly, many religious people in the West (I typed 'most' and replaced it, because sadly fundamentalism makes me question the extent of sanity in the West some times) have learned to forget about the crazier rules of their religion.  (This is what I mean when I say that Islam must grow up, if it wants to become an acceptable faith in the modern world.)

07:43 PM May 08 2008 |



at our church women have cover head. is orthodox way.

09:18 PM May 08 2008 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

All U must know
Some people have changed the bible
Now its Stray
Its thing that all Jesus belive it
But the only Holy Book that itsnot stray
Its Quran

04:45 AM May 10 2008 |




I’m now wondering,what would you do if smone said that islam’s holy book was also had been changed by human for their personal reason..I won’t say smthing like that to moslem brother because it’s their belief..please think before you speak up your mind.I’m so bored with this arrogant stuff.. : D

05:38 AM May 10 2008 |



Saudi Arabia


mike , please , do not get upset . just tell me  

do Christian people believe that bible is still the same as in Jesus time , or they believe it has been changed ?

06:51 AM May 10 2008 |




That though have never come up to my mind because I’ve never complained about its originality.I believed that we’re all alike in our faith on our religion.we believe in what our holy book being said.I always try to take a good lesson from its content though I’m not a religious one.smone who really learned his religion would never say smthing cocky about his religion..

08:35 AM May 10 2008 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

People cant find out Allthings
So we need help of GOD
SO if dont have a real Holy Book how can find truth
and The way we must pass

06:55 AM May 11 2008 |