The summary of all these guidelines is that the most important thing for a woman is safeguarding her modesty and chastity, so that her position is the society is maintained. For these reason, the rules of Hijab have been given.
In light of human needs, checks have been put in place that before a non-Mahram, complete Hijab should be observed and if necessary, the face, the palms and the feet may remain open. Apart from this, there is no problem in keeping the face, hands, etc. uncovered before Mahram relatives. Even before Mahram relatives, it is not reasonable to uncover the body more than what is necessary. For the husband, the lady can adorn herself and make herself attractive. There is no Hijab between the husband and wife. Islam permits them to step out of the house for their needs provided they follow the abovementioned guidelines.
It is not at all true that Islam has ignored women. In fact, the Islamic concept is that human life is not complete only with men, unless and until women are not with men. Women are an important pillar of the society. Social and familial issues are about them only.
The daughters of the Ummah can adorn themselves with religious and worldly education and reform the society, outwardly and inwardly. They can follow the Hijab to the letter and perform social services as well within the guidelines provided by the Shariah. There is a Hadith in Sahih Bukhari:
Translation of Hadith: It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Rabee’ Bin Mau’ood (May Allah be well pleased with her), she says that along with the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), we would provide drinking water, take care of the injured and take the martyrs towards Madina. (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, Kitab Ul Jihad, Pg. No. 403)
In the first era of Islam, the venerable Sahabiyyaat(female Sahabah) of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) would treat the injured in times of war and provide water to the ill and perform such tasks.
The daughters of the Ummah can acquire not only religious but also worldly education and can arm themselves with all kinds of skills. In fact, one section/group should specialize in medicine in women’s diseases, so that there is no need to turn to others.
Nevertheless, to make a pious society, it is necessary that those factors which titillate the senses should be checked. If this is not done, then sexual anarchy will be at its peak. To stop this and to safeguard the modesty and chastity of women, the Shariah has given them the mantle of modesty.
For safeguarding modesty, it is necessary that the extremes should be abandoned. The rules which Islam has given about Mahram and non-Mahram should be followed completely. With this, Allah-willing, the society will remain contented with the purity of modesty.