Islam

Religious Clothing

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According to the Qur’an, men and women should lower their gaze and ‘guard their modesty’ by covering certain parts of the body. Derived from the Arabic language, the word hijab signifies ‘partition’. The word has been adopted in the Islamic religion and scripture to refer to the principle of modesty between men and women and the items of clothing Islamic women wear to respect themselves. The Qur’an does not specify the type hijab a woman should wear, thus, there a wide range of interpretations around the globe. The type of hijab a woman wears largely depends on the country and culture she is from.

Types of hijab
  • Khimaar: Headscarf (also known as just a 'Hijab' depending on the way it is worn or the country the woman is from)
  • Niqab: Face veil
  • Al-Amira: Close fitting cap and tube scarf
  • Chador: Full-length semicircle of fabric which is thrown overhead
  • Burka: All in one loosely draped covering for whole body.

Muslim women are not required to wear their hijab around family members or other women unless in public.
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