Muslim women cover their bodies out of piety, in order to please God, this is due to this verse in the Qur’an;
“And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women.” [24:31]
This allows women to be seen for their personality, character, virtues and intellect, and not the shape of their bodies and physical appearance.
In Islam, women are to be seen for WHO they are, not WHAT they are.
Because thier bodies are completely covered, the only things that they can be judged by are; their character, personalities, vitues, and intellect; exactly what a woman should be judged by, and not for the shape of her body or how she looks.
This has many advantages in todays Western society, where women are forced by society to mold themselves into an unrealistic definition of beauty. It puts preasure on women to look a certain way, dress a certain way, be a certain size, and in some cases, to be a certain skin tone, in most cases, the skin tone to be “beautiful”, has to be light.
All this preasure leads to women dieting to be “skinny”, getting plastic surgery to be “beautiful”, and in a lot of cases this could lead to anorexia, with 1 in every 100 women in the UK suffering from the illness, aged between 15-30.
Of course, all these preasures have a pychological impact on women, leaving most women with insecurities about the way that they look, as they are challenged by society to compete with airbrushed women in magazines and on posters.
Islam puts a complete stop to all of this nonsense, a stop to the insecurities a woman in preasured into feeling because of society, as she is only judged on the things that she says and does, and not on her appearance.
This doesn’t mean that a woman who doesn’t wear hijab should be viewed for only her body, of course no woman should be viewed as only a body, but Hijab puts a stop to allowing men to ever view a woman in that way.
“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be KNOWN and NOT be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” [33:59]