Qur’an 33:59: “Prophet, enjoin your wives, your daughters, and the wives of the believers to draw their veils close round them. That is more proper so that they may be recognized and not be molested. God is ever forgiving and merciful” (NJ Dawood).
“Enjoin believing women […] to draw their veils over their bosoms and not to display their finery except to their husbands….” (Surah 24:31).
Sahih Al Burkahi 60:282: Narrated Safiya bint Shaiba: ‘Aisha used to say: “When (the Verse): “They should draw their veils over their necks and bosoms,” was revealed, (the ladies) cut their waist sheets at the edges and covered their faces with the cut pieces.”
Daily Mail Online, October 17, 2017.
Malala Yousafzai has begun life at Oxford – but has been targeted by trolls for apparently wearing ‘jeans’, heeled boots and a bomber jacket during her first weeks at the university.
The Nobel laureate, who almost paid with her life at the hands of a Taliban gunman for speaking out in favour of women’s educational rights, has been criticised for swapping her shalwar kameeze for skinny jeans.
In an unverified photograph published in Pakistan, the 20-year-old activist is apparently seen complementing her jeans with ankle high boots and a bomber jacket.
If she had hoped to slip into student life at Oxford with the anonymity granted to her fellow under graduates, her wish has been lost on critics in her native Pakistan.
She became the target of abuse over the picture despite keeping her ‘duppata’ on her head as she has done since she arrived in Britain five years ago.
One vitriolic message posted on Twitter and re-published in the Pakistani media said: ‘That was the reason the bullet directly targeted her head long time ago.’
Another hateful message said: ‘Look at hypocrite Malala wearing pants! Is she even a Muslim?’
A third said: ‘Want a nobel prize and getting admission into Oxford University? Step 1: get shot… so much for women rights advocacy lol.’
The bitterness towards the young woman who has declared that one day she would like to lead her country as Prime Minister caused outrage among supporters.
BBC presenter Anita Anand, who presents Radio 4’s Any Answers? Told MailOnline: ‘Malala can wear whatever she likes as far as I’m concerned.
‘The baying criticism is coming from the most regressive quarters, and I doubt she could do anything to please them.
‘I sincerely hope she never tries. All of my Pakistani friends agree with that sentiment.
‘She is a heroine and a role model. Her insistence on an education has taken her to one of the finest learning establishments in the world. She refused to be deterred even though extremists tried to shoot her into line.’
Another fan Arsalan Ahmed Jaraal of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, near the Pakistan border with Afghanistan, said on Twitter: ‘What Malala wore in UK, is pretty common in Pakistan as well. Stop creating a fuss about it. Let others live their life, at least for once.’