Head-Coverings in the Bible: Why Christian women ignore this and Criticize Muslim women?

Many Christian women have been criticizing Muslim women for years because of wearing a head-covering and even go as far as calling us ‘oppressed’ by our husbands or families. Not even taking into consideration that we are doing this out of our own ‘free will’. I am not saying that all women or even all Christian women do this, but a vast majority call Muslim women ‘oppressed‘ for wearing a head cover. They seem to be oblivious of the fact that the Holy Bible tells them to cover their hair during prayer and worship. In all respect, I do find this a little hypocritical. I am not saying that if you don’t cover yourself you are not worshiping God, I am not saying that at all. Just don’t criticize Muslim women for choosing to cover their heads. Whether or not a Christian woman cover her head or not is none of my business, but they shouldn’t criticize Muslim women for wearing a head-covering.
I have been saying this since I first converted to Islam; If women have the right to walk around half naked in their mini-skirts, tank tops, daisy dukes, bikinis… etc, then women should have the right to cover themselves fully without being criticized for it.  Seriously don’t you find something very wrong with this picture? The women that want to guard their chastity and have a lot more respect for their body are being criticized, and the women that just openly expose themselves and their private areas are considered to be ‘free women’ or ‘the sexier the better’ or ‘shake what your mama gave ya’ O_o

Seriously! What kind of world are we living in today?!

I am not saying that all women or even all Christian women do this, but a vast majority call Muslim women ‘oppressed‘ or if they find out that Muslim women are wearing a head-covering and covering their whole body from her own free will, than something must be ‘off’ or not right about her. Well guess what? It is none of anyone’s business what Muslim women decide to wear on their heads or bodies. We are not hurting anyone, we are just living our lives normally just like the rest of America. If you can go around in skimpy outfits and have the freedom to do so, then we can go around in fully clothed outfits and have the freedom to do so without anyone saying we are ‘oppressed‘ or trying to take away our ‘American Identity‘. It seems that any woman with a head-covering is considered to be ‘foreign’ or ‘Arab’, not American. Let this be said and heard… that no one has the right to take away your American Identity. NO ONE. Just because we choose to believe in something different and choose to wear head coverings for the sake of The Almighty, that in no way makes us less American.

My husband was speaking to someone about the below verses in the Bible, and that in the Corinthians history, women use to wear head-coverings out of respect for their husbands.  Probably meaning that it is not needed today or they don’t have to do it in today’s world. Now in all honesty the verses listed below are not talking about wearing a head-covering out of respect for a their husbands, but it clearly states that women should cover their hair during prayer and worship to give respect for our Lord and Creator.

Something interesting came to me as I was searching for a picture of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus (may Allâh be pleased with her).  She didn’t have a husband. So who was she respecting when she covered her head? She was respecting her Lord and the Creator of all things as well as herself. In the Holy Qur’an Mary has an entire chapter named after her (Chapter 19 “Maryam”) and is considered to be the most pious woman that ever lived, she is the example of how women should be in this world.

I can understand Christian women probably not wanting to wear a head covering during prayer and worship because they might fear that they would be looked at as being Muslim and/or being treated differently and badly. I guess one would ask what Christian women consider ‘worship‘. When I was a Christian growing up I never thought of worship as something that could be in my everyday life. To me it was really just once a week when I went to church on Sundays and even then it was just a bunch of singing and listening to the Pastor preach his serman.  So ‘what do Christian women consider ‘worship”? Is worship something you do in your daily life, or by doing good deeds or reading your bible? Is it something that is just once a week when you go to church on Sundays? Really take a minuet and think about that, I am sure this question will differ for many of you.

In Islam worship is more than just prayer or going to the Mosque on Fridays, it’s doing any good deed/act for the sake of The Almighty. For example, if you shower with the intent to pray afterwards that is considered an act of worship. Doing anything with the intent to please Allâh (God) is considered an act of worship.  Covering yourself for the sake of The Creator is not a bad thing, it’s something that many women have done throughout history. I am not saying that if you don’t cover yourself you are not worshiping God, I am not saying that at all. Just don’t criticize Muslim women for choosing to cover their heads. I have even seen some Christian women that enjoy wearing a head-covering. Look at your Nuns, for example; they cover to please their Lord and to be respectful towards their bodies. And even women who are not Catholic enjoy covering themselves for the sake of The Almight. Seriously take a minuet and really think about it.

Now read the following verses in the Bible:

1 Corinthians 11:1-16 (Old King James Version)

1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. 3 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. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. 5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. 6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. 7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. 8 For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. 9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. 10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. 12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. 13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? 14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

What do you think  you should do the next time you pray or worship God?  It’s pretty clear based on these verses. And it’s a good thing to cover yourself while in prayer and worship to The Almighty Creator.  Not only are you respecting our Lord who created us, but you are also respecting yourselves and telling other people that you respect yourself. I am not saying that if you don’t cover yourself you are not worshiping God, I am not saying that at all. Whether or not a Christian woman covers their heads or not is none of my business, but they shouldn’t criticize Muslim women for wearing a head-covering, because as Christian women are you suppose to cover yourselves during prayer and worship. Therefore you have no right to say anything to Muslim women about why they wear a head-covering.

Be respectful and kind towards other people and what they chose to believe in.

6 thoughts on “Head-Coverings in the Bible: Why Christian women ignore this and Criticize Muslim women?

  1. I am a Christian woman. This is an interesting point you have brought up and I wonder the same thing. Christians are commanded to “love” their neighbour. That means everyone. God’s word doesn’t change, regardless of anything. If you really believe that the Holy Bible IS God’s word to us, then you will obey it regardless of what anyone else says. Being a Christian is not easy. We are told so. It means sacrifice. We will be judged on obedience as a single person, not as a group, we all have to answer to Him on how we have lived our lives and that is serious business. Plain and simple. I haven’t seen any biblical “updates” from God. Christian women covered until the feminist movement so what happened? God didn’t tell them to stop, they submitted to their own will. You’re so right. Many Christians do not read the Bible for themselves and thus live their lives “for” themselves, not according to “God’s will” and that is dangerous. I personally find it very hard to find a Christian church where the women submit to head covering, but I do it anyway and I know I am blessed for my obedience. I want to obey the Mighty Creator God, in all that I do. No question. Muslim women ARE obedient and Christian women CAN learn from them. I have, and I respect Muslim women for their leadership on the modesty and head covering example they send to all women of faith. Thank you for your article.


  2. Peace be with you, sister, I want you to know that not all Christians re true Christians and I respect your devotion to your husband and to The One True Living God. Everything we fight over is in the Holy Bible and all of our laws of the land have come from Him, more “Christian” women need to read the Bible for themselves and learn God’s message for us all. I believe we should cover our heads when ever we are on fellowship and when we pray in public (which is Never, sadly). I know that no matter what if your heart is not pure then nothing you do in the flesh is worth anything to one True God, the God of Abraham. So as women of God, we can dress or act as “appropriately” as we want but if we do not seek God, His wisdom and His plan for our lives we are not living piously. As Christian women we believe in Creation, and henceforth, a man and woman union. We believe that God made Adam first and us from his rib. Which makes God the head of a man, and man the head of woman, so in order for God to observe our reverence to our husband as our gateway to God, we cover our heads. that is where the idea of head coverings came from. All other religions have rituals and or traditions have roots in the Holy Bible. Our geography and our languages have roots in the Holy Bible. i read my bible and revere my husband as the leader in our family, I applaud any woman who willingly gives herself to her family and her duty as the completer of all things man. Please, sister continue to educate those who think they know the truth, the light and the way. Amen!


  3. In today’s culture, we no longer view a woman’s wearing of a head covering as a sign of submission. In most modern societies, scarves and hats are fashion accessories. A woman has the choice to wear a head covering if she views it as a sign of her submission to the authority of her husband. However, it is a personal choice and not something that should be used to judge spirituality. The real issue here is the heart attitude of obedience to God’s authority and submission to His established order “as to the LORD” (Ephesians 5:22). God is far more concerned with an attitude of submission than an outward display of submission via a head covering. First Timothy 2:9-10, “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.”

    Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/head-coverings.html#ixzz2eJSXpzUl


  4. I’m a Christian who head covers, and I agree with you. I also wanted to chime in (though I see a couple others already have) to show you that not all Christian women are ignoring that Bible passage. Also, some Christian women interpret the passage to say that long hair is a woman’s covering (so if you see Christian women with really long hair, that’s why) even though the words used for hair as a covering and the cloth covering are different in the original Greek, they are the same in most English translations, hence the confusion. Also, since it says a head covering, not a hair covering, many Christian women in the West will do this with a hat or a headband and therefore not appear to be covering, even when they are… (I do this. I also wear scarves. It all depends.)

    However, I also have to say that many Christians just haven’t studied their Bibles enough. Or I was reading on some sights talking about head covering where women said when they were younger their Bible teachers would gloss over this verse saying “this doesn’t apply today” and they would wonder why, when their church taught obedience and trusting the Bible in general, but didn’t question further until they got older. A lot of people never question further.

    Actually, when I was younger I remember thinking it was cultural because I took the verse about the practice being done in all the churches he knew about but not to be divisive about it to mean “okay, so everyone I know does this, but whether you do it or not, just don’t fight about it”. Later a friend who went to a church that had most women head covering said she’d always been taught it meant “since all the churches I know do this, if you don’t, you’re being divisive.” That made me look into it further.

    Still, the thing that really convinced me this wasn’t cultural but instead transcended it was the verse about the angels. Angels aren’t subject to human cultural whims, so obviously (to me) it applies today.


  5. I’m a little late in my reply, but I also would like to state my apology for Christian woman who criticize you for wearing a head covering, these are not true pure of heart Christians. As a Messianic Jew who attends a Baptist church, I cover my head as the word says, although most of the women at the church do not. I believe they either do not read their bibles enough to know this passage or they are confident that their inner faith can overcome the word…or maybe just “because nobody else is wearing one”?? I wear my tichel, nobody is rude to me whatsoever, you may think they would judge at church, but NOPE, only kindness because they know I am executing G-d’s word fully! May G-d bless you!


  6. I am a Christian and I totally agree with you. Many women who do not follow that verse do so because they are taught the covering refers to their hair or that it was a cultural practice and not a Biblical command.

    After I read a Muslim’s blog about Christians and Headcoverings, it made me go look at the verse. My husband and I studied it and decided I can best show my submission to my husband and to God by wearing one. Therefore, I wear a mantilla or scarf to church. No one has ever been rude to me or treated me differently because of this.

    Thank you for your post. I wish more women would follow this verse.


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