Hijab

Literal Meaning

Barrier or Partition

Technical Meaning

A religious veil worn by Muslim women in the presence of any male outside of their immediate family.

Requirements according to the Quran
  • Lower their gaze and guard their modesty (from illegal sexual acts, etc.)
  • Do not display their beauty & ornaments except what appears naturally
  • Wear their head-coverings over their bosoms

(Quran 24:31)

Requirements for Men according to the Quran
  • Lower their gaze and guard their modesty (from illegal sexual acts, etc.)

(Quran 24:30)

Illustration of Hijab required in Islam

Perfect example of Hijab according to the requirements of the Quran is shown by none other than Mariam (Mary pbuh), women chosen by God above the women of the worlds.

“O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds.” (Quran 3:42)

Hijab in THE BIBLE

Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. 

For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. 

For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. 

Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? (1 Corinthians 11:4-13)

Hijab in Judaism
Hijab in Christianity
Hijab in Islam

types and innovations

Burka – PERMISSABLE BUT NOT RECOMMENDED

Accepted in most countries, but also creates an issue of security as men can abuse it to commit crimes or smuggle illegal substances. Can be considered as “wearing a helmet in a Bank or driving with black tinted glass”

Niqab – PERMISSABLE BUT NOT RECOMMENDED

Accepted in most countries, but also creates an issue of security as men can abuse it to commit crimes or smuggle illegal substances. Can be considered as “wearing a helmet in a Bank or driving with black tinted glass”

Hijab – NOT PERMISSABLE

Does not meet the requirements of Hijab according to the Quran. Head-covering does not cover bosoms.

Chador – PERMISSABLE

Shayla – PERMISSABLE WITH CRITERIA

Head-covering must cover bosoms.

Al-Amira – RECOMMENDED

Khimar – RECOMMENDED

Purpose

Avoid unwanted sexual attention. Thus, Wearing Hijab with tight or skimpy clothings are not considered to fulfil the requirements of Hijab.

“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.” (Quran 24:31)