In recent times, wearing hijab in public has been required by law in Saudi Arabia (for Muslims), Iran and the Indonesian province of Aceh.Other countries have passed laws banning some or all types of hijab in public or in certain types of locales.Some scholars oppose face covering, particularly in the West, where the woman may draw more attention as a result.These garments are very different in cut from most of the traditional forms of ħijāb, and they are worn worldwide by Muslims.The Arabic word jilbab is translated as "cloak" in the following passage.
Along with scriptural arguments, Leila Ahmed argues that head covering should not be compulsory in Islam because the veil predates the revelation of the Qur'an.
This was because Muhammad conducted all religious and civic affairs in the mosque adjacent to his home: People were constantly coming in and out of this compound at all hours of the day.
When delegations from other tribes came to speak with Prophet Muhammad, they would set up their tents for days at a time inside the open courtyard, just a few feet away from the apartments in which Prophet Muhammad's wives slept.
Different scholars adopted different interpretations of the original texts.
Detailed scholarly attention has focused on prescribing female dress in conformity with hijab.However, in the presence of the husband, most scholars stress the importance of mutual freedom and pleasure of the husband and wife.