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Slave women vs Hijab vs Naked Breasts in Public

  • Quran allowed ONLY the FREE Muslim women to take Hijab as a sign of Respect and Honour against the Slave Women.
  • If any slave woman took Hijab by mistake, then Umar Ibn Khattab used to beat her with a stick, and told them to not to resemble the Free Muslim Women by taking Hijab.
  • Moreover, the Breasts of slave women were also naked as their 'Awrah (nakedness) in Islamic sharia is only from navel till knees. And they were also sold in the Bazars of slavery in this semi-naked state, where the customers were also allowed to touch their private parts too, before purchasing them.

It was an old practice in the pre-Islamic Arab, where they made the women of high-status, to veil themselves as a sign of 'honor', but prohibited the prostitutes and the slaves-women to veil themselves.

During pre-Islamic times, the Assyrian law clearly depicted within their written regulation who was allowed to veil. Those women who were family to "seigniors" had to veil as well as those who were previously prostitutes but now married. Laws on veiling were so strict that intolerable consequences were enacted for these women, some of which included beating or cutting their ears off. Prostitutes and slaves were prohibited from veiling.

Hijab Verse was not about modesty but it was revealed only in order to differentiate between the free Muslim women and the salve women

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّبِىُّ قُل لِّأَزْوَٰجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَآءِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِن جَلَٰبِيبِهِنَّ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَدْنَىٰٓ أَن يُعْرَفْنَ فَلَا يُؤْذَيْنَ ۗ وَكَانَ ٱللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا
O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (Arabic: Jilbab) close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better, so that they may be recognised (as Free Muslim women) and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.

Under the commentary of this Verse, all Muslim Quran Muffassirin (commentators) unanimously recorded this incident that this verse was revealed while men of Madina used to sit on the side of the streets and used to molest the women who passed from there. But after the revelation of this verse, they stopped to molest the free women as they recognised them due to their Hijab.

Names of 13 Sahaba (companions) and Tabaeen (successors) who reported it, are as under:

  1. ٰIbn Abbas (ابن عبـاس): Tafsir Ibn Jarir
  2. Suddi ( السدي): Tafsir Ibn Kathir
  3. Abu Malik ( أبي مالك): Tafsir Durr-e-Manthur
  4. Abu Saleh (أبي صالح)ٰ: Tafsir Ibn Jarir
  5. Zuhri (الزهري): Tafsir Ibn Abi Hatim, Hadith 17786
  6. Abu Qalabah (أبي قلابة): Tafsir Durr-e-Manthur
  7. Ibn Shahab (ابن شهاب): Tafsir Durr-e-Manthur
  8. Qatadah (قتادة): Tafsir Ibn Jarir
  9. Kalbi (الكلبي): Tafsir Durr-e-Manthur
  10. Muawiyyah bin Qurrah (معاوية بن قرة): Tafsir Durr-e-Manthur
  11. Hasan (حسن): Tafsir Durr-e-Manthur
  12. Mujahid (مجاهد): Tafsir Ibn Jarir
  13. Muhammad bin Ka'b al-Qarzi (محمد بن كعب القرظي): Tafsir Durr-e-Manthur

Some of these traditions are as under:

يقول تعالى آمراً رسوله صلى الله عليه وسلم تسليماً أن يأمر النساء المؤمنات ــــ خاصة أزواجه وبناته لشرفهن ــــ بأن يدنين عليهن من جلابيبهن ليتميزن عن سمات نساء الجاهلية وسمات الإماء ... قال السدي في قوله تعالى { يٰأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّبِيُّ قُل لأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَآءِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِن جَلاَبِيبِهِنَّ ذٰلِكَ أَدْنَىٰ أَن يُعْرَفْنَ فَلاَ يُؤْذَيْنَ } قال كان ناس من فساق أهل المدينة يخرجون بالليل حين يختلظ الظلام إلى طرق المدينة يتعرضون للنساء، وكانت مساكن أهل المدينة ضيقة، فإذا كان الليل، خرج النساء إلى الطرق يقضين حاجتهن، فكان أولئك الفساق يبتغون ذلك منهن، فإذا رأوا المرأة عليها جلباب، قالوا هذه حرة، فكفوا عنها، وإذا رأوا المرأة ليس عليها جلباب، قالوا هذه أمة، فوثبوا عليها، وقال مجاهد يتجلببن فيعلم أنهن حرائر، فلا يتعرض لهن فاسق بأذى ولا ريبة.

Translation: ... (In this verse, Allah ordered the free women) to draw their Jilbabs over their bodies, so that they will be distinct in their appearance from the women of the Jahiliyyah and from slave women ... And Suddi said about the revelation of this verse 33:59 that the mischief-mongers among the people of Madīnah would come out on the streets at dusk and get after the women. The houses of the people of Madīnah [in those days] were very small in size and at nightfall the women would go out on these streets [making their way to the fields] to relieve themselves. These evil people would tease and molest these women. While if they saw a woman who would be wearing a Jilbab (cloak/outer garment), they would say she is a free woman [and not a slave] and would abstain [from molesting her] and if they saw a woman who would not be wearing a cloak, they would molest her by saying that she is a slave woman.

And Mujahid said that those women would wear cloaks [in the way prescribed by the Qur'ān] so that it be known that they are free women and the mischief-mongers would not then harm or molest them.
حدثنا ابن حميد، قال: ثنا حكام، عن عنبسة، عمن حدثه، عن أبـي صالـح، قال: قدم النبـيّ صلى الله عليه وسلم الـمدينة علـى غير منزل، فكان نساء النبـيّ صلى الله عليه وسلم وغيرهنّ إذا كان اللـيـل خرجن يقضين حوائجهنّ، وكان رجال يجلسون علـى الطريق للغزل، فأنزل الله: { يا أيُّها النَّبِـيُّ قُلْ لأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَناتِكَ وَنِساءِ الـمُؤْمِنِـينَ يُدْنِـينَ عَلَـيْهِنَّ مِنْ جَلابِـيبِهِنَّ } يقنعن بـالـجلبـاب حتـى تعرف الأمة من الـحرّة.
Abu Saleh narrated: When the holy prophet came to Madina, he had no house in Medina. He and his wives and other women used to go outside at evening to relieve themselves. And men used to sit on the streets and used to recite poetry (to molest the women). Upon that Allah revealed the verse of Hijab (33:59) so that free women could be differentiated from the slave women.
عبد الرزاق عن معمر عن الحسن قال كن إماء بالمدينة يقال لهن كذا وكذا كن يخرجن فيتعرض لهن السفهاء فيؤذوهن لأنه فكانت المرأة الحرة تخرج فيحسبون أنها أمة فيتعرضون لها ويؤذونها أخبرنا فأمر النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم المؤمنات أن يدنين عليهن من جلابيبهن ذلك أدنى أن يعرفن من الإماء أنهن حرائر فلا يؤذين


Al-Hassan al-Basri (died 110 Hijri year) said: Slave women in Medina used to be told certain things when they went outside. (One night) some foolish people accosted a group of women and bothered (hurt) them because they thought they were slave women, but they were actually free women. Because of this, the Prophet ordered the believing women to cast their Jilbabs (cloaks/outer garments) upon themselves, so they would be distinguished as free women, and known from the slave women, and not bothered.
حدثنـي مـحمد بن سعد، قال: ثنـي أبـي، قال: ثنـي عمي، قال: ثنـي أبـي، عن أبـيه، عن ابن عبـاس، قوله: { يا أيُّها النَّبِـيُّ قُلْ لأَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَناتِكَ وَنِساءِ الـمُؤْمِنِـينَ يُدْنِـينَ عَلَـيْهِنَّ مِنْ جَلابِـيبِهِنَّ }.... إلـى قوله: { وكانَ اللَّهُ غَفُوراً رَحِيـماً } قال: كانت الـحرّة تلبس لبـاس الأمة، فأمر الله نساء الـمؤمنـين أن يدنـين علـيهنّ من جلابـيبهنّ ، وأدنى الجلباب: أن تقنع، وتشده على جبينها.
Ibn Abbas said about the verse 33:59, the free (Muslim) women used to dress same as the slave women. Upon that Allah ordered them that they let down upon them their over-garments (Arabic: Jilbab), and letting the outer-garment means to cover their faces and to tie it on their foreheads.

From Mujahid (link):

عن مـجاهد، قوله: { يُدْنِـينَ عَلَـيْهِنَّ مِنْ جَلابِـيبِهِنَّ } يتـجلببن فـيُعلـم أنهنّ حوائر فلا يعرض لهنّ فـاسق بأذى من قول ولا ريبة. Mujahid said regarding verse 33:59, that women have to take Jilbab (outer garment) so that people know that they are free women, and no mischief-monger tease them either with his talk or by doubting about her (character).

Ibn Kathir also wrote in his commentary under the verse 24:31 of Surah Nur (link):

أن جابر بن عبد الله الأنصاري حدث أن أسماء بنت مرشدة كانت في محل لها في بني حارثة، فجعل النساء يدخلن عليها غير متأزرات، فيبدو ما في أرجلهن من الخلاخل، وتبدو صدورهن وذوائبهن، فقالت أسماء ما أقبح هذا فأنزل الله تعالى الآية۔۔۔  وقوله تعالى { وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَىٰ جُيُوبِهِنَّ } يعني المقانع يعمل لها صنفات ضاربات على صدورهن لتواري ما تحتها من صدرها وترائبها ليخالفن شعار نساء أهل الجاهلية فإنهن لم يكن يفعلن ذلك، Jabir bin Abdullah Al-Ansari narrated that Asma' bint Murshidah was in a house of hers in Bani Harithah, and the women started coming in to her without lower garments so that the anklets on their feet could be seen, along with their (bare) chests and forelocks. Asma' said: `How ugly this is!' Then Allah revealed: وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ (And tell the believing women to lower their gaze...).'' ... And in the saying of Allah (verse 24:31) means that (free) Muslim women should take an outer garment upon their chests in order to hide their chests and neck ornaments under it, which is against the practice of women of time of ignorance, for they did not do that (i.e. to hide their chests and neck).


  • Quran didn't use the word "mischief-mongers" (Arabic: Fasiq) for these men (who were actually the Companions of Muhammad).
  • And the Quran also didn't rebuke them in any way or threatened them with any punishment.
  • By showing this behaviour, actually Quran gave the "license" to these people to go ahead and keep on molesting the poor slave girls.

It was indeed a strange thing to let the poor slave girls molested by the men, and for this no excuse could be presented. People wonder how could divine Allah not rebuke those people for molesting the slave girls.

And we have to tell them that there existed no Divine Allah, but Muhammad created the character of Allah himself, and thus Muhammad ordered many more such strange things which are impossible from a Divine God. For example:

  • Muhammad (or his invented character of Allah) also allowed the Muslims to rape the slave girls without their consent. And then sell them to another master who again rapes her and this raping continues.
  • Muhammad (or his invented character of Allah) also allowed the Muslims to even rape the slave girls (prisoner girls) the same night, after killing their fathers/brothers/husbands/sons in the war. In case of prisoner women already having a husband, then Muslims were not allowed to penetrate their penis in them, but other than that they could enjoy other sexual acts like undressing them, kissing their naked bodies, compelling them to masturbate them etc.

Is there anything more tyrant than this when the father/sons/brothers/husband are slaughtered of a woman, and she is compelled to have sex on the same night?

Hijab has nothing to do with Modesty, but it is the RESPECT of women and their choices which is counted as Modesty

Unfortunately, 99% of common Muslims today themselves don’t know this bitter reality of Hijab and Islam. They are surprised when this truth is presented to them. While Mullahs (Islamic Scholars) try their best to hide this truth from them.

Muslim claim that women have to take Hijab while it stops the men to become horny, and if there is not a wrapper on the candy, then flies will come blah blah blah.

But it was Allah (i.e. Muhammad) himself who compelled thousands of slave women to move in the public without Hijab (i.e. without wrapper). So, the question is, did Muhammad thus make Sahaba horny and did Sahaba rape those naked slave women of other people?


  • Hijab has nothing to do with Modesty, but it is the RESPECT of women and their choices which is counted as Modesty.
  • And Western world is the most modest, as it Respects the women's right the most.
  • Hijab is not modesty, but it is the sign of worst discrimination against the poor slave women for 14 long centuries by Islam.

Why didn't Allah/Muhammad punish the companions (i.e. men) who sexually molested the slave-women?

Answer is this that Allah/Muhammad didn't allow the poor slave-women to give 'testimony' in the courts against any crime of any Muslim in the court. Their testimony was not even counted as 'half' but as 'ZERO'. That is why, a salve woman was not even allowed to go to the court, and to testify against the person who sexually molested her. For details, please read our article: Evils and Crimes against Humanity of Islamic Slavery.

Role of Umar Ibn Khattab

It was difficult for Muhammad to reject Umar's wishes and suggestions, and throughout Muhammad's life, whenever Umar made any wish/suggestion, later Muhammad claimed of coming of revelation according to Umar's wish.

Same thing happened in case of veiling of women too. It seems that basically it was Umar Ibn Khattab who initially wanted the free Muslim women to be veiled and he talked to Muhammad several times about it (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith 146). Later, during the incident of molestation of women in Medina, Muhammad claimed the verses of veiling according to Umar's wish.

Nevertheless, Umar was an extremist. It seems, he was not even satisfied from the ruling of veiling for women and wanted something even more than that. It becomes evident from the following incident between Umar and Sauda (one of Muhammad's wives), after the incident verses of veiling.

Sahih Bukhari, Hadith 4795:

Narrated Aisha: Sauda (the wife of the Prophet) went out to answer the call of nature after it was made obligatory (for all the Muslims ladies) to observe the veil. She had a large frame and everybody who knew her before could recognize her. So `Umar bin Al-Khattab saw her and said, "O Sauda! By Allah, you cannot hide yourself from us, so think of a way by which you should not be recognized on going out. Sauda returned while Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) was in my house taking his supper and a bone covered with meat was in his hand. She entered and said, "O Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)! I went out to answer the call of nature and `Umar said to me so-and-so." Then Allah inspired him (the Prophet) and when the state of inspiration was over and the bone was still in his hand as he had not put in down, he said (to Sauda), "You (women) have been allowed to go out for your needs."

Why should Sauda take more pain in thinking of new ways of hiding?

Why should she take more pain from even more restrictions upon her than veiling?

What was wrong if people still recognized her outside the house?

On one side Umar was not even satisfied with Hafsa in the veil. But on the other hand, this same Umar used to beat the slave women for taking Hijab, and he took away the Jilbab (outer garment sheet) from them (as we will see it later in this article).

2nd Caliph Umar Ibn Khattab used to beat the slave women with stick if they ever took Hijab

According to authentic traditions, Umar Ibn Khattab used to beat those slave girls with a stick, who by mistake took the Jilbab and covered their bodies. He used to tell those slave girls, to not to try to become equal in status with the free Muslim women, by taking Jilbab/Muqna.

Saudi grand hadith master SheikhAlbani recorded this authentic tradition (link):

أخرجه ابن أبي شيبة في " المصنف " ( 2 / 82 / 1 ) : حدثنا وكيع قال : حدثنا شعبة عن قتادة عن أنس قال : " رأى عمر أمة لنا مقنعة فضربها وقال : لا تشبهين بالحرائر " . قلت : وهذا إسناد صحيح

Imam Ibn Abi Shaybah recorded in his book al-Munsaf  that Umar Ibn Khattab saw a slave girl who took a garment/sheet as Hijab and covered her body. Upon that Umar hit her and told her that she should not try to resemble the free Muslim women (by taking Jilbab/Muqna).” The chain of narration of this Hadith is “authentic/Sahih”

This same tradition is also narrated by Ibn Qalabah (link).

Abdur Razzak (d 211 Hijri year) recorded this narration (link):

عبد الرزاق عن معمر عن أيوب عن نافع أن عمر رأى جارية خرجت من بيت حفصة متزينة عليها جلباب أو من بيت بعض أزواج النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم فدخل عمر البيت فقال من هذه الجارية فقالوا أمة لنا – أو قالوا أمة لآل فلان – فتغيظ عليهم وقال أتخرجون إماءكم بزينتها تفتنون الناس Umar once saw a young girl leaving the house of Hafsa (his daughter), adorned with a jilbab — or, from one of the houses of the Prophet’s wives. Umar entered the house and said, “Who is this girl?” They said, “A slave of ours” — or, a slave of someone’s family. He became enraged at them and said, “Your slave girls left with their adornment, and created discord (by taking Jilbab) amongst the people (while they were unable to distinguish her from the free Muslim women).”

Imam Shaybani (died 189 hijri year) wrote in his book al-Masoot (link):

ولا ينبغي للرجل أن ينظر من أمة غيره إذا كانت بالغة أو تشتهي مثلها أو توطأ إلا ما ينظر إليه من ذوات المحرم ولا بأس بأن ينظر إلى شعرها وإلى صدرها وإلى ثديها وعضدها وقدمها وساقها ولا ينظر إلى بطنها ولا إلى ظهرها ولا إلى ما بين السرة منها حتى يجاوز الركبة It is not permissible for a man to look at a slave woman other than his own, if she has reached puberty, or he has a desire for her, except what it is permissible to look at from his close relative women (maharam). So, there is no harm that he looks at her hair, her chest, her breasts, her arm, her foot, or leg. And he does not look at her stomach or back, or what is between the navel and the knees.

And Saudi grand hadith master Sheikh Albani recorded this tradition (link):

حدثنا على بن مسهر عن المختار بن فلفل عن أنس بن مالك قال: " دخلت على عمر بن الخطاب أمة قد كان يعرفها لبعض المهاجرين أو الأنصار , وعليها جلباب متقنعة به , فسألها: عتقت؟ قالت: لا: قال: فما بال الجلباب؟! ضعيه عن رأسك , إنما الجلباب على الحرائر من نساء المؤمنين , فتلكأت , فقام إليها بالدرة , فضرب بها رأسها حتى ألقته عن رأسها ".

قلت: وهذا سند صحيح على شرط مسلم. Companion Anas bin Malik said: A slave girl of some Muhajir or Ansar came to Umar Ibn Khattab in a state that she was wearing a Jilbab (and she covered her breasts and body with it). Upon that Umar ordered her to take away the Jilbab from her head, while Jilbab is reserved only for the free (Muslim) woman. The slave girl hesitated, upon which Umar stood up and he started beating her with the stick. He hit her head, till the slave girl removed the Jilbab.

Sheikh Albani said that his Hadith is “authentic (Sahih)” according to the standards of Imam Muslim.

A Hijabi women was holding up Umar's biography not knowing he was the WORST when it came to degrading women in every possible way. He was not satisfied with Sauda even in Hijab and wanted her to not even to come out of her house. On the other hand, he would beat slaves for covering themselves. He wanted even more restrictions upon the women than veiling. He was the one who asked Muhammad that husbands should be allowed to beat their wives (link). He beat his wife and his sister. He beat his daughter when she complained about Muhammad having sex with the slave Maria. He also said to his own daughter that she isn't as beautiful as Aisha and that she could be gotten rid of with no problem at all. Imagine your own father belittling your looks and existence. His wife was unable to give him a child, upon that Umar insulted her by saying that she didn't even worth a straw in his house, and he kicked her out of his house by giving her divorce (Link). Umar should be condemned for the man he was, but instead of that he is praised by Muslims as a demi-god now.

Looking and touching the private parts of half-naked slave women in the Islamic Bazaars of Slavery

The 1400 years of history of Islam also consists of this shameful act against humanity, where Muslims forced those women/girls to become half naked by exposing their breasts, and then forced them to stand in front of thousands of men in the Islamic Bazaars of slavery, who not only looked at them with lust, but they were also allowed to touch their private parts (as if they were sheep and goats).

Imam Bayhiqi wrote in his book Sunan al-Kubra (link):

عن نافع ، عن ابن عمر ” أنه كان إذا اشترى جارية كشف عن ساقها ووضع يده بين ثدييها و على عجزها

Translation: Nafe’e narrated that whenever Ibn Umar wanted to buy a slave-girl, he would inspect her by analyzing her legs and placing his hands between her breasts and on her buttocks”

Saudi grand hadith master Sheikh Albani declared this tradition to be “authentic” (link).

Musanaf Abdul Razzaq recorded this tradition (link):

عبد الرزاق ، عن الثوري ، عن جابر ، عن الشعبي قال : " إذا كان الرجل يبتاع الأمة ، فإنه ينظر إلى كلها إلا الفرج " . Shu’bi said: If any man has to buy a slave girl, then he can see whole of her body, except for her vagina

Musanaf Ibn Abi Shayba, Volume 4, page 289 Tradition 20241 (link):

نا علي بن مسهر عن عبيدالله عن نافع عن ابن عمر أنه إذا أراد أن يشتري الجارية وضع يده على أليتيها وبين فخذيها وربما كشف عن ساقها ‘Naf’e reported when Ibn Umar wanted to buy a slave-girl he would place his hand on her buttocks, between her thighs, and may uncover her legs’

Musnaf Abdur Razak, Volume 7, page 286, Tradition 13204 (link):

13204 عبد الرزاق ، عن ابن عيينة قال : وأخبرني ابن أبي نجيح ، عن مجاهد قال : " وضع ابن عمر يده بين ثدييها ، ثم هزها " .

‘Mujahid reported that ibn Umar placed his hand between (a slave-girl’s) breasts and shook them’

Musanaf Ibn Abi Shayba, Volume 4, page 289 Tradition 20241 (link):

حدثنا جرير عن منصور عن مجاهد قال : كنت مع ابن عمر أمشي في السوق فإذا نحن بناس من النخاسين قد اجتمعوا على جارية يقلبونها ، فلما رأوا ابن عمر تنحوا وقالوا : ابن عمر قد جاء ، فدنا منها ابن عمر فلمس شيئا من جسدها وقال : أين أصحاب هذه الجارية ، إنما هي سلعة Mujahid said: ‘I was walking with ibn Umar in a slave market, then we saw some slave dealers gathered around one slave-girl and they were checking her, when they saw Ibn Umar, they stopped and said: ‘Ibn Umar has arrived’. Then ibn Umar came closer to the slave-girl, he touched some parts of her body and then said: ‘Who is the owner of this slave-girl, she is just a commodity!’

Imam Shaybani (died 189 hijri year) wrote in his book al-Masoot (link):

ولا ينبغي للرجل أن ينظر من أمة غيره إذا كانت بالغة أو تشتهي مثلها أو توطأ إلا ما ينظر إليه من ذوات المحرم ولا بأس بأن ينظر إلى شعرها وإلى صدرها وإلى ثديها وعضدها وقدمها وساقها ولا ينظر إلى بطنها ولا إلى ظهرها ولا إلى ما بين السرة منها حتى يجاوز الركبة It is not permissible for a man to look at a slave woman other than his own, if she has reached puberty, or he has a desire for her, except what it is permissible to look at from his close relative women (maharam). So, there is no harm that he looks at her hair, her chest, her breasts, her arm, her foot, or leg. And he does not look at her stomach or back, or what is between the navel and the knees.

The slave-women of Umar Ibn Khattab used to server men with naked breasts. Imam Bayhiqi recorded this tradition and declared it "Sahih" in his book al-Sunan al-Kubra (link):

ثم روى من طريق حماد بن سلمة قالت : حدثني ثمامة بن عبد الله بن أنس عن جده أنس بن مالك قال : " كن إماء عمر رضي الله عنه يخدمننا كاشفات عن شعورهن تضطرب ثديهن " . قلت : وإسناده جيد رجاله كلهم ثقات غير شيخ البيهقي أبي القاسم عبد الرحمن بن عبيد الله الحربي ( 1 ) وهو صدوق كما قال الخطيب ( 10 / 303 ) وقال البيهقي عقبه : " والاثار عن عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه في ذلك صحيحة " .

Anas bin Malik said: “The slaves of Omar, may God be pleased with him, served us, revealing their hair and their breasts.”

Sheikh Albani also declared it "Sahih" (Link).

This humiliation of the slave woman is the real “Islamic Modesty”, which is utter shameful.

All four Sunni Imams are unanimous that the nakedness (Awrah عورۃ) of a slave woman is from navel till knee

Even when Islam was not selling the slave women in the Bazaars, still it forced them to move outside in front of thousands of men, with naked breasts, while Islam declared the intimate parts of slave women (‘Awrah) of slave women was from navel till knee only.

Muhammad again took this law from the ignorant Arab society of that time, and he once again rejected the Laws of Moses which didn’t allow for the naked breasts of slave women.

It is perhaps the “Biggest Contradiction” in Islam. On one side, Islam asked free Muslim women to take full body Hijab, but on the other side, Islam snatched away the right of Hijab from the slave women, and forced them to move outside with naked breasts.

All the four Sunni Imams of Fiqh are unanimous that nakedness of a slave woman is only from navel till knee.

Hanafi Fiqh:

Hanafi Scholar Imam Jassas wrote (link):

يَجُوزُ لِلْأَجْنَبِيِّ النَّظَرُ إلَى شَعْرِ الْأَمَةِ وَذِرَاعِهَا وَسَاقِهَا وَصَدْرِهَا وَثَدْيِهَا


A man could see the hairs, arms, calves, chest and breasts of the slave woman of another person.

According to Hanafi Fiqh book "Fatawa-a-Alamgiri" (which was written by 500 Islamic Scholars upon the order of Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir (link):

* It is allowed to see whole naked body of a slave woman of other person, except between her navel and the knees.

  • And all that is allowed to be seen, it is also allowed to be touched.

Maliki Fiqh:

And it is written in the Book "Al-Sharh al-Saghir" of Maliki Fiqh (link):

فيرى الرجل من المرأة - إذا كانت أمة - أكثر مما ترى منه لأنها ترى منه الوجه والأطراف فقط، وهو يرى منها ما عدا ما بين السرة والركبة، لأن عورة الأمة مع كل واحد ما بين السرة والركبة A man could see more of the body of a slave woman as compared to what she could see of a man. She is allowed only to see his hands and feet, while a man is allowed to see her whole body naked except for the part between her navel and knees.

The Maliki Scholar Imam Ibn Abi Zayd (died 386 Hijri) wrote in his book "al-Jameh" (link), and also see here:

"He (i.e. al-Imam Malik ibn Anas) strongly disapproved of the behavior of the slave women of al-Madinah in going out uncovered above the lower garment (i.e with naked breasts). He said: "I have spoken to the Sultan about it, but I have not received a reply."

Imam Qurtabi writes in his famous Tafsir of Quran, Verse 7:26 (Link):

“وأما الأمة فالعورة منها ما تحت ثدييها ، ولها أن تبدي رأسها ومعصميها . وقيل : حكمها حكم الرجل”


As far as slave woman is concerned, then here 'Awrah (i.e. Nakedness) is under her breasts, and she could expose her head and arms.

Please also watch the video of Sheikh Hamza Yousuf (link) where he is telling that slave women used to walk outside with naked breasts during the era of prophet Muhammad.

Shafi'i Fiqh:

And it is also the same ruling in the Fiqh of Imam Shafii too. See the book "Al-Muhadab fi Fiqh al-Shafi'i, written by Shirazi (link):

المذهب أن عورتها ما بين السرة والركبة


The 'Awrah (of a slave woman) is between here navel and knees.

Hanbali Fiqh:

Kitab al-Kafi fi Fiqh al-Imam Ahmed (link):

وقال ابن حامد عورتها كعورة الرجل ، لما روى عمر بن شعيب عن أبيه عن جده أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : إذا زوج أحدكم أمته عبده أو أجيره فلا ينظر إلى شيء من عورته فإن ما تحت السرة إلى الركبة عورة يريد عورة الأمة ، رواه الدارقطني . ولأنه من لم يكن رأسه عورة لم يكن صدره عورة ،


Ibn Hamid said that her 'awrah is the same as the 'awrah of the man, because of what is narrated by 'Amr ibn Shu'ayb, from his father, from his grandfather, that the Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wa-sallam, said: "When one of you marries off his slave woman to his slave or hireling, let him not look at anything of her 'awrah, for whatever is below the navel until the knees is 'awrah." He meant the 'awrah of the slave woman. Narrated by ad-Daraqutni. Head is not included in the 'awrah of a slave woman as well as their breasts...

Traditions about the 'Awrah (i.e. nakedness) of a slave woman:

And Imam Abdul Razzaq recorded many traditions upon the 'Awrah (i.e. nakedness) of a slave woman in his books "al-Munsif". Some of these traditions are presented below (link):

13206 - عبد الرزاق عن ابن جريج عن رجل عن ابن المسيب أنه قال: يحل له أن ينظر إلى كل شئ فيها، ما عدا فرجها.

Said ibn al-Musayyib said if one wants to buy a slave girl, then he could see whole of her body except for her lower private part (link).

13207 - عبد الرزاق عن الثوري عن جابر عن الشعبي قال: إذا كان الرجل يبتاع الأمة فإنه ينظر إلى كلها إلا الفرج.

Shubi said if someone wanted to buy a slave girl, then he could see whole of her body naked except for lower private part (link).

13208 - عبد الرزاق عن ابن جريج قال: أكل في.... (1) أصدق عمن سمع عليا يسأل عن الأمة تباع، أينظر إلى ساقها، وعجزها، وإلى بطنها؟ قال: لا بأس بذلك، لا حرمة لها، إنما وقفت لنساومها.

Fourth Caliph 'Ali was asked about seeing the calves, stomach and back of a slave woman. Upon that he replied there is no harm in seeing them while a slave woman has no honour. She is standing in the slave market for exactly for this purpose that people could evaluate her price (by seeing and touching her) before buying her (link).

1792 - ( روى أبو حفص بإسناده : " أن ابن عمر كان يضع يده بين ثدييها ( يعني الجارية ) وعلى عجزها من فوق الثياب ويكشف عن ساقها " ذكره في الوقع ) . صحيح . أخرجه البيهقي ( 5 / 329 ) من طريق عبيد الله بن عمر عن نافع عن ابن عمر : " أنه كان إذا اشترى جارية كشف عن ساقها ووضع يده بين ثدييها وعلى عجزها " . وفي آخره زيادة : " وكأنه كان يضعها عليها من وراء الثياب " . ولعلها من البيهقي أو من بعض رواته . والسند صحيح .

There are many traditions about Abdullah Ibn Umar (A prominent companion and son of 2nd Caliph) which tell that whenever he had to buy a slave girl, then he used to uncover her back, stomach and calves. And he used to check her back and chest by putting his hands between her breasts. Saudi grand Mufti Albani declared this tradition to be "authentic" (link).

13203 - عبد الرزاق عن ابن عيينة عن عمرو بن دينار عن مجاهد قال: كنت مع ابن عمر في السوق، فأبصر بجارية تباع، فكشف عن ساقها، وصك في صدرها، وقال: اشتروا، يريهم أنه لا بأس بذلك.

Mujahid said that once Abdullah Ibn Umar came to a market where some traders wanted to buy a slave girl. Ibn Umar exposed her calves, then put his hands between her breasts and shook them. Afterwards he told the traders to buy that slave girl as there was no defect in her (link)

Muslim claim: Hijab is indeed related to 'modesty'

Muslims claim that prior of verse 33:59, Allah had already revealed verse 24:31, where Allah told the women to lower their gaze, and this is modesty.

Quran 24:31:

وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَٰتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَٰرِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا ۖ وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَىٰ جُيُوبِهِنَّ ۖ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا لِبُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ ءَابَآئِهِنَّ أَوْ ءَابَآءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ ... [Sahih International] And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision (i.e. to lower their gaze) and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers (i.e. Khimar خمار) over their chests (/neckline) (Arabic:جُيُوبِهِنَّ) and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, ۔۔۔۔

First of all, please note the difference between "Jilbab" and "Khimar":

  • Jilbab was a big outer garment/sheet that is worn on the head, draped around the body and that totally covers the breasts and the body of the woman. While Muqna was also an outer garment sheet like Jilbab, but shorter than Jilbab. Both were put upon the head and used for hiding the naked breast and other parts of the body. In the verse of Hijab (Quran 33:59), the writer of Quran ordered free Muslim women to use this same Jilbab, to cover their breasts and bodies. While slave women were not allowed to use Jilbab to cover their breast and the body.
  • And “Khimar (Arabic: خمار)” is a small head scarf, which covers only the head and comes up to the shoulders. We see Arab men using this “Khimar” (Arabic head scarf) today.

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 275:

أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم مَسَحَ عَلَى الْخُفَّيْنِ وَالْخِمَارِ Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) wiped over the socks and Khimar (Arabic Scarf)

Moreover, please also note that in the verse, the Arabic word جُيُوبِ  (singular جَيْب) is used. Muslim translators translated as 'chest', which is wrong.  The exact translation of (singular جَيْب)  is 'neckline', where the ornament like necklace is placed. It does not cover the breasts of women, but only the upper part of chest and neck. Please see this exact translation at wiktionary(link). Chest is not a right translation, while the Arabic word for chest is "Sadar (صدر)". This verse is ordering the women to hide their ornaments like earrings and necklaces with part of their head scarfs. It is written in Tafsir Madarak al-Tanzil, under the verse 24:31 (link):

كانت جيوبهن واسعة تبدو منها صدورهن وما حواليها وكن يسدلن الخمر من ورائهن فتبقى مكشوفة فأمرن بأن يسدلنها من أقدامهن حتى تغطيها (During the (pre-Islamic) time of ignorance, the custom among the Arab women was) their bosoms were naked due to which their chest and area around it was exposed. And women used to hang their head scarfs (Khimar) on the backside, due to which bosoms were exposed. They were ordered (in this verse) to hang their head scarfs on the front side, so that the bosoms are covered.

And it is written in Tafsir-e-Mazhari, under the commentary of this verse 24:31 (link):s

All the Scholars are 'Unanimous اجماع' that this verse is only for the free (Muslim) women ... Imam Malik, Imam Shafi'i and Imam Ahmad deemed the nakedness of a slave woman from navel till knees. While Imam Abu Hanifa considered her stomach and back to be a part of her nakedness too.

This was the first order of Hijab, and the next order came in verse 33:59, where only the free Muslim women were demanded to take the Jilbab (big sheet of outer garment) over their heads, in oder to cover their naked breasts and the whole body.

'Lowering the gazes' is not modesty, but only an Un-Natural restriction, which results in frustration:

We absolutely don't agree with Muslim's claim of this so-called 'modesty' in name of 'lowering the gaze', while:

  • Keeping the necklines of slave women naked is not modesty, but it will become Double Standards and a Contradiction and Discrimination.
  • And prohibiting the slave women to take Hijab, and to compel them to move in the public with naked breasts is also not a modesty, but Double Standards and a Contradiction, and Discrimination.
  • And 'lowering of gazes' is also not modesty, but Un-Natural restriction upon the women (and men).
  • And not allowed the women to talk with men, or both of them to interact with each other is also not a modesty, but again an un-natural restriction.
  • These un-natural restrictions result only in form of extreme 'Frustrated' society. Please read out article Incest in Islamic Pakistan to see how these un-natural Islamic restrictions making Pakistani men sexually frustrated.
  • And in order to see the real destruction of these unnatural restrictions, please see the Incident of Ifk, where people put the howdah of 'Aisha on the camel, while they thought 'Aisha was present there. But 'Aisha was not present there. This happened while Islam prohibits interaction between men and women, and thus people didn't even say "hello" to 'Aisha. This led to such devastating results where 2 tribes of Muslims were about to kill each other, and Muhammad was close to divorce 'Aisha, and this whole drama lasted for a complete month.
  • And 'Love' is natural. But this lowering of gazes, and prohibition of interaction are unnatural, while they lead to the killing of the natural 'love' between a girl and a boy. No proof could be bigger than this LOVE.

Once again, let us make it clear that:

  • It is the RESPECT of women and their choices which is counted as modesty.
  • And the western world is the most modest. It provided the women with protection by demanding the men to respect the women and their choices.

Slave women were standing in the mosques with naked breasts, during the prayers

What more, slave women were offering their PRAYERS with naked breasts. Imam Ibn Hazm recorded in his book

Al-Muhala, Kitab al-Rizaa, Volume 10 page 23 (link):

لا يستحي من أن يطلق أن للمملوكة أن تصلي عريانة يرى الناس ثدييها وخاصرتها وان للحرة أن تتعمد أن تكشف من شفتي فرجها مقدار الدرهم البغلي تصلي كذلك ويراها الصادر والوارد بين الجماعة في المسجد “He (Abu Hanifa) was not shy to say that a slave woman can pray naked and the people can observe her breasts and waist. A free woman can purposely show the parts of her vagina during prayers and can be observed by whosoever enters and leaves the mosque.”

Another Saudi grand Mufti Sheikh Uthaymeen gave this fatwa (link):

الأَمَةُ - ولو بالغة - وهي المملوكة، فعورتها من السُّرَّة إلى الرُّكبة، فلو صلَّت الأَمَةُ مكشوفة البدن ما عدا ما بين السُّرَّة والرُّكبة، فصلاتها صحيحة، لأنَّها سترت ما يجب عليها سَتْرُه في الصَّلاة. The nackedness (‘Awrah) of a slave woman is from her navel till knees, even if she is an adult and belongs to someone. If she offers her prayers while her body is covered only from navel till knees, and rest of her body is naked, still her prayer is valid while she covered those parts of body, which needed to be covered in the prayer.

It is also reported about Umar Ibn Khattab that his slave women used to serve the guests in this state of nakedness. It has been recorded in Sunan al-Kubra by Imam Bayhaqi, and has been authenticated by Albani (link):

عن أنس بن مالك قال كن إماء عمر رضي الله عنه يخدمننا كاشفات عن شعورهن تضرب ثديهن Anas bin Malik said: ‘The slave-girls of Umar were serving us with uncovered hair and their breasts were shaking”

This humiliation by hitting the slave girls for taking Hijab, is the real “Islamic Modesty”, which Muslims hide today.

All this problem of nakedness of slave woman is present in Islam, while Muhammad rejected the laws of Judaism/Christianity, and took the laws of non-civilized Arabs as Islamic Sharia, while those laws were more beneficial for Muhammad and Muslims materialistically.

Prophet Muhammad used to walk in public with hands of another person's slave girl in his hand

On one side Islam made life difficult for a woman in name of “Hijab and modesty”, and practically imprisoned her in her home, and cut her off from the outside world, she could not even talk with other person, and even if she has to talk, then she must talk in hard voice.

But on the other hand, Prophet Muhammad used to walk in the public with hands of slave girl of other person in his hand.

Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith 4177:

“If a female slave among the people of Al-Madinah were to take the hand of the Messenger of Allah, he would not take his hand away from hers until she had taken him wherever she wanted in Al-Madinah so that her needs may be met.”

Grade: Sahih (Darussalam)

Please remember that this slave girl was there with naked breasts too, which makes things more complicated.

Why prophet Muhammad needed to take her hand in his hand? Why were they not able to move into the city without taking each other’s hands?

This same tradition is also present in Sahih Bukhari too.

Sahih Bukhari, Hadith 6072: Anas bin Malik said, "Any of the female slaves of Medina could take hold of the hand of Allah's Apostle and take him wherever she wished."

Why these two opposite Extremes?

On one side, not only hairs, but the whole body of a free women is imprisoned in Jilbab. Or even worse, she is practically imprisoned in the 4 walls of the house. She is compelled to lead an unnatural life, where she is not even allowed to talk with men.

But on the other side, even the breasts of the slave women were kept naked. And even customers could touch their private parts like sheep and cattle. And Muhammad was moving in hands in hands with the slave women of other people.

Yes, these are the two opposite Extremes.

This happens when no Allah is present above in the heavens, and a human with intellect level of Muhammad had to made the revelations at his own.

Video of selling of a slave-woman with naked breasts in Saudi Arabia in 1964

Even slavery was prohibited in Saudi Arabia due to the immense pressure by the Western countries in 962, but still Muslims kept on practicing it secretly later on. In 1964, some western journalists were able to save this crime in the camera. Please see this Video (at the end of the video, you could see how the slave-women were sold with naked breasts).

Original Photos of half-naked Muslim slave women

We have seen complete reference above in this article, where it was prohibited for the slave women to take Hijab and to cover their breasts and body. They were compelled to move in this half naked state in public. But Muslims of today still unable to believe all these references. They could look at the following original Photos from camera.