The Islamic Burqa

The Islamic Burqa.

Muslims try to tell us that Abraham and Isaac were good Muslims. They do this in an attempt to use the Bible to validate many of their troublesome traditions, such as having their womenfolk cover their face and in some cases, even their eyes with a black net by wearing the Burqa alienating themselves from the rest of society. While it is on my mind I thought to record my refute here for reference sake.

Abraham, driven by a dire famine into Egypt feared the Egyptians would kill him for his beautiful wife Sarah sake, therefore he asked her to tell them she was his sister if they inquired.

Genesis 12:11-15
11 - And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
12 - Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
13 - Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
14 - And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
15 - The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.

Verse 14 clearly tells us that he Egyptians saw Sarah’s face, but if as many Muslims say Abraham was a good Muslim, why didn’t he simply ask her not to remove her Burqa while in their presence?

Likewise, again, when Abraham entered the land of the Philistines…

Genesis 20:1-2
1 - And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.
2 - And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

And then Isaac, Abraham’s son of promise also used the same tactic when he entered the land of the Philistines…

Genesis 26:6-7
6 - And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:
7 - And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.

Again, if Abraham and his son Isaac were good Muslims as we are told, why didn’t they simply ask their wives to cover their beauty by wearing the Burqa?

Genesis 12:14
And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.

I mean, isn’t that they very reason Muslims tell us that their women wear the Burqa in the first place, that they arouse the base passions of men?

I guess they may quote from an event recorded in Genesis 24 to justify their assertion, where seeing her husband-to-be afar off Rebekah jumped off her camel and covered her face...

Genesis 24:63-65
63 - And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
64 - And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
65 - For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.

First of all, let us acknowledge that Rebekah never covered her face before Abraham’s servant who was conveying her to Isaac, nor to anyone else including the Philistines thereafter, before whom Isaac said “she is my sister”. Then it was ‘a custom’ at that time and in that place that the face of the bride was not to be seen by her husband-to-be.

Ellicott Commentary - Genesis 24:64-65.

Finally, we do have an example in scripture of a women covering her face, even Tamar, who having suffered her husband’s death then had to endure the humiliation Judah, her father-in-law denying her his youngest son which the Law commands should have given her seed that the lineage of her dead husband should continue, even Judah’s eldest son. Therefore, Tamar took it upon herself to receive seed when covering her face she appeared before Judah as a prostitute. And indeed, she did receive the family seed from which would come Messiah.

Genesis 38:13-15
13 - And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.
14 - And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.
15 - When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.