Why do Muslim Men have beards and Muslim Women have wear head and face coverings
Beards of the Muslim men:
Did Abraham, Moses, King David and Jesus, peace be upon them, have a beard or not? Do observant faithful male followers of Judaism have breads or not? The beard is the natural God given sign of manhood, and the universal distinguishing mark of masculinity from femininity. This is why all prophets of God like Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, may Allah’s peace be upon them all, had beards and ordered their followers to keep their beards.
Muslims seek to maintain the way of the prophets in this aspect of the God given appearance of masculinity. Its as simple as that.
There are specific commands of the Prophet Muhammad, may the salutations of peace and blessings be upon him and his family and followers, that order the believers to maintain their beards and to trim their mustaches, and these commands are reported in authentic narrations in various phrases that make the command one of religious obligation not voluntary choice.
The head coverings, scarves and veils on the Muslim women
The virtues of modesty and chastity are the main reasons for Muslim women to wear head coverings, scarves and veil. Another reason is for protection from the disturbing teasing, ogling, and advances which may lead to molestation and lewdness forwarded by those unscrupulous and criminal elements in society. Islam seeks to protect the family life of the society in general, and thus seeks to protect the chastity and moral purity of all members of the society from temptations. This is the main rational for women to wear modest clothing. If a man in western societies, for example, sees a Catholic Nun wearing her religious habit (like the famous pictures of Mother Teresa, etc), then he automatically thinks she is protecting her morality and chastity, and therefore he feels she is sacrosanct and “off limits”.
If an unscrupulous man is seeking something illegal in flirtation, fornication and adultery, he turns to see other women who flirt and wear provocative clothing and expose their feminine beauties. Thus the modest clothing of a faithful women acts as a warning flag to stay away from this women for she is chaste and protected.
As this examples portrays, and by way of this analogy we seek to bring the concept closer to comprehension, the rationale for modest clothing and covering in Muslim societies is the same. And yet Muslim women have the obligation to follow and observe specifically strict instruction in this regard, for her own honor and protection, as mentioned below. Observant female followers of Judaism always wear head coverings as obligatory, and many Christian women wear scarves and head coverings to church, and even face veils were common. At some Jewish and Christians weddings a face veil is traditional since this is the heritage of the symbol of faith in Gods teachings about morality, modesty and chastity before marriage, and the sign the sanctity chastity and faithfulness in marriage, of family life, and of motherhood .
Below: Christian women in prayer
Catholic nuns from the Missionaries of Charity order sing hymns for a special prayer during the eleventh death anniversary of Mother Teresa in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata September 5, 2008.
Below: Jewish women in prayer
Muslim women in prayer
The praise is for Allah, the One God and Lord Sovereign of the Universe who guides whom He will.