Why is Hijab important in Islam for women?
“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allaah is Ever Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful”
“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, headcover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of feminine sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful”
In (Surah Al-Noor 24:31) Allah(SWT) clearly says to cover the entire body except for the eyes. This is the importance of Hijab in Islam. There are many verses where Allah(SWT) talks about protecting oneself.
Hadith on Hijab in Islam
‘Aisha (RA) said: When Allah(SWT) revealed the words ‘and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks, and bosoms)’ [al-Noor 24:31]they tore their aprons and covered their faces (akhtamarna) with them.”