(Original post by daisychain_)
They are a few of the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. One must intend
to wear one for the sake of Allah if they're a Muslim, not because they're forced to. Of course, parents have to bring up their children to become Muslims so they might be strongly encouraged to wear one. But generally if young girls have grown up around women wearing hijabs/religious environment, they wear them because they want to wear them.
women's rights in Islam
Yes, I know its obligatory
In Islam men and women not equal in the western sense. They are equal in the spiritual sense. Men and women have different bodies and have been assigned different duties in relation to their bodies. Men do not have more rights than women (as some orientalists have misinterpreted as) they simply have more duties than a woman which Is a good thing, as these extra duties would be a burden on women or not fit for their role in Islam I.e men having the ultimate authority in in politics as caliph and religion as imams.
"Ibn Katheer (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
“Allaah says ‘Men are the protectors and maintainers of women’ meaning that the man is in charge of the woman, i.e., he is the leader and head of the household, the one who disciplines her if she goes astray.
‘because Allaah has made one of them to excel the other’ i.e., because men are superior to women and are better than women. Hence Prophethood was given only to men, as was the position of khaleefah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘No people shall ever prosper who appoint a woman as their ruler.’ This was narrated by al-Bukhaari from the hadeeth of ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Abi Bakrah from his father. The same applies to the position of qaadi (judge), etc."