I found an interesting article about various types of veils. Maybe I can share the knowledge to all hijabi sisters all over the world.. 🙂 Happy reading!
The word hijab comes from the Arabic for veil and is used to describe the headscarves worn by Muslim women.
These scarves, regarded by many Muslims as a symbol of both religion and womanhood, come in a myriad of styles and colours.
The type most commonly worn in the West is a square scarf that covers the head and neck but leaves the face clear.
The niqab is a veil for the face that leaves the area around the eyes clear. However, it may be worn with a separate eye veil.
The niqab attracted the attention of cabinet minister Jack Straw, who said he would prefer that Muslim women did not cover their faces. It is worn with an accompanying headscarf.
The burqa is the most concealing of all Islamic veils. It covers the entire face and body, leaving just a mesh screen to see through.
The al-amira is a two-piece veil. It consists of a close fitting cap, usually made from cotton or polyester, and an accompanying tube-like scarf.
The shayla is a long, rectangular scarf popular in the Gulf region. It is wrapped around the head and tucked or pinned in place at the shoulders.
The khimar is a long, cape-like veil that hangs down to just above the waist. It covers the hair, neck and shoulders completely, but leaves the face clear.
The chador, worn by Iranian women when outside the house, is a full-body cloak. It is often accompanied by a smaller headscarf underneath.
In addition to a veil, some Muslim women may chose to wear a body-length outer garment called a jilbab.
Essentially, a jilbab is an ankle-length skirt.
The loose-fitting item covers the whole body, except the head, hands and feet.
So, what kind of veil do you wear? Me personally called myself a hijabi. I’m not ready to wear jilbab yet. Perhaps I’ll be ready to wear jilbab as soon as possible. 😉
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