Veiling women is not originally "Islamic" so to speak. In fact, according to Wikipedia, this practice pre-dates even the Christian religion. The practice of veiling women in religious sphere comes from the desire of men to keep their women pure, chaste and modest. On the context of Islam, veiling women is already part of their culture both in the religious and social life. It becomes both a symbol of Islamic male dominated culture viewed by some as women oppression. The clash between the Islamic civilization and the secular western civilization hasn’t ended. It’s just the beginning. And the battle fields its democratic rule and tolerance which most western Constitutions are all linked to. [Note: Islamic culture is not compatible with democracy as Shariah is more Theocratic than Democratic.] And since Europe has discarded religion in their day-to-day life Islam will be playing a very significant role of waking up Europe from its slumber and timidity.
Veiling women in Christianity, a true image of purity, modesty and chastity
Though the symbolism of veiling women differs between cultures, the veiling of women in Christianity, particularly in the Catholic Church is a symbol of Purity, Modesty and Holiness rather than women being oppressed.
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ is oftenly depicted having a long veil from head down. In her 20th century apparitions, she was seen by visionaries as a woman wearing a veil covering her head down to her hills.
|Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal|
|Our Lady of Lourdes (France) with St. Bernadette Soubirous|
|Our Lady of the Holy Rosary|
|The Blessed Virgin Mother, infant Jesus and little boy John the Baptist|
|Mother Angelica founder of EWTN|
|Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta founder of the Missionaries of Charity|
|A sea of Catholic Nuns|
|Perpetual Adoration Sister of the Holy Spirit praying before the Blessed Sacrament. Missionary Sisters of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (SSpSAP) was founded by St. Arnold Jansen together with the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) and the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Spirit (SSpA). These pious sisters are called 'Pink Sisters" for wearing a unique habit which is actually pink rose. They are contemplative sisters similar to monastic life. Thanks to RomanCatholicVocations.|