They are veiled women in Japan

i wondred if there are veiled women in Japan and if they can work and study without any problems???

Are you talking about religion in Japan? I found a page about it on the Internet, although I don’t know how exact the description is.

Konnichiwa,
We hardly see veiled women here in Japan. However near the local university, I rarely see the Malaysian female students who veil their hair with scarf. I’ve never seen the women who totally veiled their hair and face here in Japan.

I don’t know (I’m not sure) there is any problem for study or work.

thnks for your answers
PierreM, you have right the goal is not reached if people look deeprly at her ,the meaning of making scarf is:
Confidence in social participation as human being and not as sexual commodity.
Guarding one self from the lustful looks of men.
Not diverting people’s attention from constructive social work.
Improving the moral character of the society

you can see a lot on this link ;- YouTube

@Iyra
I remember seeing a film tilted “アルジェの戦い”( http://bit.ly/bZW8hA ), but I cannot remember the exact details. Do you know the film?

@PierreM
I don’t know what you want to say.

@PierreM
Is that supposed to be funny?

PierreM,
you are completely ignorant about this topic. Moslem women (I mean Moslem in general, not some radical branches) don’t hide their face. In fact, a face and hands are the only part of a body, that can be shown. So, there is no reason to hide the face.

Have you read my post? It is not written in Koran that somebody should cover his face.
Why face? Where you have found it? Hijab covers only hear. Yes, some radical branches insists on covering face, but in general Arab women cover only hair.

Islam is borned in desertic country
Islam, as well as Christianity and Hebraism were born almost at the same place.

@PierreM
“when there is a woman hiding her face I am always looking very deeply at her and this is not her goal, is it ?”
"I just cross an old woman with a veil and I do not watch her in deep "

I wonder if you consider yourself a very attractive person.

Why do Muslim women have to cover their heads?" This question is one which is asked by Muslim and non-Muslim alike. For many women it is the truest test of being a Muslim.

The answer to the question is very simple - Muslim women observe HIJAB (covering the head and the body) because Allah has told them to do so.

“O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believing women to draw their outer garments around them (when they go out or are among men). That is better in order that they may be known (to be Muslims) and not annoyed…” (Qur’an 33:59)

Other secondary reasons include the requirement for modesty in both men and women. Both will then be evaluated for intelligence and skills instead of looks and sexuality. An Iranian school girl is quoted as saying, “We want to stop men from treating us like sex objects, as they have always done. We want them to ignore our appearance and to be attentive to our personalities and mind. We want them to take us seriously and treat us as equals and not just chase us around for our bodies and physical looks.”

A Muslim woman who covers her head is making a statement about her identity. Anyone who sees her will know that she is a Muslim and has a good moral character. Many Muslim women who cover are filled with dignity and self esteem; they are pleased to be identified as a Muslim woman. As a chaste, modest, pure woman, she does not want her sexuality to enter into interactions with men in the smallest degree. A woman who covers herself is concealing her sexuality but allowing her femininity to be brought out.

The question of hijab for Muslim women has been a controversy for centuries and will probably continue for many more. Some learned people do not consider the subject open to discussion and consider that covering the face is required, while a majority are of the opinion that it is not required. A middle line position is taken by some who claim that the instructions are vague and open to individual discretion depending on the situation. The wives of the Prophet (S) were required to cover their faces so that men would not think of them in sexual terms since they were the “Mothers of the Believers,” but this requirement was not extended to other women.

The word “hijab” comes from the Arabic word “hajaba” meaning to hide from view or conceal. In the present time, the context of hijab is the modest covering of a Muslim woman. The question now is what is the extent of the covering?

The Qur’an says: "Say to the believing man that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that will make for greater purity for them; and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.

“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; and that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands…” (Qur’an 24:30-31)

These verses from the Qur’an contain two main injunctions: (1) A woman should not show her beauty or adornments except what appears by uncontrolled factors such as the wind blowing her clothes, and (2) the head covers should be drawn so as to cover the hair, the neck and the bosom.

Islam has no fixed standard as to the style of dress or type of clothing that Muslims must wear. However, some requirements must be met. The first of these requirements is the parts of the body which must be covered.

Islam has two sources for guidance and rulings: first, the Qur’an, the revealed word of Allah and secondly, the Hadith or the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (S) who was chosen by Allah to be the role model for mankind. The following is a Tradition of the Prophet:

“Ayesha (R) reported that Asmaa the daughter of Abu Bakr (R) came to the Messenger of Allah (S) while wearing thin clothing. He approached her and said: 'O Asmaa! When a girl reaches the menstrual age, it is not proper that anything should remain exposed except this and this. He pointed to the face and hands.” (Abu Dawood)

The second requirement is looseness. The clothing must be loose enough so as not to describe the shape of the woman’s body. One desirable way to hide the shape of the body is to wear a cloak over other clothes. However, if the clothing is loose enough, an outer garment is not necessary.

Thickness is the third requirement. The clothing must be thick enough so as not to show the color of the skin it covers or the shape of the body. The Prophet Muhammad (S) stated that in later generations of his ummah there would be “women who would be dressed but naked and on top of their heads (what looks like) camel humps. Curse them for they are truly cursed.” (Muslim)

Another requirement is an over-all dignified appearance. The clothing should not attract men’s attention to the woman. It should not be shiny and flashy so that everyone notices the dress and the woman.

In addition there are other requirements:

(1) Women must not dress so as to appear as men. “Ibn Abbas narrated: ‘The Prophet (S) cursed the men who appear like women and the women who appear like men.’” (Bukhari)

(2) Women should not dress in a way similar to the unbelievers.

(3) The clothing should be modest, not excessively fancy and also not excessively ragged to gain others admiration or sympathy.

Often forgotten is the fact that modern Western dress is a new invention. Looking at the clothing of women as recently as seventy years ago, we see clothing similar to hijab. These active and hard-working women of the West were not inhibited by their clothing which consisted of long, full dresses and various types of head covering. Muslim women who wear hijab do not find it impractical or interfering with their activities in all levels and walks of life.

Hijab is not merely a covering dress but more importantly, it is behavior, manners, speech and appearance in public. Dress is only one facet of the total being.

The basic requirement of the Muslim woman’s dress apply to the Muslim man’s clothing with the difference being mainly in degree. Modesty requires that the area between the navel and the knee be covered in front of all people except the wife. The clothing of men should not be like the dress of women, nor should it be tight or provocative. A Muslim should dress to show his identity as a Muslim. Men are not allowed to wear gold or silk. However, both are allowed for women

and as cakyra said some radical branches insists on covering face, but in general women must cover only hair and body.

I translated your question into Japanese.
「日本ではヴェールをかぶった女性がいますか。ヴェールをかぶっていても仕事をしたり教育を受けたりできますか。」

日本にはキリスト教徒はいますが、アメリカのような「キリスト教保守主義」の政治的勢力は存在しません。日本のキリスト教徒は、どちらかと言えば、「リベラル」な考え方の人が多いと思います。あるとしたら「神道保守主義」(?)であり、「anti-Islam hysteria」はありません。基本的に信仰の自由が保障されています。

「リベラル」という言葉の意味は、日本と米国では少し異なるようです。リベラルという言葉を否定的ニュアンスで使う人はほとんどいません。

@ytk031 "「anti-Islam hysteria」はありません。基本的に信仰の自由が保障されています。 "

In Italy it is this way too…and in Europe there is an absolutely freedom of religion but you have to understand we have much much much much much (did I say much? and yes, it is irony) more immigrants than in Japan.
And the problems are much more too.
In Italy there are women who cover their faces too (not only the hair) and use Burqa (that one the women use in Afghanistan) instead of the hijab. A muslim friend of mine said that also in Bruxelles he saw many women wearing burqa, and with Burqa you can’t even see their eyes becouse they are covered with a grate. So you can understand that this is not a matter of freedom of religion but it is a matter of how we intend to be the role of women in society.